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The Role of Real Time Health Data and Health Information Technology in Reducing Diabetes Risk and Advancing Population Health

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The Role of Real Time Health Data and Health Information Technology in Reducing Diabetes Risk and Advancing Population Health

Real time data could solve Diabetes risk

In this JAMA article, you'll learn about:
  • The importance of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

" Moreover, to truly have an impact, assessment of individual social needs is not enough. We must also consider place-based SDOH and characteristics of the environment where patients live and assess how such factors affect one’s ability to stay healthy and receive care when needed."

  • What's missing in diabetes research

" Moreover, few studies have assessed the association of place-based determinants of health, such as living in a food desert or having access to fast-food establishments, with the risk of type 2 diabetes.5 "

  • What's needed to fill the research gap

"  The linkage of such data to community-level data would help to comprehensively assess and identify patients likely to experience type 2 diabetes and its complications, as a result of their risk factors or characteristics of the neighborhoods where they reside. This approach could foster collaborations between the health systems and at-risk communities they serve and help to reallocate health system resources to those in most need in the community to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions among racial minority groups and socioeconomically disadvantaged patients and to advance population health. "


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