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Gamification of Learning About Diabetes

Gamification of Learning About Diabetes

Learning about diabetes is a process. In school, we are given a lesson that results in a test versus with diabetes, we are given a test that teaches us a lesson. As diabetes educators, we use situational problem solving as one of the approaches to help patients figure out solutions to their challenges.

Pharmacotherapy Management of Type 2 Diabetes

Pharmacotherapy Management of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes self-management is a careful balance of taking medications, eating well-balanced meals, engaging in physical activity, stress monitoring, and symptom management, among other daily tasks. As certified diabetes educators (CDE), we are all involved in helping our patients balance everything best meet their disease management goals. Pharmacists are also an important part of diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S), doing so much more than just dispensing medications.

My Personal Diabetes Educator’s Story Using Digital to Provide Self-management Education and Care

My Personal Diabetes Educator’s Story Using Digital to Provide Self-management Education and Care

Technology was the tipping point in it all: insulin pumps, glucose meters and continuous glucose monitoring started it all for us. Pattern management is the way to take the numbers and create actions to correct the abnormal and proactively develop a plan to anticipate the future. By looking at these patterns, we determine changes to the treatment plan. Medication, food, physical activity, stress, and illness all contribute to changes in glucose management.

Integrated Diabetes Clinical Decision Support + Optimized Care Plan Platform

Integrated Diabetes Clinical Decision Support + Optimized Care Plan Platform

“Necessity is the mother of invention…” A few months ago I was chatting with the CEO one of our health system customers using the Healthy Interactions diabetes patient education program with their patients. “Paul, we are thrilled with the results of the diabetes program. Our patients with diabetes are more engaged with significantly better outcomes. We have improved at-risk contracts performance and improved quality measures. My challenge is, how do we get more patients enrolled into the programs? How do we fill the funnel to the top?”

Shared decision making (SDM) is the present and future of individualized patient care

Shared decision making (SDM) is the present and future of individualized patient care

Shared decision making (SDM) is all about learner-centered approaches; it allows for the patient to own his/her disease management in a way that produces desirable clinical care outcomes.

Healthy Interactions becomes a CDC recognized organization for Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP)

Healthy Interactions becomes a CDC recognized organization for Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP)

Healthy Interactions is now a recognized organization for the Centers of Disease Control’s (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Program. And two weeks ago, CMS proposed a prediabetes prevention program expansion and reimbursement that is expected to be approved by the end of 2016. Clearly, the war on diabetes is intensifying.

Key Value-Based Care Strategies: EMR-Integrated Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and Chronic Condition Patient Self-Management

Key Value-Based Care Strategies: EMR-Integrated Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and Chronic Condition Patient Self-Management

Over a long career of clinical practice, physician executive experience, and population health data analysis, I (and many others) have concluded that improved patient engagement and appropriate influence of physician decisions at the point of care have the largest impact on waste. That impact happens when patients are supported in making changes required to live a more healthy life, and when physicians and nurses as patients’ trusted advisors can guide patients with best evidence about the potential effectiveness and cost of a particular test and/or intervention. It is critical to embed support systems in both of these key areas, which are under-supported with accessible, relevant, and efficient tools.

What does St. Patrick’s Day have to do with diabetes care?

What does St. Patrick’s Day have to do with diabetes care?

When thinking about St. Patrick’s Day, the first thing that comes to mind is often food, beer, green, and parties. For those of us living in Chicago, the day is often centered on going downtown and seeing our Chicago River colored green for this special event.

Digital Coaching – Health Engagement Beyond the Map Tools

Digital Coaching – Health Engagement Beyond the Map Tools

Let me start by thanking Barbara for letting me share my voice (and, by proxy, the voice of our digital team) in this space. Rest assured, she will be back! So, who am I? Well, my name is Sid Misra and I am leading the digital development efforts at Healthy Interactions. I want to use my blog time to introduce you to the team behind digital at Healthy Interactions and talk a little about why we even exist. In fact, let me start with that.

What’s love got to do with it?

What’s love got to do with it?

What’s love got to do with it? It is all about love. Love is the engine that ignites and fuels it all. It all starts with respecting ourselves enough and caring enough to do the right thing. Being on a plane, we are instructed to put the oxygen mask on our face before we can assist the child passenger. The same applies in diabetes, as we need to attend to our internal needs first to be able help others.