The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is making big efforts to help its members become more technology savvy and keep up on the exploding number of apps, devices and digital tools for managing diabetes – so they can best advise patients.

This August, the org launched a new web portal called DANA (Diabetes Advanced Network Access), available for free to AADE members at DANAtech.org, that’s meant to be a “one stop shop” comprehensive diabetes technology resource for diabetes educators and other healthcare providers. It contains info and training on over 200 products, including an area that goes into detail vetting 30 apps relevant to diabetes care. The plan is to add another 30 apps to the platform in 2019…

And guess what? To inform its efforts, AADE would like to hear from YOU ALL!

Which apps do you find most valuable? Which you wish your diabetes educator knew more about?

Please follow this link to fill out a very brief survey, by Oct. 8, 2018:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AADEAppsYouUse

Results from the survey will be shared here at DiabetesMine later this year.

“As we prepare for 2019, we are now asking the patient community for their input,” says Crystal Broj, AADE’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, who’s leading the charge. “Information from this survey will be provided to our members for overall insights, and they’ll be asked to vote on their top picks of any apps suggested by respondents that are not already in our App Review, for inclusion in 2019.”

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We at the ‘Mine are pleased to help this national organization do this good work, reaching out to patients to learn what we care most about IRL.

{Disclosure: I am a member of the AADE’s Technology Workgroup that provided input on development of the DANA platform.}

 

Details of the DANA Diabetes Technology Platform

The platform consists of five areas available to AADE members:

  • A product clearinghouse - providing technical specifications for over 200 products in the areas of BGM, CGM, insulin pumps, pens and software
  • Education - relating to use of the technology and interpreting the data generated
  • Innovation – a news section (including news articles from DiabetesMine), and the ability to participate in Focus Groups and Polls about technology
  • Resources – a repository of curated evidence-based research and information
  • Discussion Board - where educators can ask questions about technology from experts across the country

To create the additional App Review area, AADE worked with third-party developer DHX Labs, which actually hosts that portion of the platform. The apps are scored on different measures of functionality, usability and security, reviewed against the rigorous Xcertia mHealth app guidelines sanctioned by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, and other national health authorities. 

DHX’s preexisting apps platform came with a set of over 100 apps in a variety of areas including specific health conditions, food, fitness, lifestyle and wellness. AADE asked their membership to vote on the top 30 diabetes-specific apps to add to this resource for year one of DANA. Not surprisingly, the selections include some of the most popular: Glooko, mySugr, One Drop, and Tidepool.

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The App Review area can actually be accessed publicly without a login, but for viewing only (no interactive input), and AADE encourages patients to use this resource cooperatively with their diabetes educators to make the most of it.

AADE is soliciting sponsor money from product manufacturers, which does not guarantee a high score, but does ensure an “Enhanced Review” with more detailed information and prominent placement.

AADE also recently received a $2.6 Million three-year grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to help maintain the comprehensive DANA platform -- no easy task given the pace and proliferation of diabetes technology.

"It is a lot of work to try to distill all the app information, however, we are trying to be diplomatic and include apps that impact the majority first… We are trying to make sense of apps for educators, so they can suggest them to their patients with confidence," AADE’s Broj says. "With over 25,000 medical apps in the app stores, it's hard to know which ones to recommend."

 

So what would YOU LIKE TO TELL AADE about which apps you use and why? Or which you’d like your healthcare providers to know more about?

Take a moment to speak out by filling out the survey here.

If you are an app developer and want to know more about inclusion in DANA, you can contact apps@aadenet.org.