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How will it work?


 “Technology can be used to enable true partnership between the GP, consultant or practice nurse and the person with diabetes.
Diabetes Digital Coach is a really exciting initiative. It will enable more people to better manage their diabetes, hopefully reducing the awful complications that go with the condition.”
 
Sandra Tweddell, coordinator of the Bristol Diabetes Support Network

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How will it work?


 “Technology can be used to enable true partnership between the GP, consultant or practice nurse and the person with diabetes.
Diabetes Digital Coach is a really exciting initiative. It will enable more people to better manage their diabetes, hopefully reducing the awful complications that go with the condition.”
 
Sandra Tweddell, coordinator of the Bristol Diabetes Support Network

Over approximately two years, Diabetes Digital Coach will enrol people in England with type one and type two diabetes, providing them the opportunity to better self-manage their condition using a specially selected suite of integrated digital tools.

Enabling individuals to ‘do the right thing at the right time’ the Diabetes Digital Coach platform will be launched in 2017 and will also encourage more timely and appropriate interventions from peers, healthcare professionals, carers and social networks.

How will Diabetes Digital Coach work?

Diabetes Digital Coach will offer an online service for people with diabetes, available via PC, smart phone and tablet.

People simply sign in, answer some questions about their health, lifestyle and how they currently manage their diabetes. The coach then directs them to the best digital tool to suit their individual needs.

The service offers a range of five different digital tools. These provide varying degrees of support, covering health and wellbeing, structured education, dietitian support, optimising physical activity, and insulin management.

Data comes from users via their smart phones, tablets, glucometers and wearable tech.

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Who is delivering the project?

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Who is delivering the project?

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The Diabetes Digital Coach test bed project is led by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), which is one of 15 AHSNs across England, established by NHS England to spread innovation at pace and scale. Find out more here.

Diabetes Digital Coach is being delivered by a unique consortium of 10 organisations, who are overseeing the platform development, project evaluation and the provision of the various digital self-management tools.  Read more here.

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Who is supporting the test bed project?

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Who is supporting the test bed project?

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Diabetes Digital Coach is one of seven test beds announced by NHS England in January 2016. Five of these test bed programmes are funded direct by NHS England.

The remaining two are ‘IoT’ or internet of things test beds, which are funded by the Department of Health through Innovate UK. Diabetes Digital Coach is one of these IoT test beds.

The IoT test beds are part of IoTUK, an integrated £40 million, three-year Government programme that seeks to advance the UK’s global leadership in IoT and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector.

The consortium members are all significantly invested in the Diabetes Digital Coach test bed, and between them are contributing 22% of the total project funding.

The national charity Diabetes UK is an advisor to the test bed project and is playing an important role in successful engagement with people with diabetes.

How are you evaluating the project?


How are you evaluating the project?

How are you evaluating the project?


How are you evaluating the project?

The aim of the Diabetes Digital coach test bed project is to see if and how technology can improve the lives of people with all types of diabetes. Evaluation is therefore an essential aspect of this project. Read more here.