Data crunching diabetes: 8,000 zip codes identified for early intervention | Stephanie Baum | 5.17.12

To identify people with diabetes who underutilize healthcare, you don’t need real-time video hookups or smartphone apps. You just need a lot of data to find the people and a big physical infrastructure to deliver the care.

That’s the approach theNational Association of Area Agencies on Aging is proposing to cut the costs of diabetes care. The group has teamed up with the National Minority Quality Forum to identify and track people in the early stages of diabetes, and particularly focus on people who underconsume healthcare. The idea is to help diabetics before their disease gets to the point where it’s difficult and expensive to manage.

N4A presented its Diabetes Care Center proposal at the Sanofi Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge this week in New York. Part of the competition is public voting. Check out the four other competitors and vote for the best idea here. Read more