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GDm-health

Remote monitoring for gestational diabetes

GDm-health is a system for the management of diabetes in pregnant women. Whereas conventional gestational diabetes monitoring involves the use of a paper diary and regular visits to the clinic, GDm-health allows secure and remote communication between women and their healthcare team with fewer clinic visits.


Clinical Trial Results

GDm-health has been tested in over 1,000 patients, showing a 26% reduction in clinic visits, when evaluated at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

The time spent by the diabetes midwives on clerical and administrative tasks also decreased by 50%.


Key Features

Smartphone App and Bluetooth-enabled Blood Glucose Meter

The GDm-health system uses a wireless blood glucose meter to connect to a patient’s smartphone allowing pregnant women with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose levels. The app automatically transmits the blood glucose data and diary entries made by the patients to an NHS server behind a firewall.

Intuitive tracking

Patients are able to record their blood glucose readings in a simple and intuitive way, enabling them to easily track their blood glucose readings throughout their pregnancy, following the diagnosis of gestational diabetes.

Instant communication

Healthcare professionals can review the patient’s data on the secure server and send the patient text messages to communicate medication and insulin changes in between clinic appointments if appropriate.


Benefits

Reduces clinic visits

Self-management, combined with remote monitoring, gives patients greater control of their gestational diabetes and reduces the number of clinic visits.

Secure

Patient data is securely stored on an NHS based server where the clinical team can review the patient’s readings and provide feedback.

Reduces clerical tasks

Greatly reduces the time spent on clerical and administrative tasks by midwives and healthcare professionals.

Improves efficiency

Improves the efficiency of the workflow by streamlining the process of communication between midwives and patients.

Enhances communication

Digital communication between the healthcare professionals through the patient’s web page enhances team-based care.

Improves auditing

Electronic capture of data enables detailed auditing of care and outcomes.

Publications

2016:

2015:

  • A comparison of blood glucose metrics to assess the feasibility of a digital health system for management of women with gestational diabetes: the GDm-Health study
    - Diabetes UK, March 2015, London, UK (oral presentation) - 2015
  • GDm-health: Development of a real-time smartphone solution for the management of women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)
    - World Congress, Brisbane, AUS, April 2015 (oral presentation)
  • The Utility of Digital Blood Glucose Monitoring Metrics to Predict High Birth Weight in Women with Gestational Diabetes
    - ADA 75th Scientific Sessions, Boston, MA, June 2015
  • The Utility of Digital Blood Glucose Monitoring Metrics to Predict High Birth Weight in Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
    - SOMANZ Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, AUS, October 2015
  • Digital blood glucose monitoring could provide new objective assessments of blood glucose control in women with gestational diabetes
    - Diabetic Medicine. November 2015
  • Acceptability and User Satisfaction of a Smartphone-Based, Interactive Blood Glucose Management System in Women With Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
    - J Diabetes Sci Technol 2015 vol. 9 no. 1

2014:

2013:

  • GDm-Health: Remote monitoring and treatment for gestational diabetes
    - EASD Annual Meeting (poster), Barcelona , 2013
  • GDm-Health Remote monitoring for gestational diabetes
    - ABCD Annual Meeting, Solihull, UK (poster) - 2013
  • GDm-Health: Remote monitoring for gestational diabetes
    - Diabetes Technology Meeting, MD, USA (oral presentation) - 2013

2012:

  • GDm-Health: Remote monitoring for gestational diabetes
    - Diabetes Technology Meeting, MD, USA (poster) - 2012

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