September 30, 2014

These Algorithms Reduce Readmissions

Using glycemic management software that integrates with its EHR system, a Virginia hospital system has achieved a 79% improvement over the national average for hyperglycemia rates.

Doctors and nurses following the standard of care in hospitals aren’t just paying more attention to analytics. These days, the algorithm can be the cornerstone of superior care. Consider the tricky process of controlling the glycemic levels of patients with diabetes. At eight-hospital, Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare, this translates into a 79% improvement over the national average for hyperglycemia rates. These hospitals have achieved an overall hypoglycemia rate of 0.83 percent, which hospital officials says is a remarkable blended rate for IV and subcutaneous insulin therapy.

May 28, 2014

Glucose Management System Improves Standard of Care at Sentara

Hospitals have often had trouble managing patients with hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. To help remedy that problem, Sentara Healthcare has ushered in a new standard of care in glucose management.

In 2008, Sentara saw several of its patients die due to poor management of their diabetes. There were several devastating events of prolonged hypoglycemia that resulted in permanent brain damage for patients, says Paul Chidester, M.D., vice president of medical affairs at the Va.-based Sentara Norfolk General Hospital within the health system. Sentara had reached a point when it knew it needed to do something to improve the care of its diabetes patients. “We sort of tolerated poor control of hyperglycemia and viewed episodes of hypoglycemia as a rite of passage of being in the hospital,” Chidester admits. [We said] poor control happens, just live with it. We then realized the negative impact that had on our patients, and decided that it had to change.”

May 13, 2014

Eastern Virginia Medical School Study Indicates Major Glycemic Improvement in Subcutaneous Basal Bolus Insulin Delivery Using eGlycemic Management System

Poster presented during AACE shows improved outcomes using Glytec’s subcutaneous insulin dosing solution versus traditional basal bolus insulin therapy.

Glytec, a clinical information technology company solely dedicated to the mission of improving insulin management and glycemic control, is pleased to share the results of a late-breaking poster that was presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 23rd Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress. The poster is based on results experienced by Sentara Healthcare during the first 30 days after using Glytec’s Glucommander™ SubQ to manage subcutaneous Basal Bolus Insulin (BBI) therapy. The poster was presented by Joseph Aloi, MD, clinical director of the Strelitz Diabetes Center at Eastern Virginia Medical School, during the Congress’s general poster session.

May 7, 2014

Sentara Healthcare Ushers in a New Standard of Care in Glucose Management

Leading hospital system achieves dramatic reductions in occurrences of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, reduces length of stay.

Sentara Healthcare, a 12-hospital, not-for-profit health system serving Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, widely recognized for clinical excellence and IT innovation, today announced that they have achieved dramatic improvements in inpatient glucose management through the utilization of the eGlycemic Management System® (eGMS®), developed by Glytec.