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Low number of health apps reach minimum standards

9th October 2019

Health app evaluation and advisor organisation ORCHA, has revealed that only 15% of healthcare apps available for download meet minimum standards set by its review process.

Its evaluation of over 5,000 health apps has revealed that a significant number of healthcare apps available to download do not meet the minimum safety requirements. Notably, 75% of apps aimed at people with blood pressure concerns, and 85% of femtech and pregnancy apps, do not meet ORCHA’s quality threshold.

ORCHA monitor and evaluate healthcare apps available online, looking at 260 factors of individual apps covering performance and compliance, including clinical effectiveness, user experience, and data security, to give them a score. The score can then be used by governments and health and social care organisations to choose and deliver health apps that safely make the biggest impact in terms of improving clinical outcomes. The business is working with increasing numbers of organisations both in the UK and internationally, and are now delivering support across five countries, thanks to recent growth facilitated by the  Local Growth Hub.

Speaking on how it aims to stop the prevalence of harmful health apps, CEO of ORCHA Liz Ashall-Payne, said: “We believe that digital health apps are one of the most important tools available to help tackle health issues in an ageing population that’s facing more complex, long-term problems. Our goal is to support the organisations that look after us to empower them with information about which apps can create a difference. The fact that only 15% of apps that we review meet the minimum standards show there is a desperate need to regularly and properly assess the apps available to ensure that people are protected against the serious risks associated with downloading ineffective or even harmful apps.”

Article provided by Digitalhealthage.com


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