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Monitoring Patient Glucose Levels: New Advances in software make it easier


Monitoring patient glucose levels and determining the response to intervention is critical when working with diabetic clients. The benefit of doing so in improved outcomes for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes has been clearly established by clinical trials conducted in both the U.S. and the UK1. Self- monitoring by patients of glucose levels, and the data provided is especially important for patients with a history of brittle diabetes, hypoglycemic unawareness, multiple dose insulin regimes and when intensive control is desired.

As a result, improving patient monitoring and compliance has been a goal of many glucose-monitoring systems in recent years. Painless or near painless blood and fluid sampling systems such as Minimeds continuous glucose monitoring system and the Cygnus Glucowatch have been developed. But there is another area in which great advances have been made as well: systems for reporting patient glucoses and developments that improve communication with healthcare providers.

The Need: Accuracy and Accountability

One consistently reported disadvantage of home monitoring has been the questionable accuracy of self-reported glucose level results. To meet the need for improved and more reliable data, most glucose monitors now include a memory component that can be reviewed by the physician and healthcare team.

But this is just the beginning of improving communication between physicians and clients. Increasingly sophisticated software has been developed that allows clients to download data from their glucose monitor into their PC, where it tracks and analyzes trends. Patients can now monitor their glucoses at home, download results, send them to their physicians offices and receive recommendations back.

Faster Access to Patient Data in Improved Formats

Access to glucose recordseven if the client is sitting at homeis only moments away with modern monitoring software that delivers data to highly secure s
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