SocialDiabetes has been chosen by the Scottish government to implement an educational platform for those with type 1 diabetes, in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Nottingham Trent University.
The project originally came about after SocialDiabetes won the “Personalized diabetes education and care – a systemic approach” competition of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), launched by the Scottish government and the Scottish Diabetes Group in May 2016 with the aim of connecting innovative companies and overcoming specific challenges, such as diabetes, in a collaborative way.
The purpose of the initiative was to find innovative solutions for diabetes, focussing on education and mobile technology. A local approach framed in a global and universal problem: how to transform diabetes healthcare by combining opportunities that celebrate technological innovation and a new care model based on taking shared decisions and empowering the patient.
The educational platform will work as a social network through which patients will interact with each other and with healthcare professionals, sharing knowledge and learning more and more about their own diabetes, in an online and collaborative environment.
The UK’s National Health System (NHS) is one of the most prestigious public health systems in the world. For SocialDiabetes, it is an honor to be valued so positively by this institution. This will allow us to improve our product, adapt it to the needs of the UK market and get in contact with a large network of public and private organizations that work closely with the NHS and also with diabetes related issues in particular.
This is the second project for SocialDiabetes in the UK, having also been selected for the project NHS Internet of Things Test Bed – Diabetes Digital Coach (3 year duration and a budget of £3-5 million, lead by WEAHSN). The consortium, made up of the participating companies, will offer a series of products and services to people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes aimed at improving the self-management of their illness.