Key Takeaway: Diabetes care is a superb example of the confluence of the pandemic and heightened importance of technology in changing care delivery and maximizing outcomes despite macro challenges. One technology that has shown to be helpful during the pandemic is Real-Time CGM (rtCGM).
This review highlights:
1) evidence suggesting rtCGM helps individuals in the community manage their diabetes during lockdown;
2) how rtCGM is being used for telehealth to help clinics remotely manage their patients;
3) how rtCGM is being used in hospitals to monitor patient glucose levels and limit health care provider exposure to COVID-19.
The use of rtCGM may also have a protective effect on patients with diabetes to help mitigate the severity of COVID-19 by helping to optimize glycemic control. One critical and lasting consequence of the pandemic will be the accelerated adoption of digital technology in healthcare delivery.