Support: The filming of this video was supported by Cellnovo Ltd.
FILMED AT THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF DIABETES (EASD) ANNUAL MEETING, SEPTEMBER 2016
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL CLINIC?
00:09 - So the idea of a virtual clinic is where the patient is getting their information immediately. That information is also available to clinicians immediately. And it means for a patient who is well controlled and not having issues around hyper or hypoglycaemia, that perhaps they don’t need as much review in the traditional hospital or primary care setting as would have been the case in the past. So the idea would be that you see patients only when you need to see them, or when they need to see you as a clinician, and that you have up-to-date records that you can access immediately rather than requiring or depending upon patient journals and memory, which is often unreliable.
So Cellnovo, because it’s giving immediate feedback for data and it’s accessible online so that patients can manipulate their data, they can see it in user-friendly type ways and their clinicians can also do the same thing means that the requirement for scheduled visits - and they may be unnecessary - is going to be diminished. So we see this as a much more interactive and patient-empowering sort of system which I think, for the sort of technologically savvy patients, is going to be a major advance. And I think it will put people in control of their diabetes rather than the diabetes being in control of them.
HOW CAN TECHNOLOGY HELP EMPOWER PATIENTS?
01:29 – I think the more data that people get about themselves, then potentially the more in control they can be. So we’re seeing it with some of the new glucose sensors that give continual readouts, the same thing, I think, for Cellnovo technology giving immediate feedback on things such as exercise, allowing you to integrate your carbohydrate input and also seeing insulin dosing and blood glucose monitoring all brought together. So I think for patients who are sort of in touch and feel in control of new technology, this is a massive advance.
WHAT ABOUT THE ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS?
02:08 – So I think, ultimately, the artificial pancreas is the panacea, so a technological solution where insulin is delivered according to prevailing blood glucose levels, and essentially taking the patient out of that loop. I think we’re some way off having the perfect device - that’s certainly the case - and I think it requires a sort of step change for individual patients in that they’re handing away the control of their condition to an automatic device or a machine. So I think, ultimately, it’s the ideal solution but we’re some way off, and I think it will take a step change in both technology and patient confidence for that to be widely adopted.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CELLNOVO’S INVOLVEMENT IN ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS PROJECTS?
02:50 – I think it’s fantastic that a UK company is involved in several large academic projects to lead towards the artificial pancreas. If I had type 1 diabetes, I’d be looking at that as the ultimate technology, and I think we have to support Cellnovo in their attempts to move this forward.