BALTIMORE —Remote management of diabetes increasingly is becoming a reality to day with WellDoc’s Diabetes-Manager system, which recently received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration.
“With Type 2 diabetes reaching epidemic rates and limited time for care, healthcare providers need new tools to more efficiently engage their patients between and during office visits,” stated Richard Bergenstal, executive director of the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet and president of the American Diabetes Association. “WellDoc’s system addresses this need by delivering real-time, evidence-based education and behavioral coaching. This enhanced engagement and communication is intended to enable providers to support positive patient behavior and improved health.”
In development for more than five years, the Diabetes-Manager system supports medication adherence and securely provides for the capture, storage and real-time transmission of blood-glucose data and other diabetes self-management information. This information is then analyzed by the company’s proprietary automated expert analytics system that identifies trends and then relays relevant communications to the patient.
“With the WellDoc DiabetesManager system, we provide the medical community with decision-support tools that can help doctors and patients work together to manage diabetes more effectively,” noted Suzanne Sysko Clough, chief medical officer of WellDoc.
WellDoc is not alone in helping patients manage their diabetes remotely. A&D Medical products were showcased in several new mobile solutions at the European Connected Health Campus Exhibition and the Continua Health Alliance Summer Summit, both in Belfast, Northern Ireland, this summer. The showcase included three separate applications running on the HTC Nexus One mobile phone with the Droid operating system 2.1.
In 2009, A&D Medical launched an entire line of telehealth products under its LifeSource brand, including a wireless blood pressure monitor, a wireless accelerometer (pedometer) and wireless weight scale.