Mobile Prescription Therapy
Smartphones and tablet computers are a new way to deliver digital diabetes therapy. One category of this new type of therapy is called “mobile prescription therapy”.
Mobile prescription therapy (MPT) products connect you and your healthcare team. MPT helps you take control of your daily management of type 2 diabetes. It also gives you immediate guidance and advice on your smartphone, iPad, or computer.
You need a prescription for MPT products, which are regulated by the FDA.
MPT products must show in clinical trials that they are safe and help people improve their health. They must also keep your health information private.
These products are not like the simple health apps you can get for your phone or tablet. They can provide treatment based guidance similar to what your healthcare team provides. Regular apps aren't allowed to provide that type of information.
The first MPT product on the market is BlueStar by WellDoc. You cannot get it in all states.
BlueStar is designed for adults 21 or older with type 2 diabetes who are not on an insulin pump and are not pregnant.
Your doctor writes a prescription for the service. A pharmacy fills the prescription.
Your doctor may prescribe BlueStar directly or may ask your doctor about getting started. Once prescribed, you will download the BlueStar application from your app store. After you download, you will use an access code to register and get started with quick in-product training.
To use the system, you enter information about your treatment plan. The automated system then tells you what to do. For example, if you enter a fasting BG value that is within target range, you will get a positive message that reinforces your treatment plan.
BlueStar allows you to send your doctor a summary of your progress before your next visit. Your healthcare team uses the report to learn more about your diabetes and determine any changes to your treatment plan.
BlueStar does not provide emergency help.