Pilot study shows that online diabetes management works

The Center for Connected Health, affiliated with Boston's Partners Healthcare, has completed a small pilot study (n=7) to test whether its online diabetes management program, Diabetes Connected Health, improves patient outcomes. Initial findings, published in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, suggest that participating patients were more knowledgeable, engaged and accountable after the study. The patients had type 2 diabetes and were recruited from practices affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. The providers participating in the study also felt more confident adjusting medication based on remote glucose readings submitted by their patients. Next step is a more robust clinical trial, (n=200), which the Center has already initiated with patients who are affiliated with primary care practices at Massachusetts General Hospital or Brigham and Women’s Hospital.