Trials of the initial NHS Covid-19 App revealed some serious challenges. It was back to the drawing board and, with some justification, many began to view the project as mission impossible.
Randeep Sidhu, product director at Babylon Health, the highly acclaimed remote medical consultation service, was uniquely qualified to take over this vital initiative. And, as a member of one of the most vulnerable ethnic groups, he also felt a very personal commitment.
We were fortunate to have Randeep as the guest speaker for this virtual breakfast briefing.
Bringing a personal perspective to publicly available information, he discussed how:
The narrative of failure was re-written… a hugely productive working partnership with Apple and Google was forged… the platform was made secure enough to satisfy the most stringent NCFC and GCHQ rules… the Mayor of Newham was persuaded to make this London borough a key test location… the new app was certified as a medical device…all in a little over 6 weeks.
Today, this life-saving app is still being evolved. But the stats speak powerfully for the success of new ‘Test & Trace’:
• 6 million downloads in the first 24 hours
• Over 20 million personal downloads to date making it…
• Second only to ‘Zoom’ in the app popularity ratings!
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