College Diabetes Network CEO Christina Roth Networks with Diabetes Innovation

christina rothCollege Diabetes Network (CDN) founder and CEO Christina Roth has diabetes. When she was a college student she found that she didn’t have an adequate support system, so she built one for herself, and created the infrastructure for students on other college campuses to do the same.

Fast forward to the present, and she is at the helm of a growing not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the tools necessary to empower persons with diabetes who happen to be college students — going through what is often a challenging time for anyone, not just someone living with a chronic condition requiring monitoring and self-care — to share experiences, share tips (medical advice is moderated by medical professionals) and more, using the existing infrastructure of public social media sites, as well as the CDN website and blog. The organization now offers resources for parents of college-age children with diabetes as well.

In building this ecosystem of support, Christina has focused in part on providing curated advice from medical professionals in a manner that can be accessed easily by college students, but the secret sauce is the peer support network that CDN is building out on line and in the real world (chapters established on over thirty campuses across the US and Canada in just four years, starting when Christina was an undergrad).

Have a listen to our conversation, which clocks in at about fifteen minutes.  Come hear Christina talk about CDN at Diabetes Innovation 2013.

Read the transcript after the jump.

Christina Roth Diabetes Innovation Interview 08 2013

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DI speaks with Rushika Fernandopulle, CEO of Iora Health: Managing chronic disease with primary care on steroids

Rushika F I recently spoke with Rushika Fernandopulle, co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a company based in Cambridge, MA which is building “an entirely new model of primary care.” He will be a panelist at Diabetes Innovation 2013.

In order to improve the health care system, Rushika says we can’t fiddle around the edges. Instead we must take bold steps and start from scratch, beginning with three key elements: (1) Payment redesign, (2) Delivery system redesign, and (3) Health IT systems redesign.

Iora Health has started from scratch and has reinvented primary care for the populations it manages on behalf of large self-insured employers. Rushika acknowledges that he can’t do it alone (even though his company got a nice infusion of capital earlier this year), and wants Iora Health’s model to be emulated by others even as the company expands its reach within its existing geographic markets. The secret sauce is an intensive primary care service staffed with health coaches in addition to the usual suspects. The primary care service costs participating employers about twice as much as typical primary care services, but the results are anything but typical. In fact, they result in a net health care cost savings in the 15% range.

(Listen to our conversation, and read a transcript, after the jump.) [Read more…]

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Diabetes Innovation Gets to “Ask Manny” Hernandez a Few Questions

Manny HernandezI spoke with Manny Hernandez (@askmanny) about the diabetes online communities he founded at TuDiabetes (Engligh) and EsTuDiabetes (Spanish) — which include tens of thousands of people with diabetes and their family members — as well as his experience attending Diabetes Innovation last year, and his thoughts on communications regarding diabetes.

Manny was a keynote speaker at last year’s conference and will take part in a social media panel discussion this year.

I asked him whether social media can play a role in effecting clinical improvements in diabetes management, and he pointed to the Big Blue Test, an initiative of his Diabetes Hands Foundation. He’s presented data from this project at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting: Folks who participate by posting their blood glucose readings before and after 15-20 minutes of exercise, and engaging in online conversation, see long-term benefits in terms of better management of their conditions. (The before-and-after glucose readings showed a 20% drop on average.) Over 40,000 PWD have participated to date. Look for a social media campaign this fall to promote participation in the Big Blue Test in the month leading up to World Diabetes Day.

(Listen to our conversation, and read a transcript, after the jump.) [Read more…]

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dLife CEO talks about developing relationships with PWD

At last year’s Diabetes Innovation conference, Adam Kaufman from dLife spoke with Insulin Nation about driving consumerism in health care. Interacting with 4-5 million individuals a year gives dLife the opportunity to introduce effective tools for coping with diabetes — and people using technology tools already present in their lives (think televisions, not smartphones) won’t be left behind.

Adam Kaufman at Diabetes Innovation 2012

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Meet Judy Yates Osborne, veteran diabetes care program coordinator

Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?

My name is Judy Yates Osborne–just recently married. :-) I live in Walkertown, North Carolina which is near Winston-Salem/Greensboro. I am the Coordinator of the outpatient diabetes center which is a tremendous responsibility, so I am always making an attempt to be up to date, on the edge, and looking for new ways to teach and run a program. [Read more…]

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Nicholas Christakis on Diabetes Innovation

Behavioral contagion and the prevention of disease: Nicholas Christakis is interested in offline social networks (vs. online social networks) and the ways in which behaviors can be tracked across populations … and the ways in which behaviors – if understood – may be modified.

Nicholas Christakis on Diabetes Innovation

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Meet Anders Weilandt, Swedish diabetes app developer and Diabetes Tools CEO

AndersWeilandtWho are you?

I am Anders Weilandt, Chief Executive Officer of medtech start-up company Diabetes Tools.

Please tell us a little more about why you are interested in diabetes, professionally and/or personally.

Throughout my 30+ years of rewarding work within medtech, I have always seen gaps in technological need as a challenge. I have spent most of my time working on specific technologies within interventional radiology and surgery, directed towards specialist usage. When I started to understand the scale of the global diabetes dilemma and the fact that it is going in the totally wrong direction, it became increasingly impossible for me not to try to contribute. And this time it’s different – it’s for the sake of patients directly, hundreds of millions of them. [Read more…]

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Viridian Health CEO Brenda Schmidt talks multi-modal disease management with DI

BrendaSchmidt_1We caught up with Viridian Health CEO Brenda Schmidt after the American Diabetes Association meeting in Chicago where Viridian and Omada Health announced a partnership to launch “the first multimodal lifestyle offering to address the national diabetes epidemic.”

Viridian is scaling its national diabetes program through lifestyle coaches and technology, partnering with Omada Health to provide a social support structure in a virtual environment that mimics the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The power of the partnership lies in the ability to offer individuals choices about how they receive their services: through bricks and mortar sites, or virtually.

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Andrea Barrack is coming to DI 2013 from BCBS of LA

Who are you?

Andrea Barrack (internist/geriatrician by training), medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

Please tell us a little more about why you are interested in diabetes, professionally and/or personally.

Diabetes affected several family members. Rates of DM were high in my previous practice (Pacific Islanders) and are high again down South among our plan members. It is a silent disease (T2DM) until complications arise. Most people are unaware of their risk, or window of opportunity, or changes they ought to do to improve their chances. [Read more…]

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Leveraging Technology and Collaboration to Achieve the Triple Aim

Deneen Vojta from United Health Group talks about consumer empowerment and solution development through technology and collaboration to help the 26 million people living with diabetes, and 79 million living with pre-diabetes. Crowdsourcing solutions in diabetes innovation is the future!

Deneen Vojta at Joslin Innovation 2012

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