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Study offers look at benefits of sweat monitoring technology for diabetes patients

May 07, 2013
Healthcare IT By LW Consulting Inc.

A new means of increasing the amount of biofeedback available through medical technology has been in use: sweat detection. While it may not seem as universally applicable as retinal scans or heart monitoring, it offers another method of obtaining important biological data that could eventually become available to other practices. A press release from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists detailed a study conducted by a doctor at Eastern Virginia Medical School who saw this technology specifically applied to diabetes patients who have seen related damage done to their nerves.

Although the release did not mention the device used by name or describe it in detail, it did mention that it is sophisticated enough to diagnose different types of damage through what is called diabetic neuropathy, and that it can perform a successful detection run within five minutes or less. This is reportedly vastly more efficient than other means of diagnosis used thus far and that could mean this fills a need within the industry.

Interestingly, this kind of system is not only being considered within medicine. As video gaming companies look to develop new means of registering input, they have also considered the use of sweat-measuring as a means of dictating responses.

The approach mentioned in the study apparently takes sweat mainly from the glands in patients' appendages and has gained FDA approval.

Though such advances always come with limits and precautions, employing a hospital consultant can help a practice learn the most productive ways to consider these kinds of developments, especially if the innovations emerge to solve longstanding industry problems.