Diabetics spend a significant amount of time monitoring their blood sugar, watching what they eat and when they eat, and making sure they have access to health care and medicine. The nature of diabetes and the effects the disease can have on a diabetic’s life require diligence and almost constant awareness to ensure it is managed properly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 32 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, and the number of adults diagnosed with the condition in the past 20 years has more than doubled. The disease has a huge impact on a person’s overall health and wellness. Diabetes is the No. 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations and adult blindness, and it is among the top 10 causes of death in the U.S.

Effective July 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue Care Network of Michigan is offering a diabetes management program powered by Livongo. Its purpose? To help diabetics simplify diabetes management, improve their health, save money and spend more time enjoying life.

Management Hassles

Diabetes management can be complicated, stressful, expensive and full of hassles. There is a constant need to organize test strips and medication and regulate blood sugar, and diabetics haven’t always had adequate health care support when they need it.

The Livongo program is designed to remove the barriers that can make it problematic for diabetics from controlling their condition. The program simplifies diabetes management by offering devices including advanced “smart” blood glucose meters that share information with Livongo via a mobile app. Livongo in turn provides customized insights and alerts. Users can also use the devices to share information with their health care providers and loved ones.

Livongo also provides personalized expert coaching and other support. The Livongo Expert Coach facilitates education, provides feedback and support, and ensures diabetics have the tools they need to reach their goals. Coaches are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, 365 days per year.

Diabetics also have access to unlimited supplies of test strips and lancets, at no cost and shipped directly to health plan members’ homes.

Livongo is using data and analytics to drive behavioral change and give users a personalized experience. Everyone’s struggle with diabetes is unique, and analytics and data based on a person’s health history are essential to the best possible management of the disease.

How it Works

The idea of learning a new way to manage one’s numbers may sound overwhelming, but the simplicity and convenience of the Livongo program can help ease this transition. Livongo works with health plan members so they understand the program, which comes packaged with a welcome kit and onboarding information.

Livongo recognizes managing diabetes is a journey. Remote coaching and monitoring of numbers can help keep diabetics safe and improve their overall health over time. Weight management, monitoring blood pressure and striving for healthier living are all part of the efforts that empower program participants to take control of their disease. The program provides access to high-tech tools that are uncomplicated and helpful, including personalized “smart” dashboards and scales, shareable reports, mini challenges and lessons for healthier living.

Dollars and Sense

Diabetes is an expensive disease to manage, and the more one can get ahead of controlling it, the less costly it can be. The Livongo program helps move diabetics toward healthy goals, and there is zero cost for using it. In addition to saving money, it can provide peace of mind and the capacity to live a fuller life.

For more information about Livongo, contact your health care provider.