Diabetic patients using Web and mobile computing tools lowered their blood glucose levels more during a one-year study than patients in a control group receiving usual care.

The test at the University of Maryland School of Medicine tested the effectiveness of combining regular patient checking and documentation of their glucose levels with coaching via computing devices. The test included use of the Diabetes Manager System from Baltimore-based WellDoc Inc., which received Food and Drug Administration approval in July 2010 and will be commercially available this fall.

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