WITF - Website helps track midstate diabetes treatment figures

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Written by Melanie Herschorn

Wednesday, 29 July 2009 04:45

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(York) -- A new website that's unique to the commonwealth provides details about diabetes treatment by primary care doctors in two midstate counties. The Aligning Forces for Quality website compares patient data from 57 percent of practices in York and Adams Counties to national figures. That data includes blood pressure, glucose control, body mass index and cholesterol levels. Project Director Chris Amy says it can be used to comparison shop for primary care doctors. But, she says it's also a way for physicians to learn areas to improve their quality of care and for diabetes patients to learn the importance of following doctors' orders. Amy says the $1.6 million in funding for the project came from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eighteen other communities nationwide have also received grants for similar initiatives. Aligning Forces for Quality is currently collecting data on heart disease and will report those results early next year.

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