NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — One Drop today announced the One Drop | Experts Advisory Board and its six inaugural members, including healthcare professionals and clinical researchers, as well as people living with diabetes. One Drop | Experts is a diabetes education and coaching program provided through the One Drop | Premium monthly subscription service launched earlier this month in the US, UK, and EU.
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The One Drop | Experts Advisory Board will provide guidance, feedback and advice on the One Drop | Experts program and will help ensure program content and policies are clinically appropriate and evidence-based, reflecting the latest research findings, as well as best practices in treatment and education. The Advisory Board will be consistently focused on the user experience, ensuring that users can collect health data in a comprehensive, easy-to-understand form, and use that data to inform their diabetes management.
“Members of the One Drop | Experts Advisory Board have committed their careers to improving outcomes and quality of life for people with diabetes, and/or have lived with diabetes for many years. I’m honored to be working with such a talented group with such diverse perspectives,” said Mark Heyman, PhD, CDE, Director of One Drop | Experts. “We all agree that diabetes education is critical to reducing the burden of diabetes and improving outcomes; however, the current approach falls short in meeting these goals. One Drop | Experts engages people in a way that’s simply not possible with the traditional model. Our mobile delivery model drives engagement using a continuous, asynchronous approach that enables our Experts to be true partners in your diabetes journey.”
The inaugural members of the One Drop | Experts Advisory Board are:
Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM is a nationally recognized and respected dietitian and diabetes educator. Ms. Warshaw currently serves as President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and applies nearly forty years of experience in her work as a book author and freelance writer, media spokesperson, consultant, diabetes educator and weight management coach. Hope is most well known for her expertise in the areas of healthy restaurant eating and diabetes nutrition management. As a nutrition and diabetes consultant, Hope has worked with companies such as McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company; National Starch Food Innovation, Presentdiabetes.com, Can-Am Care, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals and others.
Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE is an Associate Research Scientist of Learning Health Sciences and Adjunct Lecturer of Nursing at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is a named author of over 170 peer-reviewed publications and co-author or editor of 6 books. Previously, Ms. Funnell served as President of Health Care and Education at the American Diabetes Association, and Chair of the National Diabetes Education Program at the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the WHO conference on Peer Support in Diabetes, and is a member of both the European Union Diabetes Literacy Project Scientific Advisory Board and DAWN2 Project International Study Group. Ms. Funnell’s research and scholarly interests include patient empowerment, diabetes self-management education and support, care management for chronic disease, patient engagement, and peer support in chronic illness.
David Marrero, PhD currently serves as the Director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Border Health Disparities. Dr. Marrero is a two-time recipient of the Allene Von Son Award for Diabetes Patient Education Tools by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, has been nominated to Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care (2000), served as associate editor for Diabetes Care (1997-2002) and is the associate editor for Diabetes Forecast. He has also been awarded Alumni of the Year from the University of California, Irvine (2006) and Outstanding Educator in Diabetes (2008) by the American Diabetes Association. This year, he served as President of Health Care and Education at the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Marrero’s research interests include strategies for promoting diabetes prevention, improving diabetes care practices used by primary care providers and the use of technology to facilitate care and education. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and coping. He has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1977.
Carla Miller, PhD is currently Professor of Human Nutrition at the College of Education and Human Ecology at the Ohio State University. Dr. Miller’s expertise includes the evaluation of how and why people make behavioral change, including food-related changes. She is interested in the decision-making process that consumers use for food choice and examines the relationships among behavior, health-related outcomes, and mediating variables which promote and sustain behavioral change, especially for people managing chronic diseases. Dr. Miller’s research program includes the development, implementation and evaluation of behavior change interventions.
Heather Gabel was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001 and has been actively involved in diabetes advocacy ever since. Ms. Gabel founded diabetes empowerment organization Beta Connect, and has worked for both the Diabetes Hands Foundation and DiabetesSisters. Currently, Ms. Gabel is a PhD student in the disability studies program at University of Illinois, Chicago, studying the effects of online health community participation within a participatory community research framework.
Doug Warren has been living with type 2 diabetes since 2006. Mr. Warren has been an active One Drop | Mobile user since its launch in 2015 and has provided the One Drop team with valuable feedback throughout. As a participant in the One Drop | Experts Beta program, Doug was one of the first people to experience its benefits, and his feedback has helped shape the product into what it is today.
Dr. Heyman and Rachel Head, CDE, are leading the One Drop | Experts program and will work closely with the Advisory Board to develop targeted education programs that address all aspects of life with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as pre-diabetes. Dr. Chandra Osborn, Vice President of Health and Behavioral Informatics, conducted preliminary analyses of One Drop | Experts user data and found that people with diabetes using One Drop | Mobile and One Drop | Experts for four consecutive weeks:
- Consistently tracked their food and blood glucose over time
- Increased their average number of in-range blood glucose readings by 40%
- Reduced their average percentage of high blood glucose readings from 18.5% to 3.7%
- Reduced their average blood glucose reading from 185 mg/dL (A1c 8.1%) to 158 mg/dL (A1c 7.1%)
“We are taking a new approach to diabetes management that meets people where they are and helps them get to where they want to be,” said Jeff Dachis, Founder and CEO. “For too long, the medical industry has taken a one-size-fits-all approach to chronic disease management. Through One Drop | Experts, we are delivering scalable, ultra-personalized healthcare and evidence-based results.”
About One Drop | Premium
One Drop | Premium, the first-ever monthly subscription service to provide affordable, accessible diabetes care — unlimited blood glucose testing supplies and 24/7 live in-app support from diabetes experts — all for less than a monthly co-pay. For $39.95 or less per month (without insurance), the One Drop | Premium monthly subscription service provides:
- One Drop | Chrome with Unlimited Test Strips: One Drop | Chrome is an FDA-approved, design-forward blood glucose meter that wirelessly transmits blood glucose data to the cloud via the One Drop | Mobile app for iOS and Android. Unlimited blood glucose test strips are delivered on-demand directly to the doors of One Drop | Premium subscribers — no prescriptions, no insurance, no appointments, and no hassles.
- One Drop | Experts for Anytime Care: One Drop | Experts is a diabetes support and education program delivered entirely via the One Drop | Mobile app. Experts (Certified Diabetes Educators) have real-time access to subscriber data and are available 24/7 to provide guidance, support, and anytime care via in-app chat.
- One Drop | Mobile: One Drop | Mobile is an award-winning, cloud-based diabetes management solution delivered entirely via mobile app on iOS and Android. One Drop | Mobile also includes a fully-featured Apple WatchOS app for logging and analyzing diabetes data on the go. One Drop | Mobile is the only diabetes management platform that offers comprehensive health data analytics, peer-support, and expert support all in one place.
One Drop | Premium is available in-app (iOS and Android) and online in the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union.
About One Drop
One Drop (Informed Data Systems Inc.) is a digital health company harnessing the power of mobile computing and data science to empower people with diabetes to live healthier lives. The One Drop | Mobile solution is available for free worldwide on iOS and Android. One Drop | Premium is a consumer subscription service available for purchase in-app and at online at http://onedrop.today/. One Drop also offers enterprise solutions to insurers, healthcare provider networks, and self-insured employers to dramatically lower the cost of caring for people with diabetes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org