Remote Monitoring, Data Sharing Improve Glycemic Control in Patients With Diabetes

Improvements in glycemic control were seen as early as 3 months after program implementation and were sustained up to a year with continued program engagement.

New research suggests that the implementation of a remote patient monitoring program that incorporates remote data sharing can improve glycemic control among adults with type 2 diabetes, according to a poster presented at the American Diabetes Association 81st Scientific Sessions.

Technologies that allow patients to share data with their care teams can play a significant role in identifying individuals at risk of decreasing glycemic control and can also help facilitate timely and remote-based interventions outside of visits with the physician. According to the poster, investigators analyzed whether individuals with type 2 diabetes demonstrate improved glycemic control after enrolling in remote patient monitoring pilot programs.

The programs used remote data syncing and coaching, according to the poster. All participants synced their blood glucose meters with either a mobile app or a computer-based software regularly during program participation. The data were then available to the care teams via a web-based dashboard, and remote coaching was administered either regularly or as needed.

The program included 384 participants with a median age of 50 years, 42% of whom were women. They were included in cross-sectional comparisons at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months of program participation.

Researchers observed both immediate and sustained improvements for mean blood glucose levels at 3 months and up to a year. They also found a mean proportion of in-range and high self-monitoring of blood glucose readings, with no differences in the proportion of low readings.

Based on these findings, the investigators concluded that remote patient monitoring of type 2 diabetes can use remote data sharing to ensure accurate and timely treatment. Importantly, these improvements can be seen as early as 3 months after implementation of the program and can be sustained with continued engagement.

REFERENCE

Sheng T, Babikian S, Singh V, Clements M. Immediate and Sustained Trends in Glycemic Control During Remote Patient Monitoring in People with Type 2 Diabetes. Poster; American Diabetes Association. June 25, 2021. Accessed June 25, 2021. https://ada.apprisor.org/epsAbstractADA.cfm?id=1