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UK mHealth app assessment
Digital Health and Care Alliance
Beth Gildersleve
06 October 2016
Agenda
• Introduce the health apps assessment & uptake
(including wearables) programme - current thinking
and progress to ...
Health apps assessment & uptake (including
wearables) programme
Domain A – Self Care and Prevention
• We will harness the ...
Programme Objectives
1.Create an ecosystem to allow the developer market to innovate
and enable digital apps to access to ...
Wider Paperless 2020 Links
5
Rationale for apps assessment process
• Digital interventions encouraged by system – prevention
and self-care agenda
• The...
Patient and citizen survey indicates NHS
‘endorsement’ can drive selection
7
Value Proposition
• Accelerate the uptake and adoption of digital services across health
and care with the public, healthc...
App Vendor, Self Assessment
Professional Validation
National App Placement/Promotion
Independent Evidence Evaluation
Natio...
Next Steps
• Listening and continued engagement
• Encourage innovation
• Links with regulators
– Discussions with MHRA on-...
www.digital.nhs.uk
@nhsdigital
enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk
0300 303 5678
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UK mHealth app assessment

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Beth Gildersleve
NHS Digital
6 October 2016
Digital Health and Cara Alliance

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UK mHealth app assessment

  1. 1. UK mHealth app assessment Digital Health and Care Alliance Beth Gildersleve 06 October 2016
  2. 2. Agenda • Introduce the health apps assessment & uptake (including wearables) programme - current thinking and progress to date • Discuss the key challenges and opportunities of the work • Gather more feedback 2
  3. 3. Health apps assessment & uptake (including wearables) programme Domain A – Self Care and Prevention • We will harness the power of digital information and technology to improve national well-being, empowering patients with the tools they need to take control of their own health, reducing pressure on frontline services and Improving national well-being. Programme • Develop an apps assessment framework to identify apps that have the potential to make a difference in delivering positive citizen and patient outcomes. • This will help commissioners make more effective decisions about apps which health and care systems to fund locally; provide guidance and direction to digital health application developers and provide health and care professionals with more confidence in recommending apps to patients. 3
  4. 4. Programme Objectives 1.Create an ecosystem to allow the developer market to innovate and enable digital apps to access to national systems and citizens/patients to upload personal data to their PHR 2.Surface and promote good health apps for citizen use on NHS Choices (NHS.UK and other app stores) to aid citizens and patients self-care and reduce the burden on the front line 3.Innovate and enable the developer market to produce high quality apps, through the provision of clear guidance on developing ‘good’ health apps 4.Empower healthcare professionals to recommend apps and wearables and to utilise and trust relevant patient generated data 5.Support commissioners in procurement decisions 6.Deliver a library of approved apps in areas like mental health and chronic conditions by 31 March 2017 4
  5. 5. Wider Paperless 2020 Links 5
  6. 6. Rationale for apps assessment process • Digital interventions encouraged by system – prevention and self-care agenda • The apps market is not working - wisdom of the crowd is not an effective filter • Professionals not ready to recommend • Commissioners not confident to invest. Inconsistencies and duplication of assessments • Organisations making high quality apps need reason for doing so • No clear standards available 6
  7. 7. Patient and citizen survey indicates NHS ‘endorsement’ can drive selection 7
  8. 8. Value Proposition • Accelerate the uptake and adoption of digital services across health and care with the public, healthcare professionals and commissioners • Support the developer market and local organisations to ensure high quality, safe and usable digital services are developed as needed for the health and care system • Provide a common core infrastructure of shared systems, technology, and processes to make it as easy as possible to build high quality, user- centered, digital services • Develop an apps assessment process – Not a regulatory process but identify the ‘best’ apps – Setting a quality benchmark – Not all apps assessed in same way: proportionate use of resources – Most comprehensive assessment likely for higher cost / high risk apps – Output accessible and integrated – need for promotion and implementation tools 8
  9. 9. App Vendor, Self Assessment Professional Validation National App Placement/Promotion Independent Evidence Evaluation National Tariff ‘Digital Product’ • App vendor follows guidance material • Undertake self assessment and agree T&Cs • Meets scoring criteria for self assessment • Professional community evaluate app vendor submission • Professional community reject or approve app • Approved apps tagged with NHS Logo • App available for download on NHS platform library • App available locally and nationally across NHS estate • Further independent evaluation on the efficacy of an app • Clinical safety reports, Reach: usage, access • Impact (Effectiveness, Cost saving, Patient factors) • App recommended for national tariff/ prescribing A p p P a t h w a y InPilot In Development TBDSummary of App Assessment Process
  10. 10. Next Steps • Listening and continued engagement • Encourage innovation • Links with regulators – Discussions with MHRA on-going – Further discussions with CQC required 10
  11. 11. www.digital.nhs.uk @nhsdigital enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk 0300 303 5678

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