Designing mobile support for glycemic control in patients with diabetes

J Biomed Inform. 2010 Oct;43(5 Suppl):S37-S40. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2010.05.004.


We assessed the feasibility and acceptability of using mobile phones as part of an existing Web-based system for collaboration between patients with diabetes and a primary care team. In design sessions, we tested mobile wireless glucose meter uploads and two approaches to mobile phone-based feedback on glycemic control. Mobile glucose meter uploads combined with graphical and tabular data feedback were the most desirable system features tested. Participants had a mixture of positive and negative reactions to an automated and tailored messaging feedback system for self-management support. Participants saw value in the mobile system as an adjunct to the Web-based program and traditional office-based care. Mobile diabetes management systems may represent one strategy to improve the quality of diabetes care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring / methods*
  • Cell Phone*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Medical Informatics
  • Self Care / methods
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation*
  • Telemedicine / methods*