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Beacon Community Program

Southeast Michigan Beacon Community (Detroit, MI)

The state of Michigan

Overview and Goals

The Southeast Michigan Beacon Community (SEMBC) is one of 17 Beacon Communities building and strengthening local health IT infrastructure and testing innovative approaches to make measurable improvements in health, care and cost. Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHR) is the foundation of the exciting work in each community. Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, SEMBC is using technology to reduce the devastating effects of diabetes in its region by:

  • Increasing the number of diabetes patients who receive the recommended standards of testing and examinations and improving their care coordination
  • Improving patient and provider engagement for patients who have diabetes and reducing the cost associated with their care
  • Decreasing patients’ non-urgent utilization of hospital emergency department services
  • Reducing disparities in the quality of care for diabetic patients related to gender, insurer, or race
  • Sharing of health information across disparate systems

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One of the initiatives that we're pursuing here in southeast Michigan is the ability to connect with patients through mobile technologies. They'll be able to take a patient assessment, which will connect them to the resources in the community so that they can seek the care that they need.

–Terrisca Des Jardins, Beacon Program Director

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