The Future Of Diabetes Care And Education
DIABETES EDUCATION FAST-FORWARD:
WHAT WILL THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE?
BY ELIZABETH NARDACCI, MS, FNP-BC, CDE
- Technology will drive improvements in care—but the human factor will be crucial for successful implementation. DEs will individualize care by identifying the right tools for the right patients. No matter how much diabetes care is automated, patients will still need DEs and providers to interpret data and guide them as they take on more self-management.
- DEs will be more likely to practice at the top of their licensure with a team-based approach that focuses on disease management and accountability in a pay-for-performance environment. Success will be measured by metrics such as A1C, but also criteria such as patient satisfaction and efforts towards self-care.
- Newer models of care such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) will become the norm. The physician-led medical home model seeks to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care while also responding to each patient’s unique needs and preferences. Diabetes education and training are cornerstones of the PCMH model, which emphasizes continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient’s lifetime to maximize health outcomes.
- Disease management tools such as health apps and activity trackers will be more engaging than ever, sparking patients to integrate them into their daily lives and routines. These tools will be easy to use with wide platforms. We may see a trend that results in the “game-ification” of disease management apps. DEs will teach patients how to leverage this emerging technology to its fullest potential.
- DEs will provide education in novel ways and in nontraditional settings. More and more education and training will be delivered via telephone/visual remote (telemedicine), during shared medical visits, and in community or corporate settings. DEs will need to be open to any and all possibilities.
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