Updated on 3 October 2013
A total of 80 patients who are new to insulin therapy will be recruited for the randomised controlled trial and be put on the 24-week study. They will be divided into two groups and receive individual counselling on all aspects of insulin treatment but only one group will be given access to the SGH Diabetes Pal. At the end of the study, the change in glycaemic control between both groups will be compared.
"Despite continuing research efforts towards improving healthcare delivery and disease outcomes for patients with diabetes, research gaps in diabetes management remain, particularly in the Asian setting. The need to improve diabetes management deserves greater attention in Singapore where incidence is among the highest in developed countries, and diabetes prevalence is consistently high across ethnic groups," said Professor David Matchar, Director for Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.
On the decision to leverage on mobile apps, Dr Chong Yoke Sin, Chief Executive Officer, IHiS said, "In Singapore, there is high smartphone penetration among the general population, and increasingly among the elderly. IHiS and the public hospitals have developed several clinical mobile apps as part of our efforts to reach out beyond the hospital walls, to care for the elderly with chronic diseases in the community. This study will guide us on how to further employ mobile technologies to transform healthcare where there is partnership
between the patient and doctor in managing the patient's health."