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Diabetes Management: The Benefits of Mobile Health Technology

Diabetes Management: The Benefits of Mobile Health Technology

Diabetes therapy is a field that many believe could benefit from the use of mobile health apps. Studies have shown there are proven benefits to the use of text message reminders for diabetes management.

The need for diabetes self-management apps

A pilot program at the University of Chicago using text message reminders for diabetic patients showed improved health outcomes and lower medical costs per patient, according to a report on the program published in Health Affairs.1

From the report:

As a widely available, low-cost technology, mobile phones are a promising tool to use in engaging patients in behavior change and facilitating self-care between visits. We examined the impact of a six-month mobile health (mHealth) demonstration project among adults with diabetes who belonged to an academic medical center’s employee health plan. In addition to pre-post improvements in glycemic control and patients’ satisfaction with overall care, we observed a net cost savings of 8.8 percent.

Room for growth

There is substantial room for growth in the adoption of mobile health apps for diabetes management. In “The Use of Mobile Health to Deliver Self-Management Support to Young People with Type 1 Diabetes: A Cross-Sectional Survey,”2 results found that although 96 percent of young diabetics owned a smartphone, only 33 percent used smartphone apps for treating and managing diabetes.

The authors of the article suggest that mobile health applications would be useful to provide target support for the needs of diabetes patients:

To improve glycemic control, there is a need for evidence-based self-management support interventions that address the issues pertinent to this population, utilizing platforms that engage them. Increasingly, mobile health (mHealth) interventions are being developed and evaluated for this purpose with some evidence supporting improved glycemic control.

Mobile health technology solutions

The RxEOB®MercuryMessaging™ is a mobile health platform developed to provide targeted and individualized reminders to patients. It can allow health care organizations to better reach members through channels such as text messaging, email, native apps, and push notifications. RxEOB provides solutions that allow health care to drive better patient health care outcomes. For more information, visit www.mydrugbenefit.com, or call 804-643-1540.

1Nundy, Shantanu, et al. “Mobile phone diabetes project led to improved glycemic control and net savings for Chicago plan participants.” Health Affairs 33.2 (2014): 265-272.

2Dobson, Rosie, et al. “The Use of Mobile Health to Deliver Self-Management Support to Young People with Type 1 Diabetes: A Cross-Sectional Survey.” JMIR Diabetes 2.1 (2017): e4.