Livongo introduces innovative charitable donation program to generate millions of dollars for research and advocacy, and challenges others to join in giving back
Mountain View, CA: May 11, 2017 — Livongo Health, the leading consumer digital health company focused on empowering people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives, today announced partnerships with the American Diabetes Association, Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Hands Foundation, and JDRF to launch the Livongo Family Care Plan. The Family Care Plan is a comprehensive diabetes management program for people with diabetes and those who love them. This makes Livongo’s offering, which was previously offered only through leading employers, health providers, and health plans, available directly to consumers.
The partnership also provides everyone who subscribes to the Family Care Plan a groundbreaking way to fund vital research and advocacy programs. Livongo will make a $3 donation every month on behalf of each member who subscribes through Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Hands Foundation, and JDRF. Additionally, Livongo has pledged financial support for the American Diabetes Association’s programs and efforts aimed at underserved diabetes communities.
“JDRF is pleased to partner with Livongo and join the other esteemed organizations for our common cause. Many of our constituents have expressed interest in the Livongo program, but it was not available to them,” said Derek Rapp, President and Chief Executive Officer of JDRF. “With this partnership, not only do people with type 1 diabetes benefit from access to this innovative program, JDRF also receives important funds that will go directly toward finding a cure.”
Sarah Lucas, CEO of Beyond Type 1, agreed, stating, “we’re excited to invite our community to Livongo’s program, which is focused on keeping people safe and ensuring that those within our community know that they are not alone. We’re thrilled that this partnership simultaneously raises funds for the most promising global efforts and programs working to educate, advocate, and cure diabetes of all types.”
Livongo’s Family Care Plan combines an advanced, cellular-enabled blood glucose meter with digital tools and personalized messaging, expert support from Certified Diabetes Educators, and unlimited supplies like strips to check blood sugar. It’s also the only program that offers support at critical moments–in real time–for people with diabetes and the people who love them, including the option for text message updates to family members after important glucose readings and 24/7 live outreach when a member’s glucose reading is out of range.
Interim CEO of the American Diabetes Association Martha Clark added, “the American Diabetes Association fully supports the development of innovative programs to assist people who are living with diabetes in achieving better health outcomes. We are particularly pleased to see the development of digital solutions focused on addressing the high cost of treating diabetes, as well as access to quality care and education that meets our standards.”
“Today, Livongo is launching our efforts by committing over $250,000 to the leading diabetes research, support, and advocacy organizations in support of their mission. Livongo is also introducing an innovative fundraising model to provide recurring funding for research for a cure, and programs to support people with diabetes until we find a cure. We hope to see other diabetes companies commit to increasing support for each of our partners,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer for Livongo. “Our goal is to empower people with diabetes to live better and healthier lives, while funding important research, technology, and advocacy programs.”
Program Pricing, Availability, and Key Features
- Starting today, Livongo is offering the Livongo Family Care Plan, a comprehensive diabetes program that provides support at critical moments for people with diabetes and those who love them. It includes the only blood glucose meter with cellular connectivity, over-the-air software updates, along with 24/7 support, and unlimited supplies like strips to check blood sugar at no extra cost. The plan costs $49.99 per month, with a minimum 3 month commitment.
- The Plan includes:
- The only blood glucose meter with a cellular chip that automatically uploads readings safely and securely, and provides personalized messaging with instant insights, and automatically updates itself over-the-air. No clumsy cables or Bluetooth issues.
- The only program that offers 24/7 live outreach from trained Diabetes Specialists when readings are out of range
- Unlimited, free blood glucose test strips so that plan members can check as often as they want
- Option to send text messages to update family and friends immediately after every reading
- Expert suggestions with Certified Diabetes Educators via phone, email or text so that members can keep learning how to better manage their diabetes
- The Plan meets the National Standards of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. It’s certified by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Livongo will be submitting an application to the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Program.
- Individuals can sign up for the Livongo Family Care Plan and support Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Hands Foundation, and JDRF by visiting:
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About Livongo Health
Livongo is the leading consumer digital health company that empowers people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives. We have developed a completely new approach for diabetes management that combines the latest technology with coaching. By offering the right information, tools, and support, at the right time, we provide our members with real-time, personalized insights and support to make diabetes management easier. Our approach is leading to better clinical and financial outcomes while also creating a better experience for people with diabetes and their care team of family, friends, and medical professionals. For more information visit: www.livongo.com. Twitter: @livongo
About American Diabetes Association
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and every 23 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)
About Beyond Type 1
Founded in February 2015, Beyond Type 1 creates and funds a portfolio of programs, technologies, and innovations that those living with Type 1 diabetes need to manage, live, and thrive. Because Beyond Type 1 Founders and Founding Friends pay all operational and fundraising expenses, 100% of every dollar raised through these programs directly supports the most promising global efforts working to educate, advocate, and eventually cure Type 1 diabetes. By leveraging the power of social media and technology, Beyond Type 1 has been able to connect people living with Type 1 diabetes on global scale – changing what it means to live with this chronic disease. Beyond Type 1’s Instagram campaign “Living Beyond,” showcases the age, range, and variance of those living their best life with Type 1 diabetes, with the website and additional social media platforms providing supplemental education and support. The goal is to highlight the brilliance of those fighting the disease every day while always working toward ensuring a cure is on its way. High profile campaigns, collaborations, and carefully curated special events help provide education and awareness, affording a greater capacity for continued strategic fundraising. For more information on Beyond Type 1, please visit www.beyondtype1.org and connect with Beyond Type 1 on Twitter and Instagram at @BeyondType1, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/BeyondType1.
About Diabetes Hands Foundation
Diabetes Hands Foundation (DiabetesHandsFoundation.org) brings together people touched by diabetes for positive change to make sure nobody living with this condition feels alone. Diabetes can be a very isolating disease. Diabetes Hands Foundation provides opportunities for people with diabetes and their loved ones to connect and have an open dialogue about their experiences with this chronic condition. Instead of looking at the disease, Diabetes Hands Foundation seeks to understand, connect, and energize the millions of people living with this condition. Diabetes Hands Foundation hosts two active online communities for people touched by diabetes: TuDiabetes.org (in English) and EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish); the Big Blue Test (BigBlueTest.org), a program for empowerment through physical activity; and Diabetes Advocates (DiabetesAdvocates.org), a hub of education, training, and collaboration for advocates in the diabetes space. Find us on Facebook (“Diabetes Hands Foundation” and “Diabetes Hands Foundation en Español”) and Twitter (@DiabetesHF and @ESDiabetesHF).
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF