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NHS launches library of smartphone apps

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A library of NHS approved smart phone “apps” has been launched by the NHS Commissioning Board.

So far there are about 70 apps designed to help people with tasks such as getting advice on their condition, booking repeat prescriptions and accessing test results.

Other apps include Weightplan, to help people with weight loss, and an alcohol guide for type 1 diabetes patients.

Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at the NHS Commissioning Board, said: “We want to put patients in control, giving people easy access to information will encourage patients and the public to participate in their care and the NHS in general.

“There is somewhere in the region of 13,000 apps out there which profess to give various types of medical advice. The library is a way of giving an NHS stamp of approval to apps so users know they are safe.”

He added: “The apps can do a variety of things. Some give patients, living with a long term condition, advice on how to stay well. Others give people access to their health records and the ability to share care plans online.”

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