4 technologies you need to start using
Digital diabetes management is a trending topic today. We see digitisation and innovation in almost every healthcare sector. People with lifestyle disorders like diabetes or heart disease constantly need to keep a track of some important parameters. This is where the technology plays an important role. With development of some technologies such as mobile health app, digital glucometers, electronic medical records, and others tracking of health data and self-management of diabetes has become much easier. Let’s understand how some of these digital devices and technologies in diabetes care can help you in self-management.
1. Digital glucometers
If you have diabetes, there is no escape from checking your blood sugar at a recommended frequency which is usually 3 to 4 times a day. Regular blood sugar check avoids episodes of blood sugar spike as well as hypoglycaemia. Development of glucometer has made it very easy to self-monitor blood glucose levels at home. Cloud-connected glucose meters and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is an innovative technology in digital diabetes care that transfers the data directly to the web-enabled devices.
2. Diabetes mobile apps
Where would you note the readings for your blood sugar and blood pressure? There are several diabetes apps that allow the user to keep record of blood glucose, food intake, exercise time, and insulin intake. However, the user needs to enter all the data manually. Most diabetes apps take care of diabetes self-management part as they allow user keep record of important parameters. Some interactive health apps (link to Amchart HC) also send notification to remind about medication time or blood sugar check. Health apps also serve as an importance means of diabetes education.
3. Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
How frequently do you carry your previous medical reports for doctor consultation? Almost at every visit, isn’t it? It can get difficult to maintain all the previous records and prescriptions. But they are important, and you need them. This is where the EMR can help you. The EMR technology enables the doctor to maintain all your prescription and health records. The doctor also writes his prescription digitally that can be connected to a health app. EMR also allows to store a large data that can be used for research. Some innovating digital devices in diabetes care also offer personal health records (link to Amchart PHR) that can be used by the patients to store their medical history.
4. Online health education
Social media has changed the way we search and get information. With internet and social media forums it has become much convenient to find motivation for behaviour change, lifestyle tips, and health information. This is of great importance in management of lifestyle disorders like diabetes that requires patient participation. However, with information overload on internet one needs to be alert and careful with online resourcing of health information.
Participation of patient in his own care is the real challenge in diabetes management. Researches report that if you have diabetes you are most likely to spend at least an hour of your day in activities such as taking blood glucose measurements and minting records of it, taking medication or insulin, keeping a track of calorie consumption and much more. With use technology and digital devices, diabetes self-management can be much more convenient.