September 12, 2013

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pagerA study published in Diabetes Care shows that families living with T1D had improved diabetes control if they were provided access to a 24/7 pager support system of medical professionals.

The study named “real-time support of pediatric diabetes  self-care by a transport team” found that full-time support of a trained and available team of medical professionals was a cost-effective way to provide phone  care management.

Obviously Verizon and AT&T aren’t offering this type of service within their plan offerings but they should consider it for the amount they charge. However, the name of this savvy and effective program is Pedi-Flite. Pedi-Flite is a critical care transport team whose goal was to enhance diabetes care and effectively expands the medical professionals who can assist diabetes emergencies.

The cost-efficacy of this program was realized in the reduction in the number of cases that resulted in ER visits, hospitalizations, and DKA-related events.

We all love our cell phones but kids still have pagers? The patient population with pagers is estimated to be  30%. The study found that pager users were 2.75 times more likely than non-users to visit the ER.

For these tech savvy kids, their ER visits for DKA were less likely to lead to inpatient treatment. Savings? Yes. More than half of all calls to the pager were resolved without need for further medical assistance.

What’s it all worth? In this study of 979 pediatric diabetes patients carrying pagers and carte blanche to Pedi-Flite, 439 ER visits and 115 admissions were avoided, at a potential cost-savings exceeding $760,000.

That’s real money.

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