We’re thrilled to announce n4a Diabetes Care Center (n4a) as the winner of the 2012 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge. The team matches patients exhibiting certain cost patterns and risk profiles with appropriate support and services designed to slow the progression and expenditures of diabetes. During a celebratory event today at Sanofi US, n4a will receive $100,000 to further develop its solution, designed to enhance the quality, cost, and delivery of diabetes care.
During Demo Day, the team presented its prototype to our panel of expert judges, and secured a spot as one of two finalist teams. Judge Sue Siegel, CEO, Healthymagination, added, “Combining big data analytics with basic care coordination through their established network is so powerful and what healthcare needs to do more of going forward.”
Last month, in a guest post here on the blog, n4a explained how they hope to identify people who are living with diabetes not yet receiving enough of the treatments and services they need and help this group both manage their disease and avoid preventable hospitalizations. “Sanofi US has provided us with resources and legendary mentors from around the world to help make the Innovation Challenge a valuable experience,” said Sandy Markwood, CEO, n4a Diabetes Care Center. “We look forward to developing our solution with a partner who shows true dedication to using an open dialogue with people living with diabetes to drive lasting changes in healthcare.”
At n4a, patients will take part in an interview process to identify challenges that interfere with management of their disease. The Center will design a personalized disease-management program for each patient to address his or her personal challenges, and will work with the patient to ensure commitment to the program and its implementation.
“n4a Diabetes Care Center’s predictive analysis system takes a very different approach to diabetes care, with big data that measures tangible real-life improvements in outcomes,” said Dennis Urbaniak, Vice President, Head of U.S. Diabetes, Sanofi US and Innovation Challenge judge. “The team’s solution embraces the values of the Innovation Challenge, demonstrating the capacity to improve the lives of millions of Americans living with diabetes.”
Congratulations to 2012 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge winner, n4a Diabetes Care Center!