DALLAS, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 million adults and
children in the United States — or 8.3 percent of the population
— have diabetes. Imagine if this sizeable group was able to more
easily manage their diabetes while at work, at home, or on-the-go
by using an easy-to-use self-management tool on their mobile
device. What if they were able to receive real-time clinically
based feedback and virtual coaching on effective lifestyle and
medication adjustments? And what if the information they entered
into their compatible device could be sent to healthcare
professionals without having to visit a doctor’s office?
That reality is here today thanks to AT&T’s* launch of
mHealth pilots underway with employees at:
- AT&T – one of the nation’s largest corporate payers
of healthcare coverage, which covers more than 1.2 million
employees and retirees and their dependents.
- Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) – the largest
customer-owned health insurer in the U.S. and fourth largest
overall, which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in
Illinois, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
mHealth Solutions presents DiabetesManager® is an
initiative between AT&T and WellDoc®, the maker of
DiabetesManager®, one of the first mHealth solutions to receive
clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration for
adults with Type 2 diabetes.
For up to six months, a select group of employees at each
company will use the new solution to capture and analyze diabetes
information such as blood sugar levels and carbohydrate intake and
will receive real-time messages on what to do differently if levels
are too high or too low. AT&T welcomes customers interested in
negotiating agreements for use of the mHealth se