Technology. Smartphones. Diabetes. Technology and diabetes do not seem to come together, but as technology speedily improving and smartphones slowly becoming an irreplaceable item in our everyday life people now expect to obtain information at their fingertips. There is no difference when it comes to diabetes and diabetes management. More and more people – greater than fifty percent of individuals – now own smartphones to improve the quality of their life, which fits right into disease management.
#1 Many organizations now design mobile sites to fit the screens of smartphones. For example, American Diabetes Association launched its new mobile website in 2011 to assist people more effectively obtain news and information about diabetes. The mobile site can be accessed directly at http://m.diabetes.org via a smartphone.
There are many functions on the mobile site. For those who are interested in type 2 diabetes prevention, they can try the Diabetes Risk Test. For those who are interested in signing up for a local Step Out (diabetes walk) or Tour de Cure (bicycle tournament), they can do so by clicking a button or swiping the touchscreen.
#2 In addition to mobile sites, mobile applications are also invented to help diabetes self-management. Applications make a positive impact on patients’ diabetes management effort by encouraging physical activities, logging diet, keeping track of insulin dosage, supporting adherence of oral medications, and recording blood glucose testing. As a result, application usage does change patients’ behavioral patterns towards diabetes self-management.
#3 Applications have become increasingly popular. Applications can be free or come with a small charge. A study has shown that paid applications were more likely to include features allowing patients with low health literacy to fully experience the applications and obtain the appropriate information.