Internet Self-Care for Diabetes
Researchers have come up with a website that helps diabetics identify their most urgent needs, whether physical or emotional, and share the data with their physicians.
The program was developed by the SE Minnesota Beacon program, a group of health organizations including the Mayo Clinic and eleven local public-health departments. It will be available to patients who live in the area.
Patients can access the website via either computer or smartphone to tell their health-care providers about what’s called Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs). Lacey Hart, director of the Beacon program, says the project is designed to cut costs while maintaining the best possible patient care.
According to the Mayo Clinic, diabetes affects 24 million Americans and is “one of the chief drivers of health care costs.”
In reporting their most urgent needs, patients are asked to choose one from a list of ten subject options, including a financial one, which asks patients if they are cutting their medical dosage in half to save money.
From the patient’s report, health-care providers can determine the best way to help the patient without necessarily ordering a visit to the doctor..