Coronavirus: Apps to help self-management

13th March 2020

As the number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise across the UK, the government has released its latest guidance on managing the impact of the outbreak – including asking people to self-isolate if showing symptoms.

With less patients attending general practices in person, and an increasing number of people choosing to self-isolate at home, digital health resources offer a practical tool that can be called upon for remote self-management.

There is a plethora of apps that can help with health-management, remote-monitoring and staying healthy. Apps not only help to keep pressure off the NHS in a time of high demand, but also allow patients to protect themselves and others from unnecessary risk. However, app stores are unregulated, and 85% of apps do not meet ORCHA’s quality threshold.

To support NHS efforts, we have listed tested apps for you to be aware of, that support:

  • Self-care, managing anxiety, and wellbeing for all
  • Management of diabetes, respiratory and heart condition symptoms
  • Reducing pressure on NHS services.

Each app meets ORCHA’s quality threshold for apps that are safe to use.

ORCHA helps the NHS to assess and build apps into practice. Please feel free to get in touch with us at if you’d like any more information or advice on finding suitable apps to help you or your patients with self-managing health and care during this time of uncertainty.

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