Internet-based monitoring system improves glycemic control

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A 10-month pilot of the ALRT remote monitoring system for diabetes by the Kansas City Metropolitan Physician Association has found significant improvement in glycemic control for those patients who used the system compared to those who dropped out of the pilot, according to the company.

Those participating in the pilot program of the Internet-based glucose monitoring system experienced an average A1C reduction of -1.22%, whereas those who dropped out of the program before the three-month threshold saw A1C levels increase by +0.66%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every 1% reduction in A1C lowers the risk of some costly long-term diabetes complications by 40%.

“The results of the pilot exceeded the high expectations we had at the start of the program,” said Nathan Granger, M.D., M.B.A., president of KCMPA. ALRT is made by Richmond, VA-baed ALR Technologies.

“We used the ALRT system on some of our most difficult insulin-requiring patients ... patients [whose conditions] have eluded improvement for many years,” Granger said. “We found it to be an excellent tool to finally get these patients to their target A1C levels.”

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