ACE Medical Pilots YCE Condition Management App for Diabetes Patients
Chronic conditions are difficult to manage both for providers and patients. Learn how Ace Medical piloted a diabetes management app with YourCareEverywhere.
ACE Medical Group is a primary care and weight management clinic located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that serves a large percentage of elderly patients and those with chronic conditions like diabetes.
Chronic conditions are notoriously difficult to manage both for providers and patients industry-wide. The National Council on Aging reports that 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and that 95% of healthcare costs for older Americans can be attributed to chronic disease management.1 Diabetes continues to be a leading cause of death in the United States, and the American Diabetes Association reported that the total cost of diagnosed diabetes hit $245 billion in 2012.2
Ultimately, the challenge for healthcare providers like ACE Medical Group is to engage the patient in their day-to-day health management to improve care efficiency and contribute to better outcomes.
As the elderly population continues to grow, managing chronic conditions such as diabetes will be critical to improving patient outcomes and controlling healthcare costs. Healthcare providers must implement strategies and tools to help patients manage their own care. One method to accomplish this is leveraging mobile health technology.
An R&R Market Research report estimated the global mobile health market will reach $20.7 billion by 2019, indicating it is only becoming bigger and more prevalent.3 Mobile health uses devices such as smartphones and fitness trackers to take chronic condition monitoring out of the office and make it a part of the patients’ lives.
ACE Medical Group participated in a pilot program with YourCareEverywhere to pilot the effectiveness of mobile health technology in managing diabetes in their patient population. Three health coaches from ACE Medical Group and 13 patients or their caregivers participated in a program that enabled them to manage their diabetes together using the YCE Condition Management app. Patients and caregivers also had the opportunity to connect with other diabetes patients through the YCE Support Group app.
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1Chronic Disease Self-Management Facts. National Council on Aging. Retrieved September 29, 2017, from https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/chronic-disease-facts/
2Statistics About Diabetes. American Diabetes Association. (2017, July 19). Retrieved September 29, 2017, from http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
3Jayanthi, Akanksha. “10 Biggest Technological Advancements for Healthcare in the Last Decade.” Becker's Hospital Review, 28 Jan. 2014, http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/10-biggest-technologicaladvancements- for-healthcare-in-the-last-decade.html