A Scottsdale-based startup company is testing software that relies on wireless technology to transmit data about diabetes’ patients from their cellphones to an online server, that in return will check their blood sugar level. Here’s more from The Arizona Republic:
The system gets the data from a diabetes patient’s glucose-monitoring device and sends it to his or her cellphone. MedApps Inc. plans to begin a pilot study of its D-PAL system with 50 Medicare and Medicaid recipients in Pennsylvania in the next few weeks.
If a patient’s glucose level is above or below his doctor-recommended range, an automated voice-response unit will call and ask the patient yes-or-no questions about his or her diet, exercise, medication intake and other behavior.
The information may be forwarded to a nurse call center or the patient’s physician.
“The system monitors you passively in the background,” said MedApps President and Chief Executive Officer Kent Dicks. “If you’re doing fine, it leaves you alone. If you’re not, it may call you and ask you a couple of questions like, ‘I saw you had a low blood pressure. Did you take your medication today? Did you exercise?’ “