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article imageUK health service tests out facial authentication technology Special

By Tim Sandle     May 26, 2020 in Health
The developer of facial authentication technology, iProov, is working with the U.K. National Health Service (NHS) to implement biometrics in order to boost security and reduce cybersecurity incidents.
The U.K. health service is keen to introduce biometric authentication technology, and the intention is to introduce the technology relatively quickly. This will be enacted with the company iProov, who have deployed their technology to verify users signing up to NHS login across Android and iOS using facial authentication.
This technology enables users in England to create their NHS login remotely, securely and conveniently at a time when they need it most, removing the need for manual and in-person verifications.
This move is important now as the many nations are considering immunity passports as a way of restarting the economy and getting back to normal. The British NHS is proving that the technology to allow citizens to securely manage health data can be delivered at scale and reliably. With 66 million citizens having access to NHS services, allowing them to access records and manage doctors' appointments and prescriptions, is a huge step forward.
Further with the technology, when users use FaceID to log in to the app once they have initially verified their identity when signing up, this would be recognition as their login has been configured to recognize their face. iProov however are verifying users' identities against their ID documents for the initial sign-up process.
Commenting on the technology with Digital Journal, Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO of iProov, explains what the technology is: β€œThe NHS login service is now a proven, secure, inclusive, and effective way for citizens to verify and use their identity for health-related purposes. We have been very impressed by what the NHS Digital team has accomplished, by their agility and professionalism, and by the boldness of their vision."
Looking at the current COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in cyberattacks, Bud adds that authentication is "particularly important in the current climate in which demand is unprecedented and the need for convenient and robust remote identity verification is crucial. We are delighted to be playing our part.”
Bud also explains that his company is working with the U.K. Home Office. This is through the β€˜EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app, which enables European citizens to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
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