Press Release

AADE Annual Meeting Highlights Emerging Technologies for Diabetes Patients

For Release: August 5, 2010

Contact:
David Harrison at 410.242.4446, david@harrisoncommunications.net
Diana Pihos at 312.601.4864, dpihos@aadenet.org

August 5, 2010 – San Antonio – Technology-based devices, software and communications tools to help diabetes educators better monitor and treat their patients is a key focus of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual meeting taking place in San Antonio August 4-7, 2010. 

“The AADE is committed to diabetes education and we are excited to showcase innovative mobile solutions that can help improve the current standard of care,” said Lana Vukovljak, MS, MA, chief executive officer of the AADE. “With the overall prevalence of the disease rising, we are enthusiastic about the potential that wireless technology has to revolutionize the way we treat people with diabetes.”

The presentation of new technologies at the AADE annual meeting dovetails with recent approvals of final rules for implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 and the recent proposed rule adding diabetes self-management training to the list of reimbursable Medicare telehealth services.

The Emerging Technologies Pavilion is the newest addition to the AADE Exhibit Hall. With nearly 300 exhibitors, the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the world’s largest diabetes education gathering. It is an unmatched resource for gathering the latest information about innovations related to diabetes education. At the conference, more than 3,000 diabetes educators and diabetes healthcare professionals participate in live demonstrations and face-to-face question and answer sessions with industry experts.

The AADE will also present its AADE7® System, online software designed to help diabetes educators collect and track patients’ clinical and behavioral change data, administer patient self-assessments and follow-ups, manage classes and generate reports.  The AADE7 System does not currently qualify as a formal EHR but AADE is moving in that direction.

About the AADE:
Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education.  With more than 12,000 professional members including physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients.  Collectively, our alliances, member practitioner networks, and academic partners uniquely position AADE at the locus of change for the future treatment of diabetes.  To learn more go to: www.diabeteseducator.org.