Using the Internet and New Technologies to Address the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

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  • Title: Using the Internet and New Technologies to Address the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic: A Case Study in Bringing Medical Guidance and Support into the Living Room
  • Author(s): Helaine Ciporen
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication
  • Keywords: Type 2 Diabetes, Health Education, Family Focused Intervention, Patient Centered Care, Diabetes Epidemic
  • Volume: 7
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2013
  • ISSN: 2324-7320 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2324-7517 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2324-7320/CGP/v07i02/53570
  • Citation: Ciporen, Helaine. 2013. "Using the Internet and New Technologies to Address the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic: A Case Study in Bringing Medical Guidance and Support into the Living Room." The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication 7 (2): 15-27. doi:10.18848/2324-7320/CGP/v07i02/53570.
  • Extent: 13 pages

Abstract

Efficient, replicable, and cost effective delivery of education, support, and guidance are needed to assist the 300 million people with diabetes. The lifestyle changes required to reverse this global epidemic have proven daunting and elusive to many patients. With an estimated 500 million people projected to have diabetes by 2030, effective web-based guidance and support tools would be a welcomed resource. Such programs, diaBeaters and VIDEO COACHING, are being tested now. They utilize short video to inform, and interactive survey technology to allow a patient to customize their own program. They are being utilized in clinical, university classroom and home settings. Families and patients become more invested to enact a plan, which they have actively developed in concert with their diabetes professional. Such a plan would accommodate their needs, resources, and personal preferences. Interactive technology allows patients to communicate with their healthcare providers remotely and give the provider an opportunity to provide further guidance.