World-first digital platform to support increased Covid-19 testing

Tom Keogh, Keoghs MD and Ross Keogh, director at Keoghs with Robert Quirke,(centre), president and CEO of ROQU Group

National trial commences with participants including GPs, Keogh’s Farms, Emerald Freight, Home Music Festival, Tallaght University Hospital, Oaklodge Nursing Home, County Meath Crèche and others

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1 September 2020 | 0

The Irish-based ROQU Group has announced the pilot launch of Health Passport Ireland, a world-first digital platform designed to facilitate increased Covid-19 testing for businesses and the public.

Engineered in Ireland, the platform combines the latest digital technologies with accurate and validated Covid-19 testing solutions, which can deliver results in as little as 15 minutes. The system has been designed to work with all official Covid-19 test types.

A trial is being launched involving a select range of national participants including Keogh’s Farm, Tallaght University Hospital, Oaklodge Nursing Home, Emerald Freight, Home Music Festival, a county Meath based crèche and more.

Supporting businesses, protecting communities

In a press statement, ROQU said the platform has been developed to help the Irish economy by helping businesses to remain open through continuous proactive testing, identifying positive results at the earliest stage whilst simultaneously protecting communities by offering increased testing.

“In the past week alone, unfortunately we’ve seen continued frustration and disappointment as restrictions have again been tightened due to continued spread of Covid-19,” said Robert Quirke, president and CEO of ROQU Group, at the recent launch.

“Health Passport Ireland is designed to put a safety net in place where none currently exists, allowing our economy to recover and thrive in a more safely controlled environment,” Quirke said. “It is a world-first innovation, proudly engineered in Ireland to the highest standards, that will enable business and society to finally move forward. The game changer has finally arrived.”

Health Passport Ireland has been developed specifically to work in harmony with all official Covid-19 tests, including HSE tests, laboratory swab and blood tests, and the very latest rapid testing solutions soon to be launched.

“Using our global visibility, we are helping local companies by making the best Covid-19 testing solutions readily available to all,” Quirke added. “We are not favouring one type of test over another, however as testing and research continues to improve, we want to ensure that Irish society and economy can easily access testing solutions that offer the highest levels of clinical validation, whilst utilising the latest mobile technologies.”

Trial launch 

One of the trial participants is Keoghs Farm in North County Dublin, whose director, Ross Keogh has welcomed the trial launch of Health Passport Ireland:

“Like everyone in the food business, it is our priority to ensure our staff can work safely, primarily from a health perspective, but also from a community perspective here in North Dublin,” Ross Keogh said. “In the current times, healthy functioning staff mean a healthy functioning business, so that we can keep food shelves stocked.”

“From day one, we introduced very strict measures at the farm, however, we are constantly on our guard, there is no room for complacency,” he added. “The Health Passport platform trial is already enabling us to manage and streamline our systems even more efficiently, to safeguard our staff and business.”

Amid calls for increased testing for the public, ROQU says that newly engineered rapid tests could provide a solution needed to stop the spread of the virus. Where no testing solution is already in place, Health Passport Ireland can provide the very latest rapid antigen swab tests and antibody blood tests, which deliver results in less than 15 minutes. The testing solutions are engineered, manufactured, and clinically validated in Europe.

ROQU Group has announced that, in addition to Ireland, the Health Passport platform will be launched in the US, UK, Italy, Kenya and Germany, with other locations to follow.  Health Passport Ireland has been developed as part of ROQU’s international altruistic mission.

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