Developing Effective Diabetes Data

On June 1, 2015, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust (HCT) “Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Program” issued a Request for Proposals (RFP). The HCT has made $5 million available looking for applicants with innovative ideas on how to develop solutions for the use of diabetes data to help people with T1D.

T1D management requires hundreds of day-to-day minute-to-minute decisions with insulin that could be deadly if miscalculated. People with T1D are often overwhelmed by information on insulin dosing, blood glucose values, exercise, etc.

However, if the data is aggregated and transformed into actionable knowledge, it could be used to adjust therapies and better manage daily activities. This would result in improved glucose control, quality of life, and health outcomes.

The use of new technologies could also enable the integration of data, identify trends, provide personalized patient guidance, and make decision support easier for providers. The integration of data would support people with T1D between doctor’s visits and help providers optimize treatment plans for patients.

HCT is focused on intelligent patient guidance and provider clinical decision support technologies that will require integration with consumers along with patient and healthcare professional devices and platforms.

Data sources can include but are not limited to blood glucose monitors, insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, traditional insulin pens, smart pens, fitness devices, and health and medical apps.

The solutions must help people with T1D but also can be used by caregivers, providers, nurses/Certified Diabetes Educators, care coordinators, B2B enterprises, and other researchers, not-for-profits, exchanges etc. Eligible applicants can be U.S. and international-based nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, plus applicants who have developed proven solutions for other diseases.

The Letter of Intent is due July 20, 2015, applicants will be selected August 2015 to submit the full proposal by October 5, 2015.

Go to to view more information on the RFP.

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