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NHS Digital welcomes introduction of CQC's new rating system for digital GP tools

NHS Digital's Programme Director for Apps and Wearables has welcomed the announcement from the Department of Health that the CQC will be given the power to rate digital GP tools.

The Department of Health have announced that, for the first time, all providers of care in England will be rated by the CQC and must display those ratings so patients can clearly see safety standards.

They said that the expansion of the CQC's powers will cover 'digital doctors' to protect patients in the growing healthcare app industry. New changes will aim to 'future-proof' ratings scheme by covering services which may develop in future, to give patients the best possible protection.

Hazel Jones, Programme Director for Apps and Wearables at NHS Digital, said:

"We welcome the introduction of the CQC's new rating scheme for digital GP tools, which supports the NHS-wide aim to provide reassurance and trusted advice around the growing number of digital healthcare tools available.

"This rating scheme will complement the NHS apps library, which aims to provide trusted digital tools for patients and the public to manage and improve their health.

"The library, which is still in test phase, currently includes a small number of GP apps which have all been assessed by the CQC. The requirement for CQC assessment is part of the set of digital assessment questions developers work through before an app is published on the library, which are jointly owned by the specialist organisations responsible for them."