National telecommunications firm AT&T will sell diabetes self-management software from WellDoc Communications Inc. that operates on smart phones.

Dallas-based AT&T also will offer the technology to select employees. The giant employer further is considering offering to employees similar software from the Baltimore-based vendor to manage other chronic conditions as those applications receive Food and Drug Administration approval. AT&T in 2009 provided benefits to about 1.2 million individuals, including employees, retirees and their dependents.

WellDoc's Diabetes Manager System received FDA clearance in August. The application enables Type 2 diabetic patients to enter their blood sugar readings into their mobile phone and receive real-time feedback on what they should eat and other ways they can help stabilize their blood sugar. The software also can alert patients when they need to test their levels.

Further, the application sends the data to the vendor's servers, where it is analyzed and can be accessed by the patient's physicians and disease management caseworkers. It also can support glucose meters that can send data via Bluetooth wireless technology.

AT&T will make Diabetes Manager and other WellDoc applications available on all wireless networks and compatible with most major phones and operating systems, according to the companies.

In addition to selling the application, AT&T will handle other services including billing, hosting, provisioning, marketing and servicing. More information is available at welldoc.com and att.com.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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