New electronic support being developed for people with diabetes

A new platform to help people with diabetes manage their condition is being developed by drugmaker Sanofi.
The pharmaceutical company has teamed up with tech giant Verily to create a diabetes management platform, which the firms say will combine tools and technology to help improve the lives of people with diabetes.
Verily is part of Google parent, Alphabet, and is a specialist in software and miniature electronics.
The platform is called Onduo and the companies believe it will lead to users making better decisions as well as improving habits and health outcomes.
Initially it will be released for people with type 2 diabetes, with further plans to create versions for those at high risk of the condition and also people with type 1 diabetes.
Chief executive of Onduo Joshua Riff said: “My experience as a physician and in leading consumer health initiatives has shown me the daily burden of living with diabetes.
“From monitoring food intake to testing glucose levels to actively seeking medical care, the challenges both on the physical and mental well-being of a person living with diabetes are incredibly difficult.
“We want to develop solutions that allow people living with diabetes to focus on the things they love and enjoy in life by providing tools to make dealing with their diabetes less burdensome.”
People with diabetes and healthcare professionals are being consulted about the project.
Jessica Mega, Verily’s chief medical officer, added: “This is an innovative collaboration that spans the health care continuum and benefits from deep and cross-functional expertise, giving us unique potential to create tools and solutions that could have a positive clinical effect.
“Our goal is to connect the dots for health care providers on the ‘moments of truth’ that happen outside of the clinical setting, and to help people manage diabetes on a daily basis.”

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