The Health Passport is a Personal Health Record (PHR) app for young people with long-term conditions – starting with asthma the Digital Health Passport app displays personalised care plans and enables young people to track symptoms and access educational resources to help them manage their condition.
The assessment process involves seven stages to make sure that only safe and secure apps and digital tools are published on the NHS Apps Library.
- Clinical safety
- Data protection
- Usability & accessibility
- Technical stability
Greg Burch, one of Tiny Medical Apps co-founders commented:
This is a significant milestone to reach, and together with NHS England putting the product on the Innovation & Technology Payment framework and acceptance within the NHS Login programme that commissioners can be confident this is a high quality product that is ready for implementation at scale.
The Digital Health Passport was commissioned by Healthy London Partnership after a series of tragic deaths from asthma in the capital. There is significant evidence that asthma plans and self-management improvements can reduce hospital attendances.
The Digital Health Passport uses a digital version of the Asthma Action Plan developed by Asthma UK.
Self-management including provision of a written asthma action plan and supported by regular medical review, almost halves the risk of hospitalisation, significantly reduces emergency department attendances and unscheduled consultations, and improves markers of asthma control and quality of life. (Pinnock, Breathe 2015)
The British Thoracic Society/Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (BTS/SIGN) asthma guideline cites 261 randomised controlled trials reported in 22 systematic reviews in support of its grade A recommendation that:
all people with asthma (and/or their parents or carers) should be offered self-management education which should include a written personalised asthma action plan and be supported by regular professional review.