August 1, 2018

Insurer taps New Haven diabetes exercise tech

Harvard Pilgrim, which sells group health insurance in Connecticut, said it has arranged to use a New Haven medtech's exercise app designed to help diabetes patients lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels.

Fitscript claims more than one million users of its "GlucoseZone" program and mobile app. Harvard Pilgrim recently started offering the product on a pilot basis for its Connecticut employer groups.

Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

The insurer said a recent clinical pilot of the program showed results for participants over a 90 day period, resulting in an average weight loss of nearly 10 pounds, a 2 percent average reduction in blood sugar levels, and an estimated $8,480 in annual savings from the reduced need for medication.

A recent clinical pilot of GlucoseZone led to demonstrable improvement for participants in core diabetes metrics such as A1C reduction, weight loss and self-management. Participants who followed the program for 90 days reported an average 2 percent reduction in A1C and an average weight loss of 9.7 pounds along with an estimated $8,480 annual savings due to reduced need.

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