The evaluation and implementation of a mobile application based technology to support women with diabetes in pregnancy

  • Shane Hamblin

Project Details

The prevalence of gestational diabetes continues to increase due to rise in maternal obesity, increasing migration and delayed childbearing age. There is rigorous evidence to suggest maintaining blood glucose levels (BGL) within target in GDM is associated with better maternal and fetal outcomes.  Treatment of hyperglycemia in GDM is a stepwise approach with diet being first line therapy prior to pharmacotherapy. In order to detect and respond to the physiological changes, women with GDM are reviewed at frequent intervals; typically, every 1–4 weeks. This constitutes a significant burden to pregnant women as well as the health care service.

This study focuses on a smartphone and internet-based interactive glucose management system for women with gestational diabetes mellitus in pregnancy.

Research aims:

  • Evaluate challenges and acceptability of use of smartphone application and remote glucose monitoring system in a linguistically and ethnically diverse population and a wide range of clinicians
  • Evaluate efficacy of the smartphone and remote glucose monitoring system compared to usual care on maternal and fetal outcomes
  • Trial use of the system in women with type 2 diabetes in pregnancy to enhance a pathway to post-partum and ongoing diabetic care
  • Evaluate the effect of use of this technology on healthcare resource utilisation



Centre for Digital Transformation of Health

The University of Melbourne

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