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Evidence on User-Led Innovation in Diabetes Technology
(The OPEN Project): Protocol for a Mixed Method Study

The OPEN consortium published their paper in JMIR Res Protoc on November, 19th, 2019. The JMIR (Journal of Medical Internet Research) is the top #1 journal in digital health. Scientific articles are published online and openly accessible to all free of charge.

The main points are:

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic condition that is hard to manage. Only 17 / 21% (youth/adults) of people with type 1 diabetes (PwD) achieve the recommended HbA1c level below 7,0%.

Closed-loop insulin delivery systems / artificial pancreas systems (APS) / automated insulin delivery systems (AID) combine insulin pumps and sensors for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) with an automated control algorithm.
The algorithm predicts future glucose values, uses the predictions for calculating and then automatically doses the amount of insulin needed to keep the glucose values within a certain healthy range. Commercially developed closed-loop systems have indicated to be safe and effective and have shown further improvements, they are considered the gold standard of future diabetes therapy. But commercial closed-loop systems are not  universally available, accessible or affordable.

So far, patients had a passive role in digital innovations in healthcare. But more and more patients are not willing to wait until manufactures went through long regulatory processes. Under the hashtag #WeAreNotWaiting, people with diabetes and their families have co-created new tools and systems to help PwD benefit better from their devices and data. Instructions and code for the tools and systems are freely accessible on open-source platforms (software code is publicly available) and anybody can use them at their own risk. 

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OPEN published their first scientific study: Self-Reported Clinical Outcomes of Paediatric DIYAPS users

The OPEN consortium published their study on “Real-World Use of Do-It-Yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems in Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Online Survey and Analysis of Self-Reported Clinical Outcomes” in JMIR mHealth uHealth on July 30th, 2019.

The JMIR and JMIR mHealth and uHealth (Journal of Medical Internet Research) are the top #2 journals in digital health. Scientific articles are published online and openly accessible to all free of charge. mHealth is short for ´mobile health´ and describes the use of mobile communication devices (e.g. mobile phones) and wearable devices (e.g. smart watches) for information, data collection and health services. uHealth stands for ´ubiquitous healthcare´ and refers to the accessibility of healthcare to anyone, anytime and anywhere.

The recently published study reports first results of the “DIWHY survey” (more results to come!), an online survey to whom 209 caregivers of children and adolescents from 21 countries, all using a Do-It-Yourself Artificial Pancreas have responded. This survey is currently the largest study of DIYAPS users on a global level and provides new evidence about real-world use of these systems in children and adolescents.

Main findings of the study are:

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