WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Voxiva, Inc., a pioneer in interactive mobile health programs, announced today that members of Gateway Health(SM) are able to enroll in Care4Life(SM), a personalized diabetes self-management program delivered to mobile phones. Developed by Voxiva, the company behind the nation's largest mobile health initiative, Text4Baby(SM), Care4Life combines the best in diabetes education with proven evidence-based behavior change techniques. The program uses text messages, a personal web portal and mobile website to connect, engage and support people with diabetes.
Care4Life provides education, medication and appointment reminders, blood glucose tracking, weight/exercise goal setting and tracking, and a motivational virtual coach. Care4Life also contains information from American Diabetes Association publications including healthy recipes, nutrition tips, and information on disease management. Along with increases in medication/appointment attendance and weight loss, Care4Life participants are more knowledgeable, confident and effective in managing their diabetes.
"Care4Life is an ideal program to offer to our members because of its rich, evidence-based content. We have great confidence that Care4Life will help our members take better control of their health and their diabetes," says Michael Madden, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Gateway Health.
"We are thrilled to be working with such a forward thinking partner. Gateway Health has demonstrated a commitment to bring the most innovative tools and resources to help improve the health of their members," says Voxiva CEO Justin Sims.
Surveys of Care4Life participants show:
- 85% reported improved knowledge of diabetes and how to manage their condition
- 85% said it helped them remember to take medications and attend doctors' appointments
- 86% said it helped them set health goals and work toward achieving them
- 97% would recommend Care4Life to other people with diabetes
In addition, clinical study results measuring the effectiveness of Care4Life are expected to be published in the coming months.
Care4Life's text messages were developed by Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE, author of the American Diabetes Association book, Your First Year With Diabetes, and 2004 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year. "It is the daily reinforcement of desired behavior that is so unique about Care4Life," according to Garnero. "Interactive text messaging, combined with an online log that is built one text message at a time, will reinforce the guidance provided by the patient's educator and care team."
To learn more, contact Voxiva Inc. at (202) 419-0179 or [email protected].
Founded in 2001, Voxiva is a global pioneer in delivering interactive mobile health services. We leverage the world's 5 billion mobile phones to communicate and interact with people to help them live healthier lives. All of our patient engagement services incorporate evidenced-based content and best practices to deliver highly effective and engaging solutions. Voxiva's programs support a broad range of health topics such as maternal & child health (Text4Baby, Text4Kids), smoking cessation (Text2Quit), healthy living (Txt4Health) and diabetes self-management (Care4Life). In 2011, Fast Company recognized Voxiva as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world. Learn more at www.voxiva.com.
About Gateway Health(SM)
Gateway Health is a top-ranked managed care organization that focuses on providing the best possible healthcare to a growing number of Medical Assistance (Medicaid) and Medicare members. Gateway Health serves the needs of nearly 300,000 of Pennsylvania's at risk and most vulnerable citizens – those facing chronic diseases, and those who are Medicare eligible and low-income. For two decades, members have benefitted from services such as disease management, health and wellness programs and preventive care.
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