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Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, including 375,000 people in Minnesota. A quarter of those with the disease are unaware that they have it. Diabetes can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, or social status. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes often do not appear until it’s too late. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to deadly complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation. Over 150,000 Americans die each year from diabetes and its complications. For most people, many of these complications can be prevented or delayed with appropriate monitoring and treatment. However, studies in both fee-for-service and managed care settings indicate that care is sub-optimal.
Stratis Health has a history of partnering with a variety of Minnesota organizations to improve diabetes care and outcomes, promote best care practices related to diabetes, and eliminate health disparities in diabetes care.
Initiatives we are currently engaged in:
Initiatives we have been engaged in:
Reducing clinical disparities
Under a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract, Stratis Health led a quality improvement project focused on reducing the disparities in diabetes care for African Americans in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. Multiple interventions were developed and implemented.
The D5. This website that allows visitors to compare clinics in and around Minnesota using "The D5" to improve the care they provide, and better engage patients in high quality diabetes care. The D5 are a new set of communications tools to help clinicians, educators, health plans, and employers educate patients about diabetes treatment standards. D5 Goals:
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). An educational resource for health care professionals, with newsletters and other publications on topics related to eye diseases.
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Information and publications on clinical issues related to diabetes, endocrine disease, and glycemic control.
American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). An educational resource for consumers and health care professionals, with tips for living well with diabetes.
American Diabetes Association (ADA). Information for consumers, health care professionals, and scientists on diabetes related topics, including nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, prevention, community programs, events, news, and research summaries.
American Optometric Association (AOA). An educational resource for consumers, educators, health care professionals, with tips on identifying and addressing eye and vision problems.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Diabetes and Public Health Resource. Information for consumers and health care professionals on treatment and control of diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular diseases.
Diabetic Retinopathy Foundation. A collection of resources with information on symptoms, diagnosis, causes, treatment, research, and definition of retinopathy.
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. Clinical guidelines for diabetes diagnosis and management.
National Diabetes Education Initiative. Video vignettes, patient management tools, interactive case studies, and a variety of other resources on diabetes for consumers and health care professionals.
National Eye Institute (NEI). News, events, educational programs, research funding, and a variety of other diabetes resources for consumers and health care professionals.
National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC). A public resource that offers syntheses of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for selected topic areas, including diabetes management. Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Department of health and Human Services.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Conducts and supports basic and clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. Provides information on campaigns and programs, clinical trials, educational tools, an image library.
Sight and Hearing Association/Preventing Blindness. Promotes the prevention of needless vision loss and hearing through effective screening, education, and research, with information on vision and hearing topics, as well as products and services.
Contact Stratis Health for assistance with your quality improvement and patient safety needs.
If your organization has projects it would like to work on, contact us to discuss how we can work together to support diabetes initiatives.
Mary Beth Dahl, program manager
tel: 952-854-3306 | toll-free: 1-877-STRATIS