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Disease management

Ontario to create online registry for diabetes

Ontario is investing $741 million in new funding on a comprehensive diabetes strategy over four years to prevent, manage and treat diabetes. The strategy includes an online, computerized registry that will enable better self-care by giving patients access to information and educational tools that empower them to manage their disease.

The registry will also give healthcare providers the ability to easily check patient records, access diagnostic information and send patient alerts. The registry is set to come online starting Spring 2009.

Other key elements of the strategy include:

• Improving access to insulin pumps and supplies for more than 1,300 adults with type 1 diabetes by funding these services for people over the age of 18.

• Expanding chronic kidney disease services, including greater access to dialysis services.

• Implementing a strategy to expand access to bariatric surgery.

• Educational campaigns to prevent diabetes by raising awareness of diabetes risk factors in high risk populations, such as the Aboriginal and South Asian communities.

• Increasing access to team-based care closer to home by mapping the prevalence of diabetes across the province and the location of current diabetes programs in order to align services and address service gaps.

Ontario’s diabetes strategy will help tackle a growing – and expensive – healthcare challenge. The number of Ontarians with diabetes has increased by 69 percent over the last 10 years – and is projected to grow from 900,000 to 1.2 million by 2010. Treatment for diabetes and related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease currently cost Ontario over $5 billion each year.

The strategy will support Ontario’s two top healthcare priorities of improving access to care and reducing emergency wait times.

“Our plan will help Ontarians living with diabetes get better access to the care they need, when and where they need it,” said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “By improving the way we prevent, treat and manage diabetes, thousands of Ontarians will benefit from a better quality of life. The diabetes registry will change the way this disease is managed, ultimately saving more lives and easing hospital wait times.”

“We will provide better access to information, programs and services to prevent people from getting diabetes in the first place,” said Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion. “There is solid evidence that tells us that many cases of diabetes can be prevented by increasing daily physical activity and making healthy food choices.”

“The Canadian Diabetes Association applauds the Government of Ontario’s continued commitment to investing in a diabetes strategy for Ontarians,” said Cynthia Lees, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Diabetes Association. “This new strategy will provide an estimated 900,000 Ontarians with diabetes the tools they require to effectively manage their disease.”

“Doctors are working with their patients to help prevent the complications from chronic conditions such as diabetes,” said Dr. Ken Arnold, President, Ontario Medical Association. “It is essential that patients who are living with diabetes are able to access the necessary treatment and resources to ensure they are able to manage their disease and stay healthy.”

“The diabetes strategy takes the most up-to-date research and best practices from around the world and matches them with the needs of diabetes patients in Ontario,” said Dr. Catherine Zahn, chair of the Diabetes Expert Panel. “This will mean better care for diabetes patients across the province.”

“Dietitians of Canada is pleased that the Ontario government is investing in a diabetes strategy,” said Helen Haresign, Vice President Development, Dietitians of Canada. “Healthy eating is a key factor for prevention and management of diabetes and improved access to registered dieticians gives Ontarians better support to manage their own care.”

 

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