Since COVID-19 arrived, there has been a 25% rise in health app downloads, from 4 to 5 million every day. But what are the trends behind this headline figure? As ORCHA supplies health app libraries to 50% of NHS England regions, we have unique insight into the healthcare concerns of the nation. Download the COVID-19: …

by Heather Smith

The last decade saw the start of the smartphone revolution. Ten years ago, the iPhone was just three years old, around a quarter of us owned a smartphone, and the term mHealth was first coined. Now in 2020, when COVID-19 has accelerated Digital Health adoption, 327,000 health apps are available from which 5 million are downloaded …

by Heather Smith

The ambition of SmartWork’s holistic approach is to support active and healthy ageing at work for older office workers, through a suite of smart services, building a Worker-Centric AI System for work ability sustainability. In other words, keeping ageing people working for longer by supporting them with unobtrusive sensing and monitoring of their health, behaviour, …

by Heather Smith

Digital Health has been central to Northern Ireland’s COVID-19 response. Its Health Minister announced a new health App Library to help people manage their health and wellbeing. ORCHA worked with Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSCNI), in collaboration with the Department of Health in NI, to build this App Library. Health Minister, Robin Swann, explains: Since taking …

by Heather Smith

Ireland has donated the code for its contact tracing app to the Linux Foundation Public Health initiative as part of an attempt to suppress the coronavirus pandemic globally. The Health Services Executive confirmed it had donated the code to the newly established foundation on Monday, as one of the first two open source projects to help fight Covid-19. …

by Heather Smith

On July 3rd, SmartWork technical partners (Byte, UPAT, SPARKS, RRD, COIN, IPN, and RtF-I) met online to establish the roadmap towards the release of the SmartWork prototype that will be tested in a controlled environment in Portugal, at the CDC pilot site. The first prototype of the Unobtrusive Sensing Network has been released under the …

by Heather Smith

Recent Xerox Future of Work Survey shows 58% of respondents plan changes to remote working policy NORWALK, Conn., June 25, 2020 – Today, Xerox announced the launch of its Team Availability App, a quick-to-deploy, real-time solution for organisations that need to understand employee availability and location. Knowing where and whether employees are working is critical …

by Heather Smith

ECHAlliance Strategic Partner and Digital health assessor, ORCHA, wants to work with telehealth providers to achieve  collaborative health app prescription to patients across the globe! Did you know that, of the hundreds of thousands of health apps available, 85% do not meet quality thresholds? As more patients look towards self-managing their own health and wellbeing, …

by Heather Smith

Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture. This concerns the vast majority of tracing apps that were already – or are about to be – launched in the EU. …

by Heather Smith

Given the challenges the world is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, app developers have been quick to create digital solutions to help people manage their health and, potentially, slow the spread of COVID-19. But they have also been equally fast in spotting a loophole in app store security, in order to get their apps …

by Heather Smith
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