(HealthNewsDigest.com) – WASHINGTON—The COVID-19 pandemic has jumpstarted innovation in health care delivery and allowed for real-world testing of diabetes care models in unprecedented ways, according to a manuscript published in the Endocrine Society’s Jou
For diabetes, which affects half a billion people worldwide, innovation has long been overdue. Currently, less than 50 percent of people with diabetes meet glycemic targets, which minimize the risk of complications. The COVID-
“We need to change the way we provide care, considering that outcomes of people with diabetes have not improved over the last decade,” said task force chair Robert A. Gabbay, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of the American Diabetes Association in Arlington, Va., and formerly Chief Medical Officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass. “Given the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and diabetes, adoption of these innovations has accelerated in the hopes of creating a ‘new normal’ and improvements in the care we provide for people with diabetes.”
In 2018, the Endocrine Society
“The COVID-19 pandemic has provided us with an unexpected chance at truly changing the way endocrinology and diabetes care is delivered far into the future,” said task force member Shivani Agarwal, M.D., M.P.H, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. “This manuscript highlights recent strides and reminds us of remaining challenges we must address to sustain innovation.”
The task force discusses the
“Embracing new ways of delivering care is going to be important for taking care of large populations of people with complex conditions like diabetes,” said Michelle Griffith, M.D., of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. “When we use these innovative models appropriately, we can often give the right care for a given situation more efficiently.”
Other members of the task force include:
The manuscript received funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The manuscript, “Innovations in Diabetes Care for a Better ‘New Normal’ Beyond COVID-19,” was published online, ahead of print.
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