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CVS Health launches diabetes pilot project in Atlanta

CVS Health is embarking on a pilot project in collaboration with Rimidi, a digital health company, and select community organizations, to raise awareness of diabetes and to improve care of patients with this chronic disease, in the tri-state cities of Atlanta.

CVS Health and Rimidi will engage community-based organizations to ensure that at-risk residents can be identified for participation in the program. This grassroots approach will help ensure residents have access to care in their own communities with the help of best-in-class organizations that are providing health care and community services for those who need it most.

"Like many major U.S. cities, Atlanta has significant disparities in life-expectancy across the metropolitan area, from 71 years in medically underserved communities to 84 years in more affluent neighborhoods," Rimidi chair Lucienne Ide said in a statement. "Our collaboration with CVS Health will build on the foundation laid by community partners to address these needs and to bring healthcare services to people where they live and work."

Together with community organizations, Rimidi and CVS Health will enroll residents onto the Rimidi platform and engage them in the diabetes education and support services offered through the pilot. The combination of hyper-local healthcare services through a pilot CVS Pharmacy location and digital services through Rimidi aims to decrease barriers to care and improve the patient experience. CVS pharmacists and community certified diabetes educators will have the goal of supporting participants throughout the continuum of care, providing additional touchpoints designed to address their individual needs between primary care visits.

"CVS Health has a community-based focus, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it, including through face-to-face contact with CVS pharmacists right in their neighborhoods," CVS Health chief policy and external affairs officer Thomas Moriarty said in a statement. "The organizations that we collaborate with, such as Rimidi, are helping us deliver on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."
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