Novo Nordisk utilise voice activated tech such as Alexa for diabetes
The Danish pharmaceutical company plans to use voice-activated technology such as Amazon’s Alexa to improve diabetes care have taken a step forward.
Novo Nordisk have teamed up with HITLAB (Health Innovation Technology Lab) last year to support its 17th health innovation World Cup, which focused for the first time on voice tech in type 2 diabetes last year.
The $50,000 first prize was awarded in late 2017 to Lighthouse, which operates in partnership with the American Diabetes Association and is developing voice-activated education for diabetes patients.
CEO Dave Vockell said: “There is an incredible gap between what people know they should do and the actions they take in support of their long-term health.
“Lighthouse helps patients close that gap, build great lifetime habits and support their broader care team in delivering the best care. Soon, we’ll be with a patient everywhere they make choices, fundamentally changing the quality of their life.”
He added: “We believe that the power of voice wipes away barriers of technology apprehension, literacy and language, and will be a critical influence on the long-term health of everyone.”
Lighthouse triumphed over fellow finalists Macadmian’s cloud-based My Diabetes Coach support service and T2D2 and its offering of personalised support through Alexa Skills, which took second and third place respectively in the competition.
The finalists was rounded out by Palette, whose smart placemat to track a meal’s nutritional content through biomarkers took fourth place, and the fifth-placed blockchain-powered, voice-activated eco-system Proof.
2017 was the first year the HITLAB World Cup Challenge had focused on both a single disease and specific area of technology, and last year’s competition saw it receive 146 applications from 15 countries.
Novo’s support for Hitlab wasn’t the only recent pharma activity in the space, with its diabetes rival Merck & Co sponsoring the Alexa Diabetes Challenge. This was won in October by Wellpepper’s interactive care plan solution Sugarpod.