A diabetes app from Phillips Healthcare will allow users with type 1 diabetes to merge their personal health information with electronic medical records.
The app, developed by Philips and Netherlands-based Radboud University Medical Centre, is currently in the prototype stage. It consists of a mobile patient app and online community, allowing patients and health care professionals to connect via text messaging, and for data to be shared with a virtual community of clinicians.
Patients can record their blood glucose levels, insulin use, stress levels, physical activity and diet on the app. They are then offered guidance on the online community, where private messages and posts can be exchanged between patients and physicians.
The app uses a virtual health record, which can extract data from a variety of electronic medical records. It is through these electronic medical records that medication can be adjusted if a patient’s physician deems it necessary.
Jeroen Tas, CEO of healthcare informatics solutions and services at Philips, said: “I am excited that we are providing people with diabetes the tools to connect all of their relevant health data and devices. Our system allows sharing of data and experiences in one community, where they can collaborate with fellow patients and their care teams in a secure environment.”
The app is largely geared towards people with type 1 diabetes, according to Phillips, and should be available in pilot release by the end of the year.
The free to download Diabetes PA is another app that offers a unique approach to diabetes management. It is one of the only apps that can track your blood glucose levels in comparison to your mood, while users can also monitor their HbA1c, BMI and cholesterol, with the app’s mastergraph enabling you to choose which aspects you want to compare.

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