In March this year The NHS Commissiong Board launched its Health Apps Library with the main aim of making it easier for people to find health and medical apps that they can trust and which adhere to NHS safety standards in health IT.
With over 40,000 healthcare related apps available globally, a key focus for the NHS is on ensuring that the apps listed in the Library are all clinically safe and suitable for people who are living in the UK. Dr Maureen Baker, Clinical Director for Patient Safety, and her team developed a review process that applies, for the first time, safety standards in health technology to health apps.
At the time of writing this post I was able to discover around 70 apps listed on the site, so it is by no means a comprehensive source of information yet. The main focus is on apps aimed at patients but I would imagine that it would also be a useful place to list apps that are aimed specifically for use by healthcare professionals. As we know, many HCPs are using apps in their day to day roles to help perform medical calculations and diagnose patients etc, so adding a list of apps that have been tested and approved for use by HCPs would no doubt be of great value to them.