An app that lets people manage their health by giving them access to their personal health record has reached over 250,000 users.
Evergreen Life is the first app to satisfy the assessment criteria on the NHS Apps Library that offers patient services across all three major GP systems in England.
Digital technologies were strongly represented at the NHS Expo in Manchester this week, highlighting the positive impact they can have for patients and healthcare professionals.
Evergreen Life allows users to access and download their GP medical record and also add their own data so they can have a full picture of their health. People can book GP appointments; order repeat prescriptions; and view test results, all using online GP services. Users of the app have successfully conducted over 5 million of these transactions to-date.
Stephen Critchlow, founder and chairman of Evergreen Life, said: “It’s fantastic to have a quarter of a million users so quickly, following our integration with NHS Digital. Our app is built upon one clear idea: ‘people powered health’. We allow people to own all their health information, giving them control and the ability to make informed decisions about their own healthcare. The app allows people to monitor their health and fitness; record allergies, medications and their medical history; and record medical documents and letters, for reference by both the user and their GP or relevant practitioner.
“We already have fantastic examples of Evergreen Life users taking control of their health. One lady used her phone to brief a meeting of seven clinicians, none of whom had access to all of her up to date records. The ability to have all personal health record information accessible at all times is changing healthcare. No worries when traveling and no more wasted appointments when a record is incomplete.”
Hazel Jones, programme director of Apps and Wearables at NHS Digital, said: “Our ambition to provide greater digital choice for patients, citizens and clinicians has moved forward significantly with the introduction of key mobile apps and tools such as Evergreen. Tapping into digital tools created in the marketplace and applying the NHS Digital Assessment process means we can select the right tools to accelerate the delivery of a meaningful digital experience; all accessible via our NHS Apps Library. Our strategy is firmly fixed on enabling market innovation, and Evergreen Life is a perfect example of that.”