Here we highlight the most significant market developments and news from over the past month.
News from ORCHA
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 highlight the most significant market developments and news from over the past month:
– Despite recent policy recommendations advocating the use of health apps in routine clinical practice, they’re still rarely recommended by health-care providers in practice. So ORCHA conducted the first study to understand why and explore the factors most important amongst healthcare professionals. The Lancet Digital Health published our initial findings here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(19)30025-1/fulltext?fbclid=IwAR2tVBBEg2ciWESThqbDthhnAUyzFDlh8makq1xRuYY0-wmCW8OVtdmpFv8
– The use of innovative technologies, such as apps and wearables, can help ‘patient power’ by giving patients control over monitoring their health conditions. This parallels ORCHA’s mission to increase access to and trust in digital health apps, so as to improve patient care: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48228818
– Digital Health reports on how ORCHA’s recent collaboration with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has helped the Trust’s mental health therapists to understand which apps are the safest and most clinically effective for patients: https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/05/mobile-health-apps-news-brief-2/
– Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are contributing to the rise in Consumer-driven Healthcare (CDH): https://hitconsultant.net/2019/05/28/4-areas-in-consumer-driven-healthcare-ripe-for-innovation/#.XO0P54hKhPY
The UK’s first Digital Health Formulary and a Health App Library just for citizens
Following the rapid growth of the digital health sector, healthcare professionals and citizens now have distinct and different needs from their health app libraries – and so ORCHA has created products exactly tailored for each of these two audiences.
600,000 A&E Admissions Could be Prevented with a Nationwide Deployment of Key Digital Health Products in Primary Care
Researchers at ORCHA and the University of Warwick have identified that digital health products such as health apps could make a substantial contribution to tackling NHS urgent care pressures, by keeping patients out of hospital in the first place.
Founded by NHS clinicians, ORCHA is the world’s leading digital health evaluation and distribution organisation. We provide services to national health bodies across three continents, including the NHS in 50% of UK regions, delivering national accreditation frameworks, bespoke Digital Health Libraries, and professional recommendation tools, specific to the needs of our clients. ORCHA’s unique Review Engine assesses digital health solutions against more than 300 measures across Clinical/Professional Assurance, Data & Privacy, and Usability & Accessibility, plus additional criteria depending on needs.
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