Digital Health Europe

PEPPER: portable technology for patient empowerment through predictive personalised decision support for patients with diabetes

Keywords: (Clinical) Decision Support Services, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Diabetes, Patient Empowerment
Digital solution and service (e.g. application/digital health portal/platform/AI based system/etc.)
Short description
PEPPER, short for Patient Empowerment through Predictive PERsonalised decision support, tries to tackle the problem, that many diabetes patients need to rely on complex calculations and human memory to estimate their insulin doses, which they must do several times a day. This is an enormous mental burden and poor management can lead to additional health problems. PEPPER uses portable technology together with artificial intelligence and mathematical modelling, to give people freedom from daily decision-making. The project created a tool that makes predictions based on real-time data, gathered from unobtrusive, wearable devices, in order to empower individuals to manage their condition more easily. The resulting application has potential benefit to society by improving health outcomes and thereby reducing costs. Currently there is no decision support system for insulin dosing on the market that adapts itself based on real-time activity data and blood glucose data. The PEPPER project addressed this by providing personalised decision support on two alternative mobile platforms: one based on a smartphone, and another via the handset of a minimally obtrusive patch pump, which is about the size of a tic-tac box. Users of the system also wear a fitness band and a continuous glucose monitor, which is around the size of a small USB stick. Additional information, such as carbohydrate consumption and alcohol intake, can be added manually on the handset. The PEPPER system is also designed to offer improvement in interactions between individuals and health professionals via a secure, cloud-based server.
Contribution to citizen empowerment
The practice/case/tool is “on the market” and integrated in routine use. There is proven market impact in terms of job creation/spin-off creation or other company growth
United Kingdom (please specify)
Geographical scope
Submitted in other database or repository of digital health resources that is publicly available, DHE catalogue

Additional information

to clinicians / care practitioners
Clinical decision support
Alerting systems for abnormal test results
to patients / citizens
Sensors/wearable devices
Health promotion and wellness apps and wearables/virtual coaches
Primary target patient group (age)
May be used across all patient ages
Use case and care pathway positioning
Treatment, Disease monitoring, treatment compliance, self-management