|By Business Wire||
|December 9, 2013 08:02 AM EST||
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans. If trends continue, more than a third of the country will have the disease by 2050. In 2012, the estimated total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States was $245 billion.
To help patients, physicians, employers, and health plans better address this growing epidemic, Telcare, Inc., the leader in mobile diabetes management solutions, and Health Dialog, a preeminent provider of care management, today announced a strategic partnership. Under terms of the agreement, Telcare’s blood glucose monitor (BGM) will integrate with Health Dialog’s diabetes management program, providing patients living with diabetes and their healthcare providers a more effective way to manage and control the chronic condition.
“The rising prevalence of diabetes and the associated costs require organizations and patients adopt new, accountable measures for controlling diabetes in order to prevent needless complications,” said Dr. Jonathan Javitt, co-founder and CEO of Telcare and the inventor of Telcare’s diabetes monitoring system. “Our technology, coupled with the already-successful Health Dialog diabetes management program, will give organizations an innovative way to treat the condition, and we are looking forward to the partnership,” said John Dwyer, Telcare’s Chairman and co-founder.
Using glucose values transmitted in real-time by the Telcare BGM, patients now have instant access to feedback and coaching for their condition. Caregivers and providers have online access to the same results, allowing them to easily analyze the data and get alerts about potential patient complications. Additionally, patients no longer need to keep a log of their blood glucose readings to convey to their provider. Providers can spend more time during patient appointments focusing on treatment and less time reviewing blood glucose levels.
“Much of healthcare today involves helping people manage conditions, including diabetes, whose outcomes can be greatly influenced by lifestyle or behaviors,” said Robert Mandel, M.D., CEO of Health Dialog. “The addition of Telcare’s cellular-enabled glucose monitoring device to our proven diabetes management program provides our clients with access to real-time blood glucose data to help patients and caregivers monitor and act in a timely manner and, ultimately, change behavior so that they can live healthier, happier, longer lives.”
To learn more about the Telcare and Health Dialog partnership, visit Telcare in booth 813 at the mHealth Summit from December 9-11, 2013, in Washington, D.C. For more information about Telcare and its BGM, visit www.telcare.com. For information about Health Dialog, visit www.healthdialog.com.
Telcare enables health plans and employers to lower costs and improve outcomes for individuals living with diabetes by delivering actionable, real-time insight that promotes greater care coordination and engagement. The company’s award-winning mobile health platform combines cellular-enabled technologies with personalized feedback and coaching to increase compliance with care guidelines and prevent complications, thereby improving population health and reducing the cost of care. Telcare is a privately-held company funded by the Qualcomm Life Fund, Sequoia Capital, and private investors. To learn more, visit www.telcare.com.
About Health Dialog Services Corporation:
Health Dialog Services Corporation is a leading provider of healthcare analytics and decision support. The firm is a private, wholly-owned subsidiary of Bupa, a global provider of healthcare services. Health Dialog helps employers, payers, and providers improve healthcare quality while reducing overall costs. Company offerings include health coaching for medical decisions, chronic conditions, and wellness; population analytic solutions; and consulting services. Health Dialog helps individuals participate in their own healthcare decisions, develop more effective relationships with their physicians, and live longer, healthier, happier lives. For more information, visit www.healthdialog.com.