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A study presented at the American Medical Informatics Association shows that the use of digital technology can help diabetes patients more effectively manage their condition.

A three-month experiment with bimonthly text messages, a Web portal and home-based medical devices produced an average weight decrease of 3.5 pounds and a mean reduction in hemoglobin A1c levels from 7.41 to 6.77 percent, reported Dr. Kendall Ho, director of the eHealth Strategy Office at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

56% of the participants said they would be willing to pay for the service, $100 up front and $20 a month. This is the most telling way to know that the participants valued the project.

They saw value because they felt empowered, healthier and more in control of their lives by the increased self-awareness; many created self-care routines and habits from the data and feedback their received, Ho said.

Source: MedCity News

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