Diabetes Case Management System

In Canada, for example, approximately 10% of people with type 2 diabetes are seen by a Diabetes Specialists; in most cases at a progressed stage of the disease. VDC enables healthcare providers to be the primary point of care, thereby assisting the Specialist to oversee more patients. Through VDC the healthcare provider generates a detailed patient information report that can be formatted as required by the Specialist. This comprehensive report ensures a quicker consultation time for the specialist resulting in a shorter wait time for patients who may previously not had access to proper care.

Access to family physicians can also be limited due to remote geographical locations. The Virtual Diabetes Center's Diabetes Case Management ("DCM") has demonstrated its effectiveness in such cases. Today in British Columbia thousands of patients in remote areas are treated by family physicians and diabetes specialists through the Virtual Diabetes Center.

Virtual Diabetes Center's Diabetes Case Management is a Diabetes Electronic Management System ("DEMS") based on diabetes care practical guidelines. Patient registration includes: patient demographics, diabetes history, medical history, family medical history, and cumulative profile. Detailed user friendly forms are used to capture detailed, patient-specific clinical information in a format easily reviewed by clinicians to facilitate documentation-based clinical decision support. This information includes: medication, monitoring and hypoglycemia, diet and exercise, cardiac and other complication, life style, physical exam, lab results, and vision.

DCM gathers complete flow sheet data and historical medical data and facilitates sharing of recommendations between care team members. Members can use the program to produce comprehensive recommendation letters, letters to patients, and file existing forms which can easily be viewed by the entire team. This sharing of information will improve efficiency, prevent duplication of work, and provide a more comprehensive view of the patient’s condition. It also provides secured access to patient's self-management data, lab results, and scheduling. The reports section of DCM includes a series of standardized reports and customizable queries for outcome analysis. From the database, the healthcare team can obtain statistics regarding patients in their clinic, medications, and laboratory results very quickly and easily. These statistics, and reports can be exported to pdf and excel for integration into medical papers or for other uses. The program can also be used to develop a recall list. Patients who have high indicators can receive automated notifications to see their health care team.

DCM facilitates the coordination among the integrated medical care team and patient self-management to provide better patient care, and improve workflow and productivity of the health care system. DCM can also be used as a diabetes registry and could be customized for pharmaceutical and medical research. DCM was developed by diabetes specialist and patients with input from family physicians, diabetes nurses, nutritionists, and other specialists to overcome gaps in chronic disease care, while reducing the costs to the health care system and improving the results and care for patients.

Benefits of using VDC