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One diabetes system proves how technology can help to manage chronic conditions, says Lucie Benson.
A mobile-phone-based diabetes management system is helping both patients and GPs to manage the condition.
The Think Positive Diabetes system (known as T+ diabetes) allows patients to send their blood glucose results to a central server using their mobile phone and receive an immediate and accurate graph showing how they are managing their diabetes.
The patient is supplied with an electronic blood glucose monitor and has software loaded on to their own compatible mobile phone.
The patient tests their blood glucose, and then the monitor transmits the results via a Bluetooth wireless link to the mobile phone.
The patient then answers relevant diary questions, such as recent food intake, and all the information is forwarded to …