A brand new research exploring the effectiveness of digital well being follow-ups utilizing home-monitoring units and cellular know-how is at present being carried out by the Dubai Diabetes Centre (DDC) with the assist of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) within the United Arab Emirates.
Running till the top of December, the research is being carried out in collaboration with Cognitive Healthcare International (CHI), a neighborhood companion that has designed the units and software program getting used based mostly on the DDC’s necessities.
WHY IT MATTERS
The purpose is to make use of the know-how to trace every day affected person knowledge and “plan interventional strategies in real-time to avoid complications of the disease,” the centre stated.
“Diabetes is a chronic disease, one that needs regular follow-up to avoid complications. In general, over time, patient compliance reduces and they tend to miss follow-up appointments, and healthcare providers need to constantly remind patients to adhere to their follow-up schedule,” stated M Hamed Farooqi, director of the DDC. “Even a gap of three to six months of no follow-up can be severely detrimental to diabetic patients.”
THE LARGER CONTEXT
Detailing the research, Farooqi added that 40 sufferers have been supplied with 4 home-monitoring units for blood stress, blood glucose, coronary heart fee, and pulse and oxygen saturation. They have additionally been given a sensible pill field that beeps each day on the time any remedy is required to be taken. Should a dose be missed, that knowledge is instantly shared with the DDC group main the analysis.
Patients can even be required to make use of a particular smartphone all through.
“The mobile [phone] has the software which captures all the patient data and automatically sends it to our centre. In the data room, the data gets automatically triaged as green, yellow and red based on artificial intelligence,” stated Farooqi, including that inexperienced represented good outcomes, yellow meant readings are “slightly abnormal”, and purple indicated outcomes “that the patient needs intervention.”
He continued: “If the information falls underneath the yellow class, the affected person is robotically despatched a push notification, which informs him that the outcomes are barely irregular, and due to this fact the affected person must take the required measures as already suggested by healthcare suppliers.
“If the data falls under the red category, the patient gets a call from DDC and the healthcare provider can provide a phone consultation or request them to visit the centre for further consultation. At the end of every week, the doctor receives a weekly patient report for each patient.”
ON THE RECORD
“At the DHA, we aim to continue employing various technologies that fit the nuances of the healthcare landscape in the emirate to empower patients by providing them with timely assistance and follow-up and thus leading to improved personalised patient care,” stated Humaid Al Qutami, director-general of the DHA. “We are keen to continue medical research especially in the field of healthcare and technology to help empower patients and further improve patient care and compliance.”