Is diabetes management via text message practical
Aside from the obvious challenge of learning of a new language otherwise known as txtese, chatspeak, txt, txtspk, txtk, txto, texting language, txt lingo, SMSish, txt talk or SMS Language.
Texting is popular means of communication but in its core, the need to have a short abbreviated conversation has led to its curtailed language and in that lies its greatest shortcoming.
I have to admit that I do text a lot but beyond a few phrases I have never quite mastered the SMS language and have no intention for doing so anytime soon. (Don’t despair however, studies have shown that only about 20% of those using SMS actually use txtspk)
I was recently contacted by representatives at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) about a a pilot program aimed at using text messages for diabetes management.
Let me say first that I am a proponent of using any tool available in the successful management of diabetes and I am not entirely against the text message idea but I have this nagging feeling that the organisations proposing this idea are very much in need of my and your input on the best way to implement the idea to maximize its effectiveness.
At the recently concluded Scientific Sessions the ADA, the CDC, HRSA, Beacon Communities, Voxiva and the ONC announced that they had joined forces in a mobile health (also known as mHealth) program that would focus on diabetes prevention and management via SMS text.
The program which is being launched in Detroit and New Orleans will act as pilots to:
- Design tools and interventions
- Develop effective ways to use local resources
- Connect patients with their health care team
- Evaluate this approach to connecting at risk people with the care they need
ONC is Looking for Your Feedback
Also over the next two months, the organizations leading this initiative will be challenging the national innovation community and health care community to get on board and with this new opportunity to connect with at-risk diabetic individuals.
They want to know what are the best resources that can be offered to us?
Is it a gym membership, the latest disease management application, a web-based support group, a free clinic, or something else?
You can share your ideas on what you would like to see on this mobile app at the Health IT Buzz. The official blog of the US Dept of Human and Health Services or Any Ideas can be emailed to Pierce Graham with the ONC at [email protected]