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."

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