Diabetes centre to launch new care and research platform

Tue, 06 Mar 2012
The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston is to launch a major new range of online platforms to help diabetes patients and healthcare professionals.

The Center has announced the virtual platforms - available online and through mobile devices - to help distribute its research on diabetes, as well as clinical care programmes for both patients and primary care providers. The 'Joslin everywhere' initiative, which has been supported through a USD900,000 donation from one of its patients, is also expected to be linked through a Boston company that develops systems for online consultations between patients and doctors.

Catherine Carver, vice president of planning and advocacy at Joslin, said "We need to move into remote care, to be able to reach this tidal wave of people with diabetes coming at us, we need to use technology."

The idea is that patients can connect with support groups and take part remotely in the weight management programme run by Joslin for people with type 2 diabetes, and they would also be able to access many mobile tools that can track glucose levels, so that such information is then sent straight to their GPs.

Healthcare specialists could also access the new research, updated medical education and a forum on ideas about using electronic health records to deal with issues for diabetic patients.
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