Health app developers get support in Yorkshire and Humber

A strategic partnership between the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and ORCHA (Organisation Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) has been made to support the use and development of health and care apps in the region.

The partnership offers app developers in the Yorkshire and Humber region a voucher giving them a review of their app by ORCHA for the discounted price of £50.

The companies hope the discount will help support developers by giving them a new route to get their products to market. The review offered by ORCHA includes a report outlining areas of strength and potential development and approved apps made available via ORCHA’s portals to public health and care professionals.

Sophie Bates, commercial partnerships and projects manager at Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, said: “The region has a great community of app developers already working in the health sector with the potential for more to enter this market.

“Working with ORCHA we will open up new markets, and ensure apps are fit for purpose and commercially successful. We are delighted that the partnership is already supporting our communities, from independent app developers right up to Johnson & Johnson.”

ORCHA’s chief executive Liz Ashall-Payne, said: “We want to support app developers by offering a new route to market and showcasing the very best health apps. App developers we work with benefit from impartial feedback and comparison with others in the market to improve their product. This partnership can create a thriving market place for apps that really benefit people and communities.”


Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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