A small company. A big impact.
Born for a Cause
We are a group of clinicians who grew tired of seeing people with diabetes fall through the cracks. And we did something about it.
Glucose Guards is an incubator company affiliated with Practice Management of America (PMA). PMA manages the healthcare costs of full-risk employers. One employer, whose primary spend was diabetes, requested a solution.
Glucose Guards was developed to test the power of employee education & empowerment in improving self-care behaviors while decreasing healthcare expenditure.
It started as an educational course, modeled off of diabetes self-management training programs, but quickly developed into something more. We implemented innovative high-tech high-touch solutions to combat traditional barriers to care.
Cellular enabled glucometers were delivered to the doorstep with unlimited testing supplies. Readings were automatically transmitted to certified diabetes coaches for real time targeted feedback.
A platform to house “all things diabetes” was rolled out to include live webinars, blood glucose logbooks, analytics, an anonymized community forum, and real-rewards – including giftcards and merchandise.
The model worked!
Coming of Age
Not only did the model work but healthcare costs plummeted and members satisfaction went through the roof. The employer saw a 33% reduction in their healthcare spend with diabetes dropping from the number one spot to outside the top five.
Glucose Guards was brought to other employers and introduced to the clinical market. The Platform expanded to support Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) and the service model reflected it with new Clinic Liaisons to help busy practices.
Glucose Guards also added Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) to it’s offering of reimbursable services.
Members expressed interest in getting their family members and loved ones involved. To answer this need, we formally launched a self-enrollment pathway.
Looking to the Future
Things might be moving quickly but we’re just getting started. We’re expanding our services to include hypertension, heart failure, sleep apnea, and other chronic conditions.
Here’s the harsh reality: The prevalence of diabetes in 1958 was 0.93%, or 1.58 million Americans; in 2019 it was 11.3%, or 37.3 million Americans. And it shows no signs of slowing down. If things don’t change then it’s predicted that 33%, or 120 million Americans, will have diabetes by 2050.
We’re here to change that!
Every team member holds the power to make a profound impact on the lives of our members. Healthcare is highly personal and while we employ the latest and best technology, we never outsource from man to machine; we believe in high-tech and high-touch. Meet your team:
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Medical Officer
Manager of Clinical Oucomes
Manager of Member Success
Diabetes Education Specialist