Scotland Website Launches Interactive Online Diabetes Monitoring Tool

Diabetes monitoring, especially for younger patients is a difficult and time consuming chore. A new web based tool in the UK called MyDiabetesMyWay makes diabetes management easier. The website uses videos, education and even games to keep patients more informed about their condition.

The website gives access to the patient’s own data and even gives them the ability to chat directly with their pharmacist. It also provides a link to local services and a diabetes specific search tool. The site is available only to patients who reside in Scotland, but similar web applications are being launched worldwide.

Public Health Officials Are Positive

Scotland’s health officials are optimistic about the web’s ability to help their citizens. Michael Matheson, The Public Health Minister for Scotland said:

"I would strongly encourage people living with diabetes to sign up and see for themselves how this valuable resource can support them to self manage their condition. Not only will this mean they can live longer, healthier lives it will also protect NHS resources."

Many countries are taking bigger steps in managing health to minimize costs. Diabetes management can be one of the most costly diagnoses, and when it is poorly managed those costs rise. The UK Director of Diabetes, Jane-Claire Judson, said:

"Even with the pressures of ever increasing numbers, as indicated today in the new Scottish Diabetes Survey, everyone diagnosed with diabetes is entitled to the best diabetes care possible. Diabetes UK Scotland has developed a set of 15 Healthcare essentials that all those living with the condition should receive. Making sure everyone with diabetes has access to these key services and support systems in place is vital for all those diagnosed."

Many software companies are filling the gap with online and mobile management tools. Advancements, such as smart phone devices that monitor blood sugar, are on the horizon.
Sources:
http://www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk/
http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/53508

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