Best digital initiative

Winner

GDm-health improving care for women with gestational diabetes

by John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

In response to an increase in women with gestational diabetes mellitus, the team developed a real-time, smartphone-based remote blood glucose management system aimed at improving the efficiency of clinical care. The system, called GDm-health, transmits blood glucose readings to a smartphone app and results are transmitted via a secure website where healthcare professionals can review the information and follow up with an SMS message to patients. 52 pregnant women used the system from June 2012 to August 2013. Satisfaction surveys indicated women were very happy with their care and the technology was reliable and fitted in well with their lifestyle.

Judges comment:

"In response to an increase in women with gestational diabetes mellitus, the team developed a real-time, smartphone-based remote blood glucose management system aimed at improving the efficiency of clinical care. The system, called GDm-health, transmits blood glucose readings to a smartphone app and results are transmitted via a secure website where healthcare professionals can review the information and follow up with an SMS message to patients. 52 pregnant women used the system from June 2012 to August 2013. Satisfaction surveys indicated women were very happy with their care and the technology was reliable and fitted in well with their lifestyle."

 

Highly commended

JUST DUK 1T

by Diabetes Scotland

The aim of the JUST DUK 1T project was to create an online resource for young people living with type 1 diabetes in Scotland, which was accessible, relevant and widely used by those with diabetes, their families and healthcare professionals. Diabetes Scotland was committed to involving young people in the development of this and a group of 14 young people aged 16 to 25 years old with type 1 diabetes were recruited from across Scotland to support the development of the resource. Since the launch of the website JUST DUK 1T the website has achieved over 19,800 visitors, and regularly engages young people directly through the social media accounts. The group members own and run the site and pages and have received training and support in this to ensure sustainability beyond the lifetime of the project.

Judges comment:

"The judges loved how it was written by young people for young people, a group that doesn't engage with traditional methods of self-management. This is smart, outside-the-box thinking that is having a real difference. Anything that facilitates engagement in this way is a risk worth taking."


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