The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) has announced plans to give millions patients free health apps & connected health devices in a bid to promote self-management of chronic diseases.
The NHS has made several moves over the past few years to embrace digital health including a recent $6 billion dollar plan that includes a major focus on digital health. They also tried their hand at curating health apps in the Health Apps Library, though that effort stumbled amid problems with the evaluation process and security of health apps included.
According to reports, a panel of experts will convene this year to select the first 10-15 health apps and connected health devices. Its not known yet how they will select what to include, though in the announcement the AliveCor Kardia Monitor was highlighted as a device that could offer significant benefit.
We’ve covered some of the studies in which the AliveCor Kardia Monitor has been tested in a variety of clinical uses, from community based atrial fibrillation screening to post-cardiac surgery arrhythmia monitoring. These studies could support some specific uses within the National Health Service.
Other devices with solid evidence targeting areas of clinical needs include monitors for smart inhalers for asthma and COPD. And as the plethora of ResearchKit apps transform the volumes of data they are collecting into actual evidence of impact, they could be another great source of apps for the kind of large scale deployment the NHS is undertaking.