SweetSpot Diabetes Care Wins VAi2 Innovation Competition
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Selects Portland, OR-based Company to remotely monitor blood glucose levels in veterans with diabetes
PORTLAND, Ore.. Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SweetSpot Diabetes Care, Inc. today announced an initiative to remotely monitor blood glucose levels in veterans with diabetes, which will be funded by an award from The U.S. Department of Veteran Affair's industry innovation competition known as VAi2. Aimed at improving care and reducing complications in patients with diabetes, the SweetSpot initiative will begin with a trial in Dayton, OH.
With SweetSpot, veterans with diabetes can stay at home and send data from their blood glucose testing devices to VistA - the VA's electronic medical record system. Health care providers can monitor this data and will be alerted when readings indicate a patient may be headed for complications that arise when glucose levels are poorly controlled. SweetSpot's presentation of a patient's blood glucose data can also help a patient get care in a local setting with support from a specialist – lowering the cost of care while preserving the quality and improving convenience for the veteran.
"Our mission is to improve the lives of patients with diabetes and we are especially eager to do so for veterans," said Christopher Logan , chief executive officer of SweetSpot, "The VA is a leader in using information technology to improve health care while looking for efficiencies. We are excited to be working with them and look forward to serving the nearly one million veterans with diabetes."
"Cloud Computing holds tremendous promise for a huge, distributed medical system like the VA," said Adam Greene , SweetSpot Founder and Chief Technology Officer, "We look forward to being one of the first cloud technologies to be certified to operate by the VA."
The VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) Industry Competition taps talent and expertise outside government to contribute innovative solutions that advance VA's transformation into a 21st-century organization that is people-centric, results-driven, and forward-looking.
Telemedicine is a focus of the VAi2 competition. The VA invites innovations that use technology to remotely serve veterans who have barriers to visiting major VA health centers including the 41% who live in rural settings.
VAi2 identifies, prioritizes, funds, tests, and deploys the most promising solutions to the VA's most important challenges. To date, 36 projects have been announced from approximately 10,000 entries.
For more information, go to http://www.va.gov/vai2/
About SweetSpot Diabetes
SweetSpot Diabetes is a health data company focused on improving the use of data in the treatment of diabetes. SweetSpot specializes in turning raw output from patient devices into powerful information for researchers, health care providers and patients.
For more information, go to http://www.sweetspotdiabetes.com
Contact: Cheryl Vandemore (503) 708-6654
SOURCE SweetSpot Diabetes Care, Inc.
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