On 17 November 2021, Diabetes Services was awarded the status of MyData Operator 2021. The status is awarded to world-leading organisations working for human-centric approaches to personal data and data ecosystems designed to benefit and empower the data providers themselves. Diabetes Services has been a MyData Operator since 2020.
Personal data is extremely valuable. For business purposes, general research, and statistics. However, the value often does not benefit the people providing the actual data. From the onset, it has been a key objective of Diabetes Services to take a different approach.
“Being awarded the status of MyData Operator 2021 is a testament to that continuous effort and a great recognition of our operation of human-centric infrastructure for personal data management and sharing,” says Jan Leindals, founder of Diabetes Services – a tool for people who either have diabetes or risk getting it.
“With Diabetes Services, we wish to enable individuals to securely gather and share their own health and lifestyle data from a range of sources – including smartphones, medical equipment, and personal wearables. Together, all these data paint a much wider picture of the disease, which can provide a better understanding of diabetes and ensure that people receive the best possible treatment and medication based on their specific needs and circumstances,” he explains.
Diabetes Services facilitates the open and secure data ecosystem that links individuals, healthcare, businesses, and society while enabling free movement of data under terms defined by the individual data owner.
“While we aim to improve the quality of life of people with diabetes, we also hope to change how we as individuals can benefit from our personal data in open data sharing ecosystems and how companies and communities can co-create sustainable software solutions,” Jan Leindals concludes.
About the award
The MyData Operator Award was created by the internationally recognised non-profit MyData Global. The award acknowledges organisations that place the individual at the centre of personal data, provide tools to help them manage personal data, and have the individual as the primary beneficiary of the use of this data.
Diabetes Service operates as a MyData operator to provide interoperability at the technical, informational and governance levels to support the flow of personal data across services.