Today is American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day. Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day “wake-up call” that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk.
Diabetes is one of the primary drivers of health care spending in Vermont. Providers who are part of OneCare are able to leverage OneCare’s data analytics to identify issues within a population and to rapidly develop targeted strategies to address identified issues.
Eilidh J. Pederson, MPH, COO of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, described how OneCare’s data was able to assist their organization in better shaping their care approach in managing diabetic Vermonters who had poorly controlled A1C levels (a blood sugar measure).
Pederson said, “By partnering with OneCare, we were able to use data that helped us shape how we deliver care. Our diabetic community had A1C levels [a type of blood sugar measure] that were not well controlled. The data showed to us that we needed to do something different. Together, our team decided the best approach would be to embed a nurse practitioner who was focused on diabetes and lifestyle medicine, within Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, to serve as a resource for our primary care practices. As a result, we have seen A1C levels go down dramatically. It’s important that we continue with this work.”
Data analytics is just one of the unique offerings for health care providers and organizations who choose to be part of OneCare. OneCare measures health care cost, quality, and utilization to help providers who participate in OneCare identify which Vermonters may need outreach and which areas of care delivery to improve. These providers can see this data provided by OneCare and use it to implement strategies to improve the health of the Vermonters in their care. To learn more about our core business areas, visit our About Page.