Myth 4 We have SOOOO many health apps……..right???

Myth 4 We have SOOOO many health apps……..right???

WRONG!

Everyone talks about how many apps we have to help us to stay healthy and well, or to manage our health, and how the number of apps available has grown from 30,000 in 2013 to a whopping 327,000 as of today, BUT this isn’t really a true picture.

I can hear you asking WHY…….

Well if we take the 327,000 apps and first of all ask how many of these are ACTUALLY active, meaning how many are looked after, updated and kept fresh – the answer is only 112,000.

OK, so we have 112,000 health apps, so that’s still a lot…..isn’t it?

Wrong again!  If you now look at those apps, and apply a layer of evaluation, looking at whether the app is data secure, clinically safe or has met design standards, you will find only 10-15% pass, which means we are now at 15,000 health apps.

So, is this enough? 15,000 is still a large enough number……..right?

WRONG…………why?

Let me explain, if there are 400 clinical condition areas and you have 1 app for each in both app stores, apple and google, you need 800.

You then add in some different dimensions of personal needs and characteristics like

Age, Gender, Visual, hearing or cognitive impairment

Add in another layer of personal preferences:

I want an app with a social network, I want an app which teaches me more about my condition, I cant pay for an app, I want an app which has games in it, I want it to work with my fitbit, garmin, alexa…..hopefully you get the picture……….lots of dimensions.

Well here at ORCHA we have worked out that if we want to help our populations find great apps across this range of needs and preferences we need around 30,000…………..and we only have half of that!

So the reality is we do not have enough great health apps, we need MORE innovation, we need these innovations to be of high quality and we need to help people get access to them.

This week it is the wonderful NHS Innovation EXPO, we are really excited to share how we are supporting over 15million people to find great health apps. We are also really keen to meet new innovations and organisations who want to use great apps!

If you have time, pop over and have a chat with the ORCHA team, we are in the innovation zone and are ready to meet you!

Clinical Project Manager in Digital Health

Clinical Project Manager in Digital Health

Are you a healthcare professional looking for a new challenge? Have you thought about working in digital health, helping patients to take control of their condition as a Clinical Project Manager?

 

About ORCHA

 

ORCHA are one of the UK’s fastest growing Digital Health organisations. We operate the world’s largest digital health assessment platform and library and have an suite of exciting products and services that are all geared towards getting more people using and benefiting from great health and care related Apps.

We are a team of clinicians, mhealth experts and web developers working within the NHS helping to change the way healthcare is delivered, utilising the power of technology. Our award winning digital platform has been shown to improve the long-term outcomes of our patient population, transformation change and patient outcomes.

It’s fair to say we are crazy about health Apps. Digital health is rapidly emerging as the major new frontier in healthcare delivery globally and we are at the forefront of this fast moving and exhilarating environment.

Based in the Northwest of the UK we are rapidly growing across the whole of the UK, Europe and beyond.  Check us out at www.orcha.co.uk.

 

The Role: Clinical Project Manager

 

We work closely with organisations who wish to activate a population that they support to embrace digital health solutions as a means of better managing their overall health and wellbeing or any specific conditions that they have. At the heart of this is a suite of innovative digital tools that support this drive and make finding, comparing and using Digital Health much simpler.

These products include our App Finder which supports individuals and the health and care professionals who support them, to search for and find great solutions that match their specific needs and individual characteristics.  We also have a suite of Professionally focussed solutions that support the integration of digital health solutions into day to day clinical and care practice and pathways.

Our clients include, health and care organisations in the UK and wider afield, charities, universities, colleges and schools and major employers.

The Clinical Project Manager role is all about supporting the implementation, roll out and ongoing support of our products and services across this diverse client base. This is much more than a ‘task and finish’ style approach. Our Clinical Project Managers are a key part of the success of each client engagement and service implementation, they are required to understand the specific needs of each client and support them to develop a practical and effective strategy for the roll out of our services.  They are of course required to effectively manage the practical steps in an implementation, but nurturing relationships with a diverse array of client representatives, both clinical and none clinical is equally crucial and the key to achieving this successfully.

This team are on the front line on a daily basis, working in GP surgeries, hospitals, care providers and the like, with a wide array of clinical and none clinical teams and often with direct engagement with patients and service users. They also however work directly with System Leaders and Senior Managers within the client organisations and need to be able to operate at all of these levels with confidence.

They are very much seen as experts in the area of Digital Health and the application of this amazing new frontier in medicine to the day to day challenges of modern day healthcare systems and are required to be proactive in their engagement style and approach, helping clients to reach practical and effective integration, activation and engagement strategies.

No two days are the same with a hugely diverse array of clients, stakeholders and areas of focus ensuring that every day brings a new set of challenges and opportunities to grow.

 

What do you need?

 

The most crucial skill you will need for this role is relationship management. Whilst great project management capabilities are a given, if you are not able to forge strong relationships across a wide array of stakeholders this isn’t the role for you. If however, you are really a people person and love to meet new people and take on new challenges, this could be the role for you.

You will need in addition however great energy and enthusiasm for healthcare in general and the world of Digital Health in particular. You don’t need to be an expert in Digital Health now. We will provide a lot of training and support to ensure you have all the knowledge and insights you will need, but a genuine interest in the area is essential.

A clinical background, or deep understanding of the health and care environment – including an understanding of the front-line delivery approaches and challenges – is also crucial. To be genuinely expert in Digital Health, requires you to firstly understand the wider health and care context in which these great solutions can sit. Being able to talk to health and care professionals at all levels, about their world is a key part of this.

We are a friendly bunch and very much try to foster a fun and supportive environment. It is however fast paced and we are constantly in a change cycle as we iterate and reiterate what we do to support new clients, new jurisdictions and to take account of the constantly changing and developing environment we are working in, so if change isn’t your thing, it’s probably not the place for you.

On a more practical front, this role while notionally based in our amazing offices in Daresbury, Cheshire will require a lot of travel to support projects across the UK. We will wherever possible work to ensure that members of the team are covering sensible geographic areas relating to their home location, but it’s important that you can easily manage the travel commitments and can work flexibly enough to support the different challenges and priorities.

 

What we offer

 

Hopefully you have started to get an idea of this. We offer you a chance to immerse yourself in an exciting and fast emerging environment that is at the forefront of tackling some of the most important challenges societies face.

We offer a job that will grow with you and constantly offer new challenges and new horizons.

We offer great training and access to hugely skilled individuals who will nurture and support you as you grow.

We offer, fun, fast pace and challenge in equal measure and we demand a high level of energy, enthusiasm and commitment in return.

We are still young, but growing fast and you have the chance still to be one of the ‘founding’ team and join us for what we know will be a fantastic journey.

Oh and yes, we do of course offer a great salary and benefits package: starting at between £28,000 and £35,000 with opportunities to grow this considerably as your skill levels evolve.

 

Get in touch

 

If this sounds like perfect role for you, please drop us an email at awesomejobs@orcha.co.uk with a covering letter and your CV telling us why. Don’t be shy, don’t leave your CV to do the talking, spell it out for us right from the start. If you do, we will be back in touch pronto.

The ORCHA Team…

Health reviewers and analysts wanted!

Health reviewers and analysts wanted!

Join our team of reviewers

ORCHA are one of the UK’s fastest growing Digital Health organisations. We operate the world’s largest digital health assessment platform and library and have a suite of exciting products and services that are all geared towards getting more people using and benefiting from great health and care related Apps.

It’s fair to say we are crazy about health Apps. Digital health is rapidly emerging as the major new frontier in healthcare delivery globally and we are at the forefront of this fast moving and exhilarating environment.

Based in the Northwest of the UK we are rapidly growing across the whole of the UK, Europe and beyond.

Check us out at www.orcha.co.uk.

 

The Role: Digital Health Reviewer and Analyst

At the heart of everything we do is the unique and revolutionary ORCHA Digital Health Review and Assessment which allows us to rapidly but robustly assess and evaluate Digital Health solutions and support our wide array of clients to promote and embed great Apps into their systems, processes and populations.

At the core of the Review process is the Review team and our highly trained, highly skilled Reviewers. Every day they will assess Health Apps covering a huge number of different health and care conditions and categories and providing a wide range of different types of support.

Digital health Apps include major household names like FitBit and MyFitnessPal, many of which are great, but we particularly love finding the small, independent Apps that offer amazing solutions for some of the most common and challenging conditions around.

Our Reviewers rapidly become expert in all facets of Digital Health Apps. Guided and supported by our team of hugely experienced and expert specialists, ORCHA Reviewers look at Apps holistically, identifying in the process whether the Apps are safe for end users to use and for clinicians to promote and whether they are properly compliant with all the myriad standards and regulations that impact them.

A typical day will involve undertaking Reviews on a range of distinct Apps from a variety of different areas. You will download and use the App, you will investigate and examine all aspects of it and the information that it provides. You will also check out the relevant websites and App store entries to gather all the required evidence to establish how good the App is across a range of assessment dimensions.

As you get more experienced, you will gain the opportunity to become a Super Reviewer, undertaking more in-depth assessments on behalf of health and care organisations, regulators and governments who need to provide assurance schemes for their local populations. You will increasingly engage with the App Developers, supporting them to improve their solutions and you will also work hand in hand with our experts to evaluate compliance in often ground breaking areas such as AI and Sensor technology.

You will also work with regulators directly in areas such as medical device regulation, data protection and clinical evidence evaluation to constantly iterate and evolve the core process.

This is a role that can grow with you and provide you with an amazing foundation of core skills and knowledge which you can leverage in many different directions. We want you to do that with us and we will always work with you to find the next role or the next challenge to keep you energised and growing.

 

What do you need?

The most important skill you will have is attention to detail and an enquiring mind. It is crucial that you are accurate and meticulous and have great research and investigation capabilities.

You don’t need to be an expert in any part of Digital Health, we will train you fully, in all aspects and you will also be supported by our amazing team of experts who will introduce you to a wide range of different areas and skills.

Having an interest or fascination with Apps and wearable technology generally and health tech specifically would be useful, although we are sure you will quickly get hooked by the sheer variety and ingenuity that you are exposed to on a daily basis.

Of course, energy, team work, great communications skills, enthusiasm and tenacity are all key as well. We are a friendly bunch and very much try to foster a fun and supportive environment. It is however fast paced and we are constantly in a change cycle as we iterate and reiterate what we do to support new clients, new jurisdictions and to take account of the constantly changing and developing environment we are scrutinising, so if change isn’t your thing, it’s probably not the place for you.

On a more practical front, this role is based in our amazing offices in Daresbury, Cheshire and it’s important that you can easily get to us and can work flexibly enough to support the different challenges and priorities.

 

What we offer

Hopefully you have started to get an idea of this. We offer you a chance to immerse yourself in an exciting and fast emerging environment that is at the forefront of tackling some of the most important challenges societies face.

We offer a job that will grow with you and constantly offer new challenges and new horizons.

We offer great training and access to hugely skilled individuals who will nurture and support you as you grow.

We offer, fun, fast pace and challenge in equal measure and we demand a high level of energy, enthusiasm and commitment in return.

We are still young, but growing fast and you have the chance still to be one of the ‘founding’ team and join us for what we know will be a fantastic journey.

Oh and yes, we do of course offer a salary: starting at £17,500 and growing over the first 2 years to a minimum of £22,000 with opportunities to grow this considerably as your skill levels evolve.

 

Get in touch…

If this sounds like perfect role for you, please drop us an email at awesomejobs@orcha.co.uk with a covering letter and your CV telling us why. Don’t be shy, don’t leave your CV to do the talking, spell it out for us right from the start. If you do, we will be back in touch pronto.

The ORCHA Team…

ORCHA approved as a Government Supplier on G-Cloud 10

ORCHA approved as a Government Supplier on G-Cloud 10

Government Purchasing Framework Approves Health App Services

We are delighted to announce that ORCHA services have now been approved on the Government’s G-Cloud 10 portal. This means any central government, local council, NHS Trust or public-sector body can purchase ORCHA services and be assured to receive pre-approved commercial arrangements that represent quality and offer value for money.

ORCHA Services on G-Cloud that will help public sector organisations to safely unlock the potential Health Apps offer include:

Local engagement microsites  – To drive uptake of health apps and target specific communities in your region, we provide locally branded and tailored microsites featuring a library of evaluated apps that meet the health challenges and demographics in your region.

Pro Account App Prescription service – To help bring health apps safely into practice, we’ve developed a tool to enable health and care professionals to prescribe health apps. More than 60% of recipients act on an App recommendation from a pro. This service helps you to unlock this potential.

Please find ORCHA on the G-Cloud at https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/g-cloud/services/492088287366157.

General Practice safely unlocks the power of health apps

General Practice safely unlocks the power of health apps

Wingate Medical Centre is a busy general practice looking after more than 12,000 people across Kirby and East Fazakerley.  Faced with a rise in conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart conditions and mental health, and an ageing population with more complex cases, demand for its services continues to grow.

With limited resource, the practice looks for marginal gains, identifying small incremental improvements in its practice, which together provide significant advances.

The practice identified health apps as a branch of treatment that can bring improvements. The right apps, when integrated into practice correctly, can make a big difference.

Some of the centre’s GPs already recommended apps to their patients, but this required the GP to research and test apps.  It also relied on the patient remembering the recommended app, bringing risk that the patient may accidentally download the wrong app.

To unlock the benefit apps offer and safely integrate them into its practice, Wingate Medical Centre adopted the ORCHA platform, part of NHS England’s National Innovation Accelerator Programme.  Dr Chris Mimnagh explains:

“When we saw the ORCHA platform it was a no brainer for us.  It provides us with exactly what we need – a website that helps us to find the best apps to meet a patient’s needs, and a tool to deliver the app directly to the patient.

“Previously relying on our own GPs to review apps relied on an anecdotal approach.  With ORCHA, we know that each app has been evaluated against more than 130 criteria, including those set out by regulatory bodies.

“With thousands of health apps available, we are not best placed to know which ones to test. We could waste time looking at a scam app developed by a 14 year old from their bedroom.  But as ORCHA continuously scans the market and tests more apps than anyone else, it cuts through this noise.

“Our old method of showing a patient an app also brought risk.  It was the equivalent of presenting a patient with a packet of pills, asking them to remember it and then find it in the pharmacy. With ORCHA, each an app recommendation is delivered directly to a patient’s phone, so they can download it with a click of a button.”

Through the ORCHA platform, the team has discovered apps that make a huge difference.  For example Headspace enables patients with mental health issues to access simple yet effective CBT whilst they wait to see a therapist.   Migraine Buddy allows patients to keep detailed reports about their migraine, helping the team to have more meaningful discussions, better pinpointing potential triggers and assessing the effectiveness of prescribed medication.

Concluding about ORCHA, Dr Mimnagh says:

“We aim to treat patients in the right place at the right time.  ORCHA is helping us to deliver this. In order to see our urgent patients within a four hour window, we help a third of our patients over the phone. We recommend an app to many of these, which bolsters the care advice or prescription given.  We also recommend apps to the third of patients who see us with routine matters. The intelligence or value add that an app brings, particularly helps people with long term problems.

“I think any GP should review the ORCHA platform for their practice.  As phones get smarter, the apps bring more and more benefit to a GP. ORCHA can help you navigate the market and safely embrace this potential.”

 

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