NHS App Library Adds its First Game From Mental Health Startup eQuoo

By Shabana Arif on at

The NHS says that over half of GPs can now refer patients directly to eQuoo - the only game in the NHS' app library.

eQuoo is a top rated ORCHA (self-proclaimed "world leaders in health app reviews and prescription services") app and was developed in response to the drop-off rates prevalent amongst mental health apps.

eQuoo founder and CEO, Silja Litvin, said:

“While working in an NHS Trust for eating and mood disorders I was dismayed about the fact that many of our young clients had to wait months to see us for a measly six sessions. Psychologists are not scalable, but apps are, so I decided to make an app.

"After developing PsycApps, an evidence-based anti-depression app, I learned the hard way that mental health apps all struggle with drop-off rates of up to 90% in week 1, so we pivoted towards gamification with the launch of eQuoo, as casual games can have a positive mental health effect and intrinsically get players to stick to them.”

The app is live on the EMIS App Library, with a spokesperson for the NHS saying that, "all apps listed on the platform (including eQuoo) have been evaluated under NHS Digital’s digital assessment questions (DAQ) and assessed for their clinical safety, data protection, security and usability.”

eQuoo underwent a trail carried out by Bosch UK earlier this year, and was shown to produce a “statistically significant increases in well-being metrics” and a decrease in anxiety over the five week period. [TechCrunch]