Health Care IT


Uncontrolled diabetes creates an increasing burden on individuals, their families, and the society in the UnitedStates. The expected total annual costs of diabetes, including both direct costs and the lost productivity, are expectedto be 20% of the Gross Domestic Products by 2016. In this paper, a community-based infrastructure is proposed toprovide consumers, both diabetics and pre-diabetics, with a Smart Consumer-empowered Diabetes EducationSystem (SCEDES) that will not only build consumer self-efficacy but also promote their self-management, selflearning,and support from peers and health care professionals. The system architecture and key implementationfeatures are addressed. Challenging issues and research directions are also discussed for further investigation.