As DigiBete’s official tech partner, HMA has been working closely with its co-founders, Maddie and Rob Julian to develop this bespoke digital self-management tool for children with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and their families, to help overcome barriers to good diabetes care. The app was officially commissioned by NHS England in June last year for rollout across England, under the Covid-19 emergency response.
The DigiBete app provides a wide range of clinically approved, age-appropriate resources to help with the self-management of T1D. Users can favourite and save video resources to their device, store insulin ratios/doses and pump settings, add appointments and school healthcare plans and much more.
Not only is the DigiBete app evidence based and clinically endorsed, it is also the only app of its kind specifically aimed at children and their families. The app was developed using a co-creation approach with parents, clinicians and the T1D community. This approach extended right the way through the entire project from gathering requirements and testing functionality, to evaluating designs to ensure that it was engaging, met the needs of the end users and ultimately had a significant impact on peoples’ lives.
After only a few months in the market, the app has already been rolled out across 93% of clinics in England and almost a third of the 30,000 strong patient cohort for this app is now actively using it. This is not only resulting in some significant cost savings for the NHS but is also having an extremely positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and their families.
The app was praised for its impact and creativity, with the judges commenting; “This app has clearly made an incredible impact and has creatively solved a need that hasn’t been addressed before. An impressive focus on their metrics for success really stood out to the judging panel.”
Emma Casimir, Client Services Director at HMA said, “We are extremely proud to have won this national award. This project is truly ground-breaking and it has been a privilege to work on this app with the fabulous team at DigiBete to bring their vision to life. We are delighted that the work that HMA and DigiBete are doing has been awarded App of the Year by the tech industry and recognised for the positive impact it is having on children with T1D and their families’ lives.”
“The dedication and support of everyone who has worked on this project has been second to none and we are absolutely over the moon to have won App of the Year.” Said Maddie Julian, Co-Founder of DigiBete. “This is a powerful platform that benefits so many families of children with T1D. To win this award, especially against some stiff competition, is a fantastic acknowledgement of the work that the team do day in and day out to help make a difference to peoples’ lives.”