New Global Diabetes Program Improves Patient Access and Care
Dallas, TX - Accessing care can be a major challenge for patients with diabetes due to the complexity of the disease and the frequent interactions with medical professionals necessary for proper treatment. The average patient, unfortunately, spends less than six hours a year with a healthcare provider for diabetes management. Even so, healthcare organizations are struggling to keep up with demand for services because of diabetes rates soaring.
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans, almost 10 percent of the population, have diabetes, and it remains the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. The number of people with diabetes in Texas is projected to quadruple from 2 million to nearly 8 million by 2040, according to the Texas Health Institute.
To address the challenge locally, Parkland Health & Hospital System has developed an innovative new program that “will transform diabetes care in Dallas County,” said Luigi Meneghini, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Executive Director of the new Global Diabetes Program.
“Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in America and in Texas,” Dr. Meneghini said. “Our mission is to educate, support and encourage a healthy lifestyle free of disease complications for people with diabetes. The Global Diabetes Program will provide a comprehensive approach to improve access to clinical care and more closely connect patients to care in their local communities.” Continue>
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