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FirstVitals Health and Wellness, Inc. awarded $4 Million CMS Innovation Grant for Unique Telehealth Diabetes Progam Focused on Glycemic Control and Prevention of Diabetic Foot Complications
Date:6/19/2012

(PRWEB) June 19, 2012

FirstVitals Health and Wellness, Inc., of California, in partnership with AlohaCare, Hawaii’s largest safety-net health plan, has been awarded a three year, $4 million CMS Innovation Challenge Grant to combine telemedicine, specialized care coordination and social media to help low-income diabetic people in Hawaii improve their health. The program, entitled “Improving the Health and Care of Low-Income Diabetics at Reduced Costs,” will be administered to 600 select AlohaCare QUEST members with type 1 and 2 diabetes across the islands.

The program is designed around the use of cellular-enabled blood glucose meters, internet-connected tablets and proprietary home-based imaging and sensing devices to track key clinical information and facilitate easy communication with the patient to enable early detection and prevention of complications.

FirstVitals and AlohaCare will use claims and other data to identify patients who might benefit most from this program, including those with risk factors for diabetic foot disease. Clinical data collected will be transmitted wirelessly to Care Coordinators hired specifically for the project. If thresholds are exceeded, the Care Coordinator will intervene in various ways, depending on the individual circumstances, from a text message alert to the patient or a parent, video chat using the tablet, up to a home visit; all in close partnership with the patient’s primary care provider. The project will also involve social media to educate and encourage family and friends to support the patient.

Over the three-year grant period, AlohaCare and FirstVitals will analyze data on glycemic control, emergency room visits, hospitalization, medication use and other indicators to measure both the health condition of the members and overall impact on medical care expenses. AlohaCare’s care management software enables AlohaCare to track both individual progress and the
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