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Healthcare technology to dominate diabetes conference

By Editor
5th October 2017
CPD, Education Good practice Technology

Healthcare technology will be a key focus at a major conference for people working in the field of diabetes.

Diabetes Professional Care (DPC2017), which takes place in London on November 15 and 16, has established a reputation for showcasing innovation and cutting-edge technology for diabetes care.

Toby Baker, event director for DPC2017, said: “Advances in diabetes technology are helping to take the stress and worry out of diabetes care for healthcare professionals and ease the pain and hassle for their patients.

“DPC2017 will provide healthcare professionals with a unique opportunity to hear about the latest developments and clinical applications in diabetes tech, and also meet with top solutions providers.

“From facilitating the injection process and blood glucose monitoring, through improving foot and wound care, to empowering patients through digital education and behavioural change programmes, DPC2017 will be the perfect forum to discover a wealth of diabetes tech solutions in one place.”

Launched in 2015, DPC2017 is the UK’s only national, free-to-attend, CPD-accredited conference and exhibition for healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions.

This year, two streams – Diabetes Technology & Diagnostics and Diabetes Technology & Research – of DPC2017’s eight-stream conference will be dedicated to diabetes tech.

Over two days, speakers from across the diabetes arena will draw on their own experiences to highlight the role of technology in improving the lives of people with the condition.

Sessions will include:

  • Digital diabetes in the real world: what we learnt – Chris Edson, CEO, OurPath, will present the lessons learnt from implementing the OurPath digital behavioural change programme for preventing and managing type 2 diabetes.
  • Virtual vs reality in the diabetes world – this is how we do it – Kelly Carden, Nurse, Southampton University & Co-founder, Sugar Buddies; and June Murphy, Diabetes Nurse, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, will discuss how virtual appointments can help ease pressure on the NHS, and improve efficiency for patients and HCPs.
  • 20 years’ experience with a diabetes database – Dr Nicholas Morrish, Consultant Diabetologist, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, will share his experience of using Hicom Technology’s Diamond database with a multi-disciplinary team.

Jon Elburn, Hicom’s product manager for clinical information systems, said: “At DPC2017, our customer Dr Nicholas Morrish will review and showcase the ways in which access to information can support and drive improvement in diabetes care.

“Technology can play a vital role in joining main hospital and departmental systems together to provide value that is greater than the sum of the parts. Interfacing applications and allowing data to flow between them means efficiencies can be achieved, allowing HCPs to concentrate on the patients.”

DPC2017 will also host a series of practical, hands-on workshops. These will include a session on reversing type 2 diabetes – exclusive insight into the 2017 patient outcomes data on evidence-based digital education and support, in which Professor Mike Trenell, chief scientific officer for Changing Health, will share the latest outcome data from recent studies looking at the impact of evidence-based digital education and lifestyle coaching to improve patient outcomes.

Professor Trenell said: “With the growing individual and societal burden of type 2 diabetes, there is a pressing need to help people make better, more informed lifestyle decisions.

“Digital technology allows us to connect and educate one another in a way we could only have dreamed of just a few years ago.

“Changing Health has been developed over the past 10 years by world leaders in digital technology and behaviour change. Our services for people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes show improved clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and derive better use of scarce health resources. The services can be delivered at scale and without additional work for care teams. Indeed, our services are turning traditional treatment pathways on their head. Some users even reverse their type 2 diabetes.”

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