The American Diabetes Association is partnering with the government to push for increased use of health information technology to improve disease management. Beginning this fall, areas within Detroit and New Orleans—designated as Beacon Communities by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT—will use mobile health technology to improve health outreach and access to care for people with type 2 diabetes.
ONC, CDC, diabetes association partner for mobile health outreach program
"Across the country, Beacon Communities are using technology to improve healthcare delivery in their local communities," said Aaron McKethan, director of the Beacon Community program, in a news release. "The mobile health campaigns planned for Detroit and New Orleans are geared toward helping more patients understand their risk factors for the disease and connect them to their doctors, clinics and other community resources to better manage their health."
The initiative is part of a collaborative effort involving the American Diabetes Association, the ONC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is being modeled after a prenatal health awareness campaign called Text4Baby, a popular program that sent healthcare tips to expectant women via text message.
This latest campaign has particular relevance in Detroit and New Orleans, according to local experts and officials. There are roughly 90,000 people living with diabetes in the New Orleans metropolitan area, Dr. Vivian Fonseca, professor of medicine at Tulane University, said in the release. And about 21% of residents in Michigan's Wayne County, which includes Detroit, have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
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