May 5, 2021

Our scientists’ app will help teenage diabetics

Researchers from the Department of Computer Science will develop the T1DCoach mobile application for teenagers with type 1 diabetes, their guardians, doctors and youth educators. The application will be a coaching system, limiting the need for direct contact of the sick person with doctors and caregivers. All this to make it easier to go through the daily fight against the disease.

- Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, incurable disease. It imposes limitations on everyday life: the need to perform systematic measurements, monitoring glucose levels, setting doses and administering insulin, following a diet, etc. In adolescents, this disease is an extremely difficult medical, social and psychological issue and it requires more self-discipline and control. That is why we decided to help young people suffering from type 1 diabetes to improve their quality of life and to reduce the social costs of their education and treatment - says Prof. Marek Miłosz, project manager from the Department of Computer Science.

The T1DCoach application is intended to support the education of the patient, as well as his caregiver and doctor, by shaping the correct habits of behavior of patients with type 1 diabetes during their stay in hospital and after leaving it.

- Our application will be comfortable, friendly and intuitive, using an improved simulation model (T1DDS discrete diabetes simulator). In addition, it is to contain historical data on the course of the disease and simulation results. People who are interested will be able to download it for free on different websites - explains Prof. M. Miłosz.

An additional advantage of the application will be elements of gamification, i.e. the use of game components in real activities. It's about challenges, feedback, points, progress bars, rewards and rankings. Their goal is to increase the involvement of adolescent patients in the correct lifestyle with type 1 diabetes.

Before the application hits the market, tests will be carried out in terms of interface quality as well as clinical trials under the supervision of a diabetologist from the Medical University of Lublin. Scientists from Lublin University of Technology will also cooperate with the Center of Help for Children and Youth with Diabetes in Lublin named after Prof. Bronisław Niewiedzioł from the Society of the Friends of Children.

The work on the application will take 3 years and its cost is PLN 2.4 million. The funds come from the National Center for Research and Development as part of the "Things are for people" competition. The project of the Lublin scientists is on the 4th place in the ranking list of 106 applications.

Fot. T. Maślona, SAF PL