Title: Mobile phone technologies and advanced data analysis towards the enhancement of diabetes self-management

Authors: Ioannis Kouris, Stavroula Mougiakakou, Luca Scarnato, Dimitra Iliopoulou, Peter Diem, Andriani Vazeou, Dimitris Koutsouris

Addresses: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9, Heroon Polytechneiou Str., 15780 Zografou, Athens, Greece. ' Faculty of Medicine, ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Diabetes Technology Research Group, University of Bern, Freiburgstrasse 61, 3008 Bern, Switzerland. ' Faculty of Medicine, ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Diabetes Technology Research Group, University of Bern, Freiburgstrasse 61, 3008 Bern, Switzerland. ' School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9, Heroon Polytechneiou Str., 15780 Zografou, Athens, Greece. ' Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition, University Hospital – Inselspital, University of Bern, 3010 Bern, Switzerland. ' A' Department of Pediatrics, Diabetes Center, P&A Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Thivon and Levadias, 11527 Athens, Greece. ' School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9, Heroon Polytechneiou Str., 15780 Zografou, Athens, Greece

Abstract: Advances in the area of mobile and wireless communication for healthcare (m-Health) along with the improvements in information science allow the design and development of new patient-centric models for the provision of personalised healthcare services, increase of patient independence and improvement of patient|s self-control and self-management capabilities. This paper comprises a brief overview of the m-Health applications towards the self-management of individuals with diabetes mellitus and the enhancement of their quality of life. Furthermore, the design and development of a mobile phone application for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) self-management is presented. The technical evaluation of the application, which permits the management of blood glucose measurements, blood pressure measurements, insulin dosage, food/drink intake and physical activity, has shown that the use of the mobile phone technologies along with data analysis methods might improve the self-management of T1DM.

Keywords: diabetes mellitus; glycaemic control; patient self-management; m-health; mobile phones; cell phones; wireless communications; patient-centric models; personalised therapy; telemedicine; wireless networks; mobile healthcare; pervasive healthcare; electronic healthcare; e-health; healthcare technology; personalisation; data analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEH.2010.036209

International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 2010 Vol.5 No.4, pp.386 - 402

Available online: 29 Oct 2010 *

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