Monthly Archives: August 2015

Glucose Meters: What’s on the Horizon?

If you’ve got diabetes, regular blood glucose (sugar) testing is a fact of life. And getting your all-important glucose level has become easier. Today’s glucose meters are more sensitive, and require less blood — which likely equates with less pain. That advance has been a big one for people with diabetes. But will the “ouch” ever go away?

Researchers are hard at work — developing special contact lenses, fluorescent “tattoos,” infrared devices, and smart sensors to decipher your glucose levels — with them being “ouchless” as their goal. In some cases, no blood testing is required — maybe one prick at the most. Continue reading

Telestroke Hits the Mainstream, but Can Other Specialties Follow Suit?

Telestroke — the delivery of expert neurology care via remote videoconferencing to patients who may have suffered a stroke — is the fastest growing trend in stroke care and is one of the most widely adopted and accepted uses of telemedicine.

Indeed, telestroke is viewed by many as a “backbone” for acceptance by providers, payers and patients, but it’s unclear if other specialties can replicate the successes of telestoke. And telestroke still faces similar hurdles to implementation and reimbursement as other telemedicine specialties. Continue reading