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Mobile Coaching Services

Mobile coaching services help connect people with diabetes to healthcare professionals virtually, in real time. These programs can be found online or as apps for a smartphone. The goal of mobile coaching is to advise people on their health and improve diabetes management through access to 24/7 remote care.  

See below for an overview of the mobile coaching programs that are available, specifically to help people with diabetes. At the bottom of this page we’ve included helpful links to articles on specific product and research updates.

What Kind of Mobile Coaching Services Are Out There?

Below is a list of current offerings in and around digital health. We acknowledge this list may be incomplete, as there are likely other startups or academic groups working to build these virtual care services.

Updated: September 9, 2020

Product Name

Diabetes Features

Additional Features

Cost

Onduo

Diabetes Management – personal coach reachable through app or text/phone, using either a blood glucose meter kit (with unlimited refills) or Dexcom CGM kit

N/A

Free

mySugr

Diabetes Management – coaching with a certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES), insulin calculator, and estimated A1C. Pro version: includes detailed analysis, syncs with Roche BGM, and can provide BGM supplies through a package with the app

N/A

Free app, mySugr Pro: $2.99/ month or $27.99/year

 

Note: an annual subscription of mySugr Pro is available for free through the end of September 2020

One Drop for Diabetes Health

Diabetes Management – personalized coaching and recommendations based on blood sugar, with educational resources, Apple Health compatibility, food database, glucose meter, and community for members


Diabetes Prevention – personalized coaching and educational resources

Offers programs for high cholesterol and high blood pressure

Free app, or $19.99/ month for Digital Membership

Cornerstones4Care's Diabetes Health Coach

Diabetes Management – personalized learning and action plans, educational resources including a food and medicine database, motivational emails and reminders

N/A

Free

WellDoc's BlueStar

Diabetes Management – virtual personalized lifestyle coach with real-time feedback, fitness tracker, healthy recipes and meal plans

N/A

Free

Cecelia Health (formerly Fit4D)

Diabetes Management – tracks progress and goals, integrates with many devices, 
multilingual, one-on-one coaching with a certified diabetes care and education specialist

 

Offers telehealth care and programs for mental health support and heart health

Price depends on insurance coverage

Livongo

Diabetes Management – connected blood glucose meter, test strips, personalized insights and 24/7 expert support

 

Diabetes Prevention – connected smart scale, automatic tracking for weight and steps, expert coaching

Offers telehealth care and programs for weight management, high blood pressure, and mental health support

Free

Healthimation’s Why WAIT

Diabetes Management – personalized daily lifestyle programs, full-time live health coach, multilingual, group chat with other users

N/A

$49.99/ month

Lark Health

Diabetes Management – blood glucose tracking and coaching, medication reminders, nutrition focus, and glucometer and test strips included

 

Diabetes Prevention – personalized coaching

Offers programs for high blood pressure, weight management and mental health services

Price depends on insurance coverage; basic version of their health coaching app is available for both Android and iOS for $19.95/ month 

Omada Health

Diabetes Management – coaching, interactive lessons, blood sugar tracking with blood glucose meter, unlimited test strips, and community engagement

 

Diabetes Prevention – personalized coaching, interactive lessons, connected scale

Offers telehealth care with MediOrbis, and programs for high blood pressure (connected BP monitor) and mental health services

Free

Dario Health

Diabetes Management – all-in-one blood glucose monitoring system, unlimited supplies, educational resources; pro/premium offerings include personal coach and access to certified diabetes care and education specialists (premium)

Offers programs for high blood pressure, mental health services

Free

Virta

Diabetes Management – a focus on nutritional therapy (carb-restriction), health coaching, starter kit (including meter and strips), educational resources, and community

 

Diabetes Prevention – focus on nutritional therapy, health coaching, educational resources

N/A

Free

Fitbit Health Solutions

Diabetes Management – type 2 diabetes management coaching, activity challenges to motivate users

 

Diabetes Prevention – coaching for weight loss and diabetes prevention

Offers programs for high blood pressure, weight management, quitting smoking

Free; Premium Membership for $9.99, Premium + Health Coaching Membership for $54.99

Noom

Diabetes Management – coaching, real-time tracking, and in-app peer support

 

Diabetes Prevention – diabetes prevention program and coaching

Offers programs for high blood pressure, weight management, and mental health services

2-week free trial, and then $150 for a 6-month period

Yes Health

Diabetes Prevention – on-demand wellness, nutrition, and fitness coaching

Offers programs for weight management and general health

2-week free trial, and then $49 per month for 12 months

 

Helpful Links

How to Get Unlimited Test Strips and Personal Diabetes Coaching – Low-cost monthly subscription services from mySugr, One Drop, DarioHealth, and Livongo

Livongo’s Digital Diabetes Prevention Program Leads to Weight Loss – In exciting news for digital diabetes prevention programs, a new study showed that highly engaged participants – those who more frequently engaged in food logging, lessons, and physical activity – were more likely to lose weight

mySugr Pro Free During COVID-19 – mySugr Pro subscription gives users access to blood sugar reports, meal photos, blood sugar reminders, multi-BGM syncing, and more

Healthimation’s Why WAIT: A Weight Management App Combines Hollywood Animation and Healthcare – The first of its kind, Why WAIT is a creative app-based approach to weight loss and diabetes management

BlueStar App Now Integrates with CGM and Approved for Type 1 Diabetes – FDA approves WellDoc’s BlueStar app (24/7 diabetes management coaching and support) for use in type 1 diabetes. BlueStar insights also now incorporate data from Dexcom CGM

Omada’s Type 2 Diabetes Coaching Program Will Now Include Abbott FreeStyle Libre – Omada Health and Abbott partner to bring FreeStyle Libre to Omada Health’s digital coaching program for people with type 2 diabetes

Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes? diaTribe Readers Review Virta – Five reviews of Virta Health’s type 2 diabetes treatment from diaTribe readers over one year. What is it like to receive real-time medical supervision, 1:1 coaching, and personalized nutritional guidance based on carbohydrate-restriction? Read about A1C, blood sugar, weight, mood, energy, and other changes – straight from readers!

Diagnosed with Prediabetes? Here’s How to Find Support Near You – Participating in a lifestyle change program could help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes; online and app based programs include Canary Health, Lark, Noom, Omada Health Prevent, and Yes Health

Onduo Delivers Diabetes Clinic and Coaching to Your Smartphone – Available for BCBS members in South Carolina and Arkansas, with Georgia coming soon; program includes an app, coaching, a connected meter, and unlimited supplies at no cost for type 2 diabetes

Roche Buys mySugr to Expand World’s Most Popular Diabetes App – With Roche’s support, mySugr will expand to more countries and will even begin offering a new package with unlimited test strips and diabetes coaching through German insurer VKB 

Diabetes App by mySugr Passes One Million Registered Users – The most popular diabetes app in the world, mySugr offers coaching and tools to track blood sugar, medications, exercise, and “makes diabetes suck less”

New from Livongo: Unlimited Test Strips and Coaching for $49.99 Per Month – New Livongo Family Care Plan available without a prescription or insurance

Virta Health: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes with Low-Carb Diets & Coaching – Study shows a 1% A1c reduction in ten weeks with reduced or eliminated medications in most participants. Is it the real deal? Read on for the details!

One Drop: Unlimited Test Strips and Coaching for $39.95 Per Month or Less – One Drop Premium and Bluetooth-enabled Chrome meter available in US and EU, as well as 24/7 in-app support

Yes Health: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with a Mobile App and Health Coach – Plus, a partnership with UCSF to drive better research.   

Omada Health Launches Prevent Program for Underserved Populations – Program designed for Medicaid and uninsured individuals at risk for diabetes

LabStyle Launches Dario, All-In-One Smartphone Glucose Meter – Dario is an all-in-one device that holds a vial of strips, a lancing device, and a glucose meter that plugs into the headphone jack of a smartphone

Please note, this page is not a comprehensive list of all of the available resources or products available. All links are organized chronologically within their respective sections.