Flow - Depression

Version: 2.3.0 | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 4 - Regulated
Country: SE
Category: Depression
Released: 01/11/2019
Updated: 01/06/2020
Version: 2.3.0
Size: 48mb
Developer: Flow Neuroscience
Reviewed On: 16/06/2020
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 72%.

It was assessed as a Level 4 App. These Apps can be focused on general health or specific conditions and contain advanced and complex features that are subject to formal regulation. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Assurance as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Privacy
20.8/30
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Clinical Assurance
35.6/50
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User Experience
16/20
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Developer description
Flow - Depression is a free personal guide to help you understand, treat & prevent depression and improve your mental health. Flow represents a new chapter in the understanding and treatment of depression, based on the latest psychology and neuroscience research. Download to use the Flow neural stimulator headset for depression treatment. Create a personal account and follow the instructions to start using the brain stimulation headset. The Flow headset is an approved medical device (CE) for depression treatment in the EU. Order it at: https://flowneuroscience.com You can go through the complete treatment programme with or without a Flow headset. What you will learn: - Exercise​ Physically exercising to reduce and prevent depression has been shown to have a similar effect to antidepressant medication. Flow will tell you what kinds of exercise are most beneficial and what is the most optimal “dose”. - Meditation Managing stress is one of the most important things you can do. Meditation is practised by many people around the world as a mental “exercise” for the brain. Flow will give you concrete exercises to follow but also show you the neurological basis of why meditation is good for managing stress in your everyday life. - Sleep​ Did you know that sleeping for only six hours each night for two nights in a row is equivalent to being continuously awake for 24 hours? Flow will educate you on sleep hygiene, why we sleep and why sleeping is one of four important pillars for overcoming depression. - Nutrition​ The nutrition sessions will advise and encourage you to eat in a way that science has proven reduces inflammation in the brain, thereby alleviating depression. Spoiler alert: sugar is one of the big villains. Also includes a depression test.
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features

General Information
The App provides general information or guidance
Health Tracking
The App allows users to record relevant health information either manually or automatically using connected Apps or devices
Goal Setting and Gamification
The App allows users to set health and wellbeing related goals and may support games and challenges around achieving that
Service Signposting
The App provides links and suggestions for local or national services that are relevant to its focus area
Automated Guidance
The App uses the data it has to provide automated advice and guidance about a user's health
Automated Guidance
The App uses the data it has to provide automated advice and guidance about a user's health
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Data Collection

The data collected about users is/ isn't capable of identifying that it relates to them.

The type of data that it collects is classified as sensitive data.

(Identifiable and Sensitive) - Because of the type of data that this App collects it is particularly important that the App takes the security and privacy of that data seriously and only enables others to see or share this information if the user has expressly consented to this.

Data Use

The App does state that it won't share user data in any way with other people without the user's consent.

The App does allow users to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.

Data Security

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.

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Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It was clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It wasn't clear from our review that the App had been involved in any clinical trials or similar testing to demonstrate its 'real world' effectiveness.

This app is a medical device and has a CE mark.

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

This Review Area looks at how an App has been designed to support the overall user experience. This includes its availability on both primary platforms, how customisable the App is, how well it caters for end users with different capabilities and needs – such as visual or other impairments – how content is managed, how well supported the App is and what it costs. This area also looks at overall User Review scores from both platforms.

Testing

It wasn'tclear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.

Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App does appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

The App is entirely free to use.

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