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Wearables Blog Part 6: Digital Health Kitchen – Diabetes

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Chaloner Chute - Digital Health & Care Institute

Last week I found myself at the London based Digital Health Kitchen event focused on Diabetes. This interesting event was quite progressive. While the diabetes landscape has typically been replete with apps and devices associated with monitoring the basic information associated with diabetes, this show had a much broader range of offerings on display.

For example, Diasend, who are partnering in some of our Digital Diabetes project work, are clearly moving into the Electronic Health Records / interoperability space.

Other exhibitors and speakers include a number of public agencies and charities making serious moves to evolve their care models using digital technologies, people trying to evolve medicines management for diabetics and groups moving up stream to focus on the 'pre-diabetic' arena with targeted preventative services focused on wellbeing, fitness and diet. In short, people seem to be increasingly attempting to demonstrate new care models supported by technology, rather than relentlessly push the technology itself.

This care model evolution (or revolution?) extends into the 'empowerment agenda' where agencies, services and industry are increasingly driven to coproduce solutions with citizens and people explore the broader role design plays in the innovation process.

One last interesting find, at a stand near ours, was this device below. For those Iron Man fans out there, I am assured this is not an Arc Reactor (Iron Man's Heart / Power Device). Bonus digital diabetes points for anyone who can correctly guess what it really is!

As always, comment welcome!