Mercer Forms Strategic Alliance with Livongo Health to Provide Employers and Their Employees Better Solutions to Manage Diabetes
· Livongo Health provides a leading edge, cloud-based diabetes management program
· Mercer provides market access and product development guidance to ensure continuous improvement in the nation’s leading diabetes management solution
· Alliance of these industry leaders will aid clients and employees in better compliance, analysis and treatment of diabetes
Mercer announced today that it has formed a strategic alliance with Livongo Health to provide employers and their employees and dependents with better tools to manage diabetes, a chronic disease affecting nearly 10% of the US population1 and growing rapidly. Diabetes is a major health issue and represents more than 245 billion dollars in costs in the U.S. annually.2 With this alliance, Mercer will combine its world class health benefits consulting capabilities and market reach with Livongo’s leading edge, cloud-based diabetes management program. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Livongo’s diabetes management program (Livongo for Diabetes™) offers three key components: a connected glucose meter that transmits data and messaging in real-time, a smart analytics platform that provides predictive and personalized insights, and a human touch via virtual coaching from Certified Diabetes Educators (see Figure 1). This approach encourages more frequent blood glucose checks, provides just-in-time outreach from Certified Diabetes Educators, and automates the often cumbersome task of ordering supplies and manually tracking blood glucose readings. Most importantly, participants receive personalized, real-time information that can enable more confident self-management and improved glycemic control.
“The problems surrounding diabetes for our clients and their employees are real, and growing,” said Mercer’s Dr. David Kaplan, Senior Partner and Global Clinical Leader. “These issues go beyond the enormous expenditures tied to diabetes and speak to the human toll of poorer employee health, higher absenteeism and lower productivity. We believe that Livongo Health’s diabetes management program is a groundbreaking solution that can start to help our clients win the previously losing battle with diabetes.”
“Livongo is revolutionizing the way we treat chronic disease, beginning with diabetes. The Livongo ecosystem, including our smart cloud and two-way interactive glucose meter, empowers people with diabetes to live better, healthier lives, today and everyday,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Livongo Health. “We are excited to announce this strategic alliance with Mercer, who employers trust how to drive measurable value for their companies and better health for their employees.”
The Mercer strategic alliance with Livongo Health represents one of the inaugural solutions brought to market by Mercer’s Health Innovation LABS team. The Mercer LABS team continuously researches the health care landscape, evaluates emerging trends and identifies promising solutions. The LABS team engages with innovative companies to accelerate the development of their ideas and test them with forward-thinking employers. Their work helps employers navigate the rapidly changing healthcare environment, launch clinically-impactful programs and improve the health of their employees and families.
Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s more than 20,000 employees are based in 43 countries and the firm operates in over 140 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With 57,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $13 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a leader in management consulting. For more information, visit www.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer.
About Livongo Health
Livongo Health is reinventing the way people manage chronic conditions, beginning with diabetes. We are focused on improving the experience for people with diabetes, the people who care for them (family, friends, physicians), and the people who pay for their care. By offering the right information, tools and support, at the right time, we empower people with diabetes to live better and improve their health while reducing the cost of care. For case studies and member testimonials, please visit: http://www.livongo.com
1 2 CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014
Figure 1: Livongo for Diabetes™ combines mobility, the cloud and human support to empower people with diabetes to better manage their condition