Hospify becomes first NHS-approved clinical messaging app

Digital Health | March 2020 | Hospify becomes first NHS-approved clinical messaging app

Hospify has become the first clinical messaging app to be made available on the NHS Apps Library.

The app offers similar functionality to popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, but includes additional security features to make it a secure platform for sharing patient information.


The app, which provides an NHS-compliant platform for sending and receiving messages and can be used by clinicians to share patient information, is now approved for use by professionals and patient across the NHS.

Hospify said it had taken more than a year for the app to pass through “rigorous” testing and assessment processes by various NHS organisations and regulatory bodies (Source:  Digital Health).

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Online health information

NHS unveils package of measures to help people find trusted health information online | NHS Digital

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The NHS has unveiled new developments in its efforts to ensure people find trusted information online. It has worked with Google to ensure it provides the public in the UK with easy access to NHS information about more than 250 of the most searched for health conditions on the NHS website, through new Knowledge Panels. The Knowledge Panels will include information about symptoms, treatment and causes.

The change means that if you search one of the featured conditions using Google on your mobile you will see NHS links and content, sourced from the NHS website. This will help ensure that thousands of people will be provided direct access straight to NHS advice.

Full detail at NHS Digital

NHSX tech plan for health and care

NHS Providers | March 2020 | NHSX tech plan for health and care on the day briefing

NHSX has published its tech plan for health and care, setting out its vision for how technology will support the ambitions of the long term plan. 


 The tech plan builds on the principles set out in the secretary of state’s statement on the future of health care, published in 2018 as well as the NHSX mission statement published last year. The aim of the tech plan is to describe how the deliverables in the long term plan will be achieved through digitisation. The long term plan committed every NHS provider to have achieved a core level of digitisation by 2024.

The tech plan defines this level of digitisation as:
• Decent hardware (e.g. replacement of old laptops)
• Adequate networks (powered by full fibre and 5G)
• Integrated systems that allow flexibility in managing clinical and operational workflows

The briefing is available from NHS Providers

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Evaluating digital health products

Resources to help anyone developing or running a digital health product to conduct an evaluation | Public Health England


Digital health products can take different forms – for example, a service, campaign or other intervention. They might be provided through an app or website.

These resources can help with evaluations for all digital health products. They aim to help demonstrate what impact a product has and how the costs compare to the benefits. They can provide information about how to make services better, including what works and what doesn’t. They can also help demonstrate the value of a product to commissioners.

These resources will help you to evaluate digital health products or services. Follow them in order for an overview of the whole evaluation process.

Virtual clinics

This website includes a range of resources aimed at supporting colleagues / partners in the planning and implementation of non face-to-face models of care | UCL Partners

This guide, developed in collaboration with NHS clinicians, managers and patients, provides a comprehensive guide to setting up non-face-to-face clinics (also known as virtual clinics).

These can help reduce unnecessary outpatient visits, saving time and money for patients and the health service.

The NHS aims to avoid up to a third of the number of face-to-face outpatient visits over five years, removing the need for up to 30 million outpatient appointments each year.

The guide is free to use, delivered through both text and videos and includes how to develop a project plan and business case.


[NICE] Behaviour change: digital and mobile health interventions

NICE |  January  2019 | Behaviour change: digital and mobile health interventions