MYTH 2- Accreditation of apps – it’s a one-time thing!

MYTH 2- Accreditation of apps – it’s a one-time thing!

Myth 2

Apps change all the time, that’s what they are meant to do – respond to user feedback, iterate and change. That’s why they are so great!

Apps start with the user and as these users provide feedback and request new functions or features, the app developer responds, its why the world of mhealth is so promising, they are agile!

So why is that we think a review or an accreditation of an app is a one-time thing where the review stays static, but the app changes……do we honestly think that will work?

I suppose we could ask developers to stop iterating and changing the app, but don’t we WANT apps to grow and respond to users with better functions, features and benefits?

Surely the review process must follow this agile route? To RESPOND to the market, WORK WITH the amazing market place of mhealth, and although changing our thinking can be difficult, its imperative if we are going to be able to really engage with and benefit from this growing opportunity.

The main challenge here is knowing whether an app has been updated, and asking the app developer to highlight them to the reviewer, is an unlikely scenario. App developers are busy, building, user testing, selling, growing a market presence, running a business, and normally with a limited resource. We need to help them get there, not create another job to do.

This wicked problem has been solved, we can help you know if apps have been updated on a weekly basis, and are keen to work with you today!

My plea to you is if you are thinking about reviewing, accrediting or endorsing apps please remember, the app WILL change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse and if the review process takes a long time, by the time the review is completed, you will probably find its out of date, and the review is redundant ………..worse still another few thousand will have come onto the market and you haven’t noticed.

At ORCHA we start with the full market place each week, and we receive notifications to re-review any updated apps, it works and it means the information we provide people, patients and professionals with is fit for use. Read more on our About page

Please get in touch to learn more about how we keep abreast of the market place and how we could work with you today!

Driving Digital Health Apps with Business Growth Hub

Driving Digital Health Apps with Business Growth Hub

We have entered into a partnership with Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub.

The Business Growth Hub has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with us to recognise the emergence of medtech and digital health in Greater Manchester.

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For healthcare developers in Greater Manchester, this agreement provides access to information on how to make their app better, including advice on how to break into niche health and care sectors; how to develop new routes to the health and wellbeing market  and impartial feedback on their product.

Ian MacArthur, head of Sectors at Business Growth Hub, said:

“Greater Manchester has a great community of app developers already working in the health sector, and a great deal more with the potential to enter this market. Working with ORCHA we will open up new markets and ensure the apps are fit for purpose and commercially successful.”

Liz Ashall-Payne, our CEO, said:

“We want to support app developers in Manchester by offering a new route to market and showcasing the very best health apps. App developers we work with benefit from impartial feedback and comparison with others in the market to improve their product. Together we can create a thriving market place for apps that really benefit people and communities.”

To read the full news story, check out the articles on the following sites:

http://digitalhealthage.com/orcha-business-growth-hub-driving-digital-health-apps/

http://www.businesscloud.co.uk/news/orcha-partners-with-business-growth-hub

http://www.bqlive.co.uk/north-west/2017/10/04/news/orcha-to-drive-health-app-innovation-28059/

https://www.businessupnorth.co.uk/orcha-business-growth-hub-partner-drive-health-app-innovation-greater-manchester/

ReThink: AN MHEALTH/SEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS CASE STUDY

ReThink: AN MHEALTH/SEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS CASE STUDY

Ormiston Rivers Academy

As part of the roll out of the Digital Healthy Schools Programme in Essex, ORCHA engaged with a group of students from Ormiston Rivers Academy who are using mHealth solutions to help them with the roll out of their own initiative…

ReThink, a group of KS4 students from Ormiston Rivers Academy in Essex, are raising awareness of taboo subjects such as sexual and mental health, and issues surrounding the LGBT+ community.

Having felt that they missed out on elements of this education, they have completed qualifications and are now rolling out assemblies and classes in their school. They regularly host events aimed at raising awareness and supporting their peers through potentially turbulent and ambiguous times, being adamant that “we would rather have an uncomfortable population than an uneducated one”.

Wanting to normalise how their peers think about these subjects, the group are looking at how to increase the use mHealth solutions and apps to back up their message; reasoning that encouraging app use means this education and positive thinking continues outside the classroom.

The group already use Period Trackers as a key element of their advised support, but had mixed experiences finding one that they rated highly enough to recommend. So, when ORCHA came to present for the Digital Healthy Schools Programme, the group were impressed by the potential ORCHA brings; helping users identify the best apps for men’s health, women’s health, and sexual health for example.

They can now easily research the best apps and recommend them as part of their advice, or point peers to the Essex Digital Healthy Schools Programme ORCHA page, aimed at school children in Essex, at myhealthessex.orcha.co.uk and let them research apps themselves. As Miss Marable, Teacher of Religious Studies, Citizenship and Sociology, explains “it’s really exciting to see how two such important initiatives [ReThink and the Digital Healthy Schools Programme] have the potential to support each other and positively impact both the physical and psychological wellbeing of our students”. Dr Muhammad Khan, Medical Adviser at ORCHA, continues “there is such an exciting symbiosis here, and there is so much potential to make a real difference to the wellbeing of young people in the area”.

ReThink now hope to raise more awareness of their work and find a way to get sustainable funding so they can increase their span of influence to the whole of Essex and beyond.

To find out more about the Digital Healthy Schools Programme or how ReThink are using ORCHA, or if you’d like to support ReThink get in touch with Andy Jeans

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