There are many people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year. “Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder in which blood glucose levels fluctuate outside the normal range. It has become a worldwide epidemic with about 415 million people world- wide diagnosed with diabetes in 2015” (Bahartan et al, 2017). In a way this is a hidden disease, where often times people affected by the disease do not look or feel sick and go undiagnosed. Without proper management of this condition there might be serious complications such as kidney problems, blindness, or heart failure. “The lion-share of the burden is associated with diabetes-related complications, which may lead to morbidity, disability, decline in quality of life, and premature mortality” (Bahartan et al, 2017). It is important for people living with diabetes to carefully watch out for what they eat, when and how much, as well as close monitoring of their glucose level before and after each meal. To ease the process of managing this disease many mobile apps have developed in the past few years. This technology makes the condition a lot easier to manage for patients.
Mobile apps have been applied to the management of type 2 diabetes and it has led to self- management activities for the disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits the application of mobile apps as a medical device for the monitoring and controlling diabetes. “This innovative technology has been eagerly awaited by the diabetes community, especially caregivers of children with diabetes who want to monitor their glucose levels remotely” (FDA, 2015). The disorder can make one to experience significant complications such as hyperglycemia if it is not well monitored and controlled. There are many health apps that help monitor and educate people with diabetes. One of the apps that can help control and monitor the disease is the OneTouch Reveal. This app has the ability to sync the level of glucose in the blood of diabetic and healthy patients with a glucometer such as the GlukoTrack. “GlucoTrack (Integrity Applications Ltd.) is a non-invasive glucose- monitoring device. Device’s principle of operation is based on tracking the physiological effects of glucose variations in the earlobe tissue using three independent technologies: ultrasonic, electromagnetic, and thermal.” (Bahartan et al, 2017). The app is well developed to ensure that glucose monitoring is more engaging and this helps the user understand how specific foods affect the level of glucose in the blood.
When using the OneTouch Reveal app, users can also monitor the level of carbs, activities, medications, and communicate with their healthcare providers directly from their smartphone. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), “Smartphones and tablet computers are a new way to deliver digital diabetes therapy. One category of this new type of therapy is called “mobile prescription therapy”. Mobile prescription therapy (MPT) products connect you and your healthcare team. MPT helps you take control of your daily management of?type 2 diabetes. It also gives you immediate guidance and advice on your smartphone, iPad, or computer” (ADA, 2017). The app captures a series of data that later are transmitted to the cloud for further analysis such as oxygen saturation, temperature, blood pressure, heart beat and respiratory rate. The OneTouch Reveal applies a simple protocol which commands the user to conduct a non-invasive test and this enables to capture the crucial information and it takes less than a minute to provide feedback which is always consistent.
I believe OneTouch Reveal app might have a positive impact on diabetic patients because the app does not involve pricking of fingertips which may lead to reduced level of hemoglobin A1C as a result of the loss of blood. The app could also prevent other diseases such as anemia because there will be no more loss of blood. Pricking of fingers tips several times a day every day for decades is annoying and painful and by adopting this technology, the pain will stop because there will be no more pricking of the fingertips when measuring the level of glucose in the blood (Lerche, 2017). Pain induces a negative perception to people suffering from diabetes and since the app does not involve pricking the fingertips the negative perception that it might have developed will end. Pricking of the fingertips lead to the development of massive callous or scarring and through the adoption of the app, my condition would be impacted positively. Frequent pricking of fingertips can lead to perception hindrance or loss of sensibility. “Recent attempts to promote self-monitoring of glucose include the development of non-invasive devices, which may alleviate the pain associated with the frequent skin pricking” (Bahartan et al, 2017). Since the technology does not involve pricking of the fingertips, the sensitivity on the finger tips will not be affected and therefore there would be more patients being compliant with their self-monitoring blood glucose.