Data Show Interest in Using Mobile Phones to Manage Diabetes

June 24, 2011
Parents of children with diabetes are receptive to using mobile phone technology to help manage their child’s diabetes, according to findings from a

Parents of children with diabetes are receptive to using mobile phone technology to help manage their child’s diabetes, according to findings from a study conducted by the Center for Connected Health, a division of Boston-based Partners HealthCare.

According to the study, which was published in the November issue of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 69.3 percent of the parents had a “very positive” response to the proposed mobile phone glucometer prototype, which lets them collect and transmit the child’s blood sugar readings to a doctor using a mobile phone. More than half of parents expressed interest in signing up for the service, says the Center.

Parents’ top concerns focused on the child’s provider, with 84.9 percent wanting shorter waiting times and 78.7 percent wanting easier phone access to the physician. Nearly 80 percent (77.8) said they would like to be able to contact their provider via email to discuss their child’s condition.

The Center for Connected Health is dedicated to creating new solutions and innovative interventions to deliver quality patient care outside of the traditional medical setting. Its programs use a combination of remote-monitoring technology, sensors, and online communications and intelligence to improve patient adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.

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