The NHS ORB app is ready for user testing, with a launch to take place across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The user feedback stage forms part of a pilot for a national primary care interface for citizens and individuals to access digital services, and for people and patients to access health and well-being apps and websites.
The app aims to ‘centralise digital services for a person to use’, providing a person ‘the ability to customise and add other apps or websites relevant to their personal situation’, ensuring it’s relevant and adaptable to an individual’s requirements.
Users will be able to access core services such as to book a GP service online, access personal health records, get advice from 111 Online, order repeat prescriptions, access advice and guidance, and use other resources to manage various conditions and illnesses.
Its core purpose is to enable a person to identify and align the right services and digital tools for their own needs. Developed and designed with a circular interface it hopes to create a way of organising digital services locally, at a regional and national level, in an intuitive and easy to use interface. This could include a range of services such as mother and baby apps, volunteering tools, and managing health conditions, to paying council tax.
Lancashire & South Cumbria Health & Care Partnership is now looking for people in their local community to test the app, and provide their thoughts and feedback.
Two briefing sessions are being held this week for the Lancashire and South Cumbria public to try out, test and discuss the app, and how it can support health and wellbeing.