The Western Diabetes Institute at Pomona, Calif.-based Western University of Health Sciences is collaborating with the National Health Service Scotland to enhance the visualization, personalization, and communication of diabetes patients’ health conditions.

WDI is working with NHS Scotland to implement a modified version of the Diabetes Cross-Disciplinary Index (DXDI) health scorecard into the Scottish Care Information-Diabetes Collaboration (SCI-DC) platform. SCI-DC is Scotland’s national suite of information technology products, designed to provide a single, efficient, cost-effective, and up-to-date system that underpins the care delivered throughout NHS Scotland’s Managed Clinical Networks to the country’s more than 275,000 residents diagnosed with diabetes.

“DXDI could provide this ‘at-a-glance’ view from the beginning of the care cycle and afford the patient and their provider team with a better and more granular visualization to improve communication, engagement, self-management, and shared decision-making,” said WDI Executive Director Andrew Pumerantz. “DXDI has been an integral part of WDI’s model for delivering team-based, cross-disciplinary diabetes care since January 2013.”

The DXDI scorecard was developed by WDI to capture and convey disparate information to not only display the status of a patient’s blood glucose control, but also the complexity and severity of the multimorbidity that more precisely reflects their unique health status.

“We’re recognizing the extent and heterogeneity of multimorbidity that exists across this population, and we’re discovering epidemic prevalence rates of silent severe periodontal and structural heart diseases,” said Pumerantz, an associate professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease at WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. “To collaborate with the group in Scotland offers a wonderful opportunity to test the DXDI scorecard on a large-scale population managed with the aid of a nationwide disease registry."

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