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Wolters Kluwer Pharma hires Henry Prolog

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX — Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Pharma has appointed Henry Prolog as its VP data strategy, acquisitions and services, the company said.

The company said Prolog brought more than 25 years of sales, data contracts and marketing experience in the healthcare, technology and information services industries. Before Wolters Kluwer, Prolog worked for IMS Health, Siemens Medical, Fresenius USA and Verispan. Most recently, he was national director for channels at US Oncology in Houston.

"Hank will help us evolve vendor relationships into true partnerships that will fulfill our customer, partner and stakeholder needs," Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions president and COO for healthcare analytics Michelle Woker said. "This role is key to our strategy going forward, and Hank’s myriad of experience will help us achieve both our short- and long-term goals."

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Studies: Bydureon shows improvements in cardiovascular health

BY Alaric DeArment

LISBON, Portugal — Patients treated with a long-acting drug for Type 2 diabetes experienced a reduction in cardiovascular health risk factors, according to results of a study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes’ annual meeting.

Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly & Co. and Alkermes said analyses of the "DURATION-3" and "DURATION-4" trials showed that patients treated with Bydureon (exenatide) showed improvements in body weight, blood pressure and lipid levels. Bydureon is a long-acting formulation of the injected drug Byetta.

"Patients with diabetes are at least twice as likely as people without the disease to have heart disease or a stroke," Lilly Diabetes global exenatide medical director James Malone said. "Having other chronic conditions, including obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, further increases this risk."

Patients in the DURATION-3 study received either Bydureon or Sanofi’s Lantus (insulin glargine [rDNA origin]) as well as metformin or metformin with a sulfonylurea, both widely used generic treatments for diabetes. In the DURATION-4 trial, patients received Bydureon, metformin, Takeda’s Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) or Merck & Co.’s Januvia (sitagliptin). In both studies, patients treated with Bydureon showed better blood pressure reduction and weight control than those taking the other drugs.

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HHS, AT&T partner on mobile diabetes self-management program

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and AT&T on Monday announced an initiative to evaluate the use of mobile devices to deliver diabetes self-management training within an underserved minority community in Dallas.

"The Office of Minority Health is excited to collaborate on a consumer-focused health information technology initiative that will have the opportunity to significantly improve access to education on diabetes," Office for Minority Health deputy assistant secretary Garth Graham said.

AT&T will contribute $100,000 to the AADE to fund the study and provide approximately 150 smartphones with voice and data plans for the patients, diabetes educators and other education personnel. The diabetes educators will deliver DSMT to patients using a video application on the mobile devices.

"People of color are at higher risk for diabetes, and we’re pleased to be part of this unique effort to help diabetes educators effectively use mHealth to aid those who need the most help managing their disease," commented Xavier Williams, SVP public sector and healthcare at AT&T. "With proactive management of chronic diseases like diabetes, it could potentially help to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs."

The AADE is in negotiations with the Dallas-based Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, an accredited DSMT program and an affiliate of Baylor Health Care System and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, to recruit participants for the study. Once complete, the AADE also will evaluate the project, with support from the Office of Minority Health.
 
"Telehealth and mHealth have the potential to greatly increase access to health services such as DSMT, which has been proven to reduce complications associated with diabetes," AADE CEO Lana Vukovljak said. "This project is critical to evaluating mHealth and demonstrating whether it results in positive health outcomes comparable to face-to-face interactions. If so, it can be a solution to the challenge of providing diabetes education and meeting the needs of people in underserved populations with diabetes."

DSMT is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related chronic conditions. The initiative is intended to measure the effectiveness of evidence-based DSMT interventions delivered to participants by diabetes educators using mobile health (mHealth) programming.
 
DSMT must be prescribed by a Medicare beneficiary’s healthcare provider in order to be eligible for Medicare reimbursement.

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