The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health will participate in a pilot project to evaluate the use of smartphones to deliver diabetes self-management training within an underserved minority community in Dallas.

The pilot will measure the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions delivered to participants by diabetes educators using mobile health programming. Medicare will reimburse diabetes educators if a beneficiary's provider prescribes participation in the program.

Telecommunications vendor AT&T will contribute $100,000 to the American Association of Diabetes Educators to fund the study and provide approximately 150 smart phones with voice and data plans for the patients, diabetes educators and other education personnel. The diabetes educators will deliver content to patients using a video application on the phones.

The association is negotiating with the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute of Baylor Health Care System to recruit participants. Following the pilot, the association and HHS Office of Minority Health will evaluate results.

 

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