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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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fig6: Flow of the trial process.

Mentions: Before the trial could start, some settings, adaptations, and tests were made. All the involved partners (patients, medical care providers, support teams, administrators, internet and telephone providers, developers, and policy makers) worked closely together during the development and adaptation process of the system. Figure 6 illustrates the flow of the trial. For each test stage, user requirements, functionalities and design, relevant standards and rules, and methodology and market analysis were discussed with all the involved players. Analysis of feedbacks from each stage constituted important input for the following stage. At the end, final modifications were made to obtain the final pilot ready for use in a larger scale.


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)

Flow of the trial process.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig6: Flow of the trial process.
Mentions: Before the trial could start, some settings, adaptations, and tests were made. All the involved partners (patients, medical care providers, support teams, administrators, internet and telephone providers, developers, and policy makers) worked closely together during the development and adaptation process of the system. Figure 6 illustrates the flow of the trial. For each test stage, user requirements, functionalities and design, relevant standards and rules, and methodology and market analysis were discussed with all the involved players. Analysis of feedbacks from each stage constituted important input for the following stage. At the end, final modifications were made to obtain the final pilot ready for use in a larger scale.

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