Diabetes patients find limited use in online records

Wed, 24 Sep 2008
An American diabetes study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that existing online personal health record systems are of only limited use to people with diabetes in improving health outcomes. The system aimed to help people with diabetes to check their lab results and get medication guidance.

According to research at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, the online health system did not help people with diabetes get better control after one year than a control group.

Assistant Professor Richard Grant reportedly commented: "We did show that by having patients use a personal health record and be engaged in thinking about what they want done, they're more likely to have changes made to their medication. It seemed to work to make patients more engaged in their care."
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