Study Title

Effectiveness of an educational system and remote patient information gathering based on mobile devices on metabolic control of patients with type 2 diabetes. A controlled study in residents of Complexo do Alemão, Rio de Janeiro.

Study Objective

Stimulate diabetic patients to improve their lifestyle and participate actively in their treatment through a continuous education program and remote patient information gathering through mobile devices.

Effectiveness of system will be evaluated with individuals with type 2 diabetes controlling:

  • Metabolic control (HbA1C levels);
  • Body weight;
  • Blood pressure;
  • Lipid profile;
  • Physical activities level;
  • Personal satisfaction.

Scientific Coordinators

Top research team from State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) with large experience implementing clinical studies in underserved communities in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Dra. Luciana Ribeiro Bahia, M.D.;
  • Dr. Denizar Vianna Araújo, Ph.D.;
  • Nurse Michelle Quarti Machado da Rosa;
  • Psychologist Graça Maria de Carvalho Câmara.

Study Location

Study will be performed in Complexo do Alemão, one of the largest underserved communities in Rio de Janeiro with more than 70 thousand residents.

  • Public health care clinic Zilda Arns.

Study Population

  • 400 patients involved divided in intervention and control groups;
  • 20+ health care workers from public health care clinics participating.


  • A platform developed by MTM Tecnologia includes a website and mobile app that provides a constant connection between the health care workers and the patient.
  • Four hundred patients with type 2 diabetes from an underserved clinic will participate. Half will be in a control group. The other half will be in the technology intervention group and receive a 3G- or 4G-enabled smartphone or tablet pre-loaded with a specialized mobile app; a scale to measure body weight; a pedometer to measure physical activity; a heart rate monitor to measure blood pressure; and a data plan provided by TIM.
  • The technology intervention group will use the devices and mobile app to submit their health information to their health care providers, track their progress and access educational material.
  • Providers and clinical researchers will log-in to the mobile health platform via the clinics' computer to access patient information, monitor and track patients’ progress, send reminders, and push educational material to them.

Projected Impact

  • Reduced Costs

    The study aims to demonstrate that mobile health solutions can deliver similar or better outcomes to more patients for the same or less money than existing options.

  • Improved Health Decision-Making

    The use of 3G and 4G mobile technologies to support patient treatment, adherence and self-monitoring is expected to increase the quality, accuracy, speed and availability of data for health decision-making primarily by health care providers.

  • Increased Capacity of Patients

    It is expected that patients will increase their capacity to self-treat and manage their chronic diseases and conditions as a result of the education, prevention, and behavior management strategies acquired via the platform.

  • Improved Quality of Life

    Project SIM: Smart Mobile Health aims to demonstrate how mobile technology can increase the overall quality of life for patients with chronic diseases.

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