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    Remote monitoring by pharmacists can boost patient outcomes

    Pharmacists are in a unique position to offer remote monitoring of three chronic disease states—diabetes, women’s health, and heart health—to boost patient outcomes, according to Joey Mattingly, PharmD, MBA, during the NCPA 2015 annual convention in National Harbor, MD.

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    Diabetes

    Diabetes, a chronic disease that affects approximately 29 million Americans or 9.3% of the U.S. population, presents an opportunity for pharmacists to help patients manage this chronic disease state through the use of mobile Health (mHealth) apps, noted Mattingly, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD.

    See also: New health app redefines pharmacist-patient relationship

    The iBG STAR glucometer (sanofi-aventis), which connects directly to an iPhone or iPod Touch, has an mHealth app for tracking blood glucose readings, carbohydrate intake, and insulin doses, and the data is sharable. The One Touch Verio (LifeScan) glucometer, which can wirelessly sync with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices, also offers summaries of data and can be shared. The data can be backed up to the One Touch Reveal Account, he said.

    For diabetes patients looking for a free iPhone app, the Glucose Buddy (SkyHealth) allows for manually entered blood glucose readings, and the data can be shared and synced to an online account. “This app received almost 1,700 ratings and averaged 4.5 out of 5 stars in the app store,” Mattingly said.

    Women’s health

    One of the biggest areas of growth in the mHealth space is women’s health, including pregnancy and reproductive health, menstrual cycle tracking, and child care, he explained.

    The Life+ app (Lovetap) is another free iPhone app that can be used by women for tracking one’s menstrual cycle. Users can record symptoms, mood, and reproductive cycle reminders and can predict upcoming fertile days. “This app was rated almost 5,200 times and averaged 5 out of 5 stars in the app store,” he said.

    Julia Talsma, Content Channel Director
    Julia Talsma is lead editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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