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Diabetes Management and Telemedicine at Home

Telemedicine holds untold potential for chronic disease management, but one of the largest areas of impact will likely be for diabetes management. According to the U.S. Pharmacopeia Medication Errors Reporting Program, roughly half of all drug errors involve insulin. Furthermore, studies reveal that more than 97% of insulin overdoses occur at home, and only 60% of patients with type 2 diabetes follow their prescribed medication regimen—many fearing an overdosage. These mishaps can lead to adverse drug events, hospitalizations, and staggering costs, all of which could be reduced by using the feedback mechanism made possible by using telemedicine at home. Read more

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Telemedicine Diabetes Program Improves Outcomes

Among adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, a telemedicine diabetes regimen leads to better outcomes than routine care: greater reductions in body weight, HbA1c, and number of antidiabetes medications. As described in Diabetes Care, the interventional study was conducted in Germany against a backdrop of rising rates of type 2 diabetes and growing costs of antidiabetes medicines. Read more