Columbus, OH – 12/17/20
Diabetes in the United States is no small problem. Over 10 percent of the entire population has diagnosable diabetes, accounting for 34.2 million people. Another 88 million Americans have qualifying prediabetes. In addition to the substantial toll this takes on individual lives, the impact on our workforce and economy is staggering. In 2018, the total cost of diagnosed diabetes to the U.S. healthcare system totaled $327 billion. Cumulatively, 1 in 4 dollars spent in the United States on healthcare is tied somehow to care for diabetic patients. Equally alarmingly, 1 in 7 dollars goes directly towards the treatment of diabetes and its complications. And these figures are on the rise.
As a disease spectrum, diabetes is multi-factorial in causation and course. Lifestyle influences including nutrition, fitness, and stress reduction can be critical to managing diabetes, in addition to consistent medical management. For the newly diagnosed patient, or even for someone who has been living with diabetes for years, the complexity can be overwhelming.
Support appropriately involves the expertise of many medical and healthcare professionals, including dieticians, health coaches, primary care doctors, endocrinologists, and pharmacists. However, these providers are seldom if ever empowered to communicate with each other in a centralized, coordinated fashion about mutual patients’ interests. Health records, while electronically kept, are not easily accessed or shared. Physicians are busy, with appointment schedules that are not conducive to lengthy, personalized consultation. All the best intentions cannot break through such a disjointed system.
Digital platforms have the capacity to facilitate more intentional collaboration among care teams, making chronic care management simpler and more effective. Putting the patient at the center, with input and connectivity from and among qualified professionals, and a wealth of curated resources to support adherence to medication and treatment requirements, better awareness of important wellness factors, and a mutually supportive framework.
This is the virtual infrastructure created by Health in Motion Network, complemented by essential in-person interactions. With the persistent stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, wellness and preventative care appointments are trending down. Medical professionals are increasingly concerned that patients are going without needed care because of fear and other pressures. Health in Motion Network and its partners are committed to helping patients get the care they need, delivering access, transparency, and answered questions.
Is your preferred community pharmacist a member of the Health in Motion Network program? Currently, new partners are actively being identified and welcome to join. For more information, please contact us today.