Pacific Medical Technology Symposium (1998)
Aug. 17, 1998 to Aug. 20, 1998
Adil Alaoui , Georgetown University Medical Center
Stephen Clement , Georgetown University Medical Center
Nassib Khanafer , Georgetown University Medical Center
Jeff Collman , Georgetown University Medical Center
Betty Levine , Georgetown University Medical Center
Seong K Mun , Georgetown University Medical Center
Objective: To study the feasibility of remotely monitoring people with diabetes using low-cost technology.Methods: Using a personal computer, randomly chosen people with type I diabetes transmit their diabetes related data to their physician at Georgetown University Medical Center on a weekly basis where he analyzes it and contacts the patient every week to make safe adjustments to diet, exercise plan and insulin dose to prevent different kinds of diseases.Findings: Based on the data received the physician at the Endocrinology Department was able to early correct blood glucose levels for many patients enrolled in the program and prevent many possible clinical complications.Conclusion: This preliminary study indicates that tight monitoring people with diabetes and frequent patient-physician communication and feed-back utilizing a low-cost technology can significantly lower the risk of getting diseases and avoid costly short and long term hospitalizations and ER visits thus increase the quality of life and life expectancy.
B. Levine, S. Clement, A. Alaoui, N. Khanafer, S. K. Mun and J. Collman, "Diabetes Home Monitoring Project," Pacific Medical Technology Symposium(PACMEDTEK), Honolulu, Hawaii, 1998, pp. 258.