Insurtech of the month: Dnurse
Although chronic disease management is a key tenet of digital health, the ability to integrate hardware and software still eludes most MedTech efforts. One of those doing so is Beijing based Dnurse that has married a traditional blood glucose meter with an AI based diabetes management platform that delivers personalized recommendations to China’s diabetics in real time.
The problem Dnurse is tackling is a significant one. China now has 110 million diabetics, 70% of whom are still undiagnosed, and 80% of the costs relating to diabetes stem from the treatment of complications arising from the mis-management of diabetes as opposed to inevitable symptoms.
Two key innovations have marked out Dnurse. The first is an insulin pen coupled with an AI driven recommendation engine called the IDSS (Intelligent Decision Supporting System) that utilizes the processing power of smartphones and Dnurse operated cloud servers in order to analyse blood glucose levels and insulin dosages in real time before delivering personalised recommendations to diabetes sufferers. The IDSS also integrates with both the patient and doctor Dnurse app, enabling seamless doctor-patient communication and minimizing the response time in cases of seizure or overdose.
The second innovation at Dnurse is Insulink, an insulin dosage monitor that records insulin dosages before uploading this data to the Dnurse platform, ultimately helping diabetics to efficiently manage their blood glucose levels and treatment routine. Additionally, Insulink generates a data log that is further analysed by the Dnurse IDSS and again pushed to Dnurse users and user nominated doctors.
These actions at Dnurse have not gone unnoticed by China’s health and life insurers. Taikang Life recently partnered with Dnurse to launch a diabetes product called ‘Sweet Life’ and Dnurse is now being integrated directly into the homepage of Ping An Good Doctor, brings access to 300 million active users.
Ultimately, although a number of chronic disease management products emerged this year, Dnurse has marked itself out with an ability to integrate hardware and software in a way that benefits both consumers – by improves the health outcomes of its users, and insurers – by positioning insurers in a preventative rather than reactive role, one that many insurers are striving for as consumers increasingly seek products that benefit their daily lives as opposed to the consequences of misfortune.