SharpQuest Helped Develop New Insulin Management System—Improving Diabetes Care

Company Background

Hygieia is a healthcare IT startup focused on insulin management. They developed the d‑Nav® Insulin Management Program that successfully improves the health and well-being of people dealing with Type 2 diabetes through better prescribing of diabetes medications and ongoing insulin dose guidance.

Hygieia combines a high-touch specialized medical service using ongoing support either in their d‑Nav® care centers or by virtual visits, and a personal device that contains an FDA-cleared app which provides personal insulin dose guidance daily prior to each insulin injection. Patients enjoy improved health and fewer complications, leading to lower prescription and healthcare costs.

Challenge

Hygieia had developed a process and a device to better manage insulin care, but they needed a way for physicians to onboard patients for using the device and an interface for physicians to manage the treatment process. This meant they needed a technology partner with broad and deep resources to help bring their product to fruition. Hygieia CTO, Mark Willis had worked with SharpQuest in three previous startup successes, so it was an easy choice to select SharpQuest as their technology partner.

Results

Patients are experiencing rapid improvement and sustainability of blood sugar levels

Healthcare costs for patients have been reduced by 86% saving thousands of dollars annually

Patient satisfaction with treatment almost doubled, increasing from 2.2/4 to 3.7/4

SharpQuest's responsiveness is fantastic. They're always quick to respond and collaborative in their approach

Mark WillisCTO, Hygieia

What SharpQuest Did

Performed full-stack development of web application portal

Designed and developed modern solution architecture

Designed and developed database for patient data management

Designed modern user interface and experience

Hosted and supported application on Azure Cloud

The SharpQuest team constantly scans both our existing and new code for errors or security holes, keeping the system neat and clean.

Solution

SharpQuest helped Hygieia with the internal line of business applications that the staff uses for managing the interaction with patients, and the HCP-facing website that provides information to the referring physician's team about their patients using d-Nav. SharpQuest developed CareView, an application portal for the service providers (physicians) to onboard the patients and manage their treatment using Hygieia’s proprietary process.

Willis described the resource breakdown, “SharpQuest has worked on a website that is used by our staff and the referring physicians who send us patients. We have a couple of internal resources involved in the project, myself included. We tended to work on the backend, on the data tier. SharpQuest's team developed most of the GUI [graphical user interface]. Building functionality that spanned frontend and backend was done collaboratively.”

Hygieia has been very pleased with the experience working with SharpQuest resources. Willis noted, “I've primarily interacted with their senior resources, but the junior ones have played a big role in the project as well. I've always found SharpQuest's team to be fully talented with a full understanding of the domain. They're always bringing insight into how we can solve a problem or debug a glitch.” Willis went on to say, “SharpQuest's responsiveness is fantastic. They're always quick to respond and collaborative in their approach.”

How Hygieia Rates SharpQuest

Keeping on Schedule

Quality of Service and Deliverables

Outcomes

The work done by SharpQuest is paying off for Hygieia and the patients using their d-Nav Program. A recent study showed that patients using the d-Nav service have an annual cost savings of 86% which equates to thousands of dollars. This savings comes from a large reduction in anti-diabetes prescriptions, less insulin used and less healthcare costs due to the health improvement achieved with Hygieia.

Hygieia is also seeing improved satisfaction from patients in the care they are receiving, going from 55% to 92.5% after 3 months of using the d-Nav Program. Most importantly, clinical trials have shown rapid improvement and sustainability of blood sugar levels.

SharpQuest continues to work with Hygieia to make improvements to their product and support its use. Willis continues to be pleased with their work, “SharpQuest has a high-touch service. They're collaborative and do everything possible to support our project, both on the brainstorming side of things and the implementation one.”

How Hygiria Rates SharpQuest

Keeping Cost Within Estimates and Delivering Value

Willingness to Refer SharpQuest

SharpQuest’s development expertise is so extensive that they can deliver exactly what I want.

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