Wednesday, December 07, 2011
A small trial has been conducted, with 30 patients that have type 2 diabetes. The patients spent 12 months using a iPhone app that provided real time feedback on their blood sugar levels and prompted them when to eat or take prescribed medication. While doing this it also sent the digital log books to their GP and/or specialist doctors to allow the medical staff to track their progress and management of the illness.
The result that suprised the participants was the 58% drop in A&E/ER Room visits over the year of the study compared to the previous year.
Now not only does it mean that the participants has less medical equipment to carry in their day to day life but it also was a step towards reducing the ongoing treatment and care expenses of the estimated $218 billion a year expenditure required to support and care for diabetes patients.