Independence Blue Cross, Podimetrics partner to monitor diabetic amputation risk

Independence Blue Cross is tracking amputation risks among some diabetic members through a partnership with Somerville, Mass.-based Podimetrics.

The collaboration uses a cellular-connected SmartMat device that detects foot complications in some diabetic members up to five weeks before a clinician can, according to an Oct. 29 news release

Members with a history of foot ulcers stand on a SmartMat for 20 seconds each day, and Podimetrics checks the temperature of their feet as a warning for potential complications. 

Left untreated, complications can lead to patients needing amputations, which disproportionately affect minority communities, according to the release. The amputations can cost up to $100,000 and have a 62 percent five-year mortality rate.

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