Allscripts, MyCareTeam create integrated diabetes management system
LAS VEGAS — Allscripts and MyCareTeam have teamed up to launch an integrated diabetes management system, the companies announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference and exhibition.
The system combines Allscripts Enterprise Electronic Health Record and MyCareTeam’s MCT-Clinical for Diabetes software application, and enables patients and providers to collaborate to better manage diabetes between visits and in the officem the companies said. Specifically, patients use MyCareTeam’s application to regularly transmit their blood-glucose readings directly from their glucose meters, along with blood pressure, weight, vital signs, caloric intake and exercise to a database via the Internet. With the Allscripts integration, these data automatically connect to the Allscripts Enterprise EHR, and can create user-defined alerts that are routed to a diabetes educator, a care manager, a nurse, the patient’s primary care physician or, if serious enough, an endocrinologist.
UMass Memorial Health Care, the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was the first hospital to use the integrated system, and a second implementation now is under way at University of South Florida Diabetes Center in Tampa, Fla.
"Nationally, diabetes affects 25.8 million people, an astonishing number. Managing a population of this size at the national level requires a truly connected community of health — one that both engages patients in self-management and uses remote health monitoring by a care team," said Glen Tullman, Allscripts CEO and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation board member. "At Allscripts, we are committed to an open technology platform that encourages innovative solutions, like this app from MyCareTeam, and drives better outcomes at a reduced cost."
"Caring for patients with chronic diseases is an ever-increasing burden to our healthcare system and a tremendous source of costs," MyCareTeam CEO Jim Mingle said. "Integrating the MyCareTeam clinical app with Allscripts Electronic Health Record was easy to do given their open platform and is already enabling providers and patients to communicate more effectively between — and avoid unnecessary — office visits."
Former Warner-Lambert CEO receives APhA Foundation’s Jacob W. Miller Award
WASHINGTON — Joseph Williams, the former CEO of Warner-Lambert, was named the recipient of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s 2012 Jacob W. Miller Award, the APhA Foundation said.
The organization said it recognized Williams for his leadership and service to the APhA Foundation capital campaign and advisory committee. Williams also served as APhA honorary president from 2004 to 2005.
In 2009, as part of the APhA Foundation capital campaign, Williams pledged $1 million towards the renovation and enhancement of the APhA library, now named in his honor. These improvements within the library have enabled the APhA library to become the key resource for the profession in promoting pharmacy and innovative practices, such as medication therapy management services, the organization said. What’s more, Williams also instrumental to the donation of the Robert Thom Great Moments in Pharmacy Collection, now housed at the APhA Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C.
APhA Foundation said Williams has continued to maintain his support of the foundation and his leadership was imperative in helping the foundation enhance its mission of optimizing the role of the pharmacist in improving people’s health.
The Jacob W. Miller award was established in 2000 to honor the service of Jacob W. Miller, who served as the APhA Foundation’s president from 1991 to 2000. The award recognizes an individual who has advanced the mission of the APhA Foundation by demonstrating active involvement in the foundation’s programs, exemplary support in establishing and/or maintaining APhA Foundation initiatives or outstanding leadership in carrying out the mission of the APhA Foundation.
Joslin Diabetes Center, American Well to bring telehealth services to patients nationwide
BOSTON — Joslin Diabetes Center and American Well will collaborate on a telehealth initiative that seeks to improve and expand diabetes patients’ access to high-quality care.
The telehealth services will be powered by American Well’s Online Care technology and will "[apply] a transformative healthcare innovation in support of our mission of improving the lives of people struggling with this disease," Joslin Diabetes Center president and CEO John Brooks said.
"Joslin Diabetes Center is committed to fundamentally changing the landscape of diabetes care today," Brooks said. "Telehealth provides an opportunity to bring together our strengths in research, clinical care, education and awareness in order to create an entirely new class of clinical program — then project care directly to the patients who need it most, at the appropriate time."
"We look forward to joining with Joslin Diabetes Center to help combat a disease that burdens the lives of countless families and, increasingly, our society as a whole," American Well chairman and CEO Ido Schoenberg said. "Joslin is enlisting telehealth in one of its most powerful forms — as a conduit for delivering tailor-made clinical programs to patients who might not otherwise have access to them."