Almost 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes. However, the online #wearenotwaiting community is making it clear that the current approach to diabetes care is not providing the outcomes that are desired. Despite the proliferation of new therapies, optimum control of blood glucose levels is still an aspiration rather than reality for many.
For 2016 and beyond, one opportunity that has the potential to improve diabetes care is the use of digital health as a platform for care delivery. The challenge is how to use digital health so it can do the following:
a) be used by the target audience,
b) provide measurable “metrics of success”, and
c) enable a sustainable return on investment for the health technology creator.
There are many diabetes-related smartphone apps available at present, but less than 2% are used to any extent. Similarly, wearable sensors and the Internet of Things are both currently having identity crises when it comes to their role in improving health. What can we do further digital health? Who needs to be part of these critical conversations?
About the Speaker:
Dr. David Kerr is Director of Research and Innovation at the world-renowned William Sansum Diabetes Center based in Santa Barbara, CA. Before moving to the US in early 2014, for many years, he was a Consultant Physician in internal medicine and diabetes at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Kerr is creator and co-founder of www.DiabetesTravel.org and www.excarbs.com,author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles (Google Scholar h-index of 40), Editor-in-Chief for Diabetes Digest, and a regular blogger for the British Medical Journal on the subjects of technology and health. He is also the digital health lead for the Diabetes Technology Society and was previously Editor of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.
Dr. Kerr is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University, and for many years has held a Gold Clinical Excellence Award from the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. You can follow him on Twitter @Godiabetesmd.
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