Diabetes Innovation: The Secret Sauce

BEOften, when we think about innovation, we immediately think of hi-tech devices, software or platforms.

In the midst of this year’s Diabetes Innovation conference, and even acknowledging that many people with diabetes are joined at the hip (literally) to some pretty hi-tech tools, it is worth slowing down for a moment to consider the value and efficacy of decidedly low-tech solutions.

Earlier this year, Susannah Fox (a speaker at this year’s conference) coauthored a report published by the Pew Research Center entitled Tracking for Health. This report collects survey data showing that while 60% of U.S adults track diet or exercise, and 33% track their own health — 49% track only in their heads, 34% use paper and only 21% use technology (web, app, device) for personal tracking.

People with diabetes are certainly well-represented among the 33% of the population who are self-identified health care self-trackers — but remember, most self-trackers are decidedly low-tech. [Read more...]

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Meet Judy Yates Osborne, veteran diabetes care program coordinator

Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?

My name is Judy Yates Osborne–just recently married. :-) I live in Walkertown, North Carolina which is near Winston-Salem/Greensboro. I am the Coordinator of the outpatient diabetes center which is a tremendous responsibility, so I am always making an attempt to be up to date, on the edge, and looking for new ways to teach and run a program. [Read more...]

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