NHS Apps Library Moves Forward With More Mobile Health Applications. A new player is online now called Activ8rlives and now available on the NHS Choices Apps Library.
In December of 2012 the UK National Health Service launched a prototype of the NHS Health Apps Library. It was tested and validated by real doctors and healthcare professionals. In addition, mobile app developers were consulted and the general public was involved as well.
A Bad Start: NHS Apps Library in 2013/2014
In 2013 and 2014 the number of apps on the library reached 226 but the number of visits and the development was rather disappointing. It decreased since November 2013 to only a number of visits of 11,100 per month. But the library managed a comeback in 2014/15. In January 2015 number of visits increased to almost double of the number in April 2014, to 22,800. In January also, there were 344 - under the libraries principles - "trusted and safe" live mobile health apps to be seen (an increase of 29%).
A Fruitful Future: NHS Apps Library in 2014/2015
Three Years of Development, Now Finally Growth?
The result of the development effort in 2012: An open library of health mobile apps that are safe and trusted to help the public in the UK to manage their health. All apps have been reviewed by the NHS to ensure they are clinically safe and relevant to people living in England.
This week, Activ8rlives’ 3.0 Health and Wellness Monitor and Food Diary App got approved for the NHS Choices Health Apps Library. It has been reviewed and passed for inclusion by a clinical assurance team, which is made up of doctors, nurses and safety specialists.
Mobile app interface for Activ8rlives App In the latest version of the NHS Choices Health App Library, the new Health Apps Library Review Process ensures that Apps are relevant to people living in England, contains information from a verifiable or trusted source, comply with the Data Protection Act, ensure that they hold and use personal information appropriately, and above all make sure they are clinically safe and will not bring harm to the user. The National Information Board (NIB) aim to set regulation, accreditation and kite marking of technology and data enabled services later this year.
In a press statement by Activ8rlives App it says that the NHS Choices library is a key step in giving healthcare professionals the confidence to recommend and prescribe Apps for use by their patients and is an important milestone for the Company as it develops integrated medical solutions for self-management of long-term conditions.
To choose Activ8rlives App to have on the NHS Apps Library is good news. The more apps that are officially "approved", the more competition and the sooner we might see some sort of industry standards for all mobile health apps.
Activ8rlives App and their associated integrated medical devices have about 50,000 users worldwide and revenues is growing via Amazon at 300% every year. Robert Dyas a retailer selling home & garden, outdoor products begun to act as a first high street retail channel to embrace it and Jessica Auton, Marketing Director at the company anticipate others to follow.