Diabetes healthcare technology will be a key focus of Diabetes Professional Care (DPC) when it returns to Olympia, London, on 15 and 16 November.
DPC has established a reputation for showcasing innovation and leading-edge technology for diabetes care, and DPC2017 promises to be our most exciting year yet.
“Advances in diabetes technology are helping to take the stress and worry out of diabetes care for healthcare professionals (HCPs), and ease the pain and hassle for their patients,” says Toby Baker, Event Director, Diabetes Professional Care.
“DPC2017 will provide healthcare professionals with a unique opportunity to hear about the latest developments and clinical applications in diabetes tech, and also to meet with top solutions providers.
“From facilitating the injection process and blood glucose monitoring, through improving foot and wound care, to empowering patients through digital education and behavioural change programmes, DPC2017 will be the perfect forum to discover a wealth of diabetes tech solutions in one place.”
Speaking from experience
Launched in 2015, DPC2017 is the UK’s only national, free-to-attend,
CPD-accredited conference and exhibition for HCPs involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions.
This year, two streams – Diabetes Technology & Diagnostics and Diabetes Technology & Research – of DPC2017’s 8-stream conference will be dedicated to diabetes tech.
Over two days, speakers from across the diabetes arena will draw on their own experiences to highlight the role of technology in improving the lives of people with the condition. Sessions will include:
* Digital diabetes in the real world: what we learnt – Chris Edson, CEO, OurPath, will present the lessons learnt from implementing the OurPath digital behavioural change programme for preventing and managing type 2 diabetes.
* Virtual vs reality in the diabetes world – this is how we do it – Kelly Carden, Nurse, Southampton University & Co-founder, Sugar Buddies; and June Murphy, Diabetes Nurse, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, will discuss how virtual appointments can help ease pressure on the NHS, and improve efficiency for patients and HCPs.
* 20 years’ experience with a diabetes database – Dr Nicholas Morrish, Consultant Diabetologist, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, will share his experience of using Hicom Technology’s Diamond database with a
“At DPC2017, our customer Dr Nicholas Morrish will review and showcase the ways in which access to information can support and drive improvement in diabetes care,” says Jon Elburn, Hicom’s Product Manager for Clinical Information Systems.
“Technology can play a vital role in joining main hospital and departmental systems together to provide value that is greater than the sum of the parts. Interfacing applications and allowing data to flow between them means efficiencies can be achieved, allowing HCPs to concentrate on the patients.”
DPC2017 will also host a series of practical, hands-on workshops. These will include a session on Reversing type 2 diabetes – exclusive insight into the 2017 patient outcomes data on evidence based digital education and support, in which Prof Mike Trenell, Chief Scientific Officer, Changing Health, will share the latest outcome data from recent studies looking at the impact of evidence-based digital education and lifestyle coaching to improve patient outcomes.
“With the growing individual and societal burden of type 2 diabetes, there is a pressing need to help people make better, more informed lifestyle decisions,” says Prof Trenell. “Digital technology allows us to connect and educate one another in a way we could only have dreamed of just a few years ago.
“Changing Health has been developed over the past 10 years by world leaders in digital technology and behaviour change. Our services for people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes show improved clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and derive better use of scarce health resources. The services can be delivered at scale and without additional work for care teams. Indeed, our services are turning traditional treatment pathways on their head. Some users even reverse their type 2 diabetes!”
Running alongside the conference and other show activities, the DPC2017 exhibition will provide a forum for visitors to see first hand the latest diabetes tech solutions and meet the people shaping the future of diabetes care.
Highlights will include the Neuropad 10-minute Screening Test for early detection of diabetic neuropathy, described by Neuropad Managing DIrector, John Simpson, as “an early warning medical device for feet at risk”.
A host of other cutting-edge diabetes tech products and services will be on show, including:
* Abbott FreeStyle Libre – a tiny, discrete glucose sensor worn under the skin
* Agamatrix WaveSense JAZZ Wireless blood glucose monitor, which syncs blood glucose results to a smart device using Bluetooth technology
* Entec Health’s Silhouette digital wound assessment and information management system
* Glooko + Diasend’s remote patient monitoring platform for patients with type 2 diabetes
* Hicom Technology’s Diamond modular clinical information system, and Community Module extension, designed specifically for the care of patients with diabetes and associated complications.
Diabetes tech start-ups
The Edge innovation zone also returns to DPC2017, with new solutions from healthcare and tech start-ups. Exhibitors include: Inotec AMD, with its new NATROX Oxygen Wound Therapy; for faster wound healing; Oviva, with its online/app-based personalised care programmes; and TickleFLEX, with its award-winning insulin injection aid.
“TickleFLEX is ideal for patients who have a stressful time injecting or who have needle phobia,” says Bola Lafe, Managing Director, Opus Innovations, TickleFLEX’s distributor. “It also offers HCPs a unique and simple distraction strategy to promote or provide to any patients who are uncomfortable with injecting themselves due to pain or needle phobia.”
Commenting on his decision to launch TickleFLEX at DPC2017, Lafe says: “We chose to exhibit at DPC2017 largely because of the show’s strategic focus on innovation and leading edge technology.”
For further information on DPC2017, visit www.diabetesprofessionalcare.com.
About Diabetes Professional Care 2017
Diabetes Professional Care 2017 is a free-to-attend, CPD-accredited,
two-day conference and exhibition for healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions.
Launched in 2015, the event’s focus is on real-world, practical education and innovative diabetes healthcare solutions.
Our mission is to give delegates the skills and knowledge they need to provide the very best care for their patients.