Automated SMS-Based Appointment Validation Tool
Medic Mobile conceptualized and proposed the creation of an SMS-based appointment validation tool to automate appointment confirmation and rescheduling. Working in parallel with the San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) electronic medical records (EMR) system, the software tool will automate reminders that request text responses from patients to either confirm or request to reschedule their upcoming appointments. While simple in concept, this tool aims to free up scarce clinical resources which are currently allocated to daily patient phone call reminders. With funding from a Bay Area foundation, the investigators will develop and pilot this open-source software tool in a 12-month randomized-controlled trial, slated to begin in October 2012. The endpoints of the study will aim to demonstrate improvements in both appointment adherence and glycemic control.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Other: SMS Reminder Software Tool
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||An Automated SMS-Based Reminder and Rescheduling Tool to Improve Appointment Adherence Rates and Glycemic Control Among Diabetes Patients in San Mateo County|
- Glycemic Control (hemoglobin A1c) [ Time Frame: 6-9 months post-enrollment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels of study participants will be measured at the time of enrollment and at the end of the 6-9 month follow-up period.
- Appointment Adherence Rate [ Time Frame: 6-9 month post-enrollment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Appointments scheduled during the 6-9 month follow-up period will be systematically tracked and monitored. The proportion of fulfilled appointments will be compared between the intervention and control arms.
|Study Start Date:||October 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: SMS Appointment Reminders
150 patients will be randomly assigned to the intervention arm of the study and receive text reminders about their upcoming appointments.
Other: SMS Reminder Software Tool
The 150 patients in the intervention arm of the study will receive SMS reminders regarding their upcoming appointments. Working in parallel with the SMMC electronic medical records system, the software tool will automate reminders that request text responses from patients to either confirm or request to reschedule their upcoming appointments. This bidirectional text messaging system would not interfere with the clinics' existing reminder protocol.
No Intervention: Existing Reminder Protocol
150 patients will be randomly assigned to the control arm of the study and will not receive SMS reminders about their upcoming appointments. They will, however, be subject to the clinics' existing reminder protocol (phone call reminders by either clinic personnel or computer machine).
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|United States, California|
|San Mateo Medical Center||Not yet recruiting|
|San Mateo, California, United States, 94403|
|Contact: Mike Aratow, Dr. MAratow@smcgov.org|
|Contact: Jeanette Aviles, Dr. email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator:||Nadim Mahmud||Medic Mobile|