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Integrated Health and Diabetes

Poor health can show signs anywhere in the body, which makes integrated health a better option for doctors and care managers. Integrated health care (also called integrated population health management) links dental, vision and disability data to medical data, empowering personalized, proactive treatment of the whole person. This provides a more connected and complete view of each patient’s health status.

Planning Early Interventions With Integrated Care

Member data — collected in secure member profiles that are compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act — is transformed into gap-in-care alerts and other actionable insights so members get the care they need when they need it. This big picture view provided by integrated health gives doctors, care managers, and even members themselves better opportunities for earlier interventions.

For example, during a routine eye exam, an eye doctor may be the first provider to detect diabetes — a top driver of health care spend1 in the United States. When vision and medical plans are connected, vision claims that identify diabetes may trigger a referral to care management. This early intervention helps members get the care they need sooner, often resulting in better outcomes.

Health Care Spending for Diabetes

For more information, check out this Connections Made Powerful infographic showing the ways integrated health care can be leveraged to provide better care to employees with diabetes.

Talk to your insurance producer or broker to learn how integrated health care can work for your employees.

1American Diabetes Association – 2016 http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/infographics/adv-staggering-cost-of-diabetes.html.

Jason Kinzy is a marketing manager at Anthem, Inc. and is responsible for the promotion of Anthem’s specialty business (dental, vision, voluntary, life and disability plans) to members, employers and brokers. He has 20 years of health care marketing communications experience.