mHealth apps as sustainable health solutions
Across the world health systems are under pressure to deliver quality services to more people with less money. New, sustainable models of care are needed and self-care will have a crucial role as systems evolve to keep up with the growing demand. Health apps can play a large part in helping people to lead healthier lives, prevent disease, and self-manage chronic conditions in partnership with their health professionals.
The mobile health (mHealth) market is growing rapidly, but health app use still lags behind other sectors. Uncertainty about the quality of apps is one of the major barriers cited by GPs questioned about digital health app use in practice. With around 259,000 health apps available, separating the good from the not so good is really challenging for users and health professionals
Apps you can trust
The Our Mobile Health curated app library contains only apps that have been through Our Process and met our rigorous assessment criteria, meaning healthcare professionals and patients can use them with confidence. We work in partnership with health providers and organisations to create configurable, customisable health app libraries selecting the best digital health apps to meet the needs of their users.
Our app assessment process is the most rigorous and robust available. We ask the questions that matter so health professionals and users can have confidence in the app, looking at areas such as data security, conformance to regulations, technical stability, usability and indicators of effectiveness. We have a panel of over 150 independent expert reviewers from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds who assess and provide detailed reviews of every app.
Our evidence-based assessment process incorporates more than 300 questions and was fully developed in partnership with NHS policy and guidance. Our process has now been adopted by NHS England, Public Health England, NICE, NHS Digital and leading commercial suppliers of healthcare IT software.
We have a wide network of health app developers delivering content across a range of areas including Diabetes, Women’s Health, Fitness, Cancer Management, Nutrition, Heart Monitors and Mental Health. We work closely with them to evaluate and improve their products to ensure they best meet the needs of the end user.
The Our Mobile Health app library contains more than 200 apps that have been through the assessment process. We develop bespoke libraries for organisations such as CCGs, patient groups or commercial companies, selecting apps that best meet the needs of their users. We work with our partner organisations to support and train users to ensure they get the maximum engagement and value from our mHealth curated app libraries. We work together to assess the impact on areas such as patient support, reduced appointments and user engagement.
Using quality mHealth apps as part of their practice can help clinicians to empower patients to help themselves, optimising their time and other resources, and giving them more tools to prevent disease. Health apps are a convenient way for people to manage their own health, giving them another option alongside medicines and other therapies.