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HighWire, Hypothesis, and The American Diabetes Association (ADA) announce launch of branded annotation layer for key ADA publication

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), HighWire Press, and Hypothesis are pleased to announce the launch of a branded annotation layer to communicate updates to ADA’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.

The ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes (Standards of Care) is published annually as a supplement to the January issue of Diabetes Care. The Standards of Care provide comprehensive evidence-based recommendations for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes. Physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, and other health care professionals rely on the Standards of Care to keep up with the latest guidelines for treating children and adults living with or at risk for diabetes.

ADA staff will use Hypothesis to annotate the online version of the Standards of Care throughout the year. The annotations will anchor to specific selections of the online text, and will be used to communicate updates and new developments, clarifications, and additional information. The resulting annotations will be visible to any reader, and additions can only be made by ADA staff members. Annotations can include text, videos, and other rich media, as well as links to additional resources. They can be shared via email or social media, and persistent annotation links can be embedded anywhere on the web. See the Hypothesis annotation tool integrated with ADA’s Standards of Care.

“By partnering with Hypothesis, ADA now has the ability to update and revise the online version of the Standards of Care throughout the year with necessary annotations if new evidence or regulatory changes merit immediate incorporation,” said Erika Berg, ADA’s director of scientific and medical affairs. “This will ensure that the Standards of Care provide clinicians, patients, researchers, health plans, and policymakers with the most up-to-date components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care.”

“We are excited to be able to offer ADA this functionality to ensure accurate updates through highly visible annotation cards,” says Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships for Hypothesis. “We are especially pleased to see this first HighWire-enabled partnership go live.” For this particular use case, ADA required a world-readable group in which annotations could be made only by pre-approved annotators. Similar use cases for other publishers might include a dedicated author layer or one exposing peer review summaries. If a publisher desires, they can enable a general discussion layer on their content that is both world readable and world writable. Hypothesis can also connect to existing publisher accounts, if required.

HighWire’s VP of Product Leadership & Design, Jim Longo, says “Hypothesis annotation deepens the level of user interaction on a journal site and provides publishers an opportunity to dynamically enrich their content. We are very excited to see ADA take advantage of our Hypothesis integration.”

Publishers who are interested in adding publisher branded and moderated annotation groups for general discussion or for dedicated read-only layers should contact Heather Staines or contact their HighWire account manager.

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About HighWire

HighWire is the technology partner of choice for world-leading commercial and scholarly publishers, and societies. With offices globally, HighWire provides digital publishing solutions and platform expertise across all aspects of the publishing life cycle, including content management and hosting, e-commerce, analytics, access and identity management, manuscript submission and tracking. HighWire is also relied upon for its strategic consulting across both systems and applications, and management of the customer experience.


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About the American Diabetes Association

Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life.


For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Find ADA on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

About Hypothesis

Hypothesis is a US 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and spread of open, standards-based annotation technologies and practices that enable anyone to annotate anywhere, helping humans reason more effectively together through a shared, collaborative discussion layer over all knowledge. Hypothesis is based in San Francisco, CA with a worldwide team.


Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships


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