With A Shortage of Endocrinologists, How Do You Scale Diabetes Care?

According to the International Diabetes Federation there are over 384 million people around the world with diabetes. While diabetes is a challenging chronic illness to manage, it can be done. With the help of an endocrinologist, certified diabetes educator and family members, people with diabetes (PWD) can get the care and support they need to manage their disease.

But here’s the bad news.

First, the number of endocrinology training and fellowship programs is shrinking. In 1987, there were 140 endocrinology fellowships; in 2010, there were 122. Second, diabetes is on the rise globally. Another 205 million people are expected to be diagnosed with diabetes by 2035, increasing the total diabetes population to a staggering 589 million people. As you can see, there’s a supply and demand problem.

The decline of board certified endocrinologists, coupled with projected increases in diabetes population growth puts the responsibility to care for diabetes patients more and more on the shoulders of primary care and family care physicians who have to care for a broad range of illnesses, making it challenging for them to be an expert in any of them.

So how can we take the experience of endocrinologists, CDEs and people who are expert at managing diabetes and make it scalable? Technology is answer #1. Technology has taken rooms full of books and malls full of stores and put them at our fingertips with one-click. Just think what we could do when we apply modern technology to disease management?! Technology is capable of taking diabetes data, education and the experiences of experts and make it accessible to all PWD to help with decision support and self-management. As we were developing Glooko, one of our early employees with diabetes said:

“If each time I went on a family trip I could open up an app on my phone and see what happened to my blood sugar after running around and eating all day and dining and drinking in the evening, I could actually manage to have a great trip and not go too low or too high. I could make the right decisions about what medication to take and how much to eat to compensate for all of the calories I burn when being active and eating at odd times.”

So we set out to build it.

GMADMainImageSince Glooko’s inception we have been lucky enough to work with diabetes thought leaders (endocrinologists, CDEs, technologists and PWD) on our product and today we are formalizing those relationships with the newly formed Glooko Medical Advisory Board. Read the press release and find out more about the prestigious members of our official Medical Advisory Board here.

The goal – “leverage the extensive expertise in clinical engagement, diabetes devices, patient outcomes analytics, population management and other areas important to Glooko’s clinical studies, product development and strategic initiatives to create the best software out there for PWD and the health care providers who serve them!” In three words:

Make It Scale!

Through Glooko’s Population Tracker and Office Kiosk application, endocrinologists and primary care physicians will have the data and insights they need to more efficiently and effectively treat patients with Type 1, Type 2, LADA and gestational diabetes, enabling them to scale quality delivery of medical services, improve overall diabetes outcomes and ultimately lower the overall cost of serving the diabetes population.

Welcome to the Glooko Medical Advisory Board! We are thrilled to have you on-board to help us achieve our mission:

Make Diabetes Management Easier

Robin Beadle