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An ICT-Based Diabetes Management System Tested for Health Care Delivery in the African Context.

Takenga C, Berndt RD, Musongya O, Kitero J, Katoke R, Molo K, Kazingufu B, Meni M, Vikandy M, Takenga H - Int J Telemed Appl (2014)

Bottom Line: Information and communication technologies (ICT) have great potential to address some of these challenges faced by several countries in providing accessible, cost-effective, and high-quality health care services.The system applies modern mobile and web technologies which overcome geographical barriers, and increase access to health care services.The idea of the system is to involve patients in the therapy process and motivate them for an active participation.

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Affiliation: Infokom GmbH, 17034 Neubrandenburg, Germany.

ABSTRACT
The demand for new healthcare services is growing rapidly. Improving accessibility of the African population to diabetes care seems to be a big challenge in most countries where the number of care centers and medical staff is reduced. Information and communication technologies (ICT) have great potential to address some of these challenges faced by several countries in providing accessible, cost-effective, and high-quality health care services. This paper presents the Mobil Diab system which is a telemedical approach proposed for the management of long-term diseases. The system applies modern mobile and web technologies which overcome geographical barriers, and increase access to health care services. The idea of the system is to involve patients in the therapy process and motivate them for an active participation. For validation of the system in African context, a trial was conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 40 Subjects with diabetes divided randomly into control and intervention groups were included in the test. Results show that Mobil Diab is suitable for African countries and presents a number of benefits for the population and public health care system. It improves clinical management and delivery of diabetes care services by enhancing access, quality, motivation, reassurance, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

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Mobil Diab web application: doctors' portal and glucose day graph.
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fig4: Mobil Diab web application: doctors' portal and glucose day graph.

Mentions: Figure 4 is a section of the screenshot of the doctor portal. The graphic shows the glucose measurements of one day, amount of carbohydrate taken (blue color facing up), and units of insulin injected (purple color facing down). Clinicians have a structured and understandable view of patients' data. Clear graphical representation of trends and statistics enables clinicians to make appropriate decisions on therapy adjustment. The tool helps medical staff save their times while providing high quality service to diabetes patients.


An ICT-Based Diabetes Management System Tested for Health Care Delivery in the African Context.

Takenga C, Berndt RD, Musongya O, Kitero J, Katoke R, Molo K, Kazingufu B, Meni M, Vikandy M, Takenga H - Int J Telemed Appl (2014)

Mobil Diab web application: doctors' portal and glucose day graph.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig4: Mobil Diab web application: doctors' portal and glucose day graph.
Mentions: Figure 4 is a section of the screenshot of the doctor portal. The graphic shows the glucose measurements of one day, amount of carbohydrate taken (blue color facing up), and units of insulin injected (purple color facing down). Clinicians have a structured and understandable view of patients' data. Clear graphical representation of trends and statistics enables clinicians to make appropriate decisions on therapy adjustment. The tool helps medical staff save their times while providing high quality service to diabetes patients.

Bottom Line: Information and communication technologies (ICT) have great potential to address some of these challenges faced by several countries in providing accessible, cost-effective, and high-quality health care services.The system applies modern mobile and web technologies which overcome geographical barriers, and increase access to health care services.The idea of the system is to involve patients in the therapy process and motivate them for an active participation.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Infokom GmbH, 17034 Neubrandenburg, Germany.

ABSTRACT
The demand for new healthcare services is growing rapidly. Improving accessibility of the African population to diabetes care seems to be a big challenge in most countries where the number of care centers and medical staff is reduced. Information and communication technologies (ICT) have great potential to address some of these challenges faced by several countries in providing accessible, cost-effective, and high-quality health care services. This paper presents the Mobil Diab system which is a telemedical approach proposed for the management of long-term diseases. The system applies modern mobile and web technologies which overcome geographical barriers, and increase access to health care services. The idea of the system is to involve patients in the therapy process and motivate them for an active participation. For validation of the system in African context, a trial was conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 40 Subjects with diabetes divided randomly into control and intervention groups were included in the test. Results show that Mobil Diab is suitable for African countries and presents a number of benefits for the population and public health care system. It improves clinical management and delivery of diabetes care services by enhancing access, quality, motivation, reassurance, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus