MyHealthApps launches; Sun Network launches Crisis Card app for Cambridgeshire residents
Last year at this time, the PatientView patient research firm published The European Directory of Health Apps 2012-2013 with about 200 entries. Alex Wyke from PatientView has been kind enough to follow up and let us know as a comment on the original article [TTA 15 Nov 2012] that it has been expanded and relaunched as MyHealthApps. The site has grown to 307 apps selected by over 450 patient groups and with ‘heart’ ratings on a five-point system. While not comprehensive yet, notably it is now a truly international website with mirror sites in 48 languages from Albanian to Welsh, including four varieties of English (!) There are also submission links for patient groups and developers. PatientView developed this with support from: GSK, Janssen, Novo Nordisk, O2/Telefonica Europe, Vodafone Foundation, NHS England’s Library of Health Apps, UK government body KTN CONNECT and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). The patient group review and backing adds credibility, and along with US-based Cigna’s GoYou Marketplace and the home-grown MobileHealthMarketplace [TTA 4 Oct] gives those who are shopping apps some means of judgment, which was the initial promise of Happtique. Also PM Live article.
In Cambridgeshire, the Sun Network will launch on 11 December the ‘Crisis Card’ app for local residents. This upgrades the paper Crisis Card program through the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which had, in the event of emergency, a patient’s diagnosis, emergency contact information, and other recovery related information written down in one place. Enhancements in the new app include a green button for a motivational message, an amber button to text two contacts that the patient needs help and a red button to indicate a crisis-immediate help needed state. The app will be available in the Apple Mac App Store and Google Play after the debut 11 December at the Health & Wellbeing Exposition 2013 in Cambridge and is supported by the CCG and the Cambridgeshire County Council. CambridgeNewsOnline Hat tip to Twitter followers VeloMobileHealth and Luca Sergio of Ethis Communications.