Belfast and London, UK – 4 July 2018 – Kainos Group plc, is pleased to announce that it has been developing a new NHS app in partnership with NHS Digital and NHS England. As the primary delivery partner, Kainos has helped design and build the solution, and technical architecture. The free app is set to be launched to the public in late 2018 and will give patients safe and secure access to a range of health services.

Patients will be able to use the app to make appointments, order repeat prescriptions as well as state their preferences relating to data-sharing and organ donation. The app has been developed in collaboration with NHS Digital and NHS England. It will be available through the App Store, Google Play and through web browsers, and once downloaded users can simply sign up for an NHS account.

Jeremy Hunt, Health and Social Care Secretary, announced the new NHS app this week as the NHS turns 70.  The new app is the first step as the NHS continues to transform the way services are commissioned and delivered. Kainos is also helping to develop NHS.UK.

Kainos is a leading provider of Digital Services and Digital Platforms. Making the announcement, Russell Sloan, Director of the Digital Services business within Kainos said:

We are proud to be working closely with NHS Digital and NHS England on the next stage of their digital transformation journey. The app will provide patients with a consistent user experience and allow them to take control of their health at a touch of a button.

We hope that innovations such as the new app will help to reduce pressure on front-line services. It is testament to the power of digital technology and the efficiencies it can drive and we look forward to continue working closely with NHS Digital to deliver an outstanding service for patients.”

Health and Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said:

“The NHS app is a world-first which will put patients firmly in the driving seat and revolutionise the way we access health services. I want this innovation to mark the death-knell of the 8am scramble for GP appointments that infuriates so many patients.

Technology has transformed everyday life when it comes to banking, travel and shopping. Health matters much more to all of us, and the prize of that same digital revolution in healthcare isn’t just convenience but lives improved, extended and saved.

As the NHS turns 70 and we draw up a long-term plan for the NHS on the back of our £394 million a week funding boost, it’s time to catch up and unleash the power of technology to transform everyday life for patients.”