Background

ORCHA (Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) carry out independent and impartial reviews of health and care related apps. They offer portals for healthcare organisations to allow patients and clinicians to make informed choices about digital health.

Our Healthy Future has been working with ORCHA for several years to help develop clinically and academically validated frameworks to assess apps, design and publish peer-reviewed research and represent ORCHA at clinical events and conferences.

In 2016, ORCHA began a discussion with NHS Innovation to use the platform to help deliver the Healthy Schools Initiative in Essex.

What OHF Did

Working with the ORCHA team we helped design, develop and deliver the Healthy Schools Initiative. We tested the concept with focus groups of children in schools and in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, one of our clinical partners.

The pilot was subsequently delivered across eight schools in Essex and was supported by Anglia Ruskin Health Partners (ARHP), Active Essex, Essex County Council.

Representatives from OHF helped deliver the teaching sessions and implement the Healthy Schools ORCHA portal in schools across Essex.

Outcomes

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Upon completion of the Essex pilot, the programme was shown to have reached 225 children, who successfully signed up to the service. Of those who signed up, 129 downloaded a healthcare app.

Of those surveyed, 60% of children claimed to have discovered a healthcare app that could help manage their health or that of a family member. 80% would recommend ORCHA as a platform. 77.8% of teachers surveyed felt the Healthy Schools Initiative was a successful initiative for promoting digital health tools for children.

Following the success and learning from the Essex pilot, the ORCHA Healthy Schools Initiative is being launched in across 20 schools in Lancashire, working in partnership with Lancashire and South Cumbria Sustainable Transformation Plan.

Sources

http://www.orchablog.co.uk/healthy-apps-healthy-schools-essex/

http://www.orchablog.co.uk/digital-healthy-schools-evaluation-8-august-2017/

http://togetherahealthierfuture.org.uk/east-lancashire-schools-go-digital/