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Association launches Diabetes365 online community for healthcare professionals across the country

Toronto, April 29, 2013 – The Canadian Diabetes Association (the Association) has launched Diabetes365, a free and innovative online community where physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, diabetes educators and other healthcare professionals can exchange knowledge, share resources and post ideas on discussion boards on a variety of clinical diabetes topics and research.  Given the renewed emphasis on team-based care in the Canadian Diabetes Association’s recently released Clinical Practice Guidelines this community provides diabetes healthcare professionals with a unique place to collaborate.

The importance of this collaboration is highlighted by the fact that diabetes rates in Canada have doubled over the past decade, with one in every three Canadians projected to have diabetes or prediabetes by 2020.  If improperly managed, diabetes can lead to many devastating complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and limb amputations that significantly reduce the quality and length of life.

More than 1,400 people have already joined Diabetes365 and the community is projected to grow significantly over the next year.  To join the Diabetes365 community, healthcare professionals can register at http://www.diabetes365.ca to ensure their voice is heard and learn from their peers across the country.

“Diabetes365 will help the healthcare community bridge many of the communications gaps that exist today between the different healthcare professionals and organizations who must work effectively together to provide integrated care for the nine million Canadians living with diabetes and prediabetes,” says Jovita Sundaramoorthy, vice president of research and education for the Canadian Diabetes Association. “The Diabetes365 online community is a new way for professionals to connect, share their insights, opinions and knowledge on diabetes topics 365 days of the year.”

Diabetes365 was first piloted at the 2012 Canadian Diabetes Association’s Annual Professional Conference and was initially open only to conference delegates and Association members. The Association has since expanded the community, creating more than a dozen different areas and new resources to support Association members and diabetes healthcare professionals. Among these resources is a area to support utilization of the new Canadian diabetes care standards – the Canadian Diabetes Association’s 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines. The Association is creating more value for its members by augmenting many of its programs with Diabetes365 member-only areas for training workshops, educator executive teams, a national research council, diabetes education section chapter areas and much more.

Diabetes365 will support communications with Association membership, increase program and event engagement, enhance education offerings and more The community will also be an online focal point for the Association to connect with delegates of this year’s unique annual professional conference – Vascular 2013. Vascular 2013 is a one-time Canadian event which is bringing five key medical conferences under one roof in October.

Diabetes365 is being brought to life through collaboration between the Canadian Diabetes Association and TimedRight Inc.

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About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association is a registered charitable organization, leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. Our professional staff and more than 20,000 volunteers provide education and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease, advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a cure. Please visit http://www.diabetes.ca, join us on facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation, follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

About TimedRight
TimedRight™ Inc. operates an established online community, timedright.com, which connects thousands of healthcare professionals with hundreds of organizations across Canada.  The TimedRightTM network includes Communities operated by the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society, the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care, a number of Ontario LHINs, and many other healthcare organizations.

For more information, please contact:

Heath Applebaum
National Director, Communications
Canadian Diabetes Association
P: (416) 408-7053
E: [email protected]
W: http://www.diabetes.ca

To learn more about TimedRight, please contact:

David Hill
TimedRight™ Inc.
P: (416) 850-0969
E: [email protected]
W: http://www.timedright.com

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