Emerging technologies provide benefits, challenges, and opportunities in diabetes care.
Stay tuned for the Diabetes Prevention, Care, and Education in the Digital Age video series, featuring experts sharing insights on the use of digital technologies in diabetes care. In the next four weekly blog posts, you’ll hear from the following experts:
- John Piette, PhD, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health
- Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD, from the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute and the Scripps Translational Science Institute
- Ann Albright, PhD, RDN, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Linda Siminerio, RN, PhD, CDE from the University of Pittsburgh
John Piette: We have apps, we have text messaging systems, we have automated calls, we have sensors – there's all kinds of ways that we're trying to communicate with patients in new ways. Some of those areas have less scientific evidence, like apps on smartphones. Some have an enormous amount of evidence, like text messaging systems.
Athena Philis-Tsimikas: We work in an environment with a number of health disparities. We have a high population of Latino patients in our community. And one of the things we found was that many of them use mobile phones that – as a matter of fact, probably much more than they have access to computers in their home.
Ann Albright: There is a wide range of digital tools that are available to assist in diabetes prevention. And we are using the term at the CDC “continuum of complexity” really just to help try to categorize things because there are so many.
Linda Siminerio: TREAT is our telemedicine model and it stands for Telemedicine for Reach, Education, Access, and Treatment. The TREAT model, I think, has many benefits. For one, patients get improved outcomes. And so, they feel better. And not only do they have improved clinical outcomes, but because they have now a virtual team – you know, we can't get teams in all these areas. But they have a virtual team. So now they receive education about how to take care of their diabetes, and they have somebody in their community now that they never even realized was part of a team.