South African Programme
National Department of Health App Store
Project Time Frame:
November 2017 - September 2019
The NDoH App Store is a mHealth framework developed to support new and existing mobile applications by reducing mobile application fragmentation, assist in the enforcement of POPI and provide valuable insight into mobile application uptake, usage and impact.
To ensure that NDOH apps are integrated into the NDOH architecture and digital health platform to reduce mobile application fragmentation
To assist in the enforcement of POPI - Protection of Personal Information
Mobile App and device management
The mobile management functions include SIM management, content management and mobile app management functions.
This NDoH App Store also allows text messages being sent to users without data-enabled services, while ensuring NDoH oversight of the process. The framework has incorporated a reversed bill service with all South African mobile network operators to allow free download and browsing of apps by the end users.
Enables the NDoH to establish guidelines and a framework for mobile app developers to ensure that their apps are integrated into the NDoH architecture and digital health platform.
Creates an NDoH App Store to host and provide access to NDoH-certified mobile apps. Which can be readily extended by adapting and integrating other apps that have already been deployed and are providing additional services such that they become integrated into the App Store platform and public health services.
Additional benefits of the App Store
The mobile management functions will help NDoH realise the potential of mobile health
Effectively manage known challenges
Supporting implementing apps at scale
Management of devices in the field
Reducing telecommunications costs
Improved interoperability between apps
Increased integration of apps into the public health system.