Helmsley Trust awards $5 million for virtual diabetes care study

Helmsley Trust awards $5 million for virtual diabetes care study

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced a grant of more than $5 million to the Jaeb Center for Health Research Foundation to evaluate the efficacy of a virtual specialty clinic model for people with diabetes.

The grant builds on a 2019 award from the trust that supported a pilot study focused on evaluating whether continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) could be successfully introduced outside a clinic setting to help improve patients' glycemic outcomes and quality of life. The CGM Intervention in Teens and Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes (CITY) and Wireless Innovation for Seniors With Diabetes Mellitus (WISDM) studies showed that while CGM can improve outcomes, personalized support was needed to ensure that patients truly benefit. With the goal of assessing whether access to virtual specialty care that includes CGM leads to better outcomes, the new funding will support a clinical trial that includes remote onboarding of CGM as well as insulin dosing and mental health supports. 

According to the trust, many people with diabetes do not have an endocrinologist and, as a result, lack access to up-to-date advancements in devices that have been proven to reduce average blood glucose levels, severe hypoglycemia, and diabetic ketoacidosis.

"CGM has advanced to where it should be considered part of the standard care for all adults and children with type 1 diabetes," said Jaeb Center for Health Research executive director Roy W. Beck. "This project will expand access to this technology to individuals who have not had the opportunity to use CGM."

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"Helmsley awards $5 million to evaluate virtual diabetes specialty clinic model." Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust press release 08/10/2020.