SOURCE: DiabetesAmerica

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June 13, 2014 10:00 ET

DiabetesAmerica and Telcare, Inc. Team Up for an Innovative Diabetes Management Program

Diabetes Health Centers Leverage Cellular-Enabled Blood Glucose Monitoring Platform for Improved Care

HOUSTON, TX and BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwired - June 13, 2014) - Diabetes affects 1.8 million Texans, and Texas leads the nation for average inpatient annual costs associated with diabetes. Trends indicate that the population with diabetes is growing and costs of care will skyrocket.

DiabetesAmerica, a leading diabetes management organization affiliated with DCOA-Physician Associates, P.A., a professional association of internists and endocrinologists covering 13 diabetes centers in Texas, is teaming up with Telcare, Inc., the leader in mobile diabetes management solutions. Together, they aim to help patients, physicians, employers, and health plans to better manage this growing epidemic. They will integrate Telcare's award-winning platform into their streamlined diabetes care programs to give patients and healthcare providers a more effective way to manage and control the chronic condition. This includes leveraging the State's largest concentration of Certified Diabetes Educators as telephonic support for Telcare users.

"Telcare is very enthusiastic about our relationship with DiabetesAmerica. They are a leader in new models for the management of diabetes. We could not have asked for a better partner," says David Bjork, President of Telcare. "The combination of the DiabetesAmerica center of excellence with the Telcare platform is a terrific match that will address a major void in the market."

The Telcare BGM connects to nationwide cell networks, automatically sending each glucose reading to a secure, cloud-based server that, in turn, gives patients feedback and coaching for their condition. Caregivers and providers have online access to the same results, allowing them to easily analyze the data and get alerts about potential patient complications. Thanks to the Telcare platform, patients are more engaged in their own care and providers can spend more time during patient appointments focusing on treatment and less time reviewing blood glucose levels. 

"This is the new age of diabetes care -- real-time data with real-time access to proven clinical support. This coordinated effort will allow the various groups to demonstrate even greater care and cost control than our industry-leading results show today," says Chuck Dowling, CEO of DiabetesAmerica. "We look forward to providing scalable demonstration of these outcomes in our working with Telcare."

For information about DiabetesAmerica and its health management programs, visit www.DiabetesAmerica.com. For more information about Telcare and its BGM, visit www.telcare.com.

About DiabetesAmerica:
DiabetesAmerica, a leading diabetes management organization affiliated with DCOA-Physician Associates, P.A., a professional association of internists and endocrinologists covering 13 diabetes clinics in Texas, is dedicated to helping diabetes patients understand their condition, manage it, and live a full life without becoming overwhelmed. Through their market-leading clinical model emphasizing coordinated patient care, diagnostics, and education, they provide comprehensive and personalized diabetes care to tens of thousands of patients across the state of Texas. For more information on DiabetesAmerica, a complete list of center locations, or to schedule an appointment, please visit: www.DiabetesAmerica.com.

About Telcare
Telcare enables health plans and employers to lower costs and improve outcomes for individuals living with diabetes by delivering actionable, real-time insight that promotes greater care coordination and engagement. The company's award-winning mobile health platform combines cellular-enabled technologies with personalized feedback and coaching to increase compliance with care guidelines and prevent complications, thereby improving population health and reducing the cost of care. Telcare is a privately held company funded by the Qualcomm Life Fund, Sequoia Capital, and private investors. To learn more, visit www.Telcare.com.

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