Experiences Using Mobile Phones as Patient-Terminal for Telemedical Home Care and Therapy Monitoring of Patients Suffering from Chronic Diseases
Optimizing the treatment of chronic diseases requires continuous monitoring of the health status. With standard information and communication technology this challenge can be solved, with respect to special needs of patients, stated as marginal effort and simple handling. We present a therapy-management-system where patients acquired their health data using a Java-application running on mobile phones. The data were transferred to the health centre, which provided data visualization, individual feedback, reminders and surveillance of critical events. The system was evaluated in the course of two clinical trials with patients suffering from diabetes mellitus. Seven out of ten patients of the first trial returned questionnaires and reported feasibility of the concept for regular daily use. Patients of the second trial reported problems to a telephone-hotline, most were related to faulty data insertion. Based on their high user acceptance and ubiquitous availability mobile phones show the potential to be the patient-terminal of choice.
KeywordseHealth home care telemedicine mobile phone patient-terminal therapy management disease monitoring chronic disease diabetes mellitus
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