With almost 26 million Americans are living with diabetes, totaling $245 billion in health care related costs each year, stakeholders have been seeking ways in which to help diabetes patients keep their condition under control. Microsoft’s new mobile diabetes management platform is another innovative offering in this space.
Microsoft recently announced its plans to enter into a deal with wireless provider TracFone to help extend mHealth technology to underserved and high-risk populations living with diabetes. Microsoft and TracFone will also be working with Miami-based Health Choice Network to launch a program studying the ways in which access to mobile technology impacts patient disease management and outcomes. The program will distribute smartphones equipped with short message service abilities and Microsoft’s HIPAA-compliant email and messaging platform, to about 100 patients enrolled in the Care Management Medicare Home Center diabetes pilot. The platform will also send patients appointment reminders and help them keep track of glucose levels.
“Putting existing technologies to use for today’s patients will help improve healthcare, coordination and outcomes, as well as better manage costs,” Lee Stevens, director of health information exchange policy and interoperability at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. “Combining the power of a smartphone with a personal health record platform that brings disparate data together in a secure environment is an important step toward the goal of providing better patient engagement and more mobile healthcare in the U.S.”