Cerner has entered into a multi-year agreement with Livongo Health to connect diabetes screening data collected from smart devices with Cerner health care clients. For people with diabetes, this can mean more effective self-management and a better use of time with their clinician. For care teams, on the other hand, this provides near real-time access to patient information, enabling quick interventions when a patient might be headed toward trouble.
Livongo’s first offering, Livongo for Diabetes, improves the care model for one of the most prevalent health conditions in the U.S. The Livongo device remotely transmits the information to a smart cloud for analysis. Actionable information is then quickly returned to the individual and members of their care team.
Patients use Livongo’s cellular-enabled blood glucose meter to measure their blood glucose levels, which are then automatically sent to the individuals they’ve designated, including physicians, family members, care coordinators and population health managers or other members of their care team. The device also passively collects information on activity and records behavioral information. Once the information is shared, that person’s care team can provide support if values are outside of their normal range.
“The combination of Cerner’s architecture with Livongo’s real-time diabetes ecosystem finally offers the ability for healthcare organizations to cost-effectively and efficiently extend care for chronic conditions beyond the four walls of the hospital,” said Glen Tullman, CEO of Livongo Health.
The initiative is part of Cerner’s CareAware approach to device connectivity outside the clinical setting.The initiative is part of Cerner’s CareAware approach to device connectivity outside the clinical setting, a key component of Cerner’s vision to centralize the focus of care around the patient rather than the provider.
Approximately 9% of the U.S. population is affected by diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), diabetes costs add up to $245 billion a year in medical care and lost work and wages.