An individualised, electronic health tracking system can improve the care of diabetes patients, according to research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The Canadian researchers studied 511 diabetes patients and 46 family doctors and nurse-practitioners in Canada.

Half of those taking part in the study were provided with web-based tools integrated with electronic health records and an automated telephone reminder system.

Of these, 62% of diabetes patients showed improvement compared with 42.6% of those in the other group receiving usual care, HealthDay reports.

The care of complex chronic disease could be improved with electronic tracking and decision support tools shared by physicians and patients, researchers said.