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17 July 2013

Visit from Northern Ireland Diabetologist, Dr Roy Harper

ITTS diabetes projects advance under expert advice from Northern Ireland Diabetologist, Dr Roy Harper.

On 14 June, Professor Sandra MacRury, Professor of Clinical Diabetes at the Highlands Diabetes Institute and clinical partner on two of Scotland’s ITTS projects was visited by Dr Roy Harper, a Consultant Endocrinologist from the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland, to discuss and confirm details about the project titled “Smartphones and Internet Support for Diabetes”. This project takes the form of a forthcoming meeting between clinicians, patients and technology experts and we hope it will produce the seeds of ideas for several new projects aiming to facilitate care for people with diabetes.

Both Prof MacRury and Dr Harper are keen to promote the use of complementary self-management for their patients, with the overall aim of improving disease control and quality of life. They are interested in technology that can support and enhance care delivery, but also tools that patients like and are willing to use on a regular basis. The ITTS meeting will promote discussion of what works, what doesn’t – and why – and will connect people with various expertise together to produce valuable ideas and concrete plans.

Dr Harper also observed Prof MacRury’s videoconferencing clinic, run from the Highlands Diabetes Institute, connecting with patients living a significant distance from Inverness, and was impressed by the ease of use of the system and patients’ response and comfort with the video link.

Plans were made for the ITTS meeting, which will take place in November this year. More details on this meeting will be made available nearer the time.

Author: Dr Leila Eadie


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