A pilot of a new app and digital platform has launched which aims to make it easier for businesses and individuals to manage Covid-19 testing. 

Health Passport Ireland has been developed by Roqu Group. The company said its system can link testing to an app that can be used to show whether a person has had a recent negative result. 

Roqu said its app will primarily work with the current HSE testing regime, but is also "future-proofed" to ensure it is compatible with any future tests that might come on stream.

That includes potential fast turnaround antigen testing, which in some cases promises results in 15 minutes. 

Such testing is not currently used by the health system here, as there are questions about its accuracy when compared to existing, clinically-validated methods. 

Roqu Group CEO and President Robert Quirke said that all of the tests that integrate with Health Passport Ireland are clinically validated. 

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He also hoped that newer, faster methods of testing would be approved as time went on. 

The company has a number of partners involved in its pilot at launch, including University Hospital Tallaght and Keogh's Farm. 

Mr Quirke said access to the system would not cost these companies anything during the pilot programme.