Digibete is an educational platform designed for young people with type 1 diabetes. It teaches diabetes management through engaging videos and content.
Type 1 diabetes among young people needs to be managed well to prevent long-term complications and serious medical emergencies such as diabetic ketoacidosis. Thirty-five thousand children and young people in the UK have diabetes, with a 5-10% yearly increase. Levels of type 2 diabetes are also increasing in children, due to a growth in the number of younger adults with obesity. Current methods to educate young people and their families can be challenging within NHS budgets and difficult to access for some families. One-on-one education is excellent for some people but not scalable.
About 70% of children and young people with type 1 diabetes experience poor health outcomes due to a lack of proper self-management, education, and ongoing medical support. It requires consistent monitoring and care, which can be overwhelming, especially for those who don’t fully understand how to self-manage and recognise the importance of adherence. Therefore, access to easy-to-understand educational material is vital.
Enter Digibete: A diabetes education resource
Digibete is an innovative platform and mobile app designed to support young people to self-manage type 1 diabetes. Users can access age-appropriate, engaging videos that help them understand how to monitor and take care of themselves.
The digital solution provides a variety of other ways to support users with their management by storing pump settings, insulin doses, appointments, and healthcare plans. In addition, healthcare providers can send the user news and information directly through the platform. The app is not a replacement for clinical care. Instead, it’s an additional resource to ensure diabetics have all the information they need at any given point.
Digibete is part of the 2022 NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) cohort. It is already being integrated into the NHS and is available by receiving an access code from an NHS England clinic. The solution has been designed by a team of experts in child health, including paediatricians, nurses, dietitians, and psychologists. It is available free of charge from the App Store and Google Play.
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