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Data-Driven Diabetes Care Gets Smarter



Electronic health records, telemedicine, and basic information networks for sharing and collecting patient data may ultimately help reduce the high hospitalization rates— and costs—associated with diabetes.



1 comments on "Data-Driven Diabetes Care Gets Smarter"
Matt Adamson (12/16/2010 at 1:16 PM)

I concur with the information and opinions provided in this article and appreciate the statements around the importance of care coordination. With the advent of healthcare technology and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), the days of paper files, illegible handwriting, missing lab work and unfilled prescriptions are truly coming to a close. Technology has the ability to enable a true collaboration and sharing of information among healthcare's many stakeholders, including the patient, which is key to tackling diabetes. To be able to electronically connect with the health plan and other resources would allow providers a multi-directional data exchange so he or she can communicate with pharmacists, labs, nutritionists, specialists and other entities in the healthcare spectrum, creating a virtual medical home environment. We, at MEDecision, believe that the improvements in analytics technology is the clincher to the success of the virtual medical home approach and to optimizing health outcomes. It will enable the care coordinator to [INVALID] and use a digital 360-degree view of the patient and to analyze factors such as gaps in care, diet, exercise and medication adherence. This more inclusive view of a patient's healthcare needs will enable optimal interventions and more focused plans of care, regardless of whether the patient is receiving care inside or outside of the provider's office. Matt Adamson,vice president of medical home initiatives for MEDecision, a leading provider of collaborative healthcare management solutions