Digital Health Library

ORCHA logo.pngWelcome to the Our Dorset Digital App Library, powered by ORCHA (Organisation for the Review of Care & Health Applications).

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Dorset Clinical Commisioning Group (CCG), Our Dorset and Dorset HealthCare have collaborated to bring you ORCHA, the world's leading digital app library to help support your health and wellbeing.

ORCHA’s review engine and clinicians test apps against 300 criteria across clinical assurance, data and privacy, and usability and accessibility.

It reviews around 500 apps every month, including automatic re-reviews of apps when they are updated. You do not need to sign up to access the library.  It is free to browse and use.

You use it much like Google, but feel confident that any health and wellbeing app you download has been thoroughly tested and scored by ORCHA for your peace of mind.

Your health professional also has access to the library and, by using their professional licence, may recommend apps directly to you.

Another advantage is you will be able to look up and see the scores of the apps you already use. We recommend that apps scoring less than 65 per cent are not used.  You can search for a more and clinically appropriate app yourself, or speak to your health professional, who will be able to help you.

Dorset's health app finder is a library of accurate and accredited healthcare apps to help you manage your health or long-term condition. Find out more about the video library in this clip.
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ORCHA is part of Dorset’s digital strategy to support you to receive high-quality care that you would happily recommend to friends and family. You can find out more on the Our Dorset website


We welcome all feedback about our app library. By telling us about your experiences, you will help us to improve our services where needed, and allow us to shape the care we provide around our patients' needs and expectations.

To support us, please can you take a few minutes to complete the questionnaires below.

Do you currently use apps to support your own health and wellbeing (including diet and exercise and condition management)? *
How often do you use apps to support your health and wellbeing?
Would you consider using apps to help manage your health and wellbeing? (including diet, exercise and condition management) *
What would make you more likely to download and use digital health technologies? (apps)
If an app was free *
If an app was NHS endorsed *
If a healthcare professional had approved an app *
If I had used an app myself *
If I had appropriate technology to use (smart phone, internet etc) *
If there were published studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the app *
If I could see how the app would help me manage my health or long term condition *
If I could be reassured about the security of personal data an app collected *
If I could be taught how to use the app safely and confidently *
Do you think apps could help you manage your health and wellbeing in the long term? *
How do you think apps might support you? Please select as many as relevant *


  • empowers you to manage and improve your health by optimising care outcomes
  • a vast array of apps to choose from, ORCHA helps you understand the best and most trustworthy apps
  • quality and safety by giving you accessible information that is reliable and accurate due to a robust evaluation process
  • improvement to your experience as a patient
  • providing re-assurance through its review process
  • improved access to services using a different approach via self-management information for health, care and wellbeing. 

Frequently asked questions

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