The most significant market developments from the last month
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Our team of experts continually monitor, assess and ask questions, so they can give consumers, professionals and health and care bodies across the world accurate, impartial and up to date advice on finding the best apps.
Here, we pick the most significant market developments from over the past month:
What is the importance of improving the quality and safety of health apps? This literature review shows how valuable ORCHA’s App Review process is in providing transparency about which apps are safe to use. Read the review here, which explores ‘Safety concerns with consumer-facing mobile health applications and their consequences’: http://ow.ly/mO4p50wW7gG
The Local Growth Hub has allowed ORCHA to scale at pace, growing to a now global company. Watch this video from Local Growth Hub for an insight into how we have worked with them, and a inside look at ORCHA’s work distributing great digital health for populations across the world: http://www.bqlive.co.uk/healthcare-medical/2019/10/07/video/how-orcha-is-improving-digital-health-apps-across-the-globe-36417/
How are we working with charity Patient Safety Learning to improve the safety of health and care apps? ORCHA want to ensure that safe and effective digital health is accessible to all for multiple health conditions, especially as only 15% of apps that we review meet our quality threshold. Read more here: https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/10/healthcare-apps-safety-standards/
Does digital training need to be embedded into clinical workstreams in order to avoid a knowledge gap forming? Read our interview with Digital Health here: https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/10/digital-training-embedding-clinical-curricula/
We are entering into a strategic, international partnership with Dutch eHealth knowledge platform NeLL (National eHealth Living Lab) to support the delivery, implementation and scaling-up of safe & effective health apps. Learn more here.
‘Tipping point’ reached as public say they prefer health apps to antidepressants to support mental health conditions
Consumer research published on 9th May 2022 reveals that people aged from 18 to 44 years old would choose digital health to support a mental health condition over and above prescription medication, such as an antidepressant
The world’s first cross-border digital health accreditation system to be launched at HIMMS Europe
The Nordic region aims to be the most integrated health region in the world by 2030, according to the Nordic Council of Ministers. A shift towards digital health, and its focus on the self-management of health by Nordic populations, will be an important step on this journey, but it also brings new risks
Government: 75% of adults to be using NHS App by March 2024. But how is the nation responding to this health revolution at our fingertips?
As the government sets ambitious targets for the use of the NHS App, independent research into the nation’s use of health apps asks, for the first time, whether health apps are actually helping us self-manage our health – and the result is ‘striking’
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