The purpose of this study was to obtain information on the perceptions of persons with diabetes regarding participation in a tele-health program. We conducted three focus groups among diabetics who had used a monitoring and messaging device (MMD), a commonly used tele-health care system. Analysis involved open and axial coding to identify major themes and relationships. Results suggest that these systems enhance communication, care-manager relationships, self-discipline, and clinical follow-up. The results suggest mechanisms by which tele-health systems influence the health care system and point to areas for further tele-health development.