Bringing diabetes management to your smartphone

Published November 20, 2018

Every year 1.5 million more Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. The impact is expansive: The Blue Cross Blue Shield Health IndexSM shows that among more than 200 health conditions, type 2 diabetes falls within the top five conditions with the greatest impact on quality of life and longevity for Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) members. And direct medical costs to treat diabetes can add up to more than $237 billion each year.

For the 30.3 million Americans living with diabetes, managing symptoms is essential to staying healthy for the long run. Today, new technology is making this easier and more convenient.

Through the Health of America Diabetes Collaborative, BCBS companies are forming strategic partnerships to identify diabetes management solutions that are effective in improving healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as diet and exercise, and lowering blood sugar levels. Many of these innovative partnerships leverage the latest in healthcare technology to help people gain control of their diabetes.

By analyzing program results and hearing directly from members, the Health of America Diabetes Collaborative allows BCBS companies to offer its members programs that are proven to be effective in managing diabetes.

BCBS companies team up with technology to offer innovative diabetes management solutions

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