Study shows physicians and patients using health apps to coordinate diabetes care.

Among diabetic patients, 40% have diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness between the ages of 20 and 74 in the United States and in many patients, it is preventable. Studies have shown that strict control of sugar and blood pressure in this patient population can delay visual problems related to diabetic retinopathy.

by: Waqaar Khawar
It’s no secret that diabetes is a highly prevalent disease that affects multiple systems in the body. Patients benefit from routine preventative screening and care coordinated between multiple providers with various specialties.
One important aspect of care for the patient with diabetes is ophthalmology. Among diabetic patients, 40% have diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness between the ages of 20 and 74 in the United States and in many patients, it is preventable. Studies have shown that strict control of sugar and blood pressure in this patient population can delay visual problems related to diabetic retinopathy.
Researchers hypothesized that an mHealth solution would improve coordination of care between the patient, the diabetologist, and the ophthalmologist. They used theSightBook app, by Silicon Valley based DigiSight, that allows patients to create a HIPAA-compliant personal profile to which they could invite their endocrinologist and ophthalmologist. Physicians participated by creating SightBook accounts so they could share data. As a result, patients and all participating members of their care team could see posted notes and results.
Additionally, the app allows patients to test their own visual acuity and visual field for deficits and post the results for providers to see. Its worth noting that the DigiSight website only cites two posters validating the app for use in visual acuity testing; there’s no mention of validation of the other types of testing referenced in this study……
Read more: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2015/02/physicians-patients-health-apps-diabetes/
Source: Imedical Apps
 

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