Diabetes self-management system : review of existing systems and potential enhancements

Darwish, F and Saraee, MH ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3283-1912 2018, Diabetes self-management system : review of existing systems and potential enhancements , in: 11th IEEE International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering (DeSE2018), 2-5 September 2018, Cambridge, UK.

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Abstract

Diabetes is a global pandemic with growing devastating human, social and economic impacts. By 2025 it is estimated that in the UK five million people will be diagnosed with diabetes and by 2030 diabetes will claim three lives every ten minutes. According to the most recent reports, 10% of the British National Health Service (NHS) budget for England and Wales is spent on diabetes, equating to £1.5m an hour. With diabetes increasing at its current rate, this spending is unsustainable. The most shocking finding of this report is that almost four-fifth of NHS diabetes spending is on preventable complications. Self-Monitoring and Self-Management systems play a significant role in preventing and reducing diabetes complications. Minimising costs, and improving patient outcomes could be achieved through self-management and empowering the diabetic patients with knowledge management (KM). This research provides a review of existing monitoring and management systems which have been created by blood glucose or insulin pump manufacturers. Initial findings suggest that profit rather than patient outcomes are the main motivator behind the existing systems. To this end, this research proposes that the prevalence of personal computers and mobile smart phones be leveraged to develop a web portal for diabetes self-management. This overcomes the limitation of the existing system, which is lack of ability to communicate with health professionals and none of the existing options are free to the patient. The portal would facilitate a closer relationship between the medical and diabetic communities. This strengthened relationship would allow patient and doctors to work together to find effectively ways in which the damaging effects of this disease can be reduced. The proposed portal will help patients to record each imperative health factor. This would simultaneously allow the doctor access to real-time monitoring and give them the ability to communicate directly with the patients. Additionally, this paper investigates the potential advantages of integrating knowledge management approaches to disseminate and share knowledge among related parties.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
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Depositing User: Prof. Mo Saraee
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 14:46
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2019 14:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/49618

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