A teenage patient with type 1 diabetes at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (part of Stanford Children’s Health) uses a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to measure glucose through a glucose sensor that is inserted under the skin. The data then travels to his smartphone through Apple’s HealthKit. From there, his health information is sent to his medical record with Epic’s MyChart. The patient’s doctor can subsequently send him a secure message through MyChart. His mother can access the data in real time as his designated caregiver, and she can send him texts whenever his blood sugar levels are out of normal range. Stanford Medicine reports that the data captured from the CGM makes it easy for endocrinologists to assess large volumes of blood-sugar data between clinic visits and identify trends that could benefit from changes in insulin dosing regimens.
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