The NHS is experiencing a healthtech boom.
The NHS has had a bit of a bad rep when it comes to technology, the tech revolution has been going on for years now. Think about the last time you went to the doctors'. You were probably greeted by check-in screens, treated according to your digital records, and sent electronic prescriptions. And that's just at the GP's.
Modern hospitals are kitted out with the most advanced tech out there, like MRI scans, laparoscopic surgery tools, and prosthetic limbs. Technology is amazing. It can be the difference between life and death – but even on a small scale, tech can make a big difference. The NHS encourages people to use smartphone apps to help with mental health, diabetes and healthy living – bringing healthcare into our hands. These apps are great news for doctors and patients alike as they help people take an active role in their own health and wellbeing.
To celebrate this, we've picked our 5 favourite apps recommended by the NHS.
This app is Europe's largest virtual GP platform, connecting patients with UK-based GPs. You can arrange face-to-face consultations via video call, receive a professional diagnosis, and get prescriptions delivered direct to your door. The app is free, but consultations are charged as one-offs or on a subscription basis.
Designed for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients at any stage of the disease, this app helps people manage their condition. You can record symptoms, learn how to use an inhaler, track medication and access a rehabilitation programme online. MyCOPD is free in some areas or you can buy a lifetime licence for £20.
ieso is an online therapy service for people with a range of mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety, OCD or stress. You can speak to a therapist via text during 30-60 minute appointments. The app is free for NHS patients in some areas.
mumoActive makes tracking type 1 diabetes easy. You can add your values – such as blood sugar, carbohydrates and insulin – by moving your finger up and down a wheel on your device's touchscreen. Your values are then collated into simple graphs, which can be shared with family members or your doctor. The app is free on the App Store and Google Play.
The OWise app is used by breast cancer patients to help them keep track of their treatment and wellbeing. You can record fatigue, appetite, pain, notes and appointments to spot trends and help improve your care. You can also record conversations with your doctor and listen back in your own time. The app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.
OneFile's eportfolio app is also used by 18 NHS trusts. With OneFile's app, trainee nurses, doctors and healthcare workers can complete their assignments any time, any where, on any device. It means instead of writing up lengthy notes, NHS staff can spend more time caring for patients.
To find out more about OneFile's eportfolio app, download our free guide.