A telemedicine support for diabetes management: The T-IDDM project

R. Bellazzi, C. Larizza, S. Montani, A. Riva, M. Stefanelli, G. D'Annunzio, R. Lorini, E. J. Gomez, E. Hernando, E. Brugues, J. Cermeno, R. Corcoy, A. De Leiva, C. Cobelli, G. Nucci, S. Del Prato, A. Maran, E. Kilkki, J. Tuominen

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Abstract

In the context of the EU funded Telematic Management of Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (T-IDDM) project, we have designed, developed and evaluated a telemedicine system for insulin dependent diabetic patients management. The system relies on the integration of two modules, a Patient Unit (PU) and a Medical Unit (MU), able to communicate over the Internet and the Public Switched Telephone Network. Using the PU, patients are allowed to automatically download their monitoring data from the blood glucose monitoring device, and to send them to the hospital data-base; moreover, they are supported in their every day self monitoring activity. The MU provides physicians with a set of tools for data visualization, data analysis and decision support, and allows them to send messages and/or therapeutic advice to the patients. The T-IDDM service has been evaluated through the application of a formal methodology, and has been used by European patients and physicians for about 18 months. The results obtained during the project demonstration, even if obtained on a pilot study of 12 subjects, show the feasibility of the T-IDDM telemedicine service, and seem to substantiate the hypothesis that the use of the system could present an advantage in the management of insulin dependent diabetic patients, by improving communications and, potentially, clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-161
Number of pages15
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Volume69
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Clinical outcomes
  • Demonstration study
  • Diabetes management
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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