GATINEAU, Quebec – Software design and development firm Macadamian Technologies and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario-Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre are developing a voice-enabled diabetes management program for children that uses Amazon Alexa.
“Establishing and encouraging good diabetes self-management at an early stage will provide significant benefits to patients over the years by mitigating the risk for diabetes-related health complications,” said Dr. Stasia Hadjiyannakis, medical director of CHEO-OCTC’s Centre for Health Active Living, in a statement.
Leveraging Macadamian’s Hive software platform, the team is developing a voice-enabled and connected health solution that includes a mobile app, Amazon Alexa’s voice-enabled application and a Bluetooth glucometer that all ties into a patient portal and database with patient support content. The solution will complement and enhance the work of the patient’s clinician and caregivers, said Hadjiyannakis.
Voice interaction and gamification are also being integrated to encourage and reward patients, while providing advice and guidance to those who are struggling.
“Through this solution and partnership with CHEO-OCTC, Macadamian further establishes its leadership in developing and integrating voice-enabled solutions, and supporting cloud technologies that improve the experience for those managing chronic illnesses like Type 2 diabetes, said Timon LeDain, director of Internet of Things at Macadamian, in a statement.