A few early studies show that compliance is improved when text messages are used to remind patients to take their medications or monitor their health status.

There has been growing popularity with using text messaging in order to increase medication compliance, but whats notable about this study is it’s focusing on the underserved population – the population set to benefit the most from this service.

“I call it medical minutes,” says Dr. Richard Katz of George Washington University Hospital in the nation’s capital.

He’s testing whether inner-city diabetics, an especially hard-to-treat population, might better control their blood sugar — and thus save Medicaid dollars — by tracking their disease using Internet-connected cell phones, provided with reduced monthly rates as long as they regularly comply.

Link[Associated Press]