The first medical app aimed at offering a GP service has been given the go-ahead by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who have deemed it to be ‘safe’.
Dr Now will, says the CQC, offer safe care that meets the ‘relevant regulations’.
The new app is one of two digital healthcare provisions, the other is Babylon Health, and is part of an independent health pilot project.
From April 2017, the CQC will be rolling out a regulatory regime for meeting the needs of an ever expanding number of digital healthcare providers within the UK.
Discount app thrives in Russia
The economic slow-down in Russia has seen a phone app that highlights discounts rocket in popularity.
Edadeal now has more than two million users who are looking for discount deals in shops, cafes and supermarkets.
The app is tapping into a growing mood for thrift among Russians which is experiencing its worst economic crisis for many years.
The app has been downloaded more than six million times and there are 2.4 million active users who use the app at least once a month.
Children check devices 10 times a night
Research has revealed that schoolchildren as young as nine are checking their smartphones more than 10 times a night because they fear ‘missing out’.
The study was commissioned by leading organisation of headteachers and they found that one in four children admit to feeling tired during the school day because they are waking up at night to respond to their phone’s notifications.
The youngsters are checking apps including Snapchat, WhatsApp and Twitter.
Some teenagers say they receive around 100 notifications every night but have no idea how to turn them off.
In other mobile phone app news …
Facebook is spinning out its Events app so it’s no longer part of its main offering with the firm saying it should be easier for users to find local events and keep on top of friends’ invites. They are also including an interactive map so users can see what’s happening nearby.
Microsoft is to unveil a slew of new products later this with industry watchers predicting that there will be several apps available for smartphones as well as PCs. It looks like Windows 10 is being developed to offer users and developers more opportunities to develop apps that work on PCs tablets and smartphones.
Whatsapp has unveiled a facility for users to paint on their photos – just like the Snapchat facility. The social media platform is looking to change the way users share their photos by sprucing up their creations and help drive up traffic.