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From design to implementation - The Joint Asia Diabetes Evaluation (JADE) program: A descriptive report of an electronic web-based diabetes management program

Gary T Ko12, Wing-Yee So2, Peter C Tong2, Francois Le Coguiec3, Debborah Kerr3, Greg Lyubomirsky3, Beaver Tamesis3, Troels Wolthers3, Jennifer Nan1 and Juliana Chan12*

Author Affiliations

1 Asia Diabetes Foundation, Flat 4B, Block B, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR, China

2 Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China

3 Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), a subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc., USA

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BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2010, 10:26  doi:10.1186/1472-6947-10-26

Published: 13 May 2010



The Joint Asia Diabetes Evaluation (JADE) Program is a web-based program incorporating a comprehensive risk engine, care protocols, and clinical decision support to improve ambulatory diabetes care.


The JADE Program uses information technology to facilitate healthcare professionals to create a diabetes registry and to deliver an evidence-based care and education protocol tailored to patients' risk profiles. With written informed consent from participating patients and care providers, all data are anonymized and stored in a databank to establish an Asian Diabetes Database for research and publication purpose.


The JADE electronic portal (e-portal: webcite) is implemented as a Java application using the Apache web server, the mySQL database and the Cocoon framework. The JADE e-portal comprises a risk engine which predicts 5-year probability of major clinical events based on parameters collected during an annual comprehensive assessment. Based on this risk stratification, the JADE e-portal recommends a care protocol tailored to these risk levels with decision support triggered by various risk factors. Apart from establishing a registry for quality assurance and data tracking, the JADE e-portal also displays trends of risk factor control at each visit to promote doctor-patient dialogues and to empower both parties to make informed decisions.


The JADE Program is a prototype using information technology to facilitate implementation of a comprehensive care model, as recommended by the International Diabetes Federation. It also enables health care teams to record, manage, track and analyze the clinical course and outcomes of people with diabetes.