Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Launches Diabetes Pilot Program

June 26, 2014 03:55 PM
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Staff from the Molly Center for Children with Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and three patients who are enrolled in an innovative study to help pediatric diabetes patients better manage their conditions.
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The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center has launched a pilot study with support from the Verizon Foundationthat will use technology to  help care for  patients with Type 1 Diabetes.   As part of the study, patients received a smartphone (LG G2) from Verizon Wireless and a glucometer (Telcare). The goal of the innovative pilot program is to help pediatric diabetes patients take better care of themselves with the issued smartphone.

“Today marks a new day for patients and their families where we are using technology to better manage diabetes,” said   Steven Ghanny, M.D., research director, attending physician, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC.  “Telemedicine is the wave of the future and that’s exactly what this study is all about; remotely keeping a close eye on our patients to ensure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing to manage their conditions effectively and giving them the tools to accomplish this so they can be healthy.”

The patients will use the smartphones to access a website created by the HackensackUMC Information Technology team and Microsoft, called MollyBook; which is similar to Facebook, but is a private forum limited only to the patients in the study. The patients can use MollyBook to access discussion groups and anonymously ask questions to other patients in the study. They can also use this site to view educational videos on various aspects of diabetes care.

The smartphones are also equipped with three other Apps, including Skype so that patients can participate in a weekly video conference with the Molly Center Team.  The Go Meals App helps patients count calories and carbohydrates in foods. And, the Diabetes Pal App is used in conjunction with the Telcare Glucometer, which patients use to check their blood sugars before breakfast, after school and before dinner. The information is automatically uploaded onto a website, www.telcare.com, through a cellular line of service accessible to the patient, parents and healthcare providers involved in the patient’s care. 

“As soon as a patient tests their blood sugar, the results will appear on the website, which is monitored by the Molly Center team,” said Dr. Ghanny.  “The glucometer will also give patients feedback based on their blood sugar level, so patients can better manage their conditions by helping them monitor their blood sugar patterns.”

Improvement in diabetes control will be measured by hemoglobin A1C both before and after the study. There are currently 30 patients enrolled in the study which will last three months. The study will continue for two years with a total enrollment of 300 patients.

Doug Schoenberger, vice president of corporate responsibility for Verizon, said: “Technology - when implemented innovatively - can have a positive impact on our lives. Over the course of this study,  young people with diabetes will be able to easily find information about their conditions, better track blood levels and engage with health care providers and peers to keep them on track and healthy.”

For more information, please visit:  http://www.hackensackumc.org/our-services/joseph-m-sanzari-childrens-hospital/pediatric-blood-and-marrow-transplantation/ 

 

Photo caption:

Staff from the Molly Center for Children with Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC and three patients who are enrolled in an innovative study to help pediatric diabetes patients better manage their conditions.  From left to right:  Rachel Rothenberg, nurse coordinator, the Molly Center for Children with Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders; Mary  Zetelski, social worker, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Steven Ghanny, M.D., research director, attending physician, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Samantha Gonzales, Lodi; David Kobylarz, Clifton; and Aidan Morris, Mahwah.

 

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings, and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   

 

 

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