For the 17 million Americans living with diabetes, the condition is not only chronic, but fairly expensive. People with diabetes may need to visit their doctor much more often then those without the disease. Those frequent trips to the doctor add up; even with health insurance, co-payments can be as high as $40 a visit or more. One solution that is becoming more common in providing both financial and educational support is the practice of e-medicine.
With e-medicine, a patient checks their own blood with a home kit, then uses a diabetes management software program to share their results with their specialist via the Internet or telephone line. Aside from saving them the time spent sitting in a waiting room, e-medicine could also save the patient money. A recent study shows that patients who transmitted their blood glucose information to their doctors via their telephone line showed no difference in the state of their health than those who went for in-person visits. This saved about half of the cost of a clinic visit.