Diabetes and mhealth

Diabetes testing kit as an innovation of mhealth initiative

There are numerous innovations on the mhealth platforms to cater for people suffering from diabetes. There is a considerably high number of people who are suffering from diabetes in the world. Scientists have taken initiative in coming up with a lot innovative mhealth ways to tailor make solutions for people with diabetes since it is considered a long-term complication. This is done by using their smartphones to self-manage and care for people suffering from diabetes.

What consists of the mhealth structure on diabetes management?

The patient has to have access to a smartphone equipped with a special diabetes app connected to a blood glucose meter. This will be useful for tracking and storing the patients daily blood glucose data and status on their mhealth platforms.
The acquired data on the blood glucose is then transmitted and stored in a remote portal hosted in a health facility for example a hospital or a clinic. Artificial intelligence then processes the data and produce simple illustrative graphics which can be accessed by both the physician and patient.
The mhealth platform adapts the diabetes medication and the treatment plan required for each of the patients. Such information is based on their self-management history, daily blood glucose profiles, treatment progress together with their therapy protocol; plans accessed regularlyhttps://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/43/1/250

How mhealth has empowered people with diabetes?

People with diabetes can use mhealth innovations to self-monitor their blood glucose and any other variables when needed which may include blood pressure their weight and even their diet
Mhealth helps people suffering from diabetes to engage in their own self-management by urging them to be self-sufficient. This is also seen when it allows patients and their physicians interaction through the various platforms provided. This in return potentially brings down the cost of diabetes treatment.
Mhealth platform offers a platform provides an interactive platform where feedback between patients and their physicians set and achieve pre-set care targets with regards to the diabetes condition progress and adherence to therapy https://mhealth.jmir.org/2019/1/e10321/.

How effective are the mhealth services on diabetes management?

There have been numerous studies conducted on this particular subject in the past few years. The reports indicate that the mhealth applications have had a positive impact on the targeted health behaviors and clinical outcomes. In addition to such reports there are others that report a high participants satisfaction. This was attributed to the fact that the mhealth applications can also enable earlier detection of other underlying conditions while still providing a technologically assisted decision making to the patienthttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/314089823_Diabetes_mHealth_Apps_Can_they_be_effective .

How are mhealth applications for diabetes regulated?

There are bodies mandated with regulating the operation of this applications.an example is the Food And Drug Administration. It evaluates how effective such applications are.

What barriers hinder the rigorous evaluation pf mhealth apps that cater for diabetes?

 

Mhealth platform is said to have a mismatch with health intervention evaluators.

Mhealth application creators work in fast paced environments where the consistent stream of data and testing leads to faster innovation of things. On the other hand, health evaluators are entrenched in the culture of academic research where evidence can take years to generate and release to the public. This in essence means that it takes a long time to design, more time to get funding, get approvals and even find volunteers on who a clinical trial can be conducted on https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7426799/#:~:text=For%20patients%2C%20the%20main%20barriers,recommendation%20of%20apps%20by%20doctors..

Mhealth platforms face unnecessary evaluation which is an unnecessary business risk

Mhealth developers thrive on the uncertainty about whether their product will work. They assume that there is no risk of doing a study if their objective can be achieved without the rigorous evaluation. This approach makes it hard for a product to stand up to scientific scrutiny.

Mhealth evaluation is expensive.

Most of mhealth innovators are small start-app. They lack the resources to engage on things like rigorous evaluation. This is however bypassed by obtaining external funding. The funding goes a long way in commercializing the product after enough research has been conducted and development completedhttps://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/43/1/250

FRENCH COVID HEALTH PASS.

What is a covid health pass

The people in France will need to show a covid health pass to enjoy usually routine activities .It will show that you are vaccinated or have tested negative for Covid-19 for access to public venues for more than 50 people. On August 9 the health pass requirement will be extended to a range of new settings, including long-distance transport, restaurants and cafés.
The border health pass will be useful when boarding a flight to France, of a health proof (complete vaccination scheme, or PCR or antigenic test performed less than 72 hours before boarding) in electronic version (via the TousAntiCovid application or other foreign electronic proof) or in paper version https://www.sante.fr/how-to-obtain-a-french-health-pass.

How useful will the covid health pass be

The Covid tests can be undertaken in anyway including using modern testing devises like those offered by research institutions like Docsun. But usage of these devises depends on policies of different organizationshttps://www.thelocal.fr/20211125/explained-the-new-rules-for-the-french-health-pass/
The activity health pass consists of the digital (via the TousAntiCovid application) or paper presentation of one of the following three health proofs to participate in certain activities in France:
Completion of a full vaccination schedule according to French rules (2 weeks after the 2nd injection of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra Zeneca, 4 weeks after the injection of Johnson and Johnson, 2 weeks after an injection in people who previously contracted Covid).
A PCR or antigenic test less than 48 hours prior to the event
A positive RT-PCR or antigenic test result demonstrating recovery from Covid-19, at least 11 days old and less than 6 months old.

Any of the following documents can be used as a covid health pass in France:
• Proof of having completed a vaccination program  (two doses of an EU-approved vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson)
• A negative PCR or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours
• A Covid-19 recovery certificate that is less than six months old
Anyone who enters an establishment without showing a valid pass can be fined €135 for a first offence.

Where a covid health pass is required

• Cinemas
• Libraries
• Nightclubs,
• Gaming rooms, casinos
• Museums
• Zoos, amusement parks, circuses
• Swimming pools and sports centres
• Theatres
• Concerts and festivals
• Indoor sports facilities
• Cruise ships, ferries
• Hotels, holiday resorts
• Cafés and restaurants
• Fairs and conferences
• Care homes
• Long-distance transport
• Medical establishments
• Hotels, holiday resorts and full-service camp sites
• Access to shopping centers

Who will the covid health pass apply to?

The health pass rules will apply to minors age 12 and over. The French citizens are also encouraged to undertake covid testing as a way to safeguard against further spread of the virus. It is argued that if one knows of their covid status then they will not knowingly infect the others. They are encouraged to use innovative devises like mobile apps. An example is the Docsun mobile app which uses OCT technology to scan and give a health report in less than ten minutes. The results are emailed to you to guarantee privacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC8ppSTQgyE.
These devises have come up as part of the mobile health initiative that seeks to make healthcare affordable to everyone. These includes individuals who are limited geographically from accessing the requisite medical care that they need. The Docsun mobile app only needs to take a scan of the user, read the users vital signs like temperature and feed the data into its data base. The data is then processed to see if it matches any that is in its servers. The servers contain a lot of information from medical experts and certified by leading health organizations .This goes along way in making sure that the diagnosis provided is certifiably up-to-date.

Is covid vaccination of children safe?

a mother reading her child's temperature

There has been tremendous effort placed on people to get vaccinated against the covid virus in the world. Several vaccines have been formulated and released to the world population to see this endeavor accomplished. However, the vaccination numbers are still low. Less than 30 percent of the world population has taken the vaccine jab. Healthcare practioners are wondering whether including children will increase the number and whether this is a safe option.

Measures used to supplement children vaccination

Vaccination has been seen as a measure to supplement the gains got from the covid testing initiatives. Such initiatives are spearheaded by some companies such as Docsun biomed institute. The institute offers testing by the innovative noninvasive technology through the use of the OCT technology. They have a wide range of devises that can be used in testing across the ages from children to adults. The devices include the mobile app. they web platform and the doorway terminal. This testing only takes about 5 minutes and one gets their results immediately.
As it stands now only children above the age of 12 are the ones who vaccination is recommended for. Healthcare practioners are have given the greenlight for the children to partake the vaccination as they say that the many clinical trials undertaken have confirmed that the vaccines available against covid -19 are safe the children. Once administered the vaccine will help in reducing the spread of the virus and also help in reducing the number of new and severe variants of covid-19 from emerging https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC8ppSTQgyE

What are the concerns raised on vaccinating children?

There has also been concerns raised against vaccination of children. The first being that some countries there is little data on how the covid virus affects the children in that particular region. This makes it hard for medical doctors detect what deaths are caused by covid or any other condition affecting the children. healthcare practioners have also raised the concern that some children might be infected with other common virus common in children such as the respiratory syncytial virus.
The symptoms of these viruses’ mimic those of the common cold and also the covid virus. These may lead to misdiagnosis in children which may prove fatal Data available shows that children especially the adolescents play significant role in the spread of the corona virus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html.

Will covid vaccine overload the children’s immune system?

Parents have raised a lot of concern concerning vaccine overload on their children. This issue was raised when it was pointed that children as early as less than 3 months after birth are subjected to vaccinations against diseases. Vaccines are basically introducing chemicals into the children’s body. Medics have however said that children are exposed to a lot of germs everyday and the diseases put a greater risk to a child’s immunity more than what would happen when a vaccine does https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/The-Science-Behind-the-COVID-19-Vaccine-Parent-FAQs.aspx.

What are the side effects of the covid vaccines.

Parents of children and young babies have raised concern on the side effects that may likely arise from covid vaccinating their children. Medics have however come out and assured the parents that there is enough data that is got from extensive research confirming that the vaccines are safe. The children will however suffer minor effects. These include soreness from the needle pricking and slight fever after taking the vaccine dose. These can be controlled by over the counter pain relief medication and pressing a cold compress on the injured part of the arm. The children will suffer relief in a short while https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/children-facts.html.

What if the child is currently suffering from covid?

There has been a growing concern on whether children who are currently suffering from covid should be vaccinated. Medics have advised against having such children vaccinated. This is because their immunity is already compromised but alternatively advise that such children should be isolated until the disease is controlled https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines/advice.