We started the build-out of the existing digital platform for antibody testing. The target for release of the minimum viable product is mid-July 2020 - it will leverage the home testing functionality developed for antigen testing. Decisions on eligibility for antibody testing are being progressed outside of NHS Digital.
Sending test results to GP systems
We delivered the new middleware solution on 12 June 2020 so new test results can be automatically sent to GP systems.
~45% of new results cannot be automatically sent due to data quality issues (for example mis-spelt names). An additional matching process has been established for these records (target go-live is 26 June 2020). Additional, up-front verification is planned for July to maximise data quality going forward
Results of historic tests had been stored by NHS Digital until they could be sent to GP systems. ~90k historic test results have been sent to GP systems.
~1.7m historic results with missing or incorrect demographic data will be matched through the remediation process described above and will be sent to GP systems starting 26 June 2020.
Systems for Trace
Manual tracing services were stood-up using the (PHE-owned) CTAS and Synergy systems. Greater functional capability is now required, and NHS Digital has been asked to work with the TTCE CTO to determine whether major extensions to CTAS or deployment of an alternative third party solution is preferable. We will then lead delivery of the target solution.
NHS Digital has had no involvement in the design or build of the NHS COVID-19 Tracing App, development of which was stalled on 18 June 2020. We are supporting work to define strategic options for the future of this app.
End-to-end service design
We completed a review of digital services supporting initial triage, testing and tracing for coronavirus to ensure coherence between services rapidly established by PHE, BSA, NHS Digital and NHSX (via third parties). This highly collaborative exercise leveraged NHS Digital’s recognised system leadership role in content, design and user research. Further user research is currently underway with “seldom heard” groups to ensure their needs are fully understood and the service is designed to work for all citizens.
The service design review led by NHS Digital across Test and Trace has provided a clear framework for achieving coherent user journeys and ensuring consistent public health messages across services.