Despite four million health apps being downloaded every day, with more than 325,000 to choose from, it’s hard for the best apps to be spotted by consumers, health professionals or national health bodies.
ORCHA is the World’s leading health app evaluation and advisor organisation. We help governments, health and social care organisations to choose and deliver health apps that will safely make the biggest impact in terms of improving outcomes. Our tools help health professionals to prescribe and monitor usage of health apps. They’re proven to increase take-up and self-management of conditions.
Passionate about good apps, we provide a range of services to help app developers create better apps, and once great, get spotted by the people that matter.
This breakthrough approach to monitoring the market for new apps, evaluation and community adoption has won awards. We conduct reviews for NHS Digital and NHS England is accelerating the uptake of our service across the NHS, placing ORCHA in its National Innovation Accelerator Programme.
“When we saw the ORCHA platform it was a no brainer for us. It provides us with exactly what we need - a website that helps us to find the best apps to meet a patient’s needs, and a tool to deliver the app directly to the patient.”- Dr Chris Mimnagh, Wingate Medical Centre
"I’m fully supportive of ORCHA and of the Pro accounts which allow us to prescribe apps direct to our patients. Health and care apps can offer a huge benefit to patients, really empowering them to manage and improve their health. However there is a huge choice out there (over 300,000!), so ORCHA really helps all involved to understand which are the best and most trustworthy."- Dr George Dingle, GP in Morecambe Bay
“This is hugely exciting for the people of Lancashire and South Cumbria as well as the health and care professionals who support them, for whom this is a win-win. Assured by ORCHA’s review process and the new Highest Rated Apps in key priority areas we can engage with all of our clinicians, encouraging them to ‘prescribe a health app’ where appropriate."- Amanda Thornton, Digital Health Clinical Lead
- Veronica Southern, Speech and Language Therapist, Lancashire
“Speech and Language Therapists need to evolve to be fit for the current digital world. They need to become Digital Practitioners, prescribing digital tools for the health and wellbeing of their patients. Orcha Pro is a fabulous clinical digital tool which SLTs can have in their digital toolkit to prescribe to those need support eg relation and breathing apps to help with voice therapy. I thoroughly recommend the utilisation of the organisation."
"Our over stretched and underfunded health service is a very real problem. Orcha is on a mission to increase the trust, understanding and desire for health and care apps among professionals and users, in a big to lift the burden on local services. Additionally, the accessibility of these apps makes them an effective tool for people who find it difficult or are not able to access existing services."
"Apps are a fantastic way of supporting our patients to continue their care and/or rehabilitation outside of our consultation rooms. Lots of our patients want more tools to look after themselves and apps are a really great option."