DiasNet--a diabetes advisory system for communication and education via the internet

Int J Med Inform. 2001 Dec;64(2-3):319-30. doi: 10.1016/s1386-5056(01)00214-3.


Intensive diabetes treatment can lead to a substantial reduction of the rate of the complications associated with diabetes. However, a number of patients may have poor control despite specialist care, and this along with devolution of care to non-specialists suggests that alternative interventions should be developed. The present paper describes an Internet based system where more emphasis is put on patient empowerment, the keywords being education and communication. The DiasNet system is based on a well documented decision support system, Dias, designed for use by clinicians. The scope of DiasNet has been widened from being used by clinicians to give advice on insulin dose, to also being used by patients as a tool for education and communication. Patients can experiment with their own data, adjusting insulin doses or meal sizes. In this way different therapeutic and dietary alternatives can be tried out, allowing the patient to gain experience in achieving glycaemic control. DiasNet is implemented in JAVA according to the client/server principle, enabling a new way of communication between patient and clinician: in case of any problems, the patient simply phones the clinician, who immediately, using his or her office PC, can take a look at the data the patient has entered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose
  • Communication*
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical*
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Diet
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Internet*
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Physician-Patient Relations


  • Blood Glucose
  • Hypoglycemic Agents