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New Global to Local Diabetes Management Program Launched with AT&T Smartphones
The Remote Diabetes Management Program provides smartphones and support services to help low-income Puget Sound residents suffering from diabetes manage their health and wellness
SEATTLE – August 7, 2013 – Global to Local (G2L) announced today that it launched a new Remote Diabetes Management Program that uses mobile health technology to help low-income SeaTac/Tukwila residents manage their diabetes, health and wellness. Recruitment and enrollment is currently underway for the first phase of the program.
To kick off this initial phase, G2L is providing up to 100 AT&T smartphones at no cost to participants and program administrators. Phones will be pre-set with a diabetes management application, along with unlimited voice, text and data service. Program participants will upload regular glucose readings and receive customized feedback and educational materials designed to help them control blood sugar levels and maintain a healthy diet and regular physical fitness program. The program will be extended to additional individuals once the first phase is complete.
“SeaTac and Tukwila have high incidence of diabetes and many residents are undiagnosed or newly diagnosed,” said Adam Taylor, Program Director at G2L. “This new program will take many of the tools that G2L already has in place—including nutrition and exercise classes—and allow us to extend our reach into the community and help even more people living with diabetes better control it.”
The first step in the Remote Diabetes Management Program is registration which includes gathering baseline health data—blood pressure, BMI, glucose values and cholesterol levels—to inform the individual’s initial needs and monitor progress through the program. G2L will measure the success of the program by tracking positive improvements in a patient’s physical health (e.g. reduction in blood sugar levels, weight and cholesterol and increase in physical activity), as well as program engagement. G2L hopes to have 70 percent of participants submit weekly updates detailing health data and tracking physical activity.
Participants will also receive one-on-one support from a G2L case manager to ensure they stay on a healthy track. The case manager will monitor patient health information remotely and identify those who need additional support. Personalized messages can be sent via the smartphones, and the case manager will make phone calls and arrange in-person meetings to provide additional information and guidance.
The Remote Diabetes Management Program represents a joint effort between G2L, AT&T and HealthPoint Community Health Clinics, along with support from Swedish Health Services and Providence Health & Services. The majority of participants are being referred to G2L from HealthPoint Community Health Clinics. G2L partner Bartell Drugs will also play an integral role in the recruitment and enrollment process.
“The rate of diabetes may be increasing, but so is our understanding of the disease and the number of resources and technologies we have available to help,” said Dan Dixon, President of G2L. “Thanks to the support of our generous partners we can help the many people living with diabetes lead happy, healthier lives. That’s what G2L is all about.”
Nearly 80,000 people in King County are living with diabetes according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. SeaTac and Tukwila residents experience approximately 1.5 times the number of diabetes-related deaths compared to the King County average.
“AT&T is pleased to provide the mobile technology that will allow patients to manage their health anywhere and at anytime,” said Dr. Geeta Nayyar, chief medical information officer for AT&T. “By using technology in this way, we can deliver a better patient care experience and help build healthier communities.”
About Global to Local
Global to Local is a community-based health program established to provide innovative, holistic and community-driven solutions to providing healthcare and economic development strategies in diverse, low-income populations. Its pilot cities are Tukwila, Wash. and SeaTac, Wash where the program works to address fundamental challenges including communication and information barriers for immigrant and non-English speaking residents. Founding and additional partners include Swedish Health Services, Public Health - Seattle and King County, Washington Global Health Alliance and HealthPoint. Corporate sponsors include Bartell Drugs, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Novo Nordisk and Providence Regional Medical System.
Visit globaltolocal.org for more information.
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