As the number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise across the globe and governments ask people to stay at home, digital health resources offer practical tools that can be called upon for remote self-management.To help healthcare professionals and consumers know which health apps they can trust, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA) has launched a health app formulary. ORCHA measures the health of health apps and verifies the accuracy, security, and risks associated with their use.The free resource includes reviews of health apps across a range of health conditions relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic and enables direct recommendation of solutions to patients and service users.The health app formulary, launched today, features both Low Carb Program and Diabetes Forum App.
Low Carb Program received a 91% rating, listing highest under the category of diabetes. The platform features a COVID19 Education Series which tackles common concerns and queries regarding coronavirus.In addition, a Classes area was launched last month which provides pre-recorded and live coach-led fitness, yoga and mindfulness classes to support people staying well at home. Over 100,000 people started a class in March.
Diabetes Forum App provides a social support community for people with diabetes and was also listed in the COVID-19 Health Apps Formulary, recognised for enabling people to find support and keep connected remotely.The COVID-19 Health App Formulary can be found at: https://covid19.orcha.co.uk
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