Joseph Humphry, MD, Health Center Medical Liaison, University of Hawaii. Dr. Humphry spoke about some longitudinal studies evaluating the effect of mHealth in diabetes care in Hawaii. Longitudinal health is a care delivery system that allows continuous interaction between the care team and the patient using mHealth technology. It focuses on the use of social support networks for patients and their families.
They are currently in the process of completing a feasibility study (Ohana Health 2009) in Hawaii with 15 patients with diabetes. They are using a comprehensive disease management program (CDMP) and uploading glucose values. 5 patients are using Bluetooth enabled smartphones to upload their glucose values.
Here's what they found:
- Patients with limited exposure to technology are able to use remote monitoring
- Patients respond positively to graphs and charts of their glucose values
- Some patients were experiencing "upload fatigue"
I want to thank Epocrates for sponsoring these blog posts from the 2nd International mHealth Networking Conference. Epocrates, Inc. develops clinical information and decision support tools that enable healthcare professionals to find answers more quickly and confidently at the point of care.