The management of chronic conditions for young people is getting easier and smarter with the Digital Health Passport. Already in use for asthma across 10 NHS ICB regions the service is now expanding to support epilepsy, and learning disabilities. Aligning with the NHS’s Core20PLUS5 initiative, the Digital Health Passport is effectively reaching, engaging, and supporting priority demographic groups while monitoring the impact of its services.

The success of the Digital Health Passport is underscored by significant user engagement and satisfaction. Initial findings indicate that 50% of registered users come from the two most deprived quintiles, and 24% are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, highlighting the app’s reach into communities most at risk. Evaluations by University College London have shown noteworthy improvements in asthma control and a solid return on investment.

The DHP is designed to cater to the most vulnerable sections of the population, it prioritises those who traditionally face barriers to effective healthcare. This approach not only ensures that care is extended to those most in need but also supports the broader NHS initiative to reduce health inequalities across the UK.

Three Pillars of Service

The Digital Health Passport is structured around three core service streams to reach, impact and monitor population health.

1. Reach and Engage:

Tiny Medical Apps uses a sophisticated blend of high-quality social media content and community outreach to connect with young people where they are most active, such as TikTok. This strategy is particularly effective in engaging teenagers from underserved communities, who are often the last to benefit from traditional health services. The programme’s reach is further amplified through physical media campaigns in schools and public areas, ensuring a broad and inclusive approach to health education and awareness.

2. Coach and Support:

At the heart of the Digital Health Passport is a robust suite of health coaching tools and educational resources. The platform offers comprehensive pathways through reputable resources tailored to specific conditions, such as from Asthma & Lung UK and Young Epilepsy. Features like symptom and seizure tracking empower users to take control of their health by keeping accurate logs that can be shared with healthcare providers. Medication reminders and environmental alerts help manage daily health challenges, making self-care more accessible and effective.

3. Monitor and Impact:

The effectiveness of the Digital Health Passport is continually assessed through real-time data collected via the app. This includes deployment data such as user demographics and activity, which are essential for ensuring the service meets the needs of its users. Impact data is also gathered through opt-in evaluation questionnaires, providing insights into the quality of life and health outcomes achieved through the app. This data-driven approach enables Tiny Medical Apps to refine and adapt its services to better serve its users and help NHS commissioners demonstrate effectiveness of quality improvement programmes.

To find out more about our services please get in touch, and take a look at these brochures on asthma, epilepsy, sickle cell disease and learning disability passports.