Prevent diabetes? Doctors may soon have an app for that

This program also includes education. Patients who opt in also receive several training programs in a year, on topics such as diet and how to exercise. In addition, the app provides links to vetted resources on diabetes and related topics, to support patients’ self-education process. In this way, remote monitoring and ongoing engagement can amplify and reinforce education.

Typically, only a fraction of diabetes patients succeed in reaching their clinical targets. Accu-Chek View offers the potential for substantially better outcomes.

“We were very impressed by the outcomes we saw,” said Kalfhaus. Roche conducted an observational study for the first year of this project. Those results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal in December, but for now he offered, “We documented substantial average weight loss after four months of participation, which was sustained over 12 months. Much better than most weight loss programs.”

On the back end, Roche collaborated with SAP Health to develop key digital components of this project, especially the mobile app and physician online interface.

“Remote support means fast reaction time,” said Jonas Dennler, Value Engineer for life science and healthcare at SAP. “Doctors or coaches can reach out to patients as soon as something seems to be going in the wrong direction. This is a huge improvement over the traditional approach to diabetes data gathering, where patients had to manually keep a daily journal, which was usually handwritten rather than digital and only reviewed occasionally by their doctor.”

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