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Microsoft in The House for diabetes

Diabetes hits hard in minority communities, in poor communities, and requires more cost-effective solutions to minimize loss of life and limb.
Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive

Morehouse College logoThe House is the nickname of Morehouse College in Atlanta. You may think of it as a Black Harvard, although its 2008 valedictorian was a white guy.

Whatever, a very classy institution.

The House now has a friend in Redmond. It's Microsoft's HealthVault unit, which granted it one of 15 grants in its BeWell Fund, designed to jump start innovative programs using its Personal Health Record software.

I mention The House not just because I live in Atlanta, but because a cursory glance of the winners shows its program to be more than a little innovative. It's an "integrated mobile health solution for diabetes care."

Diabetes management represents nearly one dollar in every four we spend on health care. Making that care mobile is essential. I assume this means integration with mass market devices, not just high end iPhones. This is very good stuff.

This is not the only diabetes project being funded by BeWell. Partners Healthcare of Boston will create what it calls a "patient-centric diabetes care program." The research arm of Seattle Childrens will create a program for adolescents with diabetes.

This is really the sweet spot in the BeWell program. Diabetes hits hard in minority communities, in poor communities, and requires more cost-effective solutions to minimize loss of life and limb.

The full list of winners is available at the Microsoft Web site.

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