To minimise risks of exposing patients to COVID-19, around 70,000 physiotherapists in the UK alone are being asked to adopt remote consultations. Already growing in popularity, physiotherapy apps are now a vital tool for physiotherapists to improve patient outcomes.

Apps can be used effectively to help in assessment, treatment compliance, monitoring of symptoms, or self-management of conditions, improving a patient’s physical and mental health.

As world leaders in digital health ORCHA is passionate about good apps. They help governments, health and social care organisations choose and deliver health apps that will safely make the biggest impact in terms of improving outcomes. Their tools help health professionals prescribe and monitor usage of health apps. They’re proven to increase take-up and self-management of conditions.

We share below, some of ORCHA’s useful tools and expert advice based upon their view from the front line:-

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) recently launched a Physiotherapy App Library to enable its 59,000 members to take a leadership role in incorporating digital technology in their practice.

In ORCHA’s latest featured video hear Karen Middleton, Chief Executive Officer, CSP, and Euan McComiskie, UK Health Informatics Lead and Professional Advisor for Northern Ireland at CSP, discuss how apps can help as part of assessment, treatment compliance, monitoring symptoms, and allowing people to self-manage.

Two apps for remote physiotherapy

On behalf of NHS organisations, ORCHA assesses more apps than anyone else, looking at clinical assurance, safety, data privacy and user experience. Below are two top scoring apps that are designed to help with physiotherapy. 

GPEP Physiotherapy Exercises has been designed with the help of NHS GPs and physiotherapists with the aim of bringing users access to self-help advice from professionals, enabling users with back, muscle and joint conditions to start their recovery early. GPEP’s ORCHA Review can be found here.

AfterTrauma provides information on both the physical and emotional impacts of serious injury, and has been co-designed with serious injury survivors, carers, doctors and therapists. The app is set up to help users rebuild their lives. Read AfterTrauma’s ORCHA Review here.

News: Free COVID-19 Health App Formulary

This week, ORCHA launched a free COVID-19 health and care app formulary, so that health and care professionals, and consumers, can find quality apps to help self-management of health and wellbeing, remote monitoring, and online service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ORCHA is offering its Pro Accounts free to all for the next three months, allowing health and care professionals to recommend apps directly to patients via text or email, for free. This service will be available for free from 6th April to 6th July 2020, at which time ORCHA will reassess the situation. To get your free three month ORCHA Pro Account: visit the site, click the ‘Sign Up’ button in the top right-hand corner, and use the upgrade code BEATCOVID19. 

Visit the site and discover apps to help you, your patients, or your service users, at covid19.orcha.co.uk

If you already have an ORCHA Pro Account linked to your organisation’s Health & Care App Library, you will also be able to see the apps featured in the COVID-19 Formulary. The relevant apps will feature a clear ‘COVID-19’ banner in your Library.

ORCHA is part of the NHS England National Innovation Accelerator Programme. Our vision is to revolutionise care through the safe integration of digital health solutions into all aspects of health and care services, leading to more patient-centred, effective care. You can now search ORCHA’s App Library by simply going to besthealthapps.com or bestcareapps.com

ORCHA provides tailored microsites and prescription services, and helps organisations across the world to integrate health and care apps safely into practice. To find out how ORCHA can help you, please get in touch.