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Health apps have grown enormously in popularity, even more so during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has been recently reported, there are more than 500 health apps containing coronavirus-related keywords in their description.

People are taking advice from these apps, often using them to share sensitive information. Yet, in a time of fake reviews, scams and personal data breaches, not all health apps can be trusted. 

The Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA) have partnered with Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria to launch a health app formulary to help healthcare professionals and consumers know which health apps they can trust. 

As a free to use resource, the site includes reviews of health apps across a range of health conditions relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, including reviews of COVID-19 apps launched to date.

ORCHA verifies the accuracy, security, and risks associated with the use of each app.  Any app offering special pricing or approaches at this time, if it is particularly useful in supporting the COVID-19 response, or if there are any implementation approaches to support the COVID-19 challenge, is given a specific ‘COVID-19’ label in the formulary.

To visit the COVID-19 Health App website Click here.

In addition, ORCHA is also offering free professional accounts to all NHS staff for the next three months. The ORCHA Pro Account lets healthcare professionals find and recommend health apps to patients via text or email. This avoids any errors in remembering or downloading the wrong app, and gives the professional a record of who has been recommended an app.  

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ORCHA Launches COVID-19 Health App Formulary