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Improving Diabetes Outcomes
Curated Expert Guidance, Tools, and Resources

Resource Topic: HIT/Data, Promising Practice
Resource Subtopic: Health IT Enabled QI

Year Developed: 2017

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Enabling Staff

Language: English

Developed by: HITEQ (See other resources developed by this organization.)

Resource Summary: According to 2016 UDS data, an estimated 14.3% of Federally Qualified Health Center patients nationwide have diabetes. Of these 2 million plus patients living with diabetes, approximately 32% have uncontrolled diabetes, with HbA1c equal to or above 9% or have had no test in the prior year. These statistics bring forth the need for improvement in the care of diabetes; several resources and research outcomes are profiled here with specific takeaways for health centers. As of CDC's 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 30.3 million people, or 9.4% of the total U.S. population, have diabetes. Of these 30.3 million, only 23.1 million are diagnosed - while the other estimated 7.2 million are undiagnosed. Additionally, more than 1 in 3 adults or 84.1 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes. Among adults age 65 and older, nearly half have prediabetes.

Resource Details: According to 2016 UDS data, an estimated 14.3% of Federally Qualified Health Center patients nationwide have diabetes. Of these 2 million plus patients living with diabetes, approximately 32% have uncontrolled diabetes, with HbA1c equal to or above 9% or have had no test in the prior year. These numbers illustrate the need for targeted quality improvement and identifying promising practices to address diabetes and the needs of diabetic patients in the health center population. Quality Improvement Approach HITEQ recommends a structured Quality Improvement approach. The HITEQ Guide for Improving Care Processes and Outcomes provides strategies and tools that health centers and their partners can use to enhance care processes and outcomes for diabetes control, preventive care, and many others targets for improvement. The approach provides a framework and tools for documenting, analyzing, sharing and improving key workflows and information flows that drive performance on important care performance measures, and related improvement imperatives.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.