Essentia Health and HealthPartners team up to prevent diabetes

HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research is beginning a five-year study to see if a proven tool to identify risks in diabetes patients will work with prediabetes patients. During a medical appointment, if a prediabetes patient has other risk factors such as smoking or hypertension, a series of pop-up windows will come up to assist the doctor and patient in care decisions. The tool is called web-based clinical decision support (CDS) and is located in the patient’s electronic health record.

“This study aims to impact our patients’ lives by reducing their cardiovascular risk and improving their quality of life,” said Daniel M. Saman, DrPH, MPH, CPH, Associate Research Scientist, Essentia Institute of Rural Health.

People with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without intervention, prediabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes within five years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Clinical decision support in electronic medical records has improved care for diabetes and appropriate high-tech imaging and we hope to see if it can improve care for people at risk of developing diabetes,” said Jay R Desai, PhD principal investigator.

Nearly one in three adults in the U.S. has prediabetes according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke but can be managed with medication, changes in diet and exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

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