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Randomized Trial of Telemedicine for Diabetes Care (IDEATel)

This study has been completed.
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First Posted: January 4, 2006
Last Update Posted: November 22, 2012
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State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Steven J. Shea, Columbia University
The IDEATel study is a multicenter randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy, acceptability, and cost-effectiveness of telemedicine case management to provide diabetes care to elderly Medicare beneficiaries residing in medically underserved areas of New York State.

Condition Intervention
Diabetes Mellitus Device: Telemedicine Unit (HTU) Other: usual care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Informatics for Diabetes Education and Telemedicine (IDEATel)

Further study details as provided by Steven J. Shea, Columbia University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hemoglobin A1c Levels [ Time Frame: 5 years ]
  • Blood Pressure Levels [ Time Frame: 5 years ]
  • Serum Lipids Levels; Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL)-Cholesterol [ Time Frame: 5 years ]

Enrollment: 1665
Study Start Date: December 2000
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Primary Completion Date: May 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Telemedicine case management
Telemedicine visits conducted by a registered nurse (RN) with remote monitoring of blood pressure (BP) and blood glucose through the use of a telemedicine home unit (HTU).
Device: Telemedicine Unit (HTU)
This study involves the deployment of a home telemedicine unit (HTU). The HTU provides 3 critical functions for patients: videoconferencing, access to information resources and e-mail through a web-enabled workstation, and medical data acquisition through an electronic device interface. The HTUs also included a glucometer and a blood pressure cuff interfaced directly with the HTU.
Other Name: HTU
Active Comparator: Usual care
usual care by primary care provider
Other: usual care
usual diabetes care, as provided by primary care providers

Detailed Description:
The project is designed as a randomized controlled trial with approximately 750 subjects receiving a telemedicine intervention and approximately 750 receiving usual care. Eligibility requires having diabetes, being a Medicare beneficiary, and living in a medically underserved area. The project is conducted in New York City, in northern Manhattan (urban component), and in rural upstate New York through a consortion of participating institutions based at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University at Syracuse (rural component). Subjects are randomized to receive telemedicine case management or usual care for diabetes. The intervention utilizes a home telemedicine unit (HTU). The HTU is a specially designed, web-enabled device with a data port connected to a home glucometer and home blood pressure cuff whereby measurements obtained with these devices can be directly uploaded to a computer database. A diabetes nurse case manager interacts regularly with intervention participants through videoconference via the HTU.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 55 years or greater
  • Being a current Medicare beneficiary (verified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
  • Having diabetes mellitus as defined by a physician's diagnosis and being on treatment with diet, an oral hypoglycemic agent, or insulin
  • Residence in a federally designated medically underserved area (either of two federal designations, Medically Underserved Area [MUA] or Health Manpower Shortage Area [HPSA]) in New York Sate
  • Fluency in either English or Spanish

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Moderate or severe cognitive, visual, or physical impairment
  • The presence of severe co-morbid disease.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00271739

United States, New York
Columbia University
New York, New York, United States, 10032
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York, United States, 13210
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
Principal Investigator: Steven Shea, MD Columbia University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Palta P, Golden SH, Teresi J, Palmas W, Weinstock RS, Shea S, Manly JJ, Luchsinger JA. Mild cognitive dysfunction does not affect diabetes mellitus control in minority elderly adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Dec;62(12):2363-8. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13129. Epub 2014 Nov 29.
Shea S, Kothari D, Teresi JA, Kong J, Eimicke JP, Lantigua RA, Palmas W, Weinstock RS. Social impact analysis of the effects of a telemedicine intervention to improve diabetes outcomes in an ethnically diverse, medically underserved population: findings from the IDEATel Study. Am J Public Health. 2013 Oct;103(10):1888-94. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300909. Epub 2013 Mar 14.
Trief PM, Izquierdo R, Eimicke JP, Teresi JA, Goland R, Palmas W, Shea S, Weinstock RS. Adherence to diabetes self care for white, African-American and Hispanic American telemedicine participants: 5 year results from the IDEATel project. Ethn Health. 2013;18(1):83-96. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2012.700915. Epub 2012 Jul 5.
Remler DK, Teresi JA, Weinstock RS, Ramirez M, Eimicke JP, Silver S, Shea S. Health care utilization and self-care behaviors of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes: comparison of national and ethnically diverse underserved populations. Popul Health Manag. 2011 Feb;14(1):11-20. doi: 10.1089/pop.2010.0003. Epub 2011 Jan 17.
Weinstock RS, Brooks G, Palmas W, Morin PC, Teresi JA, Eimicke JP, Silver S, Izquierdo R, Goland R, Shea S. Lessened decline in physical activity and impairment of older adults with diabetes with telemedicine and pedometer use: results from the IDEATel study. Age Ageing. 2011 Jan;40(1):98-105. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afq147. Epub 2010 Nov 16.
Homenko DR, Morin PC, Eimicke JP, Teresi JA, Weinstock RS. Food insecurity and food choices in rural older adults with diabetes receiving nutrition education via telemedicine. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2010 Nov-Dec;42(6):404-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2009.08.001.
West SP, Lagua C, Trief PM, Izquierdo R, Weinstock RS. Goal setting using telemedicine in rural underserved older adults with diabetes: experiences from the informatics for diabetes education and telemedicine project. Telemed J E Health. 2010 May;16(4):405-16. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2009.0136.
Robinson KS, Morin PC, Shupe JA, Izquierdo R, Ploutz-Snyder R, Meyer S, Teresi JA, Starren J, Shea S, Weinstock RS. Use of three computer training methods in elderly underserved rural patients enrolled in a diabetes telemedicine program. Comput Inform Nurs. 2010 May-Jun;28(3):172-7. doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3181d785d5.
Palmas W, Shea S, Starren J, Teresi JA, Ganz ML, Burton TM, Pashos CL, Blustein J, Field L, Morin PC, Izquierdo RE, Silver S, Eimicke JP, Lantigua RA, Weinstock RS; IDEATel Consortium. Medicare payments, healthcare service use, and telemedicine implementation costs in a randomized trial comparing telemedicine case management with usual care in medically underserved participants with diabetes mellitus (IDEATel). J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2010 Mar-Apr;17(2):196-202. doi: 10.1136/jamia.2009.002592.
Morin PC, Wolff LT, Eimicke JP, Teresi JA, Shea S, Weinstock RS. Record media used by primary care providers in medically underserved regions of upstate New York was not pivotal to clinical result in the Informatics for Diabetes Education and Telemedicine (IDEATel) project. Inform Prim Care. 2009;17(2):103-12.
Sandberg J, Trief PM, Izquierdo R, Goland R, Morin PC, Palmas W, Larson CD, Strait JG, Shea S, Weinstock RS. A qualitative study of the experiences and satisfaction of direct telemedicine providers in diabetes case management. Telemed J E Health. 2009 Oct;15(8):742-50. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2009.0027.
Shea S, Weinstock RS, Teresi JA, Palmas W, Starren J, Cimino JJ, Lai AM, Field L, Morin PC, Goland R, Izquierdo RE, Ebner S, Silver S, Petkova E, Kong J, Eimicke JP; IDEATel Consortium. A randomized trial comparing telemedicine case management with usual care in older, ethnically diverse, medically underserved patients with diabetes mellitus: 5 year results of the IDEATel study. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 Jul-Aug;16(4):446-56. doi: 10.1197/jamia.M3157. Epub 2009 Apr 23.
Shea S; IDEATel Consortium. The Informatics for Diabetes and Education Telemedicine (IDEATel) project. Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 2007;118:289-304.
Trief PM, Teresi JA, Izquierdo R, Morin PC, Goland R, Field L, Eimicke JP, Brittain R, Starren J, Shea S, Weinstock RS. Psychosocial outcomes of telemedicine case management for elderly patients with diabetes: the randomized IDEATel trial. Diabetes Care. 2007 May;30(5):1266-8. Epub 2007 Feb 26.

Responsible Party: Steven J. Shea, Hamilton Southworth Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology (in Biomedical Informatics); Senior Vice Dean , College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00271739     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAA5372
CMS 95-C-90998 ( Other Identifier: protocol )
First Submitted: December 30, 2005
First Posted: January 4, 2006
Results First Submitted: February 28, 2011
Results First Posted: August 10, 2011
Last Update Posted: November 22, 2012
Last Verified: November 2012

Keywords provided by Steven J. Shea, Columbia University:
Diabetes Mellitus

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases

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