Three-month programme in partnership with Mapmydiabetes involving eight patients
RedArc has teamed up with NICE-endorsed online programme Mapmydiabetes to run a pilot designed to help people with type-2 diabetes to manage their condition better.
Combining the technical support of Mapmydiabetes - a service which educates and aids self-management of the condition - with the human touch of RedArc nurse services, the pilot started in March and will run for three months for eight patients from RedArc with type-2 diabetes.
The results will be analysed to measure improvements in the individuals' diabetic control habits.
"The potential of this pilot is huge," said Christine Husbands, managing director of RedArc Nurses. "There's no doubt that technology has an increasingly important role to play in encouraging better health behaviours. Combining this with the support of a registered nurse takes this to a whole other level."
Mapmydiabetes technology includes a sophisticated user interface which provides access to comprehensive information on all aspects of diabetes, possible complications, medication side-effects, eating plans and exercise.
Patients can input information such as blood pressure, weight, blood glucose and individual targets, which through secure electronic communication can be provided to a RedArc nurse to allow them to understand the individual's specific needs and therefore tailor support for them accordingly.
In turn, RedArc will encourage patients to engage with the Mapmydiabetes technology and will help individuals monitor their condition, make and meet personal smart goals - such as weight loss, blood glucose control and increased exercise - and encourage positive lifestyle choices.
"Insurers are investing seriously in technology and we'll be excited to share the results of this pilot to demonstrate the difference it makes when combined with the support of our nurses," said Husbands. "Reduction in claims is one potential outcome, but that's just one aspect. As insurers look to offer a more holistic service, this helps them do just that, and with measurable outcomes."
According to Diabetes UK, 4.05 million people in the UK suffer from the condition and 10% of the NHS budget (£14bn a year) is spend on treating diabetes and its complications.
As it's a lifelong condition, self-management - as advised by NICE - is a crucial part of surviving diabetes.
According to Mapmydiabetes, structured support on average reduces HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin), which is measured to show average blood sugar levels, by 1-1.5% from the point of diagnosis.
This can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications, including 21% reduction in diabetes-related deaths, a 37% reduction in microvascular complications and a 12% reduction in stokes.
"Mapmydiabetes already provides access to self-management education support in a way that allows people to take control of their own health," said Iain Brogan, CEO of Mapmyhealth. "Every day we see the difference that our online technology makes to people living with this serious condition.
"By combining this approach with access to a registered nurse, this takes diabetes self-management support to the next level and offers a truly holistic service," he added. "We are extremely excited about this collaboration with RedArc; not only is it a great differentiator in the market, it makes a real difference to people's lives."
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