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Expand the number of NHS approved apps

Last updated: 09:47am 17 May 2019

We will continue to expand the number of NHS approved apps that can help monitor care and provide support for physical and mental health conditions.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.69

Our verdict

According to the Office for National Statistics:

  • 89% of adults in Great Britain used the internet at least weekly in 2018
  • mobile phones or smartphones are the most popular devices used to access the internet

In light of that, this policy promises to expand the number of NHS approved apps to monitor care and provide support.

The NHS Apps Library was launched as a beta site in April 2017 and was initially home to just one NHS approved app, with 21 other apps in the process of being tested.

However, by July 2018, the NHS Digital Apps Library celebrated the milestone of hosting 70 approved apps in time for the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The Government also recently began roll-out of the new NHS App enabling users to:

  • check your symptoms
  • find out what to do when you need help urgently
  • book and manage appointments at your GP surgery
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • securely view your GP medical record
  • register to be an organ donor
  • choose how the NHS uses your data

The roll-out is scheduled to be complete by July 2019.

The vast increase in the number of NHS approved apps and the continued commitment to improving NHS digital services means this pledge is ‘done.’

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