Johns Hopkins releases diabetes app
Baltimore, November 9, 2010
US-based Johns Hopkins Medicine has released a smartphone application to help doctors control patients' diabetes.
The POC-IT Diabetes Guide is a portable, easily searchable and quickly navigated resource written by Johns Hopkins physicians to help providers - particularly during patient visits - make the best clinical decisions, its developers say.
The guide provides real-time evidence-based advice on everything from
diabetes management to complications to medications.
"It offers almost instant, at-a-glance access to the latest consensus guidelines and expert opinions on a broad spectrum of topics in diabetes care," says Rita Rastogi Kalyani, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the guide's managing editor. "Hopkins' mission is to share its knowledge with the world and this is a practical way to do that."
In the United States, nearly 24 million people have diabetes and 5.7 million don't even know it, she says. Long-term complications of the condition can be avoided or managed successfully through proper care.
The Johns Hopkins Point-of-Care Information Technology Center (POC-IT) produces electronic clinical decision support resources to help health care professionals raise the standard of care and improve patient safety.
The POC-IT Diabetes Guide was developed by Johns Hopkins clinical experts with funding support from the Trinidad and Tobago Health Sciences Initiative, a project under the management of Johns Hopkins Medicine International.
The Diabetes Guide is available on smart phones and the Web. A print version will be released in the spring of 2011. The electronic guide will be regularly updated with the latest developments in diabetes care. This is the third POC-IT guide developed at Johns Hopkins, with successful guides on antibiotics and HIV already on the market.
The Diabetes Guide is being dedicated to Christopher D Saudek, MD, the guide's editor-in-chief and director of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center, who died last month. - TradeArabia News Service