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Diabetes management

The number of people with diabetes is increasing year on year across Scotland. The way in which patients are currently treated and supported is not sustainable as we go forward.


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 increase in demand for services is not sustainable, and it is widely recognised within the health and care 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 the prevention and management of diabetes. There is a growing body of international evidence that this can effectively be supported by technology, while at the same time improving patient satisfaction with their care.

At the DHI, we see a major opportunity to join together existing activities and technologies 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% (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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