Diabetes control at patients’ fingertips

Computer-based aids to manage chronic disease are increasingly under investigation, but one new venture has passed the clinical trial phase and is ready for use by patients with diabetes.

THE Australia telephone-linked care (TLC) program uses a mobile phone to send participants’ blood glucose results from a glucometer to a computerised telephone system.

Patients then call the system to receive feedback on their results, along with advice about diet, medications and