NHS Digital to ‘create a set of approved assessors’ for the apps library

The NHS Apps Library will benefit from a set of third-party assessors that will identify which apps meet the technical, clinical and safety standards required to be included onto the platform.

[London, UK] NHS Digital has picked Our Mobile Health to work on the NHS Apps Library ahead of plans to ‘create an entire set of approved assessors’.

Our Mobile Health will be the first third-party assessor that will work with NHS Digital to transform the library into a ‘go-to’ resource for evidence-based digital health tools that meet the necessary technical, clinical and safety standards.

“Apps can be found anywhere on the internet, but when an app is featured on our library, there is a reassurance that it has been assessed by the NHS against measures such as clinical safety and effectiveness.

“Our aim is that the NHS Apps Library will become increasingly popular, as it becomes the go-to, trusted home of apps that people can deploy to help them improve their quality of life,” wrote Hazel Jones, NHS Digital Programmes Director, in a blog this week.

She revealed their agreement with Our Mobile Health will pave the way towards creating a group of ‘approved assessors’, allowing them to ‘leverage multiple industry specialists in app assessment’.

NHS Digital is also urging developers to submit their apps for assessment. The library currently includes 46 apps tackling a variety of conditions, including diabetes, mental health and COPD.

"Digital technology is now a part of all our lives and in the NHS we want to harness the advantages of digital to improve services and empower patients to take control of their own health,” said Juliet Bauer, NHS England Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

"Apps can provide a real insight into patients' conditions, enabling clinicians to deliver better, more relevant treatment and give patients more control over their care,” the CDO added.

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