A review of telemedicine interventions in diabetes care.
ABSTRACT We reviewed the literature concerning the use of telemedicine interventions in diabetes care. The PubMed database was searched for randomized controlled trials concerning the use of telemedicine for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. A total of 27 articles (studies) met the inclusion criteria. The interventions concerned videoconferencing (n = 8), mobile phones (n = 10) and telephone calls (n = 9). There was metabolic improvement in 23 studies, which was significant in 12 out of 23 (44%). Only two studies (8%) reported a negative clinical outcome. The majority of the studies (n = 19; 70%) employed behavioural therapy as the key intervention. The medium used for interaction in behavioural therapy intervention was videoconferencing (n = 7), mobile phone (n = 4), telephone calls (n = 8), feedback letters (n = 2). Telemedicine appears to be a promising alternative to conventional therapy.
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ABSTRACT: This project investigated the impact of a DM self-management education program provided through a telemedicine link at nine rural health clinics in Northern California.Health Services Insights 01/2013; 6:1-7. DOI:10.4137/HSI.S10924
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ABSTRACT: Abstract Background: Online technologies offer the promise of an efficient, improved healthcare system. Patients benefit from increased access to care, physicians are afforded greater flexibility in care delivery, and the health system itself benefits from lower costs to provide such care. One method of incorporating online care into clinical practice, called electronic office visits or "eVisits," allows physicians to provide a consultation with patients online. We performed an analysis of the current published literature on eVisits as well as present emerging research describing the use of mobile platforms as the delivery model. We focused on the role of eVisits in acute primary care practice. Materials and Methods: A literature review was conducted using electronic databases with a variety of search terms related to the use of eVisits in primary care. Results: Several advantages to eVisit utilization in the primary care setting were identified, namely, improvements in efficiency, continuity of care, quality of care, and access to care. Barriers to eVisit implementation were also identified, including challenges with incorporation into workflow, reimbursement, physician technological literacy, patient health literacy, overuse, security, confidentiality, and integration with existing medical technologies. Conclusions: Only one study of patient satisfaction with eVisit acute primary care services was identified, and this suggests that previous analyses of eVisit utilization are lacking this key component of healthcare service delivery evaluations. The delivery of primary care via eVisits on mobile platforms is still in adolescence, with few methodologically rigorous analyses of outcomes of efficiency, patient health, and satisfaction.Telemedicine and e-Health 12/2014; DOI:10.1089/tmj.2014.0022 · 1.54 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Sensing and monitoring technologies offer enormous potential to enhance the quality of healthcare provided to persons with lower-limb loss. Incorporation of these technologies into the rehabilitation process creates opportunities for a multidimensional exchange of timely, relevant, and meaningful health information between patients, their prostheses, and healthcare providers. Here, the authors envision a conceptual model for enhancing prosthetic rehabilitation through use of integrated physical and/or biological sensors and remote monitoring methods. Several specific applications that target treatment, diagnosis, and prognosis of health issues faced by persons with limb loss are proposed in an effort to demonstrate how collecting and using objective data can facilitate clinical decision making. Contemporary integrated sensors that may be used in these applications are reviewed and their limitations discussed. It is hoped that the considerations proposed here may serve to stimulate development of clinically useful monitoring and sensing technologies and promote their integration into routine amputation rehabilitation.The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 04/2014; 51(1):1-14. DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2013.01.0024 · 1.69 Impact Factor