Government appeals for health app ideas

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has launched a call for new ideas for health apps that would help patients make informed decisions about their care.

Everyone, including patients, doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals and app developers, is invited to submit new ideas of health apps and online maps they think would be useful.

One leading example of an app that benefits patients is Choosing Well, developed by NHS Yorkshire & Humber for their local community, which allows people to search for their nearest NHS health services.

As part of this drive for ideas, Andrew Lansley has also asked people to come forward and name their favourite existing health applications.

Andrew Lansley said: ‘We want to give people better access to information that will put them in control of their health and help make informed choices about their healthcare.

‘Over the next six weeks, we want to hear from patients, health professionals and budding app developers on their ideal new app. This is a unique opportunity for the NHS and those who develop apps to not only showcase their work but bring to life new ideas and realise true innovation in healthcare.’

A dental-related app has already been submitted – click here – and to view other submissions so far and for further information, visit http://mapsandapps.dh.gov.uk/.

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