Nov 17, 2016

Blood sugar testing

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot about diabetes in the news. Everything from tweaking nutrition to exercise and yes, even how data can help manage the metabolic disease. Diabetes seems to be one disease that is growing exponentially and affecting people of all ages. 

With diabetic numbers increasing, changes in lifestyles and the lack of awareness around nutrition it is no surprise that the world is now in a panic to take action. 

It amazes me the technology that has been developed to help the patient and keep doctors aware of patient history. As a diabetic it is crucial to monitor blood sugar levels on a regular basis, take medication when insulin levels are too high and/or too low and analyzing sugar levels before/after a meal and exercise. Individuals in my family who manage this disease do so through simple technology that tracks their history and provides a historical image for when they go to meet with their doctor. 

I’ve recently learned that technology has improved from even this machine. Now these machines are tracking all data, analyzing it, allowing patients to respond immediately and also storing, (and if chosen) will communicate results instantly to a doctor to respond in a timely manner. 

Tools like this are allowing patients to have a better visual of the disease and the impact it is having on their body. By giving patients this type of new found control and giving them the ability to be proactive, it is adding to quality of life.  

The more data that is collected, the more accurate a treatment plan can be. 

It is the same for a company. If we can collect more data and have instantaneous results it better prepares us for the future so we can make quick evidence based decisions to treat the challenges we are experiencing. 

To learn more about data analytics and patient outcomes continuing reading here