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Using smartphone technology to manage gestational diabetes

Prof Lionel Tarassenko, Head of the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, and Katy Bartlett, Diabetes Specialist Midwife, discuss the gestational diabetes technology in this video

The GDm Health Management System is an innovative approach to managing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDm) using smart phone technology. Blood glucose readings are automatically transferred from a Bluetooth-enabled meter to the phone and, via a 3G/4G network, to a secure purpose-built website hosted within the NHS. The clinical team can review the blood glucose readings and quickly respond to the patient via text with advice on dose titration or a request to call the specialist diabetes midwife if appropriate.

The system has been successfully implemented in Oxford, Reading and Milton Keynes. An interim assessment of deployment at the Royal Berkshire Hospital suggests a 26% reduction in outpatient clinic visits over six months. Women attending the clinic described the system as very convenient and easy to understand and said that it was encouraging to receive text messages. Clinical staff reported spending significantly less time in correspondence with patients following clinic appointments. Read more…

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