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Telehealth for school-based services
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Diabetes care appointments

Diabetes care requires frequent communication between doctor and patient. Patients need to share important information like glucose levels, diet, and physical activity. Telehealth tools reduce travel and make it faster and easier for the patient and doctor to manage the patient’s health together.

  • Over 10% of the people in the U.S. have diabetes.
  • Type 1 diabetes affects about 187,000 student aged patients.

Patients with diabetes school-based telehealth benefits

  • Almost all students with diabetes need help managing their diabetes at times. School-based telehealth can help with on-going diabetes education.
    • Patients learn about insulin, the food they can and cannot eat, and getting exercise.
    • Patients learn what healthy glucose levels are and how to keep theirs in the correct range.
    • Patients learn how to check their blood and track their glucose levels.
    • Patients learn the signs of high or low blood glucose and know what to do.
  • Proactive diabetes monitoring is when the patient and doctor talk about the patient’s progress. School-based telehealth for patients with diabetes allows patients and doctors to monitor a patient’s progress.
    • The patient tracks blood glucose, weight, diet, and exercise to share with the doctor.
    • Technology now allows for sharing of glucose monitoring electronically through the patient’s glucometer.
    • The doctor can suggest more activity, better foods, or changes to medicine.
    • Most patients stay healthier with regular diabetes monitoring and communication with their health care provider.
  • People with diabetes typically need to see their doctor regularly. School-based telehealth makes it easier and more convenient for patients to get the care they need, when they need it.
  • Patients with monitored and controlled diabetes often save money by staying healthy and can prevent costly side effects.
Last updated: August 27, 2021

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