GPS Technology To Help Tribal Members Monitor Diabetes

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The NavajoNation will begin using electronic devices, industrial weather balloons andglobal positioning system technology to help monitor tribal members' glucoselevels, tribal members announced Monday, InformationWeek reports.

Members of the Navajo Nation, many of whom lack access to telephones, will begiven glucose monitors that transmit information to Space Data balloons flyingat about 65,000 feet, InformationWeek reports. The balloons, whichcan cover 7,205 square miles, are launched throughout the day and can relayinformation back in parachute packages that can be located by GPS. Health careproviders will be able to monitor patients' glucose levels and provide feedbackand emergency services.

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The Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project is collaborating on the projectwith the Space Data Corporation and USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program (Jones, InformationWeek,11/19).

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