Analysis Finds Telehealth Might Help Change ‘Future Path of Diabetes’

May 19, 2015 in News

Telehealth interventions can help diabetics with glycemic control, increasing their exercise levels and reducing their body weight, according to an analysis of nearly 75 research articles, FierceHealthIT reports.

Details of Analysis

The analysis examined 73 articles that evaluated the outcomes of using telehealth to help control diabetes.

According to the analysis authors, the articles varied in terms of:

  • Patient populations;
  • Research protocols; and
  • Technologies and resources used.

Analysis Findings

The authors found that among the research articles:

  • The telephone was the tool most often used for telehealth diabetes interventions; and
  • The Internet was the tool most often used for teleretinopathy.

They also found that collecting and using data is important for successfully incorporating telehealth into diabetes care.

The researchers said their findings demonstrate that “telediabetes warrants a prominent place in the medical armamentarium that must be marshaled to face and perhaps change the future path of diabetes.”

However, they noted that their review of telehealth research was not exhaustive (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 5/18).

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