The most significant market developments from the past month
February/March News Digest
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:
- mHealth 2030 Report – 10 years ago, the iPhone was just 3 years old, only 25% of us owned a smartphone, and the term mHealth was first coined. We asked worldwide leaders from across mHealth: what will the next decade bring? What will apps deliver by 2030? What will be the biggest barriers faced by the industry? Click here to read the report.
- Humber Launches Health & Care App Library – ORCHA has partnered with NHS organisations across the Humber to launch the Humber Health App Store, designed to help local residents find clinically assured, safe and secure apps to help monitor their health and well-being. Read more here and access the App Library at https://humber.orcha.co.uk/.
- Digital Health Hubs – Good Things Foundation is running a three-year programme called Widening Digital Participation funded by NHS Digital, creating better health for a divided nation through their new Digital Health Hubs. Hear more in this video and learn about how Good Things Foundation are doing co-design in health by clicking here.
- Picking the right healthcare app – the data science way – We are working with the Hartree Centre to explore data-driven techniques to speed up our mHealth App Review process, such as automating the data collection process. Read more about our approach and access the full case study by clicking here.
- Which FemTech Apps can you Trust? – With only 15% of femtech apps meeting quality thresholds, which ones can be trusted? Take a look at our article on identifying safe, clinically assured femtech apps, published by Medical Plastics News, by clicking here.
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.
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