There are more health apps these days than you can shake a stethoscope at, with both Apple and Google showing increasing interest in the health industry. But which apps are actually worth your time, and beneficial to your health? A new proposal for an NHS "kitemark" for health-focussed smartphone apps is among one of many new tech-infused drives that NHS chiefs are backing as it aims to go paperless by 2018.
As well as the kitemark, plans are underway to digitise newborn babies' immunisation details, making the information available online and through apps, and safeguarding it against loss which paper records are susceptible too. Online access of red books could be completed as early as 2016.
There are of course obvious concerns over patient data security that need to be guaranteed, and it's arguable that giving doctors the ability to validate health apps for patients to more easily manage their own conditions and illnesses is a passing on of responsibility, and not necessarily one that should be endorsed. However, with health budgets being cut and services increasingly overstretched, any plans that take pressure off overworked NHS staff and overused resources must be considered. [BBC]