Inspired milestone of 70 apps in honour of NHS 70 birthday

NHS Digital has revealed that the NHS Apps Library has reached 70 apps in honour of the NHS birthday, offering patients personalised advice, self-care and signposts to health services.

The organisation has worked with more than 350 developers to include new apps since the launch of the Apps Library in April last year and has pledged to keep growing and covering many more health and care needs. The most recent new apps cover a range of needs, including support to prevent and manage diabetes, mental health, manage the symptoms of chronic conditions such as asthma and high blood pressure and support to cope with the impact of breast cancer.

Hazel Jones, programme director of NHS Digital’s Apps and Wearables team, said: “We are really delighted to meet this milestone in time for the 70th birthday celebration of the NHS. There have been some amazing developments in technology in health care over the past 70 years and apps are an exciting tool for how patients access health services and make choices about their care both now and in the future.

“The Apps Library has already proved to be a great success. There have been over a quarter of a million visits in the last year and more than half of those were from mobile phones, which shows how patient access to health care is transforming. We will continue to work with developers to offer apps which are relevant, helpful and empower patients to manage their own condition, which has been proven to lead to better outcomes.”

Juliet Bauer, chief digital officer at NHS England, added: “I am delighted we have got to 70 apps on the NHS Apps Library in the week of the NHS’s 70th birthday by adding on apps that address two of our biggest challenges – mental health and diabetes. The NHS Apps Library will help the public navigate the confusing array of health apps, advising them which apps have met NHS standards. Together with putting free NHS Wi-Fi in GP surgeries and hospitals and developing an NHS App, the Library will help empower citizens to take control of their own healthcare.”

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