The Derbyshire County Council has partnered with ORCHA as it appears to incorporate the use of online health applications and tools into all of its services.
The work program will provide citizens with access to a wide range of quality applications to help them manage their health and well-being.
The council and ORCHA, the healthcare application assessment company, will develop a library of approved applications, which will become part of the Healthy Lifestyles Council’s Live Life Better Derbyshire service.
Dean Wallace, director of public health for the council, said: “Derbyshire has always been proactive when it comes to public health and we see the benefits of health applications being huge.
“While the Derbyshire County Council commissions a wide range of accessible public health services, digital health applications can provide information and assistance when traditional support services are not available.
“The blockade could be detrimental to the health of some people. Especially people who may have trouble drinking or smoking. Being able to recommend an app if you don’t want or can’t use our services could offer significant benefits to your health and well-being.
“We take it slowly, but we want digital health to become another health and wellness tool and help normalize its use for people.”
The county council has also purchased 100 ORCHA pro accounts for staff members, allowing them to directly recommend health apps to citizens via email or text messages.
Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO of ORCHA, added: “There are many applications and tools online that promise to help you with your health and well-being, but it can be difficult to know which ones to trust when browsing Google Play or Apple app stores.
“The library of applications we have created with the Derbyshire team will open the widest possible range of high quality tools, each of which has been rigorously revised based on 350 difficult standards, including NICE elements [National Institute for Health and Care Excellence] March.
“It’s great to work with the future Derbyshire team and we will be there to support with their ambitious plans every step of the way.”
Live Life Better Derbyshire offers services that include smoking cessation, weight control and physical activity support.