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BD joins hands with Columbia Asia for `best` Diabetes Management Program

Updated: Jul 14, 2016 18:20 IST

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Beginning this week, BD, the medical technology brand will work with diabetes management hospital professionals in Columbia Asia hospitals across India, for a period of nine months through its BD Getting Started program.

The aim is to equip diabetes educators with customized solutions and aid clinicians and people with diabetes who are being initiated on insulin. The collaboration will provide a certification to the Diabetes Educators who will be imparted knowledge and intensive hands-on training.

The BD Getting Started is a Diabetes educational resource program for insulin users. It is a collaboratively designed program for health system leaders looking to achieve the best-in-class care insulin injection experience for patients initiating insulin.

These customized solutions focus on targeted improvements to standardize clinical best practices and eliminate variation in insulin initiation. The result is improved patient care, comfortable insulin experience, and improved clinical outcomes for those injecting insulin.

Varun Khanna, managing director, BD-India, said "For nearly 90 years, BD's culture of innovation and continuous improvement has enhanced the patient experience to enable better diabetes therapy and outcomes. We are glad that we are collaborating with Columbia Asia Hospitals to support their diabetes management program. BD has always taken a prominent role in educating doctors, allied healthcare professionals and patients on earlier initiation and better adherence to injectable therapies, thus helping people living with diabetes live healthier lives."

The BD Getting Started program for Columbia Asia will have two objectives, first is to help clinicians initiate their patients to insulin therapy using a structured methodology and second to ensure adherence to therapy across the first nine months.

Mr. Tufan Ghosh, CEO, Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt Ltd, said, "We are happy to collaborate with BD India for certification programs to enhance the skill-sets of our Diabetes educators, who in turn will help our patients manage their diabetes well. Initiation of patients on insulin always presents a challenge to care providers and through this initiative, we intend to offer a best-in-class care insulin injecting experience to our patients."

Columbia Asia Hospital's comprehensive diabetes management program caters to Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics as well as for those with Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) and Pregnancy Induced Hyperglycemia (PIH).

The program enables participants to lead a healthy and active life at home and at work. The program is based on a multidisciplinary approach that addresses the challenges of managing diabetes holistically with involvement of specialists, family physicians, support staff and patient/care giver; all enabled through internationally benchmarked protocols and technology based interventions. (ANI)