Diabetes is an epidemic. Millions of Americans suffer from this disease.  The American Diabetes Association recently estimated the disease cost $245 billion in 2012.  While our healthcare system is adept at treating acute illness, patients and clinicians are often ill-equipped to manage chronic illnesses that require frequent communication between them. A study released by the Center for Disease Control notes that health IT is an essential component of chronic care models. Health IT can improve care coordination, advance self-management skills, and promote decision support. The UMass Memorial Health Care system serves about 33,000 patients with diabetes. To help improve patient outcomes, and integrate care across our health care system, we’ve been using MyCareTeam™ Diabetes Management for Allscripts Enterprise EHR™. We believe the system can help connect diabetic patients with their health care teams, can help engage patients in their own care, and […]

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Nearly Half of HIMSS Attendees May Have This Chronic Disease

For a gathering of healthcare professionals, HIMSS registers pretty low on the healthy scale. Consider how attendees rank on just one chronic disease: An estimated 43 percent, or 15,000, of the 35,000 attendees expected at HIMSS12 in Las Vegas this week either have diabetes or pre-diabetes.  Impossible, you say?   To be fair, 43 percent represents the proportion of Americans with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the CDC’s National Diabetes Fact Sheet.  Presumably, the physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who attend HIMSS are better educated about diabetes than the average American, and less likely to be diabetic. The point is, far too many people – whether at HIMSS or in living rooms across the US – fall prey to America’s most prevalent chronic disease. As a result, total direct and indirect costs of diabetes in the United States are $174 […]