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Chris Whitehouse Leads Mental Health App Monitoring Initiative

14th December 2022

Chris Whitehouse, director of medtech policy at Whitehouse Communications and a journalist for Med-Tech Innovation News, is the person behind the initiative.

Whitehouse explained how although it is still early, they have already spoken to the MHRA, NICE, and the DHSC’s MedTech Directorate to establish what needs to be done to enable the participation of responsible app developers in this crucial monitoring assessment, as they have done previously for other dedicated product providers.

He also said that they “hope to position the new network as a constructive forum for discussion between regulators and the sector.”

Corperformance’s CEO, Dr Adam Carey, who was positioned as head of the discussion, said that “digital innovation in healthcare can bring great benefits at minimal cost, and make a real difference to the quality of life of millions of people. It’s vital we get regulation right through a proportionate approach.”

Wellcome is financially supporting the evaluation; when it was first publicised in October, Director of Mental Health, Dr. Miranda Wolpert, stated:

“We support the development of new and improved interventions for mental health, which includes digital interventions. One of the ways that we can encourage the development of tools that genuinely help and support as many people as possible will be through risk-appropriate guidance and regulation.”

Dr Caroline Johnson, who was the Mental Health Minister in October, expressed that “digital mental health tools can be incredibly useful to help build resilience and prevent problems worsening, but it’s crucial these are regulated properly.”

“This funding will help us to better understand these products and give us the tools to make sure everyone who uses them has access to safe, effective support.”

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