Innovation and technology have transformed the lives of patients with diabetes.

Diabetes was first documented as a condition in 1500 BC, in 1869 Paul Langerhans described the islet cells of the pancreas and in 1921 Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover insulin. Since then:

  • 1969 the first portable blood glucose meter was introduced,
  • 1998 the first insulin pumps to be introduced,
  • 2002 continuous glucose monitors become widely available.
  • 2013 live remote tracking of CGM data 

Technology has transformed the lives of diabetics making it possible to manage the condition. Improving connectivity and integrating technologies has the potential to further improve care.  Mobile health (mHealth) solutions can help healthcare providers deliver better, more consistent, coordinated and more efficient healthcare, where and how it is needed, increase access to health services to remote or under-served communities, and empower individuals to manage their own health more proactively and effectively.

The mHealth Grand Tour is working with researchers, medical technology companies, mobile operators and people with diabetes to better understand how technology can best be applied to support patients and to demonstrate the value of technology to diabetes healthcare professionals, health regulators and other stakeholders.

What is mHealth?

connected healthcare - reduces costs, increases accessibility

Embedded mHealth solutions can improve the lives of millions of people and help address some of the most significant healthcare challenges in the world today.

One of the biggest challenges facing societies worldwide is how to make high-quality healthcare affordable and accessible for all.

Governments, individuals and private insurers worldwide are urgently seeking more cost-effective ways of preventing and treating chronic diseases and other debilitating conditions.

The widespread use of mobile connectivity in healthcare could significantly cut costs, increase the reach and accessibility of healthcare services and reduce the impact of illness on people's lives.

To accelerate the development and adoption of embedded mHealth devices and solutions, the mHealth Grand Tour is engaging with the wider ecosystem and working with key players to understand their needs and to reduce the barriers to adoption.

mHealth devices