Empower Diabetes, an innovative online diabetes management service, is aimed at people with Type II diabetes and is currently available for download on the Apple App Store for free and a premium service is available for R149/month.
According to the start-up, there are more than three million people estimated to have diabetes in SA and about 70% of people diagnosed and treated for the illness are unable to achieve their recommended health targets of blood sugar control. Uncontrolled blood sugar can cause serious complications such as impaired kidney function, foot complications, glaucoma and increased risk of cardiovascular problems.
The Empower Diabetes app has been designed to help patients improve their control through the use of a specially designed mobile application and a personal diabetes coach that has regular contact with patients over messaging to provide guidance and motivation.
The platform allows users to send their health coaches photos of what they eat and daily blood sugar readings. In turn, the coaches will monitor progress, give users tips, alert them when they need to see a doctor, and help them stay on track.
Since its incubation at the BioPark business incubator in 2016 mPower Digital Health has benefited from business and technical mentorship, business training, IP advisory as well as financial and commercialisation support.
“mPower Digital Health is one of many success stories to come from The Innovation Hub’s BioPark business incubator. We are truly proud of their achievements and trust that the service will benefit diabetes patients across South Africa and beyond,” said BioPark Business Development Manager, Anéa Burke.
The BioPark business incubator provides business development support to start-ups in the health, agriculture and industrial biotechnology sectors. The support is provided in collaboration with Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) and eGoliBio Life Sciences Incubator.