Diabetes Apps, are they a happy happenstance – where technology wins over pathology – or a counterproductive hypertrophy of data? This article will open this Pandora’s Box.
The number of Apps (application software) for smart phones has expanded exponentially in recent times: with hardware add-ons that enable glucose monitoring and the recording of data; the storage of data for patient self-care or for upload to the “Cloud” for access by their healthcare professionals. There are Apps that offer advice about diet, lifestyle, and disease management.
But are these Apps of real benefit to the patient and do they augment or retard physician interventions?