Two ONC Beacon Communities to get mobile help for diabetes prevention, management

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the American Diabetes Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are teaming up to help increase mobile technology use in diabetes management. This fall, two ONC Beacon Communities--the Southeast Michigan Beacon Community in Detroit and the Crescent City Beacon Community in New Orleans--will launch public health campaigns centered on the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Voxiva, one of the founding partners of the Text4Baby program, will help to develop the services that will be used. As such, those campaigns will be modeled after Text4Baby, which sends reminders to health information reminders to expecting and new mothers via text messages. "There will be a massive effort to get the word out about these services," said Dr. Vivian Fonseca, a professor of medicine and pharmacology at Tulane University and president-elect of medicine and science with the ADA. "We want to ensure that people who are at risk for diabetes, but who may not have many resources at their disposal, or who may not realize they need to take preventive health measures, can navigate their way to the health resources they need." Similar campaigns in other Beacon Communities are expected to launch later this year and into 2012, the ADA announced. Announcement