Empowerment of Patients and Healthcare Providers by combining the latest information technology with evidence-based health care practices



Diabetes Task Force Solutions (“DTFS”) is a team of professional healthcare providers, health administrators, and patients with considerable business expertise, to ensure that our solutions are evidence based, comprehensive, cost effective, and sustainable. DTFS has worked with a number of organizations to develop unique; evidence based comprehensive diabetes prevention and management programs ranging from education to community-based prevention and management models, and to state-of-the-art virtual diabetes center.

Our philosophy is based on empowerment and motivation of patients to play a leading role in managing their chronic diseases through culturally sensitive and holistic self-education interactive education programs; providing healthcare professionals with innovative technology based tools for better treatment and monitoring of patients; and integrated solutions for healthcare services to cost effectively manage their resources while providing efficient services to the clients.




A pro-active system of care



Our Mission

Empowering patients through education.
Ensuring access to cost-effective diabetes care.
Improving job satisfaction for healthcare workers.

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Our Services


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System analysis

Designing and implementing diabetes prevention and management programs

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eHealth

Developing healthcare software applications

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Education

Designing and implementing diabetes education programs

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Community Programs

Indigenous community based diabetes prevention and management

The Virtual Diabetes Center

 
"Globally, healthcare expenditure for diabetes totaled US$465 billion in 2011, equivalent to 11% of total health spending. Without an investment in making effective treatments for preventing diabetes complications widely available, this is predicted to rise to US$595 billion by 2030." IDF- Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021


Diabetes Education


Although medical therapy is important, long-term diabetes control also depends on the choices patients make about diet, physical activity, and other health-related behavior. These choices are based on patients’ knowledge about their disease, their ability to monitor it, and their motivation to self-management behavior; hence the importance of diabetes education and user friendly management tools. Moreover, facts about diabetes, how to manage it, and its potential health complications should be presented to the patient at the time he or she is diagnosed.

DTFS in association with BC Endocrine Research Foundation have developed a comprehensive multicultural diabetes education program, it is available as a web-based program and in DVD and CD-ROM format. Live Well with Diabetes addresses the culture aspects that motivates people to manage their health in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Farsi, Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

The purpose of “Live Well with Diabetes” is to provide a combination of diabetes knowledge and self-management skills as well as heightened self-awareness regarding health, beliefs, needs, and goals. Individuals with diabetes can use this knowledge to make informed decisions about their behavior and act for their self-care. Family and friends can also gain understanding thereby providing a solid support network for the individual with diabetes.


  • Quick and easy access to information after being diagnosed with diabetes
  • Learning about topics that may not be covered by the traditional diabetes education sources
  • Learning from other people with diabetes' experiences
  • Sharing knowledge with family and friends for building a better support system and promote prevention
  • Motivation and taking ownership of their diabetes

  • Compliance with treatment plans
  • Improve communication between patients and healthcare providers
  • Reduce visitation time while maintaining job satisfaction by providing patients with education
  • Broaden scope of education
  • Improve efficiency
  • Reduce waiting period
  • Deliver efficient health education in rural and remote areas
  • Informed patients will learn more from the diabetes clinics and will increase the return on investment in clinics
  • Reduce the overload and waiting periods
  • Reduce potential hospital stay
  • Assist in diabetes prevention efforts by educating the diabetic families about diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle
  • Demonstrate leadership by introducing an effective innovative diabetes education tool
  • Develop customer loyalty
  • Integrate with other marketing initiatives


Diabetes Awareness and Screening


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DTFS team has organized more than 20 diabetes awareness and screening events for the First Nations communities in British Columbia. These events are community gatherings designed to share knowledge regarding diabetes between healthcare professionals and community members. It is also an opportunity for community members to be screened for diabetes. Screening tests include random glucose. If the result is higher than 8 mmols/l, or if they have known diabetes, the A1c is tested By Point-of Care testing. Other tests were available included blood pressure, BMI, and lipids to complete a Metabolic Syndrome profile. These events were carried out with the association of BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sports, health authorities and local healthcare communities.



Community Based Programs


The Model

A Community Based Diabetes Prevention and Management Model (CBDPMM), a patient focused approach, applies culturally appropriate and holistic methods. Developed by the DTFS in partnership with a team of healthcare nonprofessionals specialized in diabetes prevention and management, as well as input from patients and other stakeholders.

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The model was successfully implemented at the Haisla First Nation in British Columbia and has achieved significant results in terms of prevention and management of diabetes and the sustainability and ownership of the disease within the community.

Our Services



Diabetes Task Force provides:

  • Designing and implementing diabetes prevention and management programs;
  • Designing and implementing diabetes community-based awareness and management strategies;
  • Developing healthcare software applications;
  • Training and transfer of technology;
  • Developing clinical outcome measures;
  • Evaluation of disease management program effectiveness;
  • System analysis, identifying gaps in care-delivery system, and designing alternative solutions;
  • Developing stakeholders’ partnerships.

Our methodology:

  • Patient focused approach
  • Evidence based outcome
  • Development of Best Practices
  • Participation of all stakeholders during the planning, funding, and implementation stages of the project to ensure the solutions are cost effective, evidence-based, and sustainable
  • Management by objective approach
  • Maximize the use of information technology when applicable
  • Develop implementation procedures for future duplication of the project
  • Apply medical ethical protocols
  • Protection of patients’ information and ownership of data
  • Apply system encryption and data security


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Working together to improve diabetes care