Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute will develop a smartphone app to aid patients with diabetes and foot ulcers to manage their disease.

The four-year project is funded with a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Diabetes and wound care specialists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will work with the institute to develop and test the app, which will integrate wirelessly with a personal glucose meter and scale. The app will track and archive blood sugar levels and weight, and use the smartphone’s camera to capture and analyze images of foot ulcers.

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