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Published on August 31, 2011

An App a day keeps the doctor away

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is calling for all of us to send ideas for an NHS health app, in the hope of helping patients make informed health choices and creating digital communication channels between health professionals and patients. From patients to GPs and nurses, everyone is invited to submit ideas and online maps.

To help encourage everyone to create ideas, Andrew Lansley is asking for everyone to suggest their favourite existing health app. One of these include, Choosing Well, an app developed by NHS Yorkshire & Humber for their local community, which allows people to search for their nearest NHS health services.

Lansley discusses the concept behind developing an NHS app by saying: “We want to give people better access to information that will put them in control of their health and help make informed choices about their healthcare.”

There has already been a surge of ideas and entries all based on convenience, communication and accessibility – patient centred apps being a key feature of most submissions. A few dental ideas have also been entered, on ways to improve communication between dentists and patients as well as improving general oral health. To submit an idea or simply have a look at others, follow the link: http://mapsandapps.dh.gov.uk/.

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