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Improving Diabetes Care in the Middle East Beyond the Hospital

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Joslin Diabetes Center has formed an alliance with TVM Capital Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm in the Middle East, to improve the care of people with diabetes. The collaboration will focus on supporting TVM Capital Healthcare Partners' "Continuum-of-Care" portfolio companies in the field of rehabilitation, home care and long-term care to enhance the level of diabetes care in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

During the initial phase of the project, Joslin’s responsibilities will be to focus on assessing the knowledge base, resources and needs of these of the portfolio businesses. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the UAE with greater than 20 percent of the population having diabetes and many more at risk.

The work will support TVM Capital Healthcare Partners’ businesses to become healthcare/diabetes care centers of excellence in the region, and encourage more Middle East and North African (MENA) patients to be treated locally instead of traveling abroad for treatment.

“This collaboration is a great example of applying our ‘Global Partnership for Local Impact’ strategy in the global marketplace,” said Dr. William Hsu, Senior Director, Joslin Health Solutions International. “It makes perfect sense to integrate diabetes management into the holistic care given to patients in the rehabilitation and home environments.”

Joslin has a variety of relationships with health care industries and government agencies, and the landscape around health care is changing fast. TVM Capital Healthcare Partners understands the needs of the people and governments of the Middle East and has the capital and rapport with the UAE health agencies to help develop programs that can make a lasting impact on diabetes management. 

“Nursing home, rehabilitative and home care are relatively new concepts in the UAE,” says Haleh Armian, Associate Director for Joslin Health Solutions International, who manages the project. “Most patients stay in the hospital until they are ready to go home, and the idea of referring them to a post and sub-acute care setting has its set of challenges and opportunities. As part of this project, one of our goals is for stakeholders especially families/patients with diabetes to better understand the value and benefits of receiving specialized diabetes care in settings that apply Joslin clinical guidelines, professional staff training and patient education programs.”

Another challenge and opportunity for the Joslin team is to help TVM Capital Healthcare Partners’ home and rehab care businesses gain adequate reimbursement for skilled nursing and associated diabetes management services care outside the hospital setting.

Joslin brings unrivaled expertise in diabetes disease management and education. “We take a train the trainer approach. We want to give our partners the tools they need to manage patients with diabetes better. We hope to provide a culturally appropriate paradigm, which can be replicated across the Middle East,” said Elaine Sullivan, MS, RN, CDE, Associate Director of Clinical Education Programs.

Elaine will be providing clinical, operations and education expertise to the project. Medha Munshi, M.D., will serve as Medical Director on this project. Dr. Munshi is board certified in geriatric medicine as well as endocrinology. She serves as the Director of the Geriatric Clinic at Joslin.

Page last updated: November 22, 2014