New ABCD FreeStyle Libre audit tool available
A new online tool is now available to allow participants of a national FreeStyle Libre audit to analyse data.
Launched by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), the survey aims to get a real-world view of the FreeStyle Libre in adults and paediatric patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Data collection for the audit opened in January and the new tool is now available after delays caused by the GDPR regulations introduced in May.
Professor Thozhukat Sathyabalan, Clinical Lead of the ABCD Nationwide FreeStyle Libre Audit, said: “We are delighted to announce that after a considerable amount of work over several months, the audit tool for the FreeStyle Libre is now live and can be accessed by people who have registered for the audit.
“Many of you will have been collecting data on paper forms and you should now be able to enter the data from the forms onto the tool. Because there is considerable interest by paediatric centres in this audit, we are dividing all centres into adult or paediatric.
“Once data has been entered, designated moderators from a centre will be able to download their own data for analysis. Naturally trusts and CCGs in the region may combine their downloads to increase the area of analysis, and moderators will need to get together to organise this is they wish to.”
People who have already registered for the audit will be contacted over the next fortnight with information about how to log in, ABCD said.
Professor Sathyabalan said: “One of the reasons for the delay in the creation of this tool was ensuring that it was GDPR compliant. To this end patients will be identified with the NHS number only, and this will be encrypted. Thus, users may find their own patients using the NHS number, or the encrypted version of it.
“The date of birth will be changed into age at FreeStyle Libre start, and the date of birth will not be stored. The name is not stored. For anonymised analysis in regions or nationally, only the encrypted number will identify the patient. Thank you for your contribution to this important venture.”
To register to take part in the audit or for more information, click here.