VDE paper supports telemonitoring for diabetics

German industry association, VDE, has published a paper on telemonitoring for diabetic patients, urging politicians to make greater use of telemonitoring technology in order to reduce long-term complications of diabetes and costs for diabetic patients. The main function of telemonitoring in diabetes is to transmit blood sugar levels electronically, via landline or mobile phone, into web-based personal health records (PHRs). In this way the data can be accessed either by the physician that treats the patient or, alternatively, by a 24/7 call centre. VDE states that around 9% of European adults have diabetes. According to the paper, these patients are responsible for up to 30% of the total healthcare spending across the different healthcare systems. “For Germany alone it is estimated that the overall costs of diabetic patients for the social system are at about


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