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Diabetes management guide released by employer health care group

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The Northeast Business Group on Health on Tuesday released a guide that aims to help employers evaluate the various digital tools available for preventing and managing diabetes among their employees.

The guide looks at 25 digital diabetes tools and categorizes them based on their primary use, the New York-based employer-led health care coalition said in a statement.

The guide also pinpoints specific features, such as educational content, tracking components and social networking capabilities, and rates each tool based on how likely it is to encourage engagement among employees, according to the statement.

According to 2014 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.1 million people, or 9.3% of the U.S. population, are estimated to have diabetes.

“Unfortunately, diabetes will continue to be a critical threat to employee population health and a major driver of employer health care costs well into the future,” Dr. Jeremy Nobel, NEBGH medical director, said in the statement. “Employers have told us they are struggling to find a mix of programs and benefit strategies that will be effective in helping employees prevent the disease or manage it once they have it, and digital diabetes tools hold promise in improving program effectiveness.”