Diabetes management

Diabetes is continuing to grow year on year across Scotland. The way that treatment and support are provided is not sustainable.

1.2%

Mobile apps to support diabetes patients are currently only used by 1.2% of the target group (2013). Although the market penetration will grow to 7.8% by 2018

 

The NHS in Scotland spends almost £1bn per year (or £100,000 every hour) on diabetes. 80% of which goes on managing avoidable complications. 

 

The prevalence of diabetes is continuing to grow year on year across Scotland. The demand for services is such that the way treatment and support are provided is not sustainable, and it is widely recognised with the healthcare system that transformational change is required.

One practical implication of this is that patients, their families and carers will need to be more actively involved in prevention and management of the condition. There is a growing body of international evidence that this can effectively be supported by technology, while also improving patient satisfaction with their care.

At DHI, we see that there is a major opportunity to take existing activities and join these together to create a complementary and integrated suite of digital tools and services.

291,982 people were diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland at the end of 2016.

This patient population accounts for 5.4% of the population of Scotland.

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88.3%

88.3% (257,728) of all registered diabetics had Type 2 diabetes

We're working with the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT)on the use of Attend Anywhere video conferencing for virtual clinics. We are also supporting an existing self-management web platform to attract commercial interest that will help the web platform to develop further.

Work to date

Scotland is already recognised as an international leader in diabetes management and experienced in the use of digital solutions in diabetes. The Scottish Care Information – Diabetes Collaboration, provides a central data store of all diabetic patients in Scotland and the My Diabetes My Way web platform helps patients to manage their own care.

There have also been significant advances in digital solutions to support self-management for glucose monitoring and control, proper medicine use and lifestyle management. Virtual clinics have been trialled in Scotland and several health boards are using home and mobile health monitoring solutions for the day to day management of diabetic patients.

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