First-of-its-kind model integrates continuous glucose monitoring data directly in electronic health record, allowing for easy access to valuable diabetes management information
Presentation at American Diabetes Association’s 81st Virtual Scientific Sessions, led by International Diabetes Center, highlights model for integrating continuous glucose monitoring data directly into electronic health record, as well as implications for clinicians
June 28, 2021 – Minneapolis – HealthPartners Institute’s International Diabetes Center (IDC) recently developed and piloted a process for incorporating patients’ continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) data directly into the electronic health record (EHR), improving clinician access to glucose information.
During a presentation at the American Diabetes Association’s 81st Scientific Sessions, IDC Medical Director Amy Criego, MD, described this process for integrating the data, as well as what this means for the diabetes care management team, including endocrinologists and primary care clinicians in the future.
“CGM data provides a wealth of information. But without easy access, clinicians can’t fully leverage this information for their discussion with patients and clinical recommendations,” said Dr. Criego. “We demonstrated that there’s an effective way for clinicians to both view and track this data over time in the EHR, which we expect will improve how they’re able to support their patients.”
How it works
IDC partnered with Abbott on this first-of-its-kind initiative to improve diabetes management by making FreeStyle Libre CGM data available at the point of care. Clinicians can place an order in the EHR for a patient with diabetes who has agreed to share their CGM data. In real time, the data is transferred from Abbott’s cloud-based system, LibreView, via an EHR platform, allowing physicians to automatically view the patients CGM data in their lab results and diabetes flow sheet, and showing time in range and visual alerts for out of range values. The Ambulatory Glucose Profile (AGP) report, in PDF format, is also integrated into the EHR and allows clinicians to easily track the patient’s glucose trends over time and adjust treatment regimens as needed.
Using this innovative model, clinicians no longer need to log in to a separate system to access their patient’s CGM data, which should make workflows more efficient and allow more time for treatment discussions.
CGM is widely used as the standard of care among patients with type 1 diabetes and is increasingly used among patients with type 2 diabetes as clinical trials and real-world data continue to show benefits of this technology for a broader range of people with diabetes.
“More studies are showing the benefits of CGM and validating these tools. The goal now is to make it easier for patients and clinicians to fully realize the benefits of connected diabetes care,” said Richard Bergenstal, MD, Executive Director of the IDC. “We’ll soon begin to study satisfaction among patients and clinicians who use this model and evaluate clinical outcomes and quality improvement initiatives, which could lead to broader adoption of CGM and other EHR-connected insulin delivery systems. Integrating CGM data into the EHR is a step in the direction of more efficient and effective diabetes management.”
Dr. Criego’s presentation was delivered at 8 a.m. ET, Monday, June 28, 2021 as part of the ADA’s symposium series.
About International Diabetes Center (IDC)
IDC provides world-class diabetes care, education, publications and research that supports people with diabetes and their families. It is part of HealthPartners Institute which annually conducts more than 400 research studies, and trains more than 700 medical residents and fellows and 1,200 medical and advanced practice students. Its integration with HealthPartners’ hospitals, clinics and health plan strengthens the Institute’s ability to discover and develop evidence-based solutions and translate them into practice. Based in Minneapolis, the Institute’s work impacts care, health and well-being across the region and nation as well as internationally. Visit healthpartnersinstitute.org for more information.