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New hypoglycaemia digital education programme launched

By Editor
4th February 2019
diabetes.co.uk, Hypoglycaemia

A new version of a digital programme designed to help educate people with diabetes and healthcare professionals about how to manage the risks and challenges of hypoglycaemia has been launched.

Novo Nordisk has joined forces with Diabetes Digital Media (DDM) to offer a free online digital ‘Hypo Program’ and mobile app, providing a structured suite of personalised educational materials and resources to help increase awareness and management of hypoglycaemia in people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Over the last 10 years, hospital admissions in England for hypoglycaemia increased by 14%. Based on national research and given the continuous rise of diabetes prevalence, ageing population, and costs associated with hypoglycaemia, there is a huge demand for scalable and effective initiatives to reduce the burden of hospital admissions for hypoglycaemia.

Dr Avideh Nazeri, Director of Clinical, Medical and Regulatory at Novo Nordisk, said: “Hypoglycaemia is a reality for many people living with diabetes and it is something that is often a constant source of worry for them. Making people with diabetes, relatives, teachers and health care professionals more aware of what hypoglycaemia is and how to manage it, is essential to help people with diabetes live the lives they wish for. It is our hope that through increased access to the Hypo Program app even more people will improve their blood glucose management and reduce hypoglycaemia related admissions to hospital.”

Adam Burt, Director of Patient Access and Public Affairs, Novo Nordisk, added: “We’re proud to partner with DDM to launch the Hypo Program and believe that it will become an important resource to help people living with diabetes improve their health and quality of life. The parent, teacher and HCP modules will also help ensure everyone involved with a person’s diabetes management has a good understanding of the challenges of living with the risk of hypos and how to make positive changes.”

The Hypo Program is personalised for people with diabetes, healthcare professionals, parents (or carers) and teachers. The 12-module structured education programme is designed to be completed at the user’s own pace and each module comprises an educational video, supporting resources and short assessment. The Hypo Program app is available on iOS and Android, and online at HypoProgram.com.

The launch of the Hypo Program marks the first collaboration between Novo Nordisk and DDM, as part of a global joint initiative to provide better digital solutions that will empower people with diabetes. Charlotte Summers, Chief Operations Officer at DDM

Charlotte Summers, Chief Operations Officer at DDM, said: “The Hypo Program was launched in 2014 and has seen over 236,247 go through the program with 88% of people knowing how to spot a hypo, 89% of people knowing how to treat a hypo and after six months’ people experience 63% fewer severe hypos. Our partnership with Novo Nordisk has supported the development of an app for the Hypo Program and accelerates the reach of the Hypo Program, empowering even more people with diabetes around the world to improve their hypo awareness and diabetes management. It is our hope that through increased access to the Hypo Program app even more people will improve their blood glucose management and reduce hypoglycaemia related admissions to hospital.”

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