Mobile Diabetes Management Apps High Priority for Software Designers
AT&T, one of the world’s leading smart phone service provider, is writing software to connect diabetic patients and caregivers in an interesting way. In partnership with Alere Health, they will create a mobile platform to help those with type 2 diabetes communicate with their caregivers.
Many diabetics are already using technology to help monitor their bloodsugar. Alere serves nearly 300 thousand patients with diabetes and helps manage life threatening conditions such as heart attack or asthma. They use a program called “DiabetesManager” developed by WellDoc. Users of the software can enter their blood glucose levels on their smart phone or on the web. The program then gives the patient feedback on how to treat themselves if the blood glucose is too high or too low.
There’s An App For That!
There are hundreds of thousands of mobile applications, or “apps” for short, that are used in smart phones today. The apps for diabetes can help you monitor your blood glucose, pulse, weight, medications, diet, blood pressure and amount of daily exercise. Keeping close watch on all these things can make a real difference. In a report by the Mayo Clinic by Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N., says:
“ Research has shown that even a 1 percent decrease in A1C helps to prevent complications of diabetes. Health Data Management news (reports) that the use of mobile and internet tools helped a group of people with diabetes lower their blood glucose levels. The group that used these tools saw an average A1C level decrease of almost 2 percent, which was more than twice the decrease seen in the control group.”
Many of these applications are free, while some developers charge up to $10 or more.
Diabetes is difficult to manage, and developers like AT&T and others are filling the gap, and are saving hospital trips at the same time. As technology becomes more advanced, we may see more management options.