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Michelle Brogan


1st July 2022


Transforming diabetes care through innovation

The Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre, in partnership with the Scottish Diabetes Innovation Technology Group and the Scottish Government, wants to hear from Health and Care professionals and people living with Diabetes about key challenges and new innovative ideas in which digital technologies could be used to help to transform future services for Diabetes Care.

Transforming diabetes care through innovation – Consultation Survey

Whether you are a healthcare professional, an individual with diabetes, or have an interest in improving diabetes care models and outcomes, we want to hear from you.

The online survey, which launched on 04 July, will enable Heath and Care Professionals to share their ideas on priority areas for innovation and new ideas to support the improvement of diabetes outcomes. People with diabetes are also encouraged to participate so as to share insights and ideas from their own lived experience.

Innovation, data, and different technology developments introduced by NHS Scotland over recent years have been shown to benefit people living with Diabetes particularly innovations with respect to Insulin Pumps, Closed Loop Devices, and increasingly NHS services are exploring the use of digital tools and services which provide lifestyle and self-management and preventive support for Type 2 Diabetes.

A current example is the Diabetes Foot SBRI - The Diabetes Foot and Innovation Project is hosted by NHS Highland. The aim is to assist the development of prediction algorithms for personalised, graduated risk stratification and risk reduction for diabetes foot ulceration, amputations and mortality in Scotland through the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This also includes feedback that aids clinical and patient-facing models for monitoring, targeted interventions or treatment decision support. Phase 2 of the SBRI commenced in May of this year and work is well underway with the AI initial algorithm development and develop new prediction models for foot risk progression, amputation and mortality that can be ready for research testing, and integration into the national diabetes database as well as delivery of a commercially exploitable product.

Diabetes National Clinical Lead, Professor Brian Kennon, said:

The NHS has never faced such a challenging time. As we look to recover we need to understand the challenges the diabetes community face and then embed innovation and innovative approaches within our care models to help meet those challenges. Digital and technological innovations are part of the solution but arguably more important is ensuring people living with diabetes, and those delivering care help inform those solutions.

Michelle Brogan, Diabetes Portfolio Lead, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, said:

“Optimising the use data, digital technology, and service design innovation within Diabetes Care is a rapidly expanding area and as part of our engagement approach, we want to hear views and ideas from people with Diabetes, third sector organisations and the wide range of Health and Care Professionals involved in Diabetes care delivery working across NHS Scotland. Working collaboratively to accelerate innovation opportunities is more important than ever and will be central to transforming care models and improving patient outcomes.

If you would like to hear any further information about this survey please contact, Michelle Brogan, Service Development Manager, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre. Closing date: Friday 12th August 2022

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The Scottish Diabetes Innovation and Technology Group established by the Scottish Diabetes Group and Chief Scientist Office is an advisory group which aims to maximise the opportunities around data, technologies and innovation to improve diabetes care and outcomes in Scotland.

The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre is a national resource, funded by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council. A world-leading collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde, its focus is innovation in digital health and care helping the people of Scotland live longer, healthier lives while providing sustainable and inclusive growth for our economy.

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