The Diabetes Teaching Center’s newest innovation, DiabetesIQ, was awarded Outstanding Mobile Application in the Web Marketing Associations’ 2012 MobileWebAward Competition. This free mobile app was created using the educational content found on Diabetes Education Online, www.deo.ucsf.edu, and is available on the Apple iTunes store and Google Android market.
Diabetes Education Online is a comprehensive diabetes self-management education program that covers the American Diabetes Association’s recommended topics and more. The website mirrors the successful teaching program presented to thousands of patients at UCSF over the last 30 years.
Martha Nolte Kennedy, MD, medical director of the Diabetes Teaching Center, and her team launched DiabetesIQ in partnership with QuantiaMD, a company headquartered in Waltham, MA. To help patients explore their knowledge of diabetes, users take quizzes that provide extensive feedback, solve visual puzzles, progress through multiple game levels and compare results with other contestants
“Education is a fundamental part of diabetes therapy,” says Dr. Kennedy. In this country alone, more than 26 million people have diabetes and 79 million more have pre-diabetes, yet only 4,000 US endocrinologists specialize in treating the disease. Unfortunately, very few individuals with diabetes can expect to see a diabetes specialist – but everyone with internet access may now receive education about diabetes – thanks to the innovations of the Diabetes Teaching Center.
In 2011, the Diabetes Teaching Center was named a Technical Innovation Finalist in the San Francisco Business Times Health Care Heroes Awards.