Dexter Shurney MD promotes a 360-degree approach to lifestyle change to manage chronic disease

Dexter ShurneyWorksite clinics providing intensive lifestyle interventions are good business for some forward-thinking employers. They lead to measurable improvement in the health status of employees with chronic conditions, and — in the case of Cummins, Inc., according to CMO for Global Health & Wellness, Dr. Dexter Shurney — some of the key interventions tend to pay for themselves within six months.

The health status improvement also tends to not be limited to the chronic disease that is the subject of the intervention. Diabetes interventions lead to improvements in diabetes (some people with diabetes going off insulin entirely), but also to improvements in controlling hypertension, cholesterol and other conditions.

Come hear Dr. Shurney discuss his experiences in implementing these interventions at Diabetes Innovation 2013.

Dr. Shurney used the metaphor of a vegetable garden in our conversation: If you have a healthy plant, it’s because: “The roots are healthy. The stem is healthy. The leaves are healthy and it bears good fruit.” Changing the overall environment, through the heavy lifting done in the primary care medical homes at the Cummins worksite clinics, yields improvement across multiple conditions.

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

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A teenager takes control: Hadley George

hadley georgePlenty of people with diabetes struggle with the daily rituals involved in keeping themselves healthy.

Not everyone — and certainly not all fourteen-year-old girls with Type 1 diabetes — have the wherewithal to recognize the burnout, decide to take action, and begin to build a local community group of peers with diabetes.

That’s exactly what Hadley George did.

When I asked her what she’s looking forward to about Diabetes Innovation 2013, she answered:

This is not an experience that kids of my age normally get. I’m only fifteen years old and I get to do this, so I am very blessed. I hope that people hear my story and maybe will start something like this in their town. And I also hope that it will give hopes for people who have children with Type 1 that it’s not the end of the world and that great things can come out of it. Because I would say that, I am very — I know this sounds weird, but I am very glad that I have Type 1, because it’s really given me a different outlook on life. And although in November and December, I wasn’t really thinking this, now I have gotten so many new friends and it’s just really changed my life for the better.

Listen in on our conversation now, and come hear Hadley discuss community building at Diabetes Innovation 2013.

Read the full transcript after the jump.

Hadley George Diabetes Innovation Interview 08 2013

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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 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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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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Adrian James of Omada Health is coming to Diabetes Innovation

Adrian JamesWho are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?

I’m Adrian James, one of the co-founders of Omada Health. My background is mechanical engineering and design (10 years at IDEO), and my passion is inspiring better health and helping people stay away from preventable chronic disease.

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

I have type 2 diabetes in my family history and plenty of personal motivation to take health seriously, but the reasons I’m in this space have more to do with the desire to improve our food culture, address poor nutritional literacy, and raise awareness of prediabetes and the healthy path away from type 2. Additionally, at IDEO I spent years designing devices for people with type 1 and I feel very connected to the reality of managing blood sugar on a daily basis. [Read more…]

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Meet Stephen Phinney

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

Stephen Phinney MD (Internal Medicine), PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry)
Wondering that myself!

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

Specific interest in type-2 diabetes (T2DM), for which standard-of-care pharmaceuticals often do more harm than good.  [Read more…]

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Meet Barbara Haydon

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

Barbara Haydon, Provant Health Solutions.

We provide corporate health and wellness programs – diabetes is a major disease/chronic condition for which we provide screening, coaching and education.

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

I worked on an NIH diabetes grant for 10 years – have always been interested in protocols and treatment – both inpatient and outpatient. [Read more…]

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Look Who’s Coming: Robin Wagner

Who are you? Where areRobinWagner you from?

Robin S. Wagner, DVM, PhD
Director, Diabetes Management Solutions
Medical and Scientific Affairs, Diabetes Care

Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
9115 Hague Rd, Building H
Indianapolis, IN, 46256
Phone: 317-521-2503
robin.wagner @ roche.com

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

Professional and personal interest. Diagnosed with type 2 in 1999. I am a pumper. [Read more…]

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