In a recent post, I wrote about the influence of telemedicine, telehealth, wearable medical devices, and other mobile technologies on diabetes and disease management. As most readers are likely aware, the intersection of technology, health, and healthcare isn't going away, and new developments will continue to emerge as the months and years go by.
In a recent study published by The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), using text messaging to keep diabetic patients in touch with their doctors and nurses can be a successful strategy in encouraging tight blood glucose control.
Utilizing the Mobile Insulin Titration Intervention (MITI), patients texted their blood sugar results to a nurse diabetes educator, who then reviewed the results and adjusted insulin doses based on the MITI algorithm. Patients' clinic visits were greatly reduced, and this was very important since the target population was those of low socioeconomic status for whom transportation and time to attend clinic visits was a potential barrier to treatment.
This randomized pilot study demonstrated that patients were highly satisfied with the results of the intervention, and diabetic control appeared to be positively impacted. National Public Radio was impressed by the study's results, and published a segment on August 26th, 2015.
The Trends Continue
As technology continues to morph and develop, we will continue to receive news regarding advances and changes that are worthy of our attention, and the attention of the healthcare community. Articles on trends in digital health and arguments against technology as the be-all and end-all of healthcare will continue to propagate.
Healthcare consumers may find the rapidly changing technology/healthcare landscape confusing, however there are plenty of high-quality news and media venues that offer consistently reliable information that the public can trust.
In the end, trust yourself, build trust your healthcare provider, and evaluate trends in technology and healthcare that you feel will be most helpful for you.