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Science Advisor - Neal Kaufman

Friday, September 2, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Plexus Advisor Neal Kaufman is founder of DPS health, a communications technology company that is a leader in the development of technology enabled and clinically linked self-management support interventions.

Neal writes, "The summer is always an exciting time at DPS Health because we get a chance to hit the road and spend time with colleagues at the American Diabetes Association and American Association of Diabetes Educator meetings. As always, it is encouraging to see the increasing role information technology plays in healthcare delivery.

I had the good fortune to be featured on a panel at the AADE with Malinda Peeples and Linda Siminerio titled Self-Management Support: Internet and Cell Phones Make Diabetes Prevention and Treatment Affordable and Scalable.

The presentation was well attended and featured a lively discussion and engaging Q and A. In her daily write up of the meetings events, esteemed journalist Kelly Close wrote.

[Dr. Kaufman] highlighted the vast potential of mobile health, telemedicine, and the Internet to engage patients with personalized content, improve diabetes outcomes, and streamline care. (read the full write up here)

With the presentation, we distributed a short survey on how technology is becoming a larger part of clinicians' professional lives and impacting the health of their patients. The survey results are absolutely fascinating, and reinforce what we at DPS Health have long believed; There are significant benefits when healthcare providers utilize technology to support patients' healthy behaviors.

It was illuminating that nearly 2/3s of the respondents felt an online intervention would benefit their patients with type 2 diabetes more than other methods. And, more than 90% of respondents believe their patients think technology can be effective in helping them better manage their health. Overall the survey showed that there are still some barriers to overcome before widespread adoption, but it also showed that nearly everyone accepts the positive impact of internet and cell phone solutions.

If you would like to see the full survey results or discuss what we learned, send me an email at and we will set up a conversation."

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