At Memorial Hermann Health System, personalized, integrated health care begins with your primary care provider (PCP).
Whether you are looking for routine wellness care and prevention or chronic-disease management and coordination with specialists, a PCP is your dedicated health partner through each stage of your life. Your PCP utilizes the latest research and technology to keep you healthy, and to diagnose and manage illness when you are not.
Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by a difficulty in managing glucose, a sugar that is found in much of the food we eat. Effective glucose management can be evaluated by a blood test called Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). Optimal control is signaled by a test score of less than 9. Medical management, diet and exercise are required to optimize a diabetic patient’s wellness and minimize the risk of complications such as heart disease, kidney disease and loss of circulation. Recognizing that management of diabetes is critical to improving patient outcomes, Memorial Hermann developed multiple work efforts to address outpatient diabetic care:
As a result, the Memorial Hermann ACO patients performed better than the ACO cohort mean for ACO-27 Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control (>9%).
By decreasing the number of patients with a Hb A1c greater than nine, Memorial Hermann demonstrated more successful management among its adult patients, aged 18 to 75 years.
*Lower score (<9%) indicates better diabetic management