The Rapid Implementation of an Innovative Virtual Diabetes Boot Camp Program: Case Study

Salim Saiyed, Renu Joshi, Safi Khattab, Shabnam Dhillon

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Background: COVID-19 disrupted health care, causing a decline in the health of patients with chronic diseases and a need to reimagine diabetes care. With the advances in telehealth programs, there is a need to effectively implement programs that meet the needs of patients quickly. Objective: The aim of this paper was to create a virtual boot camp program for patients with diabetes, in 3 months, from project conception to the enrollment of our first patients. Our goal is to provide practical strategies for rapidly launching an effective virtual program to improve diabetes care. Methods: A multidisciplinary team of physicians, dieticians, and educators, with support from the telehealth team, created a virtual program for patients with diabetes. The program combined online diabetes data tracking with weekly telehealth visits over a 12-week period. Results: Over 100 patients have been enrolled in the virtual diabetes boot camp. Preliminary data show an improvement of diabetes in 75% (n=75) of the patients who completed the program. Four principles were identified and developed to reflect the quick design and launch. Conclusions: The rapid launch of a virtual diabetes program is feasible. A coordinated, team-based, systematic approach will facilitate implementation and sustained adoption across a large multispecialty ambulatory health care organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere32369
JournalJMIR Diabetes
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Diabetes
  • Digital health
  • Mhealth implementation
  • Mobile health
  • Telemedicine
  • Virtual diabetes
  • Virtual health
  • Virtual health
  • Virtual interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Biomedical Engineering


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