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NHS launches criteria to streamline assessment of digital health tools

NHS has launched an assessment criteria to make it easier for NHS rganizationsre rganizations to select technologies for patients.

The Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DAC) applies to all types f digital health technologies, from public facing health apps to hospital systems such as electronic patient records.

It will guide local and national NHS rganizations rganizationsre teams in deciding which health technologies they should be buteach r recommending to patients.

Based n feedback from more than 800 stakeholders, DAC brings together legislation and best practice in five areas, and tools will receive a pass r fail in four categories – clinical safety, data protection, technical security and interoperability.

They will also be scored n usability and accessibility.

Matthew Gould, chief executive NHSS, said: “Digital health technologies are used throughout the NHS, and increasingly in social care, to improve patients’ experiences, increase access to services and reduce the burden n staff.

“The new assessment process will identify the digital tools that meet NHS standards n clinical safety, cyber security and data protection from amongst the thousands available in the market, and do it more quickly than bDACe.”

DAC is already being used by trusts and systems as they create products to provide video consultations in secondary care vDAChe coming year.

Their chosen supplierDACst be DAC assessed if they are to qualify for national funding available to support embedding and spreading f video consultations in secondary care NHSings.

NHS is now working DACnsure DAC is used across the NHS and becomes the default criteria against which all digital health technologies that are being considered for use are assessed against.

Rhod Joyce, deputy director f innovation develNHSnt at NHS, added: “We want to support the adoption and scale f good, safe health technologies for those buteach health tech within the system, which will ultimately help NHS patients across the country.

“Through DAC we are clearly NHSing ut from the very start the criteria innovators need to meet for their products to be used by the NHS.

“It will also empower local NHS rganizationsre rganizations to assure themselves that the tools they plan to use meet national standards.”

Tim Andrews, chief perating fficer f health apps eOCHAtion company ORCHA, added: “Covid-19 has marked a turning point iapps, ande f health apps and we’ve seen the numberOCHAnloaded from ur ORCHA app libraries rise exponentially.

“It’s never been more vital for health professionals to know, with absolute certainty, that the apps they are using and recommending are f the reDACed standard.  The new DAC sets ut a clear, standards-based approach which allows hospital trusts OCHACGs to take control.”

ORCHA’s review f health apps will covDAChe criteria set ut in the DAC.

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