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Digital service expands to support people living with diabetes

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A digital service, offering a range of health and wellbeing apps, has been expanded to provide support for people living with diabetes.

The site https://apps4healthcareni.hscni.net hosts a selection of safe and trusted apps providing users with health and wellbeing information and, to mark Diabetes Week 2021, it now includes information on the management of diabetes and advice on self-care.

Developed in conjunction with ORCHA who provides objective and independent assessment of health and medical apps, the site offers a range of applications which have been independently checked and reviewed for data privacy, clinical assurance and user experience.

Some of the apps are free while some may require initial payment and subscription to a service.

As a start, users will find over 50 of the best rated apps that provide information on the condition and its treatments, peer support, advice on emotional wellbeing and help with nutrition and adopting a healthy lifestyle. More apps may be added in the future.

The apps are available for both Apple and Android devices; and can be filtered to by costs, platform and target population for example adult, teen & pre-teen.

Dr Una Graham, Chair of the Diabetes Network NI Digital Group and consultant at Belfast Trust, said the adoption of digital technology into the way health and care services are being delivered has increased substantially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This excellent resource offers support and guidance for those living with type 1 and 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes in pregnancy and any other type of diabetes as well as those who are pre-diabetic.

“By using the latest appropriate technologies, in partnership with professionals, patients, service users and carers, we can help empower people with diabetes to become more active in their care,” she said.

Visit the site at: https://apps4healthcareni.hscni.net