NHS Un-Appy


NHS England has been pressured into removing sub-standard apps from their Mental Health Apps Library following accusations that they’re too incompetent to assess the third party applications. The Library which launched in March is supposed to curate a selection of medically sound health apps, but health campaigners have poured scorn on the quality of the apps being promoted by the NHS as viable health solutions. Current apps on the store include Phobia Free which uses “exposure therapy” to overcome arachnophobia, Panic Attack Aid which relieves panic attacks by offering distraction exercises and Depression Calculator which tells you if you are depressed…

After sustained pressure from health charity medConfidential the NHS has removed some of the worst offenders, including Kvetch which offers to help you “share your suffering, and use the power of sick social to get the sympathy you deserve.What a load of crApp…

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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