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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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Architecture of the telemedical Platform.
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fig5: Architecture of the telemedical Platform.

Mentions: The patent-protected platform illustrated by Figure 5 has been developed to help bridge the gap between health and mobility. Diverse healthcare modules have been implemented and other are planned in order to meet a complete health care service package from diabetes, dermatology, stress, fitness, and long-term health conditions up to the assisted-living for senior. The platform helps consumers track health, wellness, and vital information using a highly secure infrastructure. It allows consumers to share information with their health care professionals and family. Mobility is guaranteed by integrating mobile Apps and web-based applications. Moreover, interfaces to hospital information systems and practice management software are supported. In this work, the diabetes module was further developed, updated, tested, and validated. The four-layer architecture of the platform enables users to securely share sensitive information. Using different devices, such as smartphones and computers, users can access functionalities of applications supported by the core of the platform through the communication layer.


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)

Architecture of the telemedical Platform.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4127241&req=5

fig5: Architecture of the telemedical Platform.
Mentions: The patent-protected platform illustrated by Figure 5 has been developed to help bridge the gap between health and mobility. Diverse healthcare modules have been implemented and other are planned in order to meet a complete health care service package from diabetes, dermatology, stress, fitness, and long-term health conditions up to the assisted-living for senior. The platform helps consumers track health, wellness, and vital information using a highly secure infrastructure. It allows consumers to share information with their health care professionals and family. Mobility is guaranteed by integrating mobile Apps and web-based applications. Moreover, interfaces to hospital information systems and practice management software are supported. In this work, the diabetes module was further developed, updated, tested, and validated. The four-layer architecture of the platform enables users to securely share sensitive information. Using different devices, such as smartphones and computers, users can access functionalities of applications supported by the core of the platform through the communication layer.

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