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Emerging Technologies, Medical Devices, Apps, Sensors, and Informatics to Help People with Diabetes.
JMIR Diabetes (JD) is a new sister journal of JMIR (the leading open-access journal in health informatics (Impact Factor 2016: 5.175), focusing on technologies, medical devices, apps, engineering, informatics and patient education for diabetes prevention, self-management, care, and cure, to help people with diabetes. As open access journal we are read by clinicians and patients alike and have (as all JMIR journals) a focus on readable and applied science reporting the design and evaluation of health innovations and emerging technologies, as well as on diabetes epidemiology. We publish original research, viewpoints, and reviews (both literature reviews and medical device/technology/app reviews) covering for example wearable devices and trackers, mobile apps, glucose monitoring (including emerging technologies such as Google contact lens), medical devices for insulin and metabolic peptide delivery, closed loop systems and artificial pancreas, telemedicine, web-based diabetes education and elearning, innovations for patient self-management and "quantified self", diabetes-specific EHR improvements, clinical or consumer-focused software, diabetes epidemiology and surveillance, crowdsourcing and quantified self-based research data, new sensors and actuators to be applied to diabetes.
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Background: Widespread metaphors contribute to the public’s understanding of health. Prior work has characterized the metaphors used to describe cancer and AIDS. Less is known about the metaphors ch...
Background: Widespread metaphors contribute to the public’s understanding of health. Prior work has characterized the metaphors used to describe cancer and AIDS. Less is known about the metaphors characterizing cardiovascular disease. Objective: To characterize the metaphors that Twitter users employ in discussing hypertension and diabetes. Methods: We filtered approximately 10 billion tweets for keywords related to diabetes and hypertension. A random subset of 5000 tweets were coded for presence of metaphor and the type of metaphor employed. Results: We identified 797 (16%) tweets about hypertension or diabetes that employed metaphors. When discussing the development of heart disease, Twitter users described the disease as a journey (n=202), as transmittable (n=116), as an object (n=49) or person-like (n=14). In discussing the experience of disease, Twitter users employed war metaphors (n=101). Other users described the challenge to control their disease (n=43), the disease as an agent (n=58), or their bodies as machines (n=205). Conclusions: Metaphors are used frequently by Twitter users in their discussion of hypertension and diabetes. These metaphors can help to guide communication between patients and providers to improve public health.
Background: Health information technology tools (e.g., patient portals) have the potential to promote engagement, improve patient-provider communication, and enhance clinical outcomes in the managemen...
Background: Health information technology tools (e.g., patient portals) have the potential to promote engagement, improve patient-provider communication, and enhance clinical outcomes in the management of chronic disorders such as diabetes mellitus (DM). Objective: In this paper, we report the findings of a literature review of studies reporting on patient portal use by individuals with type 1 or type 2 DM. We examined the association of the patient portal use on DM-related outcomes and identified opportunities for further improvement in DM management. Methods: Electronic literature searches were conducted through PubMed and PsycINFO databases. The keywords used were “patient portal*,” “web portal,” “personal health record,” and “diabetes.” Inclusion criteria included: 1) published in the past 10 years, 2) used English language, 3) restricted to age ≥ 18 years, and 4) available in full text. Results: This review included 6 randomized controlled trials, 16 observational, 4 qualitative and 4 mixed methods studies. The results of these studies revealed that 29%–46% of patients with DM have registered for a portal account with 27%–76% of these patients actually using the portal at least once during the study period. Portal use was associated with the following factors: personal traits (e.g., socio-demographics, clinical characteristics, health literacy), technology (e.g., functionality, usability), and provider engagement. Inconsistent findings were observed regarding the association of patient portal use on DM-related clinical and psychological outcomes. Conclusions: Barriers to use of the patient portal were identified among patients and providers. Future investigations into strategies that both engage physicians and patients in use of a patient portal to improve patient outcomes are needed.