Month: May 2022

Parent Company of Edwards Health Care Services Achieves HITRUST Risk-Based, 2-Year Certification to Further Mitigate Risk in Third-Party Privacy, Security, and Compliance

May 24, 2022

GEMCORE, a family of companies, achieves HITRUST Risk-Based, 2-Year Certification demonstrating to customers our commitment to HIPAA Compliance and the security of protected health information (PHI). HITRUST Risk-based, 2-year (r2) Certified status demonstrates that the organization’s operational platforms have met key regulations and industry-defined requirements and appropriately manage risk.

HITRUST Certification

The HITRUST Assurance Program is the most rigorous available, consisting of a multitude of quality assurance checks, both automated and manual,” said Bimal Sheth, Executive Vice President, Standards Development & Assurance Operations, HITRUST. “The fact that GEMCORE has achieved HITRUST Risk-based, 2-year Certification attests to the high quality of their information risk management and compliance program.

-Matt Edwards, CEO

This achievement places GEMCORE and its family of companies in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned this certification. By including federal and state regulations, standards, and frameworks and incorporating a risk-based approach, the HITRUST Assurance Program helps organizations address security and data protection challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.

Healthcare organizations like ours are continually under pressure to deliver the highest degree of data protection,” said Matthew Edwards, CEO at GEMCORE. “The process to earn this certification was not easy; however, well worth the investment and demonstrates to customers our commitment to HIPPA Compliance and the security of protected health information (PHI). We are super proud of our team in achieving the HITRUST Risk-based, 2-year Certification.

Based in Hudson, Ohio, GEMCORE, a family of companies, is an industry leader of diabetes management solutions, mail-order diabetes supplies and medications, specialty third-party logistics as well as health coaching and disease management. Through its four divisions — Edwards Health Care ServicesGEMCO MedicalGemCare Wellness, and GEM Edwards Pharmacy — GEMCORE serves patients nationwide.

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How does continuous glucose monitoring work?

May 05, 2022

Glucose meters tend to make testing easier, but it can still be painful to constantly prick fingers for testing, especially for high-frequency testers. Now, there is a way to avoid unnecessary fingersticks: continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). A CGM captures your blood sugar levels and shows whether it is increasing, decreasing, or remaining steady.

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If you’re wondering how continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) helps you gain better control of your diabetes, you’re in the right place! The ability to identify trends in your blood glucose levels is a critical piece of diabetes management and will help you make informed decisions to prevent lows, extreme highs, and erratic blood sugars. This additional information also helps you better understand how insulin, food, exercise, and other variables affect glucose values. View our top brands of CGMs!

How Does A CGM Work?

A Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) generally consists of a sensor, transmitter, and receiver. With most CGMs, users wear a small sensor on top the skin that they replace every couple of weeks. The sensor reads the user’s interstitial fluid to detect glucose levels, and the attached transmitter sends the sensor’s readings to the receiver or smartphone app (and in some cases, smartwatch). This makes it easy for the user to see their blood sugar data at any time. The user can also easily download and share the data with their healthcare team so that they fine-tune their diabetes treatment.

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A new implantable CGM system called Eversense E3 works a little differently than traditional CGMs. The Eversense E3 sensor lasts 180 (!) days and is inserted via a quick in-office procedure. You’ll wear a transmitter over the insertion location, which will send your glucose readings to an app on your smartphone. If you’re interested in Eversense E3, talk to your endocrinologist first to determine the best way to get started.

Studies show that CGMs can reduce A1C levels, provide better glycemic control, and supply physicians with more data to make better-informed treatment decisions.

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Benefits of a CGM

Know your readings with zero routine fingersticks and no calibration

Shows real-time glucose readings to constant monitoring

Helps lower A1C and reduce hypoglycemic incidents

Provides insights for better diabetes management

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