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Tool used to help engage patients in their own care.

One of the biggest challenges with managing diabetes is motivating patients to take an appropriately active role in their health.  To help meet this challenge, UMass Memorial Medical Center has launched a pilot program to test an innovative diabetes management "scorecard."

The scorecard contains the patient's diabetes-related health information obtained through UMass Memorial's electronic medical record system. It is presented in an easy-to-comprehend graphical format and is printed prior to each patient's visit so it can be handed to them during the check in process. Together, the doctor and the patient can then review its contents and discuss goals they hope to achieve regarding health measures specific to that patient's diabetes.

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