Humana, Pharos flag remote-monitoring tech trial for diabetics

Healthcare insurance provider Humana has launched a trial of remote-monitoring technology for diabetes patients in partnership with tech player Pharos Innovations.

The trial is to last for a six-month period and involve some 500 Humana Medicare members in Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

In a statement, Humana (Louisville, KY, USA) said it aimed to improve self-care management and reduce hospital admissions and in-patient costs through use of remote-monitoring technology.

The patients participating in the trial have been identified and will be managed by Humana Cares/Senior Bridge, Humana’s national chronic care management division.

Using technology from Pharos (Northfield, IL, USA), the patients will self-report their health information on a daily basis – providing details of blood sugar, symptoms, diet and medication adherence – using mobile devices or the fixed-line internet.

Nurses will review the information received and establish further contact with patients if there are areas of concern.

“We know that people living with diabetes can do so much to improve their quality of life just by monitoring their conditions daily and by learning the activities that will have an impact, positive or negative, on their conditions,” said Gail Miller, the vice president of telephonic care management operations for Humana Cares/Senior Bridge. “This user-friendly system also allows us to intervene more quickly if a member is having complications related to their diabetes.”

Humana Cares/Senior Bridge already claims to support more than 400,000 individuals with chronic conditions.