Muhammad Khan, Medical Advisor at ORCHA (Organisation for the Review of Care & Health Applications) presents: ‘Promoting better apps for better outcomes’
(open to all).
Apps are presenting new and exciting opportunities for both users and the NHS, and represent a considerable opportunity for both patient and health service benefits. As of 2015, it was estimated that 71% of Britons (45.5million in total) owned a smartphone, 75% use smartphones or tablets to search for health information online, and over 90% would use mobile-health services to engage with healthcare professionals, in the event that these services were available.
Apps enable the possibility of making positive changes from the comfort of your own home, and not confined by the constraints of appointment times and waiting lists, can enable the treatment of thousands of individuals at the same time, with the treatment of one individual having absolutely no impact on the time and resources available to treat others.
Regrettably however, while poor quality pharmaceuticals and medical devices rarely find their way to patients, the same cannot be said about the largely unregulated market for health apps.