The Lower My Drinking and My Quit Route apps for Android and iOS devices, developed by Breaking Free Group to help people in the general population reduce their drinking and quit smoking, have been approved by ORCHA following an independent review process.
ORCHA awarded the Lower My Drinking app a score of 76%, which ranked it at number 3 of 54 alcohol apps to have been approved to date. The My Quit Route app was also awarded a score of 76%, which ranked it at number 3 of 90 approved smoking cessation apps.
ORCHA reviews health apps on behalf of NHS Digital and NHS England, and advises governments, local authorities and health and social care organisations on which apps are safe and likely to make the biggest impact in terms of improving outcomes. ORCHA’s review process examines the compliance of apps with standards, guidance and best practice in the domains of data and security, clinical assurance and user experience.
Dr Sarah Elison-Davies, Research Director at Breaking Free Group, commented: “Given the rigour of ORCHA’s independent review process, their approval represents an important form of external validation for Lower My Drinking and My Quit Route. We are now building on this by preparing to submit the apps to NHS Digital for inclusion on the NHS Apps Library.”