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Development of a Community Based Web-Mobile Platform (CBWMP) for diabetes care in Sri Lanka

Authors:

Nishan Siriwardena ,

MD, MSc Medical Officer (Health Informatics), National Cancer Institute Mahargama, LK
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Sudarshana Wickramasinghe,

MBBS, MSc Medical Officer (Health Informatics), Teaching Hospital Peradeniya, LK
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Dussantha Perera,

BDS, MSc Medical Officer (Health Informatics), Prison Hospital Welikada, LK
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Rohana Marasinghe,

MBBS, MPhil, PhD Senior Lecturer, Department of Medical Education and Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, LK
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Lanka Katulanda,

MBBS, MD, DPhil Senior Lecturer, Diabetes Research Unit, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Roshan Hewapathirana

MBBS, MSc, MIEEE, SCMAD Research Fellow, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo,, NO
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Abstract

Diabetes is a chronic disease with no permanent cure. Sri Lanka is placed among the countries with the highest diabetes prevalence rates in the world (ie. 2.8 million Sri Lankans have diabetes or pre-diabetes, and most importantly, a significant proportions of the population is yet to be diagnosed). Patients with diabetes need lifelong care to prevent complications which further impose a significant burden on the country’s expenditure on healthcare. Moreover, patients need to maintain constant contact with the healthcare provider for the optimal management of diabetes. However, such arrangement is often costly and time consuming and therefore it ultimately aggravates the burden to patients, the healthcare system and the economy.

With the development of telecommunication technologies, Telemedicine (i.e. the use of Information Communication Technology to provide healthcare at a distance) has gained attention. Telemedicine can enhance communication between patient and healthcare provider without needing physical presence in one place. Telemedicine can link healthcare professionals from different corners of the globe to share knowledge and expertise. Moreover, evidence is surfacing to suggest that the telemedicine would be a viable alternative to conventional care.

This article showcases a Sri Lankan study which describes the development of a Telemedicine system for Sri Lanka - Community Based Web-Mobile Platform (CBWMP). The concept of the platform is to maintain an electronic Personal Health Record (e-PHR) in order to provide communication between different parties to optimise patient health information flow and also to coordinate the continuity of care at minimal cost. The CBWMP - integrated mobile phones and e-PHR - is capable of delivering diabetes education, co-ordinating effective management, and screening diabetes status. To avoid any cultural marginalisation, all the services can be accessed in the user’s preferred native language in Sri Lanka viz. Sinhala, Tamil, and English.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljbmi.v3i4.5504

How to Cite: Siriwardena, N. et al., (2013). Development of a Community Based Web-Mobile Platform (CBWMP) for diabetes care in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics. 3(4), pp.115–122. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljbmi.v3i4.5504
Published on 30 May 2013.
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