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American Diabetes Association, Kaiser Permanente Develop Web Site To Provide
Treatment Plans  
The American Diabetes Association and Kaiser Permanente are developing a Web
site that will offer free, customized treatment plans for people with
diabetes, the Wall Street Journal reports. On the site, expected to be
launched during the first half of next year, people will enter information
about height, weight, race, blood-sugar levels, medications and their hearts
and kidneys. Within 10 minutes, they will receive suggestions on how best to
manage their diabetes. The Web site will use the software program
Archimedes, which was developed with funding from Kaiser and has been used
by health researchers to study cost issues and treatment recommendations.
The program has been "highly accurate" with its patient treatment
suggestions, as evidenced by a comparison with 17 "real-world" studies that
measured treatments and patient outcomes, the Journal reports. Because
Archimedes has so many variables, running a simulation based on patient
information could take as long as 100 hours on a single personal computer.
However, Gateway Computers will donate processing power from about 6,800
"essentially idle" PCs to create a computer grid capable of reducing
processing time to less than 10 minutes (Bulkeley, Wall Street Journal,
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