June 21, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, one of the nation’s top-ranked academic health centers, and Teladoc Health, the global leader in whole-person virtual care, have partnered to offer improved care and support for individuals living with Type 2 diabetes.
Beginning July 1, select patients can enroll in Teladoc Health’s Livongo for Diabetes Program, a personalized experience that helps members understand their blood sugar, develop healthy lifestyle habits and improve glycemic control. To drive better health outcomes, the program works to improve hemoglobin A1c and other metabolic markers which have been shown in large clinical trials to reduce diabetes complications and decrease out-of-range blood glucose values, leading to reduced utilization of health care resources.
“With the prevalence of diabetes growing nationwide and in Ohio, patients are faced with ever-increasing challenges to manage this disease,” said Dr. Hal Paz, executive vice president and chancellor for Health Affairs at The Ohio State University and CEO of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “This partnership with Teladoc Health’s Livongo disease management and chronic care unit is a complementary platform to deliver high quality care to our patients living with diabetes while advancing our commitment to digital health and innovation.”
The Livongo for Diabetes Program focuses on driving sustainable behavior change, which can lead to improved glycemic control and HbA1c for members. It uses a variety of mechanisms, including real-time feedback, live coaching, curated educational content, heath nudges, and 5-day mini challenges. The system allows for easy data sharing with the patient’s physician, allowing them to keep track of their progress.
“As the number of adults living with diabetes continues to rise around the world, it becomes more and more important to create a new kind of healthcare experience, one that empowers people everywhere to live their healthiest life,” said Joseph DeVivo, president of hospital and health system at Teladoc Health. “That is the experience Teladoc Health can provide to patients of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, making it easier, safer and more affordable for individuals to manage their health with confidence.”
All participating members will get a cellular connected blood glucose meter, unlimited test strips, 24-7 interventional support and ongoing access to Teladoc Health professionals for individualized care.
Media contact: Marti Leitch, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, Marti.Leitch@osumc.edu