The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded a $2.6 million grant https://www.helmsleytrust.org over three years to the “American Association of Diabetes Educators” (AADE) https://www.diabeteseducator.org.
The goal is to further develop the new “Diabetes Advanced Network Access” (DANA) launched last August. Prior to the launch of DANA, no single resource was available for healthcare professionals to find information on the many devices that their patients are using to treat their diabetes.
According to a survey of diabetes educators conducted by AADA before developing DANA, 91 percent said they would recommend technology that they were familiar with, but 85 percent reported that they did not have a central resources with the information.
As more people with diabetes use technology such as continuous glucose monitoring devices and mobile apps to manage their diabetes, there is the need to reach out to diabetes educators to help patients better manage their diabetes. The funding will enable AADE to ensure professionals will now be able to access the most up-to-data diabetes device information and training along with mobile app reviews.
DANA consists of five key components:
- Provide a product clearinghouse with information on more than 200 products and adding more as announced
- Offer education on technology-related on-demand and live courses and webinars
- Provide information on up-to-date technology news and information on focus groups and polls
- Provide resources to include peer-reviewed publications, guidelines, along with information on practical tools pertinent to educators on the care team
- Provide app reviews that focus on diabetes management, fitness, food, lifestyle and wellness, and also on conditions ranging from high blood pressure to depression
DANA can be accessed at https://DANAtech.org and is a free resource for AADE members