While instances of diabetes continue to rise, mobile health is making a difference in the lives of diabetics. In a study conducted over 6 months at the University of Chicago Medical Center, participants saw an improvement in a number of areas of self care including medication adherence, glucose monitoring, foot care, exercise and healthy eating when interacting with a system that combines automated text messaging and remote nursing.
With such widely available and low-cost technology, mobile health technologies, like that of BettrLife, are capable of providing a new kind of support for sufferers of diabetes that improves their ability to care for themselves, and for healthcare providers to be more informed about their patients. Mobile health providers are enabling connected care through systems of ongoing support and care outside the clinical setting. This occurs by connecting providers and patients in real-time to monitor patient’s adherence to nutrition plans, activity, and even bio-metric data.
Mobile health technologies are successfully working towards improving the daily lives of diabetics while helping to further educate patients about their condition, and give them more agency in managing their health. Rather than meeting a doctor once or twice a year and reviewing numbers from the last few months, mobile health allows continuous monitoring and awareness of a diabetic’s condition for both the patient and their care providers.