MedGizmo: Diabetes Update, April 2016
In 2014 $1 out of every $5 of health-care spending in the United States was used to treat diabetes, which is the seventh-leading cause of death and affects 29 million people in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association. It is estimated in 2012 $245B were spent in associated diabetes costs. Stakeholders throughout the healthcare industry are seeking any way to reduce diabetes incidence, driving focus to pre-diabetes, a state of slightly elevated blood sugar levels that has been estimated to impact 86M Americans.
- MedGizmo: Wearables and Diabetes (Part I)
- MedGizmo: Wearables and Diabetes - Applications (Part II)
- MedGizmo: Wearables and Diabetes (Part III)
Watch Doctors’ Channel Video: Artificial Pancreas Arriving as Soon as Next Year
Developing a self-regulated system that can accurately measure a patient’s blood-glucose levels, determine the perfect insulin dose for that particular patient at that exact time, and then deliver the insulin through a connected, wearable insulin-pump has been a goal for type-1 diabetes researchers for some time. According to NBC News, this trio of devices (blood-glucose meter, computation device, and insulin pump), also known as the “artificial pancreas,” could be available for patients as soon as next year. Medtronic is expected to release their technology in 2017.
PAQ - wearable insulin delivery device
Suggestic personalized lifestyle programs to revert Type 2 Diabetes
Our Lifestyle GPS app works as a personal assistant to help people with diabetes navigate towards a healthier lifestyle. Whether the user needs suggestions on where and what to eat, snack or cook, or have questions about physical activity, Suggestic is always present to answer those questions and guide the person to make small habit changing choices, one decision at a time.
ZME Science reported: Scientists create graphene patch to help manage diabetes
BlueStar mobile prescription therapy for 2 diabetes
Al Jazeera reported: Skype and diabetes: Doctors embrace tele-health hubs
- National Health Service (NHS) of England to updated advice to local healthcare commissioners encouraging the use of Skype and other social media to help keep young people engaged in their diabetes treatments as they transition from child to adult services. As a result, hospitals in Derby and Southampton are already in the process of setting up remote Skype consultations.
- Kaiser Permanente, a United States-based healthcare provider, introduced video appointments to help overcome the geographical vastness of the US, which often sees patients driving long distances to see specialists for particular ailments.
- The demographic of Skype users may suggest that telemedicine may become a permanent part of the NHS landscape. Psychology Online typically has a self-referring demographic of 24 to 45-year-olds. This chimes with the Newham diabetes clinic, which saw 82 percent of its under-50 patients engage in Skype sessions
Sweetch was developed as a platform for any large-scale clinical outcome prediction, and personalized, data-driven, wellness prevention intervention in the most cost-effective patients. Diabetes is our first use case. The system is a “behavioral analytics engine” that takes user habits and spits back a list of personal recommendations to maintain health.
Sugar Streak Apps
Gain Control With Sugar Streak - glucose logbook app for diabetes
Eversense CGM system: implantable sensor used for 90 days
A new way to continuously monitor glucose levels around-the-clock, without the need for weekly sensor insertions or having to carry another receiving device
The sensor wirelessly sends glucose data to the smart transmitter worn on the upper arm above where the sensor is implanted. In turn, the smart transmitter calculates the current glucose value along with the direction it’s headed, how fast, and whether glucose values are expected to exceed pre-set low and high targets. Data and alerts are simultaneously sent to the smartphone app that provides real-time tracking, intuitive displays to help identify patterns, and information to help stay in control.
And finally, listen to the audio on SoundCloud
Tom Higham, Executive Director of FutureEverything, talks to Natalie Kane about the issues, concerns and aspirations of technology that aims to make life for those with Type 1 diabetes easier. Talking about behaviours, devices, closed loop systems and how to help the parents of Type 1 diabetics, Tom and Natalie look into the future of wearables and medical technology.
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