Quantia announced this week the release of DailyCoach, a fitness coaching app for its QuantiaCare platform. The app, a free download for iOS and Android, is a collaboration with Gary Scheiner, founder of Integrated Diabetes Services, which focuses on intensive blood glucose control and lifestyle intervention for diabetics. QuantiaCare is a collection of mobile and web-based health management and assessment tools.
The app is intended for those with diabetes (or at risk) and patients with cardiovascular conditions or obesity issues. It was designed based on input from a 1,000-patient study done from members on QuantiaCare, in which half of the respondents felt that exercise and weight loss were the most difficult issues in managing diabetes.The app's features include activity coaching, a weight tracker, pharmacy and health professional locator, as well as the ability to send summary reports via fax or email to a physician. Physicians can also recommend using DailyCoach to their patients within the app's interface. QuantiaMD undertook a survey in June in which 1 in 4 MDs said they owned both a smartphone and tablet, while thirty percent of physicians polled owned only a smartphone.
Michael Paskavitz, Editor in Chief of Quantia, stated in a press release that “We recently conducted a study of our physician members and found that, on average, they felt patients were only about 30% adherent to diet and exercise regimens. By giving our physicians the ability to share DailyCoach with their patients, as well as get results back from them, we are reducing mutual access barriers between doctor and patient within the time constraints of the physician and the lifestyle barriers for their patients.”
Read the full press release below.
Quantia has partnered with Diabetes Educator Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, to create an innovative mobile exercise application called DailyCoach™ on its QuantiaCare™ platform. DailyCoach, available on the iPhone, Android, smartphones, tablets and the Web, is a free app that provides coaching on simple and fun ways for patients to increase activity levels. The application was created in response to a 1,000-patient study, conducted with participating members on QuantiaCare, which found that half of the respondents felt that exercise and weight loss were the most difficult issues in managing diabetes.
“With QuantiaMD, our mobile and online physician community, one of our guiding principles is that we should always add value for our members, and one of the ways we can do this is by improving their ability to influence their patients outside the office”
The Quantia study also found that one-third of all respondents had been advised by a physician to make lifestyle modifications, including exercise. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently recommend that adults over 18 should have at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking. The DailyCoach application was created for those with, or at risk for, diabetes, patients with cardiovascular conditions or obesity issues, and for anyone who would benefit from increased exercise.
DailyCoach engages patients with Scheiner’s practical advice delivered in bite-sized pieces, in an interactive mobile viewing format, which includes voice, text, easy-to-understand graphics and images, and fascinating questions and answers. Anyone can register for the application, and Quantia provides a simple means for physicians to recommend the service to their patients. DailyCoach is the next in a series of interventional mHealth applications powered by Quantia’s QuantiaCare platform, and follows the release of EatSmart™ with Hope Warshaw, a popular diabetes application providing simple meal planning tips and tricks.
"In my experience, people who are given activity options beyond traditional exercise are more likely to increase their activity level," said Scheiner. "This QuantiaCare application works so well because it is safe, flexible, on the spot, and constantly updating. There is always something fresh and interesting to explore."
Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, owns and operates Integrated Diabetes Services, specializing in intensive blood glucose control and lifestyle intervention for people with diabetes. An award-winning Certified Diabetes Educator, Scheiner received his diabetes training with the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center. He has authored five books, including, Think Like A Pancreas and The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting, as well as dozens of articles. Scheiner sits on a number of advisory boards and speaks at national and international meetings on diabetes, fitness and motivation.
The DailyCoach app focuses on finding fun and engaging ways to increase activity levels, and its short, 1-3-minute segments, also teach users how to set goals, track their progress and reward themselves. Other segments focus on exercise safety and routines for various settings (home, work, commute, etc.). The application also includes:
Weight tracking tools such as a weight diary and BMI calculator
Pharmacy and health professional locator
The ability to fax or e-mail summary reports to a selected physician
“With QuantiaMD, our mobile and online physician community, one of our guiding principles is that we should always add value for our members, and one of the ways we can do this is by improving their ability to influence their patients outside the office,” said Michael Paskavitz, Editor in Chief of Quantia. “We recently conducted a study of our physician members and found that, on average, they felt patients were only about 30% adherent to diet and exercise regimens. By giving our physicians the ability to share DailyCoach with their patients, as well as get results back from them, we are reducing mutual access barriers between doctor and patient within the time constraints of the physician and the lifestyle barriers for their patients.”
The DailyCoach application is currently available for free download from the Apple App Store and Android Market and can be found on the Web at https://dailycoach.quantiacare.com/.
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