Group 3 Copy
0 Results
Schließen
Aug 30, 2021

12-point plan against diabetes: a classification from a UX perspective

Diabetes is considered one of the most widespread diseases. The German Federation for Medical Technology (BVMed) presented a 12-point plan for a national diabetes strategy. This is intended to treat and prevent diabetes more efficiently and sustainably. We have also addressed some of these points in our Diabetes Trend Report. Therefore, we want to take a close look at BVMed's 12-point plan and comment on it from a UX perspective.

According to the 2016 German Diabetes Aid health report*, more than 6.5 million people in Germany suffer from diabetes mellitus. The disease, therapy and subsequent costs such as incapacity to work or early retirement cost the German community around €37 billion per year. To relieve the burden on healthcare and social systems on the one hand and to minimize human suffering on the other, BVMed defined a 12-point plan against diabetes. This includes 12 strategies and measures such as diabetes screening, disease management programs, and a diabetes registry.** We would like to pick out and comment on some of the points that we consider to be particularly important.

Landingpages Digitalisierung Diabetes 03 935

Technological progress and digitalization are developing rapidly in many industries. If you compare this speed with the speed in medical technology, it becomes clear that medical technology is far below its potential. Therefore, the basic approach of BVMed's 12-point plan to approach diabetes therapy in a more modern, innovative and holistic way is a sensible proposal. This is the only way to achieve greater efficiency in development, therapy and prevention.

Interprofessional care

Among other things, BVMed calls for strengthening interprofessional communication and cooperation. As a UX service provider having frequent contact with patients* and stakeholders, we can definitely agree. It is not uncommon for us to be approached with services, products or ideas that, on closer inspection, have been developed far beyond the patient's reach. Manufacturers often do not exploit the potential offered by interprofessional cooperation between stakeholders, healthcare professionals, patients and the IT team. Engaging with all stakeholders at an early stage of development and recognizing the important role of digitalization would avoid unnecessarily high development costs in many areas and significantly improve results for patients.

Why more interaction is important

Care that is not oriented toward individual domains, but rather looks at and solves problems and challenges holistically from different perspectives, is better in human terms. Economically, it reduces development costs and increases customer satisfaction. The aim is not only to tailor solutions explicitly to patients, but also to simplify the data collection and management of the care apparatus.


Digitalizing everyday processes makes knowledge accessible to all relevant domains. Thus, improved "internal clinical networking" increases efficiency. For example: Patients who are poorly controlled often suffer from concomitant diseases. To treat these, diabetology, cardiology, nephrology or even neurology need to work together. Improved networking enables trouble-free inpatient and also outpatient treatment by specialists. To this end, the electronic patient record is already a first important key element.

Strengthing qualification

But what does it take to break this trend and make care for diabetes patients more efficient? An important element is also addressed in the 12-point plan: qualification. In our opinion, there has to be a stronger focus on qualification regarding technology-based diabetes therapy so that digital solutions can be used sensibly. In our projects, the necessary technical know-how often comes up, showing that there is obviously potential for improvement. With higher qualification, contemporary diabetes technologies can enter everyone's daily life without hesitation and promote self-management.

Telemedicine improves therapy

New diabetes technologies make it possible to use significantly more data and customize self-management. This facilitates the treatment of diabetes. So far, manufacturers use only a marginal part of the possible data. But "data-based, informed communication and telemedical remote treatment" increase health literacy as well as patients* ability to self-manage. This helps reduce health risks and optimize satisfaction with therapy and health status in the long term.**

Landingpages Digitalisierung Diabetes 02 935

In some cases, telemedicine may be sufficient to respond proactively and promptly to changes in vital signs. This means that appointments with physicians that are not absolutely necessary can be omitted. This would ease some pressure on already busy schedules of physicians. And enables them to spend more time with other patients, whose therapy success improves as a result.

Landingpages Digitalisierung Diabetes 04 935

Access to technical innovations

Overall, BVMed's 12-point plan is an important and helpful proposal for significantly improving diabetes therapy in the long term and sustainably. The holistic view and specific description of the desired measures are comprehensible and important from our point of view. Nonetheless, the 12 goals have to be set out in more detail: What exactly is the path to achieving these goals? Which stakeholders are needed for this? How can success be measured? In what time frame should the goals be achieved? However, it is evident that: Digitalization still offers a lot of potential to make life easier for diabetics.

Conclusion

Overall, BVMed's 12-point plan is an important and helpful proposal for significantly improving diabetes therapy in the long term and sustainably. The holistic view and specific description of the desired measures are comprehensible and important from our point of view. Nonetheless, the 12 goals have to be set out in more detail: What exactly is the path to achieving these goals? Which stakeholders are needed for this? How can success be measured? In what time frame should the goals be achieved? However, it is evident that: Digitalization still offers a lot of potential to make life easier for diabetics.

The author

Yasin Demiraslan is Senior Manager Strategic Marketing at User Interface Design GmbH (UID). In this role, he manages strategic marketing at UID and optimizes the development of new products and services. In addition, he serves UID clients primarily from the northern and central German regions. Yasin Demiraslan completed his studies in Economics with a focus on Corporate Management and Innovation Management at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.