Application of Handheld Computing and Mobile Phones in Diabetes Self-Care

Abdullah Wahbeh (Dakota State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 275
EISBN13: 9781466641501|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2671-3.ch015
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Advances in technology have accelerated self-care activities, making them more practical and possible than before using these technologies. The utilization of new Health Information Technologies (HIT) is becoming more and more apparent in self-care. Many patients incorporate the use of PDAs in diabetes self-care (Forjuoh, et al., 2007; Jones & Curry, 2006). Mobile phones are used in diabetes self-management by diabetes patients (Carroll, DiMeglio, Stein, & Marrero, 2011; Faridi, et al., 2008; Mulvaney, et al., 2012). Also, reminders based on SMS cell phone text messaging are used to support diabetes management (Hanauer, Wentzell, Laffel, & Laffel, 2009). Given the current advances in the field of health care, health care technologies, and handheld computing, this case explores the possible primary usages of mobile phones, PDAs, and handheld devices in self-care management. More specifically, the case illustrates how such technologies can be used in diabetes management by patients and health care providers.
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