Market Overview

AADE's DANA: One-Stop Healthcare Technology Resource for Diabetes Educators


Technology has been a game changer in helping people with diabetes
manage their blood sugar, receive life-saving insulin at the right time,
eat better and stay active, but the number of devices and apps is
overwhelming. What kind of continuous glucose monitor (CGM) might work
best for a person who regularly works 10-hour days? How can a diabetes
educator in a busy clinic quickly familiarize herself with a new
patient's insulin pump? Is there a carb-counting app that helps a person
with diabetes keep track of what he's eating? Diabetes educators now
have the answers at their fingertips via the Diabetes Advanced Network
Access (DANA), a one-stop healthcare resource that helps navigate the
many new technologies people with diabetes and prediabetes can use to
get and stay healthy.

"DANA makes it easy for diabetes educators to keep up with the
ever-growing technology options that can significantly enhance
outcomes," said Donna Ryan, MPH, RN, RD, CDE, FAADE, 2018 AADE
president. "Because these new technologies produce so much data,
diabetes educators have become data interpreters, helping people with
diabetes understand what the information means and how to best use it to
manage their diabetes. DANA will be a key resource in that."

According to a survey of diabetes educators conducted by AADE before
developing DANA, 91 percent said they would recommend technology that
they had learned about, but 85 percent said they didn't have a central
resource to turn to. Staying up to date on technology has required a
time-consuming and scattershot approach ranging from scouring
manufacturers websites and talking to company representatives to reading
articles and participating in webinars.

"Technology is a godsend that helps people with diabetes better manage
their condition by being accountable and tracking reliable, accurate
data in real time, but it's extremely time-consuming to stay current,"
said Lucille Hughes, DNP, MSN/Ed, RN, CDE, director of diabetes
education for South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y. "DANA
helps ensure my visits with people who have diabetes or prediabetes are
informative and the best use of our time together."

Hughes recommended a fitness app to a patient with prediabetes who then
lost 13 pounds by tracking her meals and activity. It was an eye-opener
that kept her accountable and made all the difference, she told Hughes.

DANA features five content sections:

  • Product clearinghouse: Provides reviews of more than 200
    products and growing designed to improve outcomes, including CGMs,
    blood glucose monitors, insulin pumps and medication delivery devices.
    Specifications for each product are outlined in a consistent manner to
    allow diabetes educators to find information quickly and efficiently.
    The section also provides links to the manufacturer's website for more
  • Education: Enables exploration of technology-related on-demand
    and live courses and webinars for continuing education at all levels,
    including links to those resources.
  • Innovation: Features up-to-date technology news and provides
    information on focus groups and polls in which diabetes educators can
    participate to help shape new innovations through market research and
  • Resources: Allows educators to browse peer reviewed
    publications, guidelines and practical tools pertinent to the role of
    educators on the care team, as they assist their patients navigating
    the technology landscape. This section also includes a discussion
    board where users can connect on their technology challenges, access
    updates and share tips.
  • App Review: Provides information on a variety of mobile apps,
    including those focusing on: diabetes management; fitness, food,
    lifestyle and wellness; and conditions ranging from blood pressure to
    depression. Each app is reviewed on more than 150 points including
    functionality, usability, operability and privacy and security by an
    independent reviewing organization. A specific custom review for each
    diabetes app notes how information is shared, the ease of inputting
    information and which of the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™ it addresses.
    Diabetes educators can download the apps and send patients links to
    download them.

AADE will continually add content to DANA and is committed to ensuring
the resource is a robust, always-current destination that allows
diabetes educators to participate in a variety of ways. DANA is
currently only available to AADE members. Learn more about DANA at

About AADE:

AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization
dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education,
management and support. With more than 14,000 professional members
including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and
others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners working with people who
have, are affected by or are at risk for diabetes. Learn more at,
or visit us on Facebook (American
Association of Diabetes Educators
), Twitter (@AADEdiabetes)
and Instagram (@AADEdiabetes).

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