At London Tech Week, the Health and Social Care Secretary announced an increase in users on the NHS App, including those registering an organ donation decision.
More people needing organs could benefit from life saving transplants as hundreds of thousands of new donors have registered their preference using the NHS App.
Speaking today (Tuesday 21 September) at London Tech Week, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid announced that more than 16 million people have now downloaded the NHS App, with over 12 million new users since the NHS COVID Pass – the COVID-19 vaccination status service – was added on 17 May.
The increase in app downloads could have a life-saving impact as 1.5 million people have now used the NHS app to manage their organ donation decision, with 265,000 of these registering their organ donation for the first time via the app. Over 150,000 of these new registrations have taken place in just four months since May 2021.
Registering a preference on organ donation helps NHS specialist nurses to quickly understand people’s wishes, which can ultimately save lives.
Speaking at London Tech Week, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:
NHS App users are also benefiting from easier access to NHS services. During the past four months, almost 3.2 million repeat prescriptions were ordered and over 268,000 GP appointments booked via the app, saving valuable time for patients and clinicians.
With the demand for digital healthcare services greater than ever, the NHS App provides quick and secure access to a variety of digital health functions and care websites.
Matthew Gould, chief executive of NHSX, said:
Simon Bolton, Interim Chief Executive at NHS Digital, said:
Alex Hudson, Head of the NHS Organ Donor Register at NHS Blood and Transplant, says:
The NHS login service – which supports the NHS App – has most of its users based in London, with more than 20% of Londoners logging onto the service last month, and 40-49 year olds the main users.
Other services available through NHS login include e-Referral services, COVID-19 support and advice, maternity and child health services, online pharmacies, and services to monitor and improve health and wellbeing.
- The Secretary of State’s speech can be found here.
- More information about the NHS App can he found here.
- Data shared by NHS Blood and Transplant to mark Organ Donation Week (20th – 26th September) shows that 9 out of 10 families will support organ donation, if they know it is what their relative wanted.