Harvard Pilgrim is introducing GlucoseZone, a digital health solution for exercise-based diabetes management, as a 6-month pilot to members of employer group plans in Connecticut identified as having diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Available as an app for iPhone, iPad, and Android, GlucoseZone utilizes users’ blood glucose levels and other real-time diabetes data and biometrics to craft personalized workout programs tailored to their individual needs. Fitscript, the New Haven-based company that created GlucoseZone, focuses on the fitness and exercise component of diabetes management, which is often relatively overlooked. (Read this article from the Hartford Courant
for more information about Fitscript and the development of GlucoseZone.)
The type, amount, and intensity of the exercise people with diabetes need varies vastly depending on the type of diabetes they may have, their current glucose levels, and other informatics specific to them — and these complexities are something many people with diabetes don’t fully comprehend and don’t know how to seek guidance around. The GlucoseZone app features exercise programs users can adhere to when working out individually at the gym or running outside, pre-recorded home exercise classes they can follow along with, or live-streamed interactive exercise sessions during which they can receive real-time feedback and direction from digital coaches.
Beginning in late July, Harvard Pilgrim will begin informing eligible members in Connecticut about GlucoseZone via mailings that include a unique URL for a page featuring a Harvard Pilgrim-specific offer, so you may encounter patients referencing the app. If a patient with diabetes or pre-diabetes asks you about exercise solutions to help manage his or her condition, you may want to consider the GlucoseZone app as a resource.