Technology giant Philips and Radboud university medical center have unveiled a prototype diabetes app that offers a portal to a secure online community of patients and healthcare professionals and the ability to track and share data, in the hope of improving self-management of the condition.

The system, built on Philips' cloud-based HealthSuite platform and the Salesforce App Cloud, is the first to collect and connect data from electronic medical records, multiple personal health devices and patient self-reported data, to provide a comprehensive, real-time overview of each person’s disease and continuous access to key parameters such as blood glucose levels and insulin use. 

Enrolled patients and healthcare professionals can interact via private messaging or shared posts within a healthcare organisation’s clinical guidelines, allowing patients to get feedback from their care team using the combined data and share their experiences with fellow patients, clinicians and caregivers. 

“There is a growing need for solutions that enhance self-management and continuity of care for those with chronic conditions such as diabetes to reduce health deterioration, re-admissions and mortality rates,” said Jeroen Tas, chief executive of Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services at Philips. “This system has been designed by patients for patients and is enabling fully integrated health management and care delivery in a new, connected, efficient and highly patient-centric way.”

A pilot of the prototype will be available by the end of the year with a focus on patients with diabetes type I, but there are plans in the pipeline to introduce similar connected care solutions addressing other chronic conditions.