In November 2014, electronic health record vendor Cerner announced it was forming a partnership with Livongo for Health, a remote care platform developer based in Chicago and Palo Alto, Calif., on a real-time diabetes care ecosystem. The system includes Livongo's cellular-enabled monitoring device and analytic "smart cloud," which the companies say will enable primary care providers and Livongo's virtual care team alike to deliver optimal real-time to the system's patients. Livongo CEO Glen Tullman and Cerner President Zane Burke explained how the system will work to Health Data Management via an email question-and-answer exchange.

HDM: Could you explain the basic technical architecture of a typical interaction between a Livongo-equipped patient at home and his or her primary care provider?

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