Implementation guide for mDiabetes applications


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This guide was developed by the European mHealth Hub that from 2020- 2022 collaborated with a team of national stakeholders in Hungary (lead by representatives of the Ministry of Health) on setting the framework for the implementation of mDiabetes applications targeted at newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes patients in their country. The collaboration focussed on proposing a possible strategy to strengthen current efforts with an evidence-based and health outcomes-focused digital intervention and aimed at:

►      Supporting the co-creation of the framework for a stakeholder mapping and needs assessment to understand the medical and digital ecosystems in the country and interests and roles of each stakeholder group.

►      Supporting the organisation of webinars aimed at providing current and planned examples of mHealth clinical trials and suggesting improvements considering the current context of healthcare delivery and integration challenges.

►      Exchanging knowledge on components of mHealth implementation frameworks

►      Organising stakeholder engagement workshops and roundtables between HU representatives and mHealth Hub partners

►      Co-creating/integrating a new/already existing mHealth application addressed at OAD (Oral Anti-Diabetic) treated Diabetes

►      Developing offline materials, such as documents developed by the Hub and relevant documents for Hungary identified through desk research.

The implementation guide is based upon the structure of the Be He@lthy, Be Mobile (BHBM) mDiabetes handbook and describes considerations and decisions to be made in planning for the implementation of a national mDiabetes application/programme in Hungary in 5 areas:

►      Operations management

►      Content development and adaptation

►      ICT infrastructure and Technology

►      Systems integration

►      Monitoring and evaluation

The Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiative (BHBM) created the mDiabetes handbook for countries that wish to implement national mDiabetes programmes. This guide should be seen as a complementary document to the mDiabetes BHBM handbook as it provides more details on implementation with complex mHealth applications for diabetes patients. It describes the steps to be considered and outlines example activities undertaken with the stakeholder group in Hungary.

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