Care4lifesm Diabetes Management Program Now Available to UnitedHealthcare Medicaid Enrollees in Tennessee
Mobile health program uses text, web and app to help people manage their diabetes
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Feb. 1, 2014) – Care4life, an education and support program for people living with type 2 diabetes, is now available to people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Community Plan’s TennCare Medicaid program in West Tennessee.
Care4life uses text, web and a mobile app to deliver personalized diabetes support and evidence-based content to help people manage their diabetes. People using Care4life can set medication and appointment reminders; track weight and exercise goals; record blood glucose readings; and find healthy recipes, nutrition tips or behavior modification information provided in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association.
In a Care4life survey in February of 2013, more than 86 percent of users reported an increased knowledge of diabetes and how to manage the condition as well as set health goals; and 85 percent reported the program helped them remember to take their medications. More information about Care4life can be found at www.care4life.com.
“Care4life provides people living with diabetes useful health information in ways that are convenient for them, whether they are at home or on the go,” said Scott A. Bowers, president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee.
According to the 2013 America’s Health Rankings® report, Tennessee ranked 46th in the United States in the number of people in the state diagnosed with diabetes. Nearly 12 percent of adults responded yes to the question, “Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?” Percent of adults who responded yes to the question "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?"
“UnitedHealthcare has a strong history of providing innovative tools and resources available to their members to improve health or manage a health condition. Care4life uses an evidence-based and personalized approach to motivate users toward healthier behavior and improving the quality of life for people with type 2 diabetes,” said Justin Sims, CEO of Voxiva, the company that developed Care4life.
Care4life is one of many UnitedHealthcare programs and services aimed at fighting diabetes, obesity, and other related health problems in creative, practical ways to help improve health care quality, expand support and coverage, and help bend the cost curve. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded UnitedHealth Group’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA) a grant to expand the reach of the DPCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program in Tennessee as well as Colorado and Washington. The DPCA is a community-based initiative aimed at tackling the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
Founded in 2001, Voxiva is a global pioneer in delivering interactive mobile health services to help people live the healthiest life possible. The company's Care4life product portfolio combines evidence-based health guidelines, state-of-the-art behavior change expertise and digital technology to promote maternal & child health, adult health & wellness, smoking cessation and diabetes self-management. Personalized health information is sent via text messaging, mobile web and mobile applications. In 2011, Fast Company recognized Voxiva as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world. Learn more at www.voxiva.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 780,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,900 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.