I’m not a diabetic, but I’ve been researching the topic to understand the space and what innovation is occurring around diabetes. This is a space where there are lots of applications, tools, devices, communities, and research. The ADA estimates the total US cost at $218B with very high prevalence. If you expand that on a global scale, the costs and impact is staggering.
- Total: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.
- Diagnosed: 18.8 million people
- Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people
- Prediabetes: 79 million people*
- New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.
So, what’s being done about it? And, what opportunities exist? I think you’ve certainly seen a lot of innovation events being sponsored by pharma and others.
- Joslin Innovation Event – http://www.joslin.org/diabetesinnovation2012.html
- Sanofi Innovation Challenge – http://www.datadesigndiabetes.com/
- Novo Nordisk Research Grant – http://www.novonordisk-us.com/documents/article_page/document/diabetes_innovation_awards.asp
- Diabetes Mine Innovation Challenge – http://www.diabetesmine.com/2012/11/straight-talking-at-the-2012-diabetesmine-innovation-summit.html
- NHS Innovation Hub – http://www.diabetes.nhs.uk/innovations_hub/
You’ve seen a shift from drug to engagement for a few years as evidenced in this old post about Roche – http://www.diabetesmine.com/2009/10/a-visit-to-the-roche-new-concept-incubator.html
You’ve seen a proliferation of diabetes apps. (A prime opportunity for Happtique.)
- A list of useful apps from the University of Florida – http://diabetes.ufl.edu/my-diabetes/diabetes-resources/diabetes-apps/
From my traditional PBM/Pharmacy focus, you’ve seen several efforts there:
- CVS Caremark Pharmacy Advisor – http://www.cvscaremarkfyi.com/blogs/our-pharmacy-advisor-program
- Walgreens – They have a lot of efforts including partnering with Joslin – http://www.joslin.org/bp/walgreens.html
- Humana – Partnered up with dLife – http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120731006082/en/Humana-dLife-Launch-Multimedia-Diabetes-Engagement-Experience
- Cigna with VBID – http://www.vbhealth.org/outcomes-based-contracting-2/cigna-merck-obctm-delivers-on-vbbd-dividends
I pulled some screen shots and examples into a deck that I posted on SlideShare. I’d welcome people’s thoughts on what’s missing or what are the key pain points from a diabetes perspective (e.g., not integrated devices).
While I was doing my research, I found a few interesting things worth sharing.
Several interesting studies:
- Use of Social Marketing to Develop Culturally Innovative Diabetes Interventions –
- Multiple studies from the Center For Connected Health – http://www.connected-health.org/programs/diabetes/research-materials–external-resources/diabetes-connected-health-a-pilot-study-of-a-patient–and-provider-shared-glucose-monitoring-web-application.aspx
- mHealth and disadvantaged populations – http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/news-item/study-mhealth-helps-diabetes-management-disadvantage-populations
Some good slide decks:
- From the Diabetes Mine innovation event – http://www.slideshare.net/AllianceHealthNetworks/tag/innovation-summit
- From PhRMA – http://www.innovation.org/documents/File/phrma_chart_pack.pdf
- CDC slides – http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/diabetes_slides.htm
Additionally a few videos:
- Diabetes in India – http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/11/health/nalini-saligram-diabetes-mobile/index.html
- TEDx video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktQzM2IA-qU
- Dr. Oz – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEmf9ZVjfWw
I also posted some diabetes infographics on my blog – http://georgevanantwerp.com/2012/12/13/more-diabetes-infographics/
And, while I started to pull together a list of diabetes twitter accounts below, you can follow @AskManny’s list with 360 people already tagged in it. https://twitter.com/askmanny/diabetes
My starting twitter List: