New York, New York (PRWEB) January 25, 2016
Fit4D announced today that it launched its innovative diabetes platform to members of Acacia Network’s Integrated Service Delivery System. Acacia Network is the second largest Latino non-profit in the country and its network of integrated services provides care for a largely underserved Latino population in NYC, Albany and Buffalo, NY.
Fit4D optimizes the mix between technology and diabetes-expert clinicians, also known as Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs), to improve health measures in an affordable manner. The platform works with intelligent-scripting algorithms that enable the CDEs to increase capacity 5x to deliver personalized care to members with poorly controlled diabetes.
Most of Acacia Network’s population lives in the Bronx, which ranks lowest or near the bottom for all health and social determinant indicators, mortality and morbidity. As part of their effort to drive transformative change and eliminate health disparities, Acacia is offering Fit4D personalized health coaching to people with diabetes. Fit4D customized their program for this population, its expert diabetes educators engage with Acacia members in both English and Spanish, and through their preferred communication method.
“Acacia Network is committed to improving the health of our community by providing services which help people manage their conditions and remain adherent to their care plans,” said Dr. David Collymore, Chief Medical Officer for Acacia Network. “Fit4D expert coaches empower our members with diabetes by guiding them to resources and providing on-going support outside of time spent with their Health Care Providers.”
Managing diabetes is complicated. Effective management involves multiple daily medications and often injections, monitoring blood sugar multiple times a day, integrating a healthy lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity, stress management, etc.), and coping with the ongoing psychosocial stresses of the disease. Achieving positive health outcomes is made more challenging as every patient starts in a different place, continues on their own unique journey, responds differently to messaging, and has distinct and varied barriers to management. The challenge of providing effective and on-going support is compounded for most healthcare professionals who have limited time during appointments.
Unlike apps or call centers, Fit4D offers a high-touch, personalized experience for members that leverages proprietary technology and methodologies to demonstrably improve health outcomes and reduces the costs associated with health complications resulting from diabetes (e.g. blindness, neuropathy, kidney disease, etc.). The Fit4D platform provides multichannel interactions in patient-preferred modalities (e.g., phone, email, text, web, etc.) that address patient-specific barriers (e.g., overwhelmed, lack of education, etc.).
“Fit4D is supporting Acacia Network in their goal of driving positive change in the underserved community by delivering personalized diabetes coaching to their patients and value-based services to their providers” said David Weingard, Fit4D Chief Executive Officer.
About Fit4D (http://www.fit4d.com),
Fit4D’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with diabetes worldwide. Fit4D delivers scalable and effective patient programs through an optimized mix of its technology platform and human-based touch points. The Fit4D clinical team of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) is comprised of dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurses, and social workers, who are passionate about empowering people with diabetes to live rich, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Fit4D’s Fortune 500 clients include pharmaceutical, payer, provider and wellness companies. Fit4D has also engaged in numerous joint initiatives with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and Diabetes Research Institute.
Contact: Fit4D: Natasha Desai, ndesai(at)fit4d(dot)com
About Acacia Network (http://www.acacianetwork.org),
Founded in 1969, Acacia Network is the second largest Latino-founded and led community-based organization in the country and the largest in New York State, representing NYC, Buffalo and Albany. Acacia Network’s vast network of integrated services include: substance abuse and mental health treatment, primary and specialty medical care, skilled nursing home and outpatient support for individuals with HIV/AIDS, services for people with developmental disabilities, daycare, education and afterschool services, transitional housing for homeless families and singles, supportive housing for specialty need populations, development and management of rental housing for low income households, Health Home care coordination and economic development services. The roots of the Acacia Network, Inc. are deep in the Bronx and East Harlem communities.
Contact: Dr. David Collymore, dcollymore(at)acacianetwork(dot)org