3.8 million people in England now have diabetes [Public Health England - September 2016]
Accordingly to Public Health England in September 2016, the number of people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes has continued to grow significantly and this number has now reached 3.8 million. Further still, it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes by 2025¹. Responding to this increase there are now more initiatives to help bring greater public awareness of the chronic and long-term condition.
Diabetes Professional Care - 16th -17th November 2016, Olympia, London
Diabetes Professional Care (DPC) provides an ideal forum for healthcare professionals to discover the latest innovations in diabetes care, prevention and management from other specialist colleagues. The event, supported by the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF) will help inform and educate professionals, showcase innovative products and present new and ground-breaking solutions.
Furthering their 30 years of working with diabetes professionals, Hicom will be launching their new Mobile Community Module at this year's DPC.
This innovative software solution will enable Diabetes Specialist Nurses and GP’s with particular specialist interest to access and update their patient’s clinical record held on Diamond or Twinkle, Hicom’s adult and paediatric solution, no matter where they are both securely and simply.
Bruce Richards, Director of Hicom said: "Hicom wants to remain at the forefront of innovation by modernising the approach to community-based services for diabetes patients and providing more efficient, effective and connected services. DPC provides a great opportunity for us to not only share these innovations that help healthcare professionals deliver the highest level of care but also build on our relationship with DRWF and together raise the profile of the research being done into the prevention and cure for diabetes as well."
During National Diabetes Week in June this year, Hicom was pleased to support the UK wide charity’s Diabetes Wellness Day South which helps people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to improve their skills for good self-management, something key to maintaining good health and avoiding long term complications.
The 14th November sees the annual World Diabetes Day which has the theme this year of Eyes on Diabetes; in conjunction with this DRWF is launching its digital campaign #ResearchMatters underlining their commitment to funding researchers around the world.
Sarah Bone, Chief Executive at DRWF commented: "We feel that there is a natural synergy between Hicom and DRWF, in certainly wanting to do our utmost for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Our ultimate goal is to discover a cure for diabetes, however we know that this is a long road but we are intent on funding the highest quality clinical and scientific research at the very best research institutions. We're delighted that Hicom believes in the work we are doing.
We want to make the events we host throughout the year as accessible to as many people as possible, but we exist solely on voluntary donations as we don’t receive any government funding and the support from companies like Hicom make a substantial difference to us, and those who we work with.
Our Diabetes Wellness Day is about providing information through educational workshops, finding tangible benefits and improving knowledge, as well as providing a really great support network with healthcare professionals and likeminded people working in the diabetes arena. We believe that the cure can be found when healthcare professionals and providers like Hicom are working in unity and with those living with diabetes, and we are looking forward to working with them on future projects."
'1 in 4 people living with diabetes, an estimated 940,000, are unaware of their condition' [Public Health England - September 2016]
Bruce Richards added: "The statistics around the growing number of people in the UK with diabetes and those unaware that they have the condition is very worrying and we whole-heartedly support the research being sponsored by the DRWF as we see first-hand the benefit that it has on preventing the condition and easing the lives of those living with it.
We believe that for those supporting patients with the condition, the need for shared best practice and integrated systems within the NHS has never been greater. As such, there needs to be more focus on simplifying the sharing of data across the wider healthcare community and in particular utilising technology to support community services that help connect primary, secondary and acute care.
The opportunity to harness technology and share information has never been greater but companies and organisations need to work together to make this happen.
One of the driving forces of us supporting the work that DRWF does, is that it helps us develop new and better software solutions, that in turn means healthcare professionals being able to make more informed, responsive and longer-term decisions on the care for their own individual patients, as well improving the understanding of better patient management as a whole."