A new strategic partnership between the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and ORCHA (Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) is set to support the use and development of the best health and care apps in the region.
The partnership recognises the growing importance and opportunities for apps in healthcare and is offering app developers in the Yorkshire and Humber region access to a voucher entitling them to a review of their app by ORCHA for £50+VAT (a discount of around 75%).
This includes a review against ORCHA's review model, a report outlining areas of strength and potential development, and approved apps being made available via ORCHA's portals to the public and health and care professionals.
Sophie Bates, commercial partnerships and projects manager at Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, said: "The region has a great community of app developers already working in the health sector with the potential for more to enter this market.
"Working with ORCHA we will open up new markets, and ensure apps are fit for purpose and commercially successful. We are delighted that the partnership is already supporting our communities, from independent app developers right up to Johnson & Johnson."
ORCHA's chief executive, Liz Ashall-Payne, said: "We want to support app developers by offering a new route to market and showcasing the very best health apps. App developers we work with benefit from impartial feedback and comparison with others in the market to improve their product.
"This partnership can create a thriving market place for apps that really benefit people and communities."