Diabetes and COVID-19

Telemedicine and Coronavirus Pandemic

  • 1.  Telemedicine and Coronavirus Pandemic

    Posted 04-04-2020 02:37

    Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute (EMRI) of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) was assigned as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research & Education on Management of Diabetes since 2007. The EMRI sponsors numerous national and international events in order to update Iranian clinicians and scientists on the recent advances in the field of endocrinology and metabolic diseases. The specialized education is presented in a different form of e-learning and in-person education.

    EMRI along with the other responsible medical institutes, are tracking the situation of diabetes and osteoporosis management in Coronavirus pandemic. These productions include the educational protocol, booklet, clips, videos and module in the Persian language which is available for Iranian clinicians and other health care providers of Persian language countries in our neighborhoods.  For example, these clips contain general preventive tips for diabetic patients in Persian and instruction about how to maintain a good glycaemic control in case of COVID-19 infection.

    In the early days of Corona outbreak, the EMRI in the first step dispenses the booklet of "diabetes management during the sick days" that was provided previously to reduce the tension of patients suffering from diabetes and his/her family who refer to subspecialty diabetes clinics affiliated to the EMRI and also on the website. Also, the educational video in Persian language about "diabetes management in Coronavirus" was produced at the same time and distribute to the EMRI website.  

    We were fundamentally doing infrastructure, Iran Diabetes Academy (IDA), as a virtual platform to increase knowledge of diabetes and its complications among healthcare providers and patients with diabetes through e-learning. Currently, one instruction for patients and family titled "COVID-19 outbreak: guidance for people with diabetes" and the other for health care providers entitled "Specialty guides for patient management during the coronavirus pandemic" which is provided by international diabetes Federation (IDF) is translated to disseminate on the Iran Diabetes Academy website. It is necessary to mention that, there are many CME modules about diabetes management is available on the IDA website (http://ida.tums.ac.ir/) in Persian language that health care providers who visit the patients with diabetes can access to the modules online and remotely to promote awareness about diabetes management during this outbreak.

    Bagher Larijani MD,FACE
    Professor of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine
    Director and Chief Scientific Officer Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
    Tel: +98(21) 88631296-7
    Fax: +98 (21) 88631296