Published on 15 Mar 2024

Mobile app helps patients and caregivers manage diabetes

Tan Tock Seng Hospital Senior Consultant Dr Liew Huiling, Assoc Prof Andy Ho Hau Yan, and Research Fellow Dr Anita Pienkowska, posing with the WellFeet app.

A group of researchers, led by NTU Singapore, has developed a mobile application to educate individuals living with diabetes and their caregivers with knowledge of the disease and assist them in monitoring their day-to-day activities, which includes medication, physical activity, and their diet. 

The app, WellFeet, was developed by the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CePHaS) at NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, in consultation with clinicians from Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National Healthcare Group. It aims to help prevent a serious diabetes complication: diabetic foot ulcers, which occur in a third (34 per cent) of individuals living with the disease. In Singapore, about one in twelve Singapore residents have diabetes.  

People living with diabetes are more prone to wounds on their feet that are hard to heal. When not monitored or treated well, diabetic foot ulcers can lead to lower limb amputation and an increased risk of death.

The app has been tested by patients from Tan Tock Seng Hospital and rigorously evaluated in a qualitative and quantitative study.

WellFeet aims to fill a gap in mobile applications for diabetic foot ulcers, by providing comprehensive patient education delivered through a chatbot, and animations in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.

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