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Innovative Educational Tools from Cardinal Health Help Community Pharmacists Combat Diabetes

DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2014 – According to the American Diabetes Association, every 19 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes.  That’s more than 32,000 friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members every single week.

To combat these trends, Cardinal Health recently enhanced its Diabetes Specialized Care Center, which offers a wide array of training and educational tools, marketing support and other resources to help community pharmacists position themselves as local destinations for diabetes care. The enhancements include new educational tools to help community pharmacists empower patients with diabetes to better understand the disease and better manage their overall health.

“Twenty nine million Americans live with diabetes, and 86 million have prediabetes[1],” said Steve Light, vice president of Consumer Health for Cardinal Health. “As the diabetes population continues to grow, we are committed to arming community pharmacists with innovative new tools to help patients make the kind of meaningful behavior changes that can have a significant impact on their health outcomes.”

Community pharmacies that use the company’s Diabetes Specialized Care Center can now access Conversation Map® tools from Healthy Interactions. These visual, hands-on educational materials help foster small group, interactive patient, caregiver and staff learning and engagement.This turnkey solution provides everything a community pharmacy needs to market and deliver billable diabetes education to patients.

Enhancements also include ongoing online support to help patients track their progress and goals, and stay connected to their educator and peers. My Digital Health Coach, an online health coaching tool, creates personalized health and wellness action plans for managing diabetes, based on each patient’s unique goals and health conditions.

“Diabetes is a disease that cost the healthcare industry more than $245 billion last year alone[2],” said Light. “These innovative new tools help community pharmacists build deeper, more loyal relationships with their patients, with the ultimate goal of driving patient engagement, improving outcomes and reducing the costs of combating this disease.”

About Cardinal Health

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $91 billion healthcare services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while  reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #22 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 34,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.

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