The challenge

Around 1 in 20 patients who give birth in the UK each year either have diabetes before they get pregnant or develop it during their pregnancy. This is known as gestational diabetes.

If they have gestational diabetes there is a higher chance of health problems for them and the baby during pregnancy and after birth.

It can occur at any stage of pregnancy, but is more common in the second half. If not treated, gestational diabetes can lead to excessive birth weight of babies and premature delivery, amongst other complications.

The Health Call Gestational Diabetes Remote Monitoring service was developed in the North East and is in use around the region.

How does the home monitoring gestational diabetes service work?

Patients with suspected or diagnosed gestational diabetes are added to the system by their healthcare team. They submit their blood glucose readings up to seven times a day, using either a smartphone app or text message service.

The healthcare team has access to their readings which are submitted directly into the patient’s electronic record.

Any readings that fall outside desirable threshold are flagged so the clinicians can follow this up with the patient. Response messages are returned back to the patient with follow up advice.

Product features:

  • Patients have a choice of communication method to send their readings – using either a smartphone app or text message service.
  • All the readings are captured once by the patient and integrated into their patient record.
  • Clinical teams access a secure portal so they can closely monitor patients and intervene where required.

what are the benefits of the health call gestational diabetes service?

  • Patients are directly involved in their own care and see how their lifestyle may impact on their blood glucose readings.
  • Healthcare teams do not need to manually enter any data, as this is all done by the patient and coded back into their electronic record.
  • Clinicians can intervene quickly if a patient’s readings are a cause for concern.
  • Better management of their condition has positive impacts for both the patient and baby.