GlucoMe and Merck partner in a new digital diabetes management project
Digital diabetes platform provider GlucoMe has entered into a pilot collaboration agreement with Merck KGaA to evaluate GlucoMe's digital diabetes platform across several hospitals in Vietnam.
Diabetes is impacting over 5% of the country’s global population, housing one of the highest and fast-growing rates of diabetes in Southeast Asia, Saigoneer has reported.
“In Vietnam, the prevalence of diabetes is growing at alarming rates and has almost doubled within the past 10 years. Currently, it’s estimated that one in every 20 Vietnamese adults has diabetes. In addition, the number of people with a pre-diabetic condition is three times higher than those with diabetes,” the World Health Organisation has stated.
One of the reasons for these large numbers is the lack of resources and capacity to diagnose, monitor and treat diabetes at local community health centres. As such, patients must travel long distances to reach district, provincial or national level hospitals for treatment and follow-up appointments.
The project is scheduled to begin this month, where the companies will look at the advantages of GlucoMe's digital diabetes care against the current standard of care in the country.
The GlucoMe platform encompasses affordable wireless blood glucose and insulin pen monitors that uniquely operate with audio connectivity; a mobile app compatible with iOS and Android devices; a Digital Diabetes Clinic, which includes a cloud-based diabetes management software for healthcare professionals; a Control Tower, which prioritises urgency based on real-time patient data; and a Decision Support System, which analyses the history of data and provides medical teams with treatment recommendations.
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"The collaboration will evaluate the advantages and acceptance of GlucoMe's digital diabetes care system in a country with a vast diabetes patient population, which today faces a significant lack of resources to effectively manage their condition,” explained Daniel Ruggiero, Global Head of Diabetes Strategy at Merck's biopharma business.
“We have been impressed by the connectivity and simplicity of GlucoMe's solution, allowing physicians to make data-driven decisions while providing patients with stripped down, easy-to-use devices that are automatically connected to their smartphones. GlucoMe's platform has the potential to trigger an overall paradigm shift in the treatment of diabetes in Vietnam and across emerging markets, through the help of cutting-edge technology. Innovation in the treatment of diabetes is a key pillar of our global strategy and this is a clear example of how technology can significantly improve the quality of care.
GlucoMe's solution will initially be installed at five hospitals, and patients will use GlucoMe's wireless blood glucose monitor to measure their blood sugar levels at home. The clinical data will be synced through GlucoMe's mobile app and analysed by its Digital Diabetes Clinic and its Control Tower alert system. This will enable medical professionals and their staff to continuously monitor patients and intervene more efficiently and effectively. It will also help medical teams prioritise and identify severe and urgent cases for timeliest intervention.
“Digital diabetes care has particular value for countries with high prevalence but with limited resources for monitoring and treating the condition. We are happy to be the first on the scene where a digital diabetes care solution is crucially needed,” added GlucoMe CEO Yiftah Ben-Aharon.
“We intend to work our way around the world with the goal of modernizing diabetes care for the benefit of patients, medical teams and payers."
Microsoft launches Tech for Social Impact for elderly care
Microsoft Tech for Social Impact, the tech giant's division offering tools for non profit organisations, has announced it is expanding to include aged care non profits around the world.
This means that non profit organisations helping elderly residents in nursing homes or with other daily support will now be eligible for technology grants and discounts of up to 75%, as well as training and capacity building to help with digital transformation.
The care home sector has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society. As a result organisations around the world have been deploying innovative technologies, such as IoT to create monitoring solutions that enable independent living, through to AI-driven robots that provide companionship as well as alert the user's care team if there are any changes to their symptoms.
The German Red Cross (DRK) is an early adopter that is already benefitting from this programme expansion as part of Microsoft Tech for Social's pilot scheme. DRK provides services and assistance to over 40,000 people at more than 500 aged care facilities in Germany, with a further 90,000 receiving care in their own homes.
Thanks to Microsoft 365 cloud technologies such as SharePoint and OneDrive, along with Teams for communication, DRK was able to continue its daily work even at the height of the pandemic crisis. Residents of DRK facilities used Teams to keep in touch with relatives despite restrictions to visits, and there are plans to continue using these channels in the future to prevent isolation among residents.
Following the pilot’s success, the programme will offer discounts and grants to eligible organisations for its Microsoft cloud stack including Business Applications, Azure and Modern Work, leveraging the firm's sector-specific tools with Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit which will be generally available in the second half of 2021.
Microsoft estimate that around 75,000 new non profit organisations around the world will be eligible for the programme.