Lessons Learned from the mHealth Grand Tour for Diabetes
Tuesday, December 10 - 5:00 - 6:00 PM

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Session Overview

In September 2013, the GSMA and the International Diabetes Federation European Region presented the mHealth Grand Tour, a 13-day cycling challenge from Brussels to Barcelona, to raise awareness of diabetes and showcase mHealth as a means of supporting an active lifestyle and mobile disease management for people with diabetes. The ride included a first-of-its-kind live clinical study on the effects of multi-day endurance exercise on blood glucose levels of riders with and without Type 1 diabetes. 
The technical solution for the study was designed by ANT+, Dexcom and Orange, in compliance with Continua Health Alliance’s interoperability guidelines, and demonstrated a practical, replicable end-to-end mhealth solution. 
Wearable sensors transmitted riders’ blood glucose and heart rate data via mobile broadband to a handlebar-mounted mobile handset for individual tracking. Bike-mounted computers also wirelessly relayed data to an M2M module for routing to the cloud. Data were displayed on a Web portal for public tracking, and stored for later analysis. 
The panel will discuss clinical findings; study implications and the need for research into exercise and diabetes; the path to achieving a multi-vendor, interoperable, replicable and scalable solution; lessons learned during implementation; and implications for market development, technical innovation and the public good. 

Session Objectives

  • Orange: A unique demonstration of how a patient’s management of diabetes can be facilitated through a technical solution enabling the seamless, automatic and secure flow of data from the patient to a dedicated web portal via an M2M module.
  • Continua: Existence of standards and technologies to implement flexible, end-to-end mhealth solutions with user-friendly connectivity, for consumer and research use
  • GSMA: Necessity of harmonisation of efforts among policymakers, end users (patients, patient associations and healthcare professionals), mobile industry and its vendor ecosystem, and payers (insurance companies and governments)


Director of Health
GSM Association
Sr Director Business Development
Qualcomm Life
Global Sales Manager
Professor of Metabolism
Newcastle University
Product Manager eHealth - Orange Healthcare