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Los retos de vivir con diabetes den Puerto Rico

By |2023-01-22T18:01:13-04:00November 14, 2022|News, Uncategorized|

The daily work of everyone in Abartys Health really matters and has an impact on patients’ lives, e.g. to help guide public policy decisions and interventions for people with diabetes who most need help. For example, in the central region, the average Diabetes prevalence of the top ten municipalities rose from 21.6% in 2019 to 26.8% in 2022. The power of the Abartys data for our clients is to visualize de-identified and aggregated patient data including gaps-in–care by zip code, provider, and payer, helping improve patients’ lives.

November is National Diabetes Month and, in recognition, we are pleased with the publication of our diabetes study results making front page news in the Sunday’s edition of El Nuevo Dia news paper. We would like to thank the Puerto Rico Diabetes Association the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust and the Puerto Rico Health Trust, and the Outcome Project for the collaborative work that made this study a reality.

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Diabetes Prevalence in Puerto Rico Potentially Much Higher than Official Estimate

By |2022-10-24T15:08:48-04:00October 21, 2022|News, Uncategorized|

Diabetes Prevalence in Puerto Rico Potentially Much Higher than Official Estimate

According to a new analysis performed as part of a new alliance between Abartys Health and the Puerto Rico Diabetes Association


San Juan, Puerto Rico – The prevalence of diabetes in Puerto Rico could be much higher than official estimates, according to a cross-sectional analysis conducted by health technology provider Abartys Health and the Puerto Rico Diabetes Association. The analysis also measured for the first time the prevalence of prediabetes in the island’s population.

The analysis revealed that for the year 2021, Puerto Rico had an estimated diabetes prevalence of over 19.3% among adults 20 years old or higher, based on anonymous clinical data of over 800,000 people within Puerto Rico. Moreover, the estimated diabetes prevalence for September 2022 stands at 20.0%, a figure that is significantly higher than the latest officially reported number of 15.8%, and also higher than the prevalence of the disease in the United States of 14.7%, according to data from the CDC.

“This is the first time that diabetes prevalence in Puerto Rico has been analyzed at this scale, allowing us to see tendencies based on real-world data. Current official figures rely on self-reported information from phone-based surveys alone and do not account for undiagnosed cases, giving us an incomplete picture”, stated Florian Gaa, General Manager of Abartys Health. “In the management of diabetes in the overall population, we advocate for a larger emphasis on data and prevention.”

“Diabetes is a significant health challenge as it greatly increases overall mortality and healthcare costs across all affected populations,” said Brenda Padilla, Executive Director of the Diabetes Association. “We want to bring awareness to what is really a health crisis and at the same time place new tools at the disposal of health authorities, providers and patients,” said Padilla.

The analysis also points to a high prediabetes prevalence in Puerto Rico, which increased from 25.7% to 28.6% during the period from 2019 to 2022, which, together with cases of patients already diagnosed with diabetes, means that almost 50% of the population is currently impacted by the condition.

Diabetes is known to be a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation. Furthermore, it also increases the risk of death associated with COVID19, according to an increasing number of studies.

The reported findings are based on a clinical data review encompassing over 2.6 million lab results for the period from 2019 to September 2022. The review was conducted anonymously on a population of non-identifiable unique patients, in strict compliance with applicable local and federal regulations.

According to the findings, the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) for the year 2022 was 24.0% in the population with diabetes, compared to 9.4% in the population with normal glucose levels. CKD was observed as being 3.2 imes more likely in people with diabetes than people with normal glucose levels. Likewise, low levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) or “good” cholesterol” and high triglyceride levels were found to be 2 and almost 3 times, respectively, more likely in people with diabetes than in those with normal glucose levels.

In terms of geography, the ten municipalities with the current highest diabetes prevalence are Camuy, Quebradillas, Hatillo, Lares, Yauco, Utuado, Arecibo, San Lorenzo, Adjuntas and Lajas.

To complete the data review and corresponding analysis, Abartys Health worked closely with the Puerto Rico Diabetes Association to develop the first clinical dashboard for the management of the condition on the island. The dashboard, based on the company’s clinical insight platform ClinicLynk, offers real-time information, providing a general assessment of the condition by gender, geography, age, health insurers, and medical providers, among other factors.

Typically, 70% of clinical decisions are made with lab data and now we have real-time, precise visibility on diabetes and prediabetes prevalence and incidents based on real-world data. This allows us to take action to catch and manage prediabetes cases on time, helping to avoid the worsening of the condition. Together with public health authorities, we can also better plan, implement and measure prevention programs,” said Padilla.

The diabetes clinical data dashboard also allows the identification of the relationship between diabetes and other conditions and provides insights into screening rates, risk factors, and possible gaps in care. “With this kind of data analytics,” Gaa explained, “healthcare professionals can better understand patient needs and better allocate resources.”

To measure the prevalence of diabetes, the government of Puerto Rico currently relies on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (PRBRFSS) from the CDC which consists on a system of telephone health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury. The survey was established in 1984.


About Abartys Health

Since 2016, clinical data management firm Abartys Health has been working to solve the breakdowns in healthcare. Abartys has built a secure and privacy-compliant platform to improve healthcare data interoperability between labs, patients, and providers, enabling actionable data insights and better patient outcomes. For more information, visit www.abartyshealth.com.


About the Puerto Rican Diabetes Association (APD)

APD is a non-profit organization, 501c3, that was established in 1988 with the mission of promoting the prevention, control, and diagnosis of diabetes, empowering patients, families, health professionals and the community in general through education. For more information, you can write to informacion@diabetespr.org, call (787) 729-2210 or 1-800-281-0617, or access www.diabetespr.org



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Welcome Luis Alicea

By |2022-05-10T15:27:08-04:00May 10, 2022|Leadership, News|

We are pleased to announce that Luis Alicea will join abartysHealth as Vice President, effective April 18, 2022.

Luis has 20+ years of sales and marketing experience with a focus on B2B growth initiatives in the tech and insurance sectors.

Most recently, Luis was Senior Vice President at HUB International, leading all aspects of the Employee Health and Benefits Practice. There he was responsible for the strategic direction of business including sales, service, and analytics of all related health benefit products offered to its institutional and government clients.

Prior to that role, Luis led all growth initiatives at Marsh as their Vice President of Sales / Country Sales Leader, including the Employee Health and Benefits team achieving over plan performance every fiscal year.

Prior to that, Luis was part of the founding team at ADP, where he became an award-winning leader responsible for the exponential growth of ADP products and services throughout the Caribbean and LATM region. His individual and team contributions allowed ADP to have a majority market share, which represent well over 40 million in annual recurring revenue.

Throughout his career, technology and his entrepreneurial vision has played a central role in his success.

Luis was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and enjoys traveling, photography and entrepreneurship. He is married to Carmen and has four children Nicole, Gabriel, Alexis and Delio.

Welcome to the team!

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Abartys Health Successfully Completes ISO 27001 Certification

By |2022-05-10T15:35:16-04:00May 3, 2022|News is my Business|

SAN JUAN, PR, May 2, 2022 – Abartys Health takes threats to the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of our client’s information seriously. As such, Abartys Health is an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified provider whose Information Security Management System (ISMS) has received third-party accreditation from the International Standards Organization.

“Data Security is a fundamental component of Abartys Health’s culture and strategy. Everything we do is centered on protecting our customers’ data and the integrity of our applications,” stated Florian Gaa, General Manager of Abartys Health. “We recognize that information security and risk management is an increasingly critical area in the digital healthcare space.”

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is an information security management system standard published in October 2013 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

A-lign, an independent, third-party auditor, found Abartys Health to have technical controls in place and formalized IT Security policies and procedures. A-lign is an ISO / IEC 27001 certification body accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to perform ISMS 27001 certifications.  Abartys Health has implemented several security measures and countermeasures that protect it from unauthorized access or compromise, and IT personnel were found to be conscientious and knowledgeable in best practices.

Compliance with this internationally recognized standard confirms that Abartys Health’s Information Security Management System (ISMS) is comprehensive and follows leading practices. The scope of the certification includes the ISMS for the protection of data related to Abartys Health SaaS applications, such as PatientLynk, ProviderLynk, InsureLynk, and ClinicLynk. Furthermore, it evidences that the controls implemented by Abartys Health are aligned with the HIPAA regulatory requirements.

This certification demonstrates Abartys Health’s continued commitment to information security at every level and ensures that the security of your clinical data and information has been addressed, implemented, and properly controlled in all areas of our organization.


About Abartys Health

Since 2016, Abartys has been working to solve the breakdowns in healthcare with smarter, faster patient care accomplished through a centralized data hub that allows for medical record portability and universal patient identification. Abartys has created a cloud-based healthcare analytics platform that transforms aggregated clinical data into actionable insights, monitors patient journeys in real-time and finds patients at risk to help providers close a care gap.


For more information, please visit  www.abartyshealth.com.

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Google Selects Abartys Health for its Technology Accelerator Program

By |2021-05-20T12:32:33-04:00May 19, 2021|The Weekly Journal|

Ten startup teams battled it out for their chance to appear on this year’s list of finalists for SXSW Release It, before Abartys Health emerged as the winner.

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New Federal Regulations Seek to Revolutionize Access to Healthcare Data

By |2021-05-19T13:38:30-04:00May 19, 2021|The Weekly Journal|

patientLynk give patients the power to access, contribute to and integrate information from their own health records using apps, portals and other software tools, enabling them to set and meet personal health goals.

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The Brave New World of Healthcare Data

By |2021-05-19T13:11:07-04:00May 19, 2021|Caribbean Business|

…patients could gain unprecedented access to their healthcare data, giving them more control over the management of their conditions as new federal interoperability regulations push insurers and health providers to adopt new technologies and standards.

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Abartys Health Introduces PatientLynk 2.0 to Enable Universal Patient Identification, Provide Faster Response for COVID-19 Lab Tests

By |2021-05-19T12:59:38-04:00May 19, 2021|Business Wire|

PatientLynk is designed specifically to improve patient access issues in accordance with new policy from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The FHIR-compliant online platform provides real-time access to test results the moment they are reported, a feature of even greater importance in the new era of social distancing.

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How A Puerto Rican Startup Rose At SxSW With A Novel Healthtech Solution

By |2021-01-20T16:36:12-04:00September 17, 2020|Forbes|

Out of the emerging tech ecosystem in Puerto Rico — a hub that I’ve been following closely on these pages — comes Abartys Health, a startup with an idea for fixing US healthcare.

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This Puerto Rican Startup Is Paving The Way For The Future Of Healthcare

By |2021-01-20T16:36:25-04:00September 17, 2020|Forbes|

Abartys Health is a Puerto Rican healthtech startup that provides insurance companies streamlined processes with providers and patient networks.

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