An app for the support gap

Friday, October 21, 2016

PARK CITY, Utah – As the diabetes epidemic grows, the Dollar Diabetes Club has launched an app to help patients manage their disease.

Most apps for diabetes are geared toward tracking blood glucose readings. While the Dollar Diabetes app follows protocols established by the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, it was developed more as a 12-week lifestyle program with content from experts that covers nutrition, exercise, diabetes education and the emotional aspect of living with diabetes, says David Greenholtz, president.

“A lot of people don’t know enough (about managing diabetes) and they are on their own,” he said. “I also think it’s a tool that a lot of diabetes educators can use to help patients.”

The app is available for iOS and is a free download at the App Store.

Dollar Diabetes has also partnered with Diamond and Silk, a popular sister duo with a large social media presence, to promote the provider’s offerings.

“They are very vocal and they say what’s on their mind,” said Greenholtz. “I wanted to have real people spreading the message.”

The Dollar Diabetes Club launched in 2013 to provide a lower-cost option for diabetes testing supplies. Club members can receive a three-month supply of strips, lancets and free lifestyle products in prices ranging from $29.99 to $89.99.

As consumers increasingly bear more of the cost for their health care, they are informing themselves more about costs, says Greenholtz.

“They want to know how much is covered,” he said. “I feel we are filling a niche to help people in that gap right now and there’s a lot of people in that gap.”