American Diabetes Association Convened Leaders from the Intersection of the Diabetes and Technology Ecosystems at its First-Ever Technology Summit


Michelle Kirkwood

Arlington, Virginia
November 4, 2016

Attendees gained first-hand insights and understanding of the unmet needs and challenges of people living with diabetes to advance technology solutions that create true impact

Earlier this week, the American Diabetes Association (Association) convened leaders from the diabetes, design and health technology ecosystems—including more than 150 clinicians, entrepreneurs, payers, regulators, investors and people with diabetes—for the ADA Technology Summit (Summit) in Mountain View, Calif. The Summit focused on discussing the needs of people with diabetes, caregivers, health care providers, and those at risk of developing the disease, and the next steps for advancing technology solutions in diabetes care and management.

Diabetes is an urgent public health crisis, affecting one in 11 Americans. While advances in science, medicine and technology have made it possible for people with diabetes to enjoy an improved quality of life, the Association hosted the Summit to emphasize the diverse needs of this population and to help expedite the development of quality, well-designed solutions that can improve diabetes care and outcomes.

The day-long program began with first-person accounts of the burden that people with diabetes face every day—from the ever-present blood glucose monitoring to the devices, tools and supplies they must always carry. Entrepreneurs from leading technology organizations also shared their plans for new business models and services that could equalize care and place data generated by monitoring devices and apps in real-time into the hands of patients, loved ones and health care providers. The Summit also included a two-hour, interactive design session led by IDEO. Each roundtable discussion involved at least one person with diabetes and a clinician to ensure that these perspectives were always top-of-mind. Lastly, investors in technology and health care weighed in on promising areas of innovation and shared the criteria startups must meet to commercialize their ideas.

“We are privileged to serve individuals living with diabetes and are eager to collaborate with the technology community to help us meet our goal of improving the lives of those affected by the disease,” said Jane Chiang, MD, executive vice president, medical innovation for the American Diabetes Association. “By convening this influential group of like-minded innovators, our goal is to advance technology solutions that go beyond this event and create true impact for individuals living with diabetes.”

From the event’s discussion and interaction, several common themes emerged:

·         The omnipresent, unceasing challenge of living with diabetes. Regardless of the day or activity, the challenges of diabetes are 24/7/365. Devices and tools have made managing the condition easier, yet the disruptiveness of diabetes still represents a huge burden.

·         Integrating technology and infrastructure. Disparate devices are beginning to talk with one another, however, interoperability and data-sharing are still more of an aspiration than a reality. New approaches that empower people with diabetes, support monitoring and allow seamless care across treatment settings and home environments could transform diabetes management.

·         Promoting cross-ecosystem collaboration. Through open dialogue and collaboration by stakeholders across every aspect of these ecosystems, meaningful transformation is possible. Building on the insights shared at the Summit requires continued dialogue and collaboration.

For more than 76 years, the American Diabetes Association has been committed to advancing prevention and cures, and to improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association is devoted to pursuing technological advancements that can help with its mission of improving the lives of individuals affected by diabetes.

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About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)