The proposed state model is a chronic disease state management system for the continuum of diabetes care. Developed by the Decision Systems Group at the Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, USA and the Clinical Knowledge Management Group at Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc., the state model aims to provide integrated care across the entire spectrum of the disease and its complications, and the prevention of comorbidities.
The clinical expertise reflected in the state model has been developed by Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc. and is consistent with national [1,8,22,24] and international [14, 29, 35] standards of care. The rest of this section is devoted to the description of the state model, starting with a high-level view of the system, followed by a description of each state and substates. The graphic representation and semantic interpretation of the model is consistent with that of the UML 2.0 statechart described in Sect. 4.2.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...