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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

overall condition and health costs of the subject group.

David Goodman, MD, MSE, FirstVitals co-founder and Program Medical Director said, “We are honored that CMS selected the FirstVitals program to receive one of its Innovation Challenge grants. We believe that our affiliation with AlohaCare offers an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the power of innovative technology coupled with compassionate care to improve clinical outcomes while lowering costs in this very challenging population."

“This grant will directly enhance the quality of health care for these patients, as well as provide key research for the nation’s health care system about how to use technology and focused care management in a way that works,” said John McComas, Chief Executive Officer of AlohaCare. “It combines high-tech and high-touch, technology and personal service, to provide better care, better health and lower costs.”

FirstVitals, founded in 2010 to deliver scalable health, wellness and disease management programs based on proprietary technology-enabled services, is planning to deploy its unique diabetes intervention which, in addition to improving glycemic control, will incorporate technologies that can enable early identification of patients at risk of diabetes-related complications early enough to prevent, such as foot ulcers.

FirstVitals is planning to incorporate a foot care module into its intervention, because diabetic foot ulcers are one of the most feared and expensive diabetic complications. Diabetic foot ulcers are the leading cause of lower extremity amputations in the United States and diabetic foot problems are responsible for 20% of all costs of care related to diabetes.

AlohaCare is a non-profit community health plan serving about 80,000 members in the State of Hawaii’s MedQUEST Medicaid program. AlohaCare was in 1994 formed by the leaders of Hawaii’s community health centers and that partnership will be a critical feature in the succe
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