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S5GC Innovation Challenge Winner Spotlight – DDM Health

“Our mission is to democratise access to digital health services so that everybody, regardless of race, income, or geographical location is able to realise the benefits of digital technologies.” – Arjun Panesar, Chief Executive Officer at DDM Health

Last month DDM Health were announced as one of three winners of The Scotland 5G Centre’s inaugural innovation challenge focusing on ‘Shaping Digital Health & Social Care’.

DDM provides personalised chronic health condition management through Gro Health, an NHS certified app which provides personalised treatment pathways and democratises access to health self-management tools including home monitoring, preventative care and chronic disease management, elective care support for patients waiting for treatment and supports post-treatment rehabilitation.

DDM has 10 years’ experience, looking after people across the UK, Germany and Canada; and a successful track-record in the scaling implementation of their solutions; their technology is one of the most rigorously-tested and proven digital apps in the marketplace and is Orcha’s highest rated app (96%).

Aiming to reach 1.5 million people with their digital healthcare solutions by 2026, the innovation challenge will enable DDM to understand the needs of patients and providers in Dumfries & Galloway.

We spoke to Arjun Panesar, Chief Executive Officer at DDM Health about the company’s success and what it means to win the challenge.

  1. Why are you interested in shaping digital health and social care?

My grandfather Anupam was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after suffering a quadruple heart bypass. Not knowing how to manage his lifestyle in a way that suited his cultural and social expectations, Anupam turned to me for guidance on what to eat. It was at this point I founded a global community for people with diabetes. Fast forward to 2022, I have two decades’ experience in big data and AI and lead the development of DDM’s evidence-based precision digital health solutions that harness the power of AI to provide precision medicine to patients, health services, and governments across the globe.

  1. What’s the best thing about what you do?

We make services that empower people and have the potential to change lives. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our services being used and achieving their intended goal.  My favourite case study to date is David Williams, who was referred to our service by his doctor, and placed his 23-year diagnosis of type 2 diabetes into remission in 12 weeks through the education, support and monitoring made available through using our platform.

  1. What’s the company’s greatest achievement?

DDM have published 15 peer-reviewed, published papers on the impact of our platforms which is a tremendous achievement. On top of this, our health apps Gro Health and Low Carb Program have both been reviewed by Orcha and rated the highest (96%) compared to over 3,500 apps they have reviewed.