Improving the Health and Care of Low-Income Diabetics at Reduced Costs

Program Location: 
Honolulu, HI
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In June 2012, FirstVitals Health and Wellness Inc., in partnership with AlohaCare, was awarded a three-year $4M CMS Innovation Grant to to implement and test a care coordination and health information technology plan that will better regulate glucose levels for Medicaid-eligible patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who have the complication of peripheral neuropathy. FirstVitals will create a secured database that will receive data feeds from wireless glucose meters and tablets. The information will be available real time to integrated care coordinators, patients, physicians and other approved caregivers, informing decisions about care and enabling caregivers to track and monitor glucose levels, improve medication adherence, and increase patient safety and the effectiveness of treatment. The project is projected to reduce complications, slow disease progression, and reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Over a three-year period, FirstVitals’ program will train an estimated 11 workers and will create an estimated six jobs. The new workforce will include integrated care coordinators, a clinical diabetes educator, and a medical director.

Last updated April 2014
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