Covid-19 ‘passport’ pilot results submitted to health authorities

Mobile Covid-19 ‘passport’ pilot assessing rapid tests across home and business sectors

A mobile “passport” allowing an individual to display their Covid-19 status is undergoing trialling, and details of a phase one national pilot trial have been submitted to the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Entitled “Health Passport Ireland”, the pilot programme sets out to assess how clinically validated rapid testing systems could be used in tandem with mobile technology.

The digital platform pilot programme has overseen thousands of free rapid tests as part of the trial.

The pilot was launched two months ago and participants to date have included nursing homes, a school, businesses, a hotel, and residents of an entire village in Roscommon.

During the trial, several positive detections of Covid-19 were confirmed using rapid testing technologies.

The official summary report highlighted the progression of phase one of the pilot which had resulted in detection of Covid-19 — by rapid tests — amongst asymptomatic individuals. In all cases to date, participants being tested had declared no symptoms and were asymptomatic, which prevented further transmission.

In each case, pilot participants who are predominantly staff members, were invited to be tested weekly or fortnightly by the “Health Passport Ireland” clinical team. Once tested, they had immediate access to their personal Covid-19 status, by direct link to their latest test, and could choose to display or scan it, whenever appropriate.

As the validity of the test expires, a reminder is sent, and the Covid-19 status displayed by their “passport” moves to amber.

“Health Passport Ireland” has been built to work with all official and validated Covid-19 test types.

The ROQU Group, who have built the mobile passport system, are covering the costs of the trial programme.

Chief Executive Robert Quirke said that in all cases of positive detections, the Health Passport system worked precisely in line with their aims and expectations delivering results to individuals in 15 minutes.

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