UT Project Aims to Reduce Diabetes Risks

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The University of Texas System aims to use social, mobile and cloud technology — with cognitive analytical tools — to develop healthcare delivery solutions customized for individual patients in the Rio Grande Valley.

Lydia Chin, UT System’s associate vice chancellor for Health Transformations and chief innovation officer of Health Affairs for the UT System, said Project Diabetes and Obesity Control (DOC) began more than a year ago.

Chin said the system has been investing in the Rio GrandeValley with the development of the new UT Rio Grande Valley, the UTRGV School of Medicine — which is set to open in 2016 — and the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute, which will bring a research team to look into the disease in the area.

“How do we manage the health care of the populations?” Chin said. “And I would say diabetes is a major problem and Project DOC is really that component. We want to educate the next generation, we want to know particular knowledge about the disease in this particular population in South Texas, but we also want to take care of the population.”

Over the last year, the project evolved from the system’s early work at the MD Anderson Cancer Center on…

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