Mobile technology is now poised to alter how healthcare is delivered, the quality of the patient experience, and the cost of healthcare. Mobile applications used in diabetes management are a major example of how technology can improve healthcare. Smartphones have become an integral component of daily life for many people in the United States. Poor glycemic control in adult type 1 diabetes patients is a common, complex problem that initiates damage to the cardiovascular, renal, neural, and visual systems. According to the latest report released by the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and in 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes.
Smartphone apps are now widely used to effectively manage diabetes by improving glycemic control and, ultimately, preventing or delaying further complications of diabetes. A continuous glucose monitor helps patients detect when their glucose values are approaching dangerous levels. Medical mobile apps designed specifically for managing diabetes can save you a lot of time and effort.
Diabeo® Smartphone Software
The Diabeo system gives a substantial improvement to metabolic control in chronic, poorly controlled type 1 diabetic patients within reduced medical time and at a lower overall cost for the patient. This software enables individualized insulin dose adjustments combined with telemedicine support that significantly improves the condition.
A new analysis of the data shows that the app has markedly improved glucose levels among patients who used it relatively infrequently, raising red flags for their healthcare providers who then intervened.
Developed by the Corbeil-Essonnes Hospital team in France, this simpler control on a Smartphone comes with interesting functions such as-
- A bolus calculator that takes into account the carbohydrate intake, the premeal gylcemia, and physical activity level as reported by the patient.
- Automatic algorithms, which adjust the carbohydrate/insulin ratio and the insulin pump’s basal rate if the postprandial glycemia or the fasting glycemia are off target.
- The transmission of the data to a secure website where the healthcare professional can see the patient’s data at any time, and they can communicate by telephone with their patient with data in front of them.
The system can also alarm the doctor at the right time, improving the contact between the patient and the doctor when the patient really needs the doctor.
The Diabeo mobile phone program is currently being tested on 700 patients either with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, who were being treated with multiple daily insulin injections or insulin pump. The researchers expect that the app will prove itself so useful that the French National Health Insurance system will pay to give it to all of the country’s 200,000 people with type 1 diabetes.
Other Top Rated Healthcare Apps for Managing Diabetes
- Diabetes Buddy
- LogFrog DB
- OnTrack Diabetes
- Glucose Buddy
Telemedicine is now improving at a rapid rate. Such diabetes apps are helping many frustrated patients manage their condition at lower cost.