August 14, 2017 Dr. Andrew Rhinehart Discusses Glytec’s Contribution to Value-Based Reforms Value-based purchasing is happening and Glytec is participating in this new and transitioning form of care, says Andrew Rhinehart, MD, chief medical officer at Glytec. This extension of care beyond the hospital for diabetes needs is promising in producing better patient outcomes. Transcript (slightly modified) Why are glucose …
Glytec, the pioneer of digital therapeutics, has hired an expert team of clinicians to help clients drive and sustain full adoption of best practices in glycemic management.
Hospitals and health systems looking to establish brand dominance, competitive distinction and clinical excellence in diabetes care can turn to a team of experts at Glytec dedicated to helping facilitate full adoption of best practices.
A diabetes webinar hosted by the American Hospital Association and sponsored by Glytec showcased why hypoglycemia prevention is imperative to the safety of patients and to the economics of healthcare delivery.
Featured speakers, Dr. Richard Pratley of Florida Hospital System and Dr. Steven Edelman of UC San Diego Health, recently delivered a unified message to several hundred senior healthcare professionals attending an American Hospital Association webinar: Hypoglycemia [low blood sugar] in the hospital is a major patient safety risk with significant clinical and financial implications. A case study presented by Pratley further revealed that insulin-managed patients who experience severe hypoglycemia, or blood sugar less than 40 mg/dL, have longer stays, higher readmission and mortality rates, and an overall cost of care $10,405 greater than patients whose blood sugar remains in the normal range.
The December 13, 2018 webinar is open to hospital and health system personnel nationwide and will feature Dr. Richard E. Pratley of Florida Hospital System and Dr. Steven V. Edelman of UC San Diego Health.
The population of hospitalized patients with diabetes is on the rise, as is the cost and intensity of their care. Glytec is partnering with the American Hospital Association to deliver a webinar that brings greater attention and awareness to reducing risks and improving safety for patients with diabetes.
The popular eBook showcases clinical and financial implications of hypoglycemia, a common occurrence among hospitalized patients that costs the average hospital $1.5 to $5.6 million a year, or more.
Hypoglycemia in the hospital is common, costly, extremely serious and largely preventable, but many c-suite and business office executives are unaware of what it is, why it occurs or the significant impact it has on patient safety, outcomes and economics. A new eBook from Glytec, offered free of charge at the company’s website, shines a light on critical concerns surrounding hypoglycemia and helps healthcare organizations understand how to mitigate risks and initiate optimal prevention strategies. Availability of the eBook is especially timely given the hypoglycemia quality measure currently under development by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The growing importance of quality ratings will put pressure on hospitals to meet ADA standards for insulin therapy without added manpower.
This June, Glytec came to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions with a new story to tell. In years past, Glytec came to ADA armed with data showing that eGMS, a cloud-based glycemic management decision support system, offered a superior way for hospitals to manage insulin therapy for patients. Company officials brought a new focus to the 77th Scientific Sessions in San Diego, California, saying that it’s not enough to offer better time in range. Glytec wants to show how its results translate into what matters most to payers – and a hospital’s bottom line.
The move to quality ratings will put more pressure on hospitals to find ways to improve the standard of care while cutting costs.
A decade ago, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) called for hospitals to shift from sliding scale to subcutaneous basal-bolus insulin therapy for non-critically ill patients, but change has been slow in coming. Fear of hypoglycemia and concerns that staff would not be able to keep up with dosing demands of basal-bolus kept hospitals from upgrading to the standard of care.
One study presented at the International Hospital Diabetes Meeting observed first-year cost savings of nearly $7.5 million stemming from adoption of best practice for insulin therapy.
A series of studies and presentations included in the 6th International Hospital Diabetes Meeting highlighted the high cost of poor glucose management, and in particular, severe hypoglycemia (< 40 mg/dL) in the acute care setting. With thirty to forty percent of ALL hospitalized patients requiring insulin therapy, not just those with diabetes, the common problem of insulin mismanagement has significant impact on care quality, patient safety and patient experience, as well as cost and value.
Drs. Umpierrez and Cardona publish economic and clinical results of the GLUCO-CABG trial, leveraging Glytec’s Glucommander™ for personalized insulin dosing.
A study from Emory University published in the April 2017 issue of Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications (Cardona, et al. 2017) observes a near-20% reduction in perioperative complications, a 1.2-day reduction in ICU stay and a $3,654 reduction in per-patient hospitalization costs for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The reported outcomes, which included no severe hypoglycemia less than 40 mg/dL, were derived from an intensive glycemic control protocol supported by Glytec’s Glucommander™ for personalized insulin dosing.
Using an algorithm to recommend insulin dosing, both in and out of the hospital, was shown to improve glycemic control and aid population health management.
The march toward value-based care is occurring on many fronts, with diabetes quality metrics front and center. Providers from giant hospital systems to primary care practices are looking for ways to find savings—and make patients healthier. In this mix is Glytec, a 10-year-old company founded on the idea that taking guesswork and time out of insulin dosing, first in hospital settings and then outside them, could dramatically reduce episodes of hypo- and hyperglycemia. This would provide savings and lead to better glycated hemoglobin (A1C) levels for patients with previously uncontrolled diabetes.