New app for diabetes

Researchers in Massachusetts have received a $1.2 million grant to develop a smart phone application to not only help diabetes patients track and archive their blood sugar levels and weight, but also improve self-management of wounds.

By using the phone’s camera to regularly capture progress images, the app aims to provide a system for monitoring the status of foot ulcers.

The application will also deliver prompts to patients to help them decide whether staying at home and dressing the wounds is sufficient or if a doctor’s visit is required for further assessment. 

“If the new application can provide helpful feedback to the patient, letting them know the ulcer is healing or at least is stable, then it could limit the number of times these patients need to be transported to a doctor’s office or clinic, which is better for everyone involved,” says Professor Peder Pedersen, who will be developing the program’s