DreaMed Announces Virtual Clinic to Treat T1D During COVID-19


 

DreaMed Diabetes announced the inception of a virtual diabetes clinic to treat those with Type 1 diabetes remotely over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The clinic will give those with Type 1 ongoing access to healthcare professionals remotely in an effort to continue routine appointments in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions and mandatory quarantines. 

As of publication, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected at least 176 countries and nearly 2.6 million people have contracted the virus according to numbers from the World Health Organization (WHO). COVID-19 disproportionately affects particularly vulnerable populations, including people with chronic medical conditions like diabetes. People living with diabetes are at a greater risk for potential, long-term complications should they contract the virus. To avoid coming into contact with the virus and other heightened fears in the midst of this, people with diabetes may feel like they are forced to neglect their care because the healthcare system is so overwrought with patient visits. This is where virtual care and telehealth can have a meaningful impact.

This virtual clinic will also allow patients to utilize the added feature of DreaMed’s Advisor algorithm, which works to analyze data and help healthcare professionals and patients make decisions about care, specifically when it comes to insulin dosing. The algorithm takes data points from blood glucose levels, consumption of food, and insulin delivery and makes specific recommendations for optimizing pump settings like basal rates, carb ratios and correction factors.

“We are very proud to be launching our virtual diabetes management service, continuing our mission to provide healthcare professionals with a reliable, automated decision-support tool that empowers every patient with the best care possible,” says DreaMed Co-Founder and CEO Eran Atlas. “With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe, we realize more than ever the need to have remote, telemedicine treatment options to ensure as many people as possible, especially those with diabetes, are safe from potential infection and have access to the care they need.”

More information about this virtual clinic can be found here.

WRITTEN BY Jordan Dakin, POSTED 04/28/20, UPDATED 04/28/20

Jordan earned her BA in English and Film Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. She is a passionate storyteller, traveler, and lover of people and hopes to use her experience working in tech and as a writer to advocate for the BT1 community. In her spare time, she also enjoys hiking, karaoke, and cooking for friends. Check her out on Instagram: @jordanemilydakin.