Managing adolescent diabetes just got another boost from the National Institute of Health (NIH). In July, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the NIH awarded Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for $242,171. This grant is for the Technology-enabled Type 1 Diabetes Education and Support system, also known as T1DES.
The T1DES system provides the web-based management assessment tools along with tailored educational information. This comprehensive program also generates one-page clinician reports. Along with an appointment reminder, the program has the capability to be integrated into electronic health records and automated referrals (mental health provides, social workers, and diabetes specialists). Its mission is to use technology to overcome barriers such as educational, psychosocial, and support issues. The app MyDiaText
, a text message goal reminder system, is a part of this innovation project.
"The incidence of type 1 diabetes in Philadelphia children has increased at an average yearly rate of 1.5 percent," Dr. Lipman said. The technology-based approach aims to help this growing number of adolescents control their diabetes.
Dr. Lipman is developing the T1DES system project along with Kathy Murphy, PhD, BSN, RN, the Director of the Diabetes Center for Children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Nursing Science Adjunct Associate Professor. This is in partnership with Polaris Health Directions, a small business. The relationship with Polaris made it possible to obtain the STTR grant.