New collaboration to aid health app innovators

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) & ORCHA (Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) are delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at supporting innovators developing healthcare apps.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has developed an Innovation Exchange portal that innovators can use to share their information and get advice and support and which is now being used by an increasing number of health app developers.

Richard Stubbs, Interim Managing Director at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “It has become clear that with such a large number of health apps now available in the UK, it is becoming more difficult to assess their relevance and quality without appropriate resource and knowledge.

“This new partnership builds on the work we have been doing with ORCHA and its Managing Director Liz Ashall-Payne for over a year and recognises the advantage of working collaboratively with partners who have complementary strengths and skills.

“We are now looking forward to developing this relationship further to benefit healthcare app developers across the United Kingdom.”

Liz added: “ORCHA is delighted to be working with Yorkshire and Humber AHSN.

“We see this strategic partnership as a real opportunity to promote, share information and resources across the organisations in order to enhance the availability of high quality health and care apps to health and care professionals, app developers, and the general public

“By bringing together the AHSN’s expertise with ORCHA’s knowledge and skills and linking that with NHS organisations and the app developer community we really believe this partnership will have impact for the whole health service.”

Liz has worked closely with Yorkshire & Humber AHSN collaborating and presenting at a number of the AHSN’s Digital Ecosystem events.