FAQs – myGP TICKet

About myGP/iPLATO

  1. Who is iPLATO/myGP and why are they well-placed to launch this feature?

iPLATO is a technology company, focused on innovations in healthcare. myGP is a healthcare management app developed by iPLATO, which allows any patient in England who is registered at a GP surgery to, among other things, view their medical records, order repeat prescriptions, and access complimentary healthcare services. myGP is NHS-assured and available to over 58 million patients registered at 97 percent of England’s GP services. myGP fully integrates with EMIS web and SystmOne primary care clinical systems to provide access to medical record data. We do this already for nearly two million users in England.

About the feature

  1. What is the proposed myGP TICKet solution?
    1. A simple way to display whether or not an individual is considered ‘protected’ against COVID-19 (once protected, a green ‘tick’ appears around the profile photo). It provides clear assurance that an individual is safe to return to work or play, if he/she is required to vaccinate before doing so. Best of all, it needs no further technology/integration from a business/venue, as the results are displayed on the user’s own device.
  2. How will the technology work?
    1. The technology already works. myGP is NHS-assured for 97 percent of England’s GP surgeries, which means that it has been given third-party authorisation to access and display medical records, prescription information and provides access to appointment bookings, and other health-related services.
  3. Are there any dependencies or are you able to develop this initiative completely independently?
    1. This technology is dependent upon vaccination data being entered into the medical record in a timely fashion. As a user will only receive their TICKet 21 days following their second dose, we do not require real-time vaccination information. So as long as NHS Digital is able to populate the medical record with the requisite codes within 21 days from a patient’s 2nd vaccine dose, we can do the rest.
  4. What will the user journey look like?
    1. The feature will be clearly signposted within the app and will be as simple as clicking a button within the user’s profile.
  5. How does iPLATO / myGP protect the medical record data of myGP users?
    1. We do not store medical record data on our servers. We provide a window into the immunisations section of the medical record, showing a real-time snapshot of a patient’s current vaccination status. The green ‘tick’ will only appear 21 days after the patient has received the second vaccination dose (when the patient will be considered protected)
  6. How will iPLATO / myGP ensure the ‘green tick’ isn’t misused by non-vaccinated people?
    1. The Green Tick solution is presented in real-time, and there will be evidence of this in the app itself. We have a number of layers of protection against fraud, which will be discussed when we’re closer to launch.
  7. What does the timeline look like for launch?
    1. myGP users will be able to utilise the myGP TICKet functionality from February 2021.
  8. Has it been approved by the Government?
    1. We have held NHS accreditation for EMIS Web and SystmOne clinical systems since 2019. We hold a ‘cyber essentials plus’ accreditation, so we have full authority to access medical record data on behalf of patients within our app.
  9. Will employers ask to see the myGP TICKet?
    1. We cannot comment on who will or will not choose to utilise this functionality, but it will be available as a free, secure means of verifying the protected status of any user from February 2021.
  10. How much does the myGP TICKet cost users?
    1. The myGP app is free to download. There is no cost to users OR to businesses who chose to utilise this technology.
  11. Who will benefit most from using the myGP TICKet? Who is it aimed at?
    1. Everyone benefits from using this. Businesses (particularly small business, and the arts and hospitality sectors) can get a kickstart; the public gets the mental health boost of a quicker return to ‘normal’; and the initiative itself will, we hope, provide a positive incentive for the public to get the vaccine.
  12. How does iPLATO / myGP benefit commercially from the myGP TICKet initiative?
    1. The only commercial advantage to myGP from the Green Tick solution is an increase in app users. myGP will remain free to download from all available app stores.
  13. Where is this available?
    1. From February 2021 the Green Tick solution will be available in England.
  14. Will it be available in the rest of the UK at any stage?
    1. Only in England.

Health and safety / industry issues

  1. If all attendees at a given event have been vaccinated, how safe will they/their families be?
    1. There is no such thing as a zero risk situation: particularly with COVID-19. And the data is not yet clear on whether or not vaccinated individuals can still ‘shed’ (or spread) the virus, even if being vaccinated means that they themselves will not get sick (or will have much-reduced symptoms if they do). However, by early March, the majority of vulnerable people in the UK will likely have been vaccinated, so the risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable populations is drastically reduced. And while broad vaccine uptake is paramount to achieving herd immunity, we have consulted a number of scientists and healthcare professionals and believe that this timeline reduces the risk of serious infection / death among vulnerable populations enough to justify the economic, mental health, and social wellbeing benefits that England will see as a result.
  2. If we need 70 percent of people in the UK to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity, how long do you envisage the myGP TICKet being used for?
    1. We hope that COVID-19 vaccination uptake is high among the UK population, but the technology will be available for as long as it is needed. In addition, the technology behind this innovation can be used across many sectors, such as aviation or travel to prove vaccination status across all immunisations.
  3. Will this increase demand on GPs to vaccinate more people who want to utilise the myGP TICKet?
    1. Vaccinations, from what we currently understand, will be administered by a combination of GPs, local pharmacies, and ‘vaccination centres’ (TBC). We are not involved in coordinating how a vaccine is administered; only in allowing individuals to ‘prove’ that they have been protected from COVID-19, if evidence is required.
  4. What impact will the myGP TICKet solution have on GPs’ workload?
    1. Rather than GPs fielding constant requests for verification of an individual’s vaccination status, they can simply refer patients to the myGP app, where any patient in England can readily show their myGP TICKet.

Business

  1. Which businesses can benefit from using myGP TICKet?
    1. That is up to businesses to decide. We see this as particularly useful for hospitality, arts, entertainment, and fitness, but literally any business that is suffering as a result of social distancing measures can utilise this technology as a means of ensuring the safety of their patrons and safely encouraging customers back.
  2. What do businesses need to do to use this technology to their benefit?
    1. There is nothing specifically that businesses need to do to utilise the technology. It is free to download and free to use, though we will be offering some support to businesses who want to better understand the technology and how they can utilise it as safely as possible. See our web page for details on what support we can offer to businesses.
  3. How can businesses sign up? Is there a cost?
    1. There is no cost to businesses, in the same way there is no cost to users. Businesses can access information on how they communicate the myGP TICKet initiative to customers by emailing mygpticket@mygp.com
  4. How many businesses do you envisage benefitting from the myGP TICKet?
    1. Any business that wishes to re-open to capacity, no matter their size or industry. There is no limit to how many businesses can utilise the solution.
  5. Will businesses who opt to use the myGP TICKet solution be discriminating against those who are not vaccinated?
    1. Not at all. The purpose of this initiative is to allow businesses to open safely. And the best way to ensure the safety of all patrons is through vaccination. All businesses will have the choice to utilise the technology, just as all individuals can choose whether or not to be vaccinated. We are simply providing a solution for those who wish to use it.