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Future developments for the NHS App

We’re continuing to improve the NHS App. We work to an agile delivery process, so it’s possible that not all these features will make it into the live app. What we develop will depend on what we find out from users as we work on improvements – and on funding. The planned go-live dates may also change.

Online consultations integration

We’re using open standards to help suppliers who provide triage systems integrate them with the NHS App, guiding patients to the best care route for them.

Planned release: The first supplier - eConsult - was made available through the NHS App in April 2020 and we continue to work with others.

Submitting online forms on behalf of a minor you care for (paediatric consultation) is not currently available via eConsult within the NHS App, but we’re working to include it by summer 2020.

Personal Health Records integration

We’ll be working with Personal Healthcare Record (PHR) providers to integrate local solutions into the NHS App according to relevant open standards. This will give users greater access to their medical records.

Planned release: The first supplier was made available in the NHS App from April 2020 and we are working with others throughout 2020.

NHS Electronic Referral Service (NHS e-RS) integration

We’re working to integrate the NHS booking system for hospital appointments, NHS e-RS, into the NHS App. This will enable patients to book their appointments quickly and conveniently, when their GP refers them to a specialist.

Planned release:  2020

Enable notifications and messaging for third parties

We're building the ability to allow users to receive broadcast or targeted push notifications and messages relating to their care. This could include reminders for referral appointments, reminders for online consultations, and screening invitations, via services integrated into the app.

Planned release: 2020

Health checks and assessments access

Public Health England (PHE) is reviewing our work on how we can best give users access to the NHS Health Assessment tool, currently being designed by for patients to check aspects of their own health, through the NHS App.

Planned release: 2020

Last edited: 12 June 2020 4:52 pm