SilverCloud Head of Europe joins ORCHA as MD
Dr Lloyd Humphreys, former head of Europe at SilverCloud, a global leader in digital mental health, has joined ORCHA (the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps) in the newly-created role of managing director.
Dr Humphreys joins the ORCHA team following a period of accelerated growth for the organisation, with searches of ORCHA app libraries by UK healthcare staff rising by 6500% during the pandemic. The firm now works with 70% of NHS regions and in eleven other countries.
Prior to SilverCloud, Dr Humphreys co-founded Breaking Free Online and helped to scale Patients Know Best, a personal health record system, which was one of the first services chosen to become an NHS Innovation Accelerator. He remains an alumnus of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme.
Liz Ashall-Payne, founding CEO of ORCHA, said: “Lloyd’s experience of founding digital health companies and scaling them up will be invaluable for ORCHA following a dramatic two years for ourselves and the whole industry. We need to grow globally whilst retaining our core vision and values. We’re absolutely delighted to have him on board.”
Dr Humphreys said: “Digital health has fast forwarded five years in about 18 months. This will lead to huge opportunity but also risk. The global digital market can feel like the wild west and so whilst there are thousands of great apps out there, the ability to find and choose evidence based and high quality solutions can be difficult, for professional users as well as citizens.
“There’s a massive opportunity for ORCHA to lead the way, being the globally trusted source of digital health. This has not only commercial benefit but social impact, driving an organisation on a mission to enable better physical and mental health in many countries around the world.
“COVID-19 has forced digital transformation but the important time is coming up. As we go back to face-to-face care, we have to decide whether we bring back old ways of working or whether we keep the momentum going. I feel incredibly positive about the future potential of digital as we are now all asking the right questions.”
Dr Humphreys is a qualified clinical psychologist and completed an executive MBA at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin. He has been acknowledged as one of the Top 100 Health Tech Influencers.