FOR
PROFESSIONALS

We help you find, compare and recommend the best apps for your
patients and clients to help them improve their health and support
any specific conditions they are managing.

WHO ARE ORCHA?

ORCHA is the worlds the leading provider of health and care Apps and uniquely
provide a comprehensive and dynamic monitoring of the health and care App
market. Our team includes experts from all aspects of the health and care App
world and it is the combination of these skills and capabilities that ensures
that the ORCHA Review Process and Score is based on a fully rounded and rich
analysis of each App.

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WHY
PRESCRIBE
APPS?

The adoption of digital health solutions is widely acknowledged as being a key driver in improving self-management and health awareness within the population. The rapid emergence of ‘consumer’ facing digital health solutions offers a huge opportunity to support this agenda, putting as it does the increasingly hard to access direct advice and guidance of the health and care professional into the pocket of everyone with a smart phone and connected device.

The challenges to health systems globally are well known and acutely felt by those on the front line feeling the immense pressures that are the result of an ageing population, the continued evolution of medical care and the significant constraints on funding that have affected many health economies. Against this considerable set of challenges it is widely acknowledged that engaging and activating the general population to better manage their own health is critical and this includes improving the self management of long term conditions. The rapid emergence of ‘consumer’ facing digital health solutions offers a huge opportunity to support this agenda, putting as it does the increasingly hard to access direct advice and guidance of the health and care professional into the pocket of everyone with a smart phone and connected device.

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APPS IN PRACTICE?

Evidence suggests that recommendations by health and care professionals are one of the most effective ways of
activating patients and service users into the use of digital health solutions. Professional engagement with digital health
solutions helps target the hardest to reach and cohorts that are most unlikely to embrace these technologies proactively.
In order to achieve this however, these solutions need to be embedded into the clinical and professional practices of busy
health and care teams in a way that makes the use of Apps and other approaches a natural part of the array of
therapeutic interventions available. We have worked extensively with professionals across all areas of health and social
care to identify how best to achieve this.

There are a number of key challenges relating to the adoption of digital health solutions by health and care professionals.
In a consultation context, the first major challenge is establishing a trigger for the professional to flag the opportunity to
utilise a digital solution. In other therapeutic areas these triggers are well established, both in terms of custom, practice
and process but also in terms of technological support – i.e. decision support tools etc. For digital solutions, these
established triggers do not exist and it is important to try and establish these proactively as part of a transformative
change to the practice environment.

We have worked closely with a range of health and care professionals in a range of clinical and service settings to identify
the key processes where establishing a digital solutions trigger is easiest to achieve and most effective. This includes
embedding App searches into health check processes in primary and community service environments or as part of the
discharge process within secondary and mental health providers. We have also developed approaches for the automatic
recommendation of specific Apps upon diagnosis or referral.

Another key challenge is how to facilitate the recommendation of an App or other digital solution in a timely manner
whilst providing the professional with assurance over the quality of the solution they are suggesting. The ORCHA scoring
mechanism makes this a simple process, with search results always ranked in order of the highest scoring products and
within the scoring mechanism itself, there is a clear indicator of both comparative quality (the Apps score compared to
other similar Apps) and relative quality, (where an App score ranks in terms of Above or Below Average to all Apps).