Q: What is the purpose of the MobiGuide project?
A: MobiGuide is a European project which develops an innovative telemedicine system to support patients with chronic illnesses. Gestational Diabetes is one of the first chronic illnesses that MobiGuide is designed to support. Belwo we explain the MobiGuide system in relation to Gestational Diabetes. The MobiGuide telemedicine system enables home monitoring of patients with Gestational Diabetes, and also provides clinical indications and "guided/knowledge-based suggestions" to both patients and doctors. The knowledge in "knowledge-based" here refers to the latest scientific evidence about the best medical treatment for gestational diabetes; this knowledge is found in clinical guidelines. Guidelines are documents developed by panels of scientific experts; a guideline brings together all the best scientific evidence about the most effective treatments in different circumstances.
The concept of "guided suggestions" is very important and represents an innovative aspect of the system. MobiGuide is an intelligent system that continuously checks the medical guidelines and send recommendations based on the integration of the individual patient's clinical data with the medical evidence which is recorded in the guideline. The core of the MobiGuide system consists of "intelligent" software that can identify the recommendations from the medical guidelines which are adapted to the clinical condition of each patient and can present them to the endocrinologist, who can choose whether to accept or modify the proposed solutions. Moreover, MobiGuide is able to take into account the preferences of the patient on every occasion in which the choices are not strictly necessary or completely pre-determined by the clinical situation.