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Medical News & Perspectives
April 14, 2015

Is There an App to Solve App Overload?

JAMA. 2015;313(14):1405-1407. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2381

Like many physicians, Suzanne Clough, MD, struggled to meet her patients’ needs regarding their type 2 diabetes in a few 12-minute visits each year. But too often, patients’ concerns about day-to-day condition management weren’t fully addressed. Many were frustrated, and some didn’t follow her guidance because they weren’t seeing results.

The recommendations, she said, “didn’t have value [for them].”

Clough wondered whether real-time, 24/7 diabetes management support would help. That question led her on a 10-year journey to develop the WellDoc BlueStar mobile app for patients with type 2 diabetes. It analyzes trends in patient-entered data on blood glucose level, carbohydrate consumption, medication use, and other information to provide real-time coaching for the patient. Patients can then securely share the data with their physician through a web portal.

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