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New Data From Partners Center For Connected Health Demonstrates Wireless Mobile Technology Improves Patient Engagement, Outcomes
Date:7/9/2013

BOSTON, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent study conducted by the Center for Connected Health demonstrated that wireless mobile technologies can positively impact patient engagement, clinical outcomes and operational workflow in remote monitoring programs. Patients using wireless mobile devices to collect and transmit their data to the Center's secure database more frequently measured their blood pressure and uploaded their data, than patients using telephone modem-based devices. This study was published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology (Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2013). The Center for Connected Health is a division of Partners HealthCare.

"The results of this study show that data transmission technologies may potentially create barriers to patient engagement in remote monitoring programs, and that wireless devices are far more user-friendly than the older modem-based devices," said Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, Corporate Manager, Research and Innovation, Center for Connected Health. "Key success factors for wireless devices include ease-of-use, real-time transmission of data and increased device portability within patients' homes. We are learning how patients engage in remote monitoring programs based on the type of technology they use, which can impact program design, operational workflow and clinical outcomes."

The Center offers remote monitoring programs for chronic disease self-management in diabetes, hypertension and heart failure. Two types of data transfer technology are used in the Diabetes Connect and Blood Pressure (BP) Connect programs: telephone modem-based devices and wireless-based devices. Individual patient data is collected and transmitted from the patient's home to a secured database at Partners HealthCare. The transmitted data are processed and displayed in a user-friendly format on a secure Web portal, where patients can view and monitor trends in their
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