MELBOURNE, April 7 (UPI) — Australian and Canadian researchers suggest wireless technology could aid the chronically ill.
Effectively managing long-term illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma using online and cellphone technology would not only empower patients but reduce costs, said researchers at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and INET — a Toronto technology management firm that helps deliver wireless healthcare projects.
The proposal, outlined in the International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organizations, suggests monitoring patient health by telephone and the Internet could more easily prevent chronic conditions from progressing to more serious — and more costly — states of illness.
Sheldon Silver of INET said a pilot study involving 20 patients found study participants were able to dial in their own blood glucose readings using a cellphone to receive timely feedback from their healthcare provider.
The researchers propose making use of social networks such as Facebook and Linkedin to provide patients with a network of family, friends and business associates — similar to the Sermo network that now serves U.S. physicians.
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