Electronic health records may benefit diabetes care

The medical technology field is growing at a rapid rate and some experts believe that this new computing power could be used to help tackle the growing type 2 diabetes epidemic in the U.S.

In particular, some say that electronic health records may be used to help track trends in the care of populations of individuals with the disease. This may lead to the development of new standards of care, as well as help patients become more engaged in their own care.

Gienna Shaw recently wrote in Health Leaders Media that both private practices and government agencies are increasingly making the use of technology in the care of diabetics a priority.

Hospitals and healthcare systems are working on smart devices that can monitor a patient’s blood sugar and send updates to care providers, while the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a major investment in the development of a health information exchange network, according to the news source.

Individuals with type 2 diabetes require much more frequent care than those with other types of diseases. Experts from the Mayo Clinic say that these patients often require frequent doctor visits. However, electronic monitoring may help reduce this burden.
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