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Evaluation


The primary objective of all NHS test beds is to “evaluate the real world impact of new technologies offering both better care and better value for taxpayers, testing them together with innovations in how NHS services are delivered.”

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Evaluation


The primary objective of all NHS test beds is to “evaluate the real world impact of new technologies offering both better care and better value for taxpayers, testing them together with innovations in how NHS services are delivered.”

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.

The people involved in evaluating Diabetes Digital Coach include:

  • Users within the project, including people with diabetes, NHS care providers (including GPs and practice staff), and commissioners
     
  • Project participants, including the innovating companies and the West of England AHSN
     
  • Project funders (IoT UK, Innovate UK and NHS England)
     
  • Prospective future users across the NHS in England and beyond.

 

The key question we are looking to answer is:

Is the Diabetes Digital Coach helping to improve the lives of people with diabetes?

 

The main areas of focus for our evaluation will be:

  • How (and how frequently) people use the Diabetes Digital Coach, how physically active they are, and for those who use insulin whether the Coach has improved their insulin management (if this was an issue).
     
  • The perception of people with diabetes, carers and staff about their health, wellbeing, confidence and ability to self-care, and their experience of care. This is measured using short surveys and qualitative research.
     
  • Clinical outcome measures to assess the risk of people with diabetes developing complications in the short, medium, and long term. Future costs and benefits are simulated using a validated prospective model.
     
  • Healthcare activity, resource use and costs for the NHS in the short term. This includes the use of emergency care services as well as changes in care and activity undertaken by innovators.