Managing Diabetes Care: Moving an Underlying Chronic Condition to the Forefront29 February 2012
This white paper states that the current healthcare delivery system is not effectively managing diabetes, a chronic disease that is often a hidden driver of healthcare costs and utilisation.
It explains practices, using electronic referrals and referral agreements between primary care and specialty physicians, have reduced patient waiting times for specialist appointments and the number of unnecessary in-person specialty visits.
The paper also explains that coordination with specialists is crucial for diabetes patients, who often experience difficulty controlling their blood sugar.
Managing Diabetes Care: Moving an Underlying Chronic Condition to the Forefront