SALT LAKE CITY--()--Alliance Health Networks, the leading social networking company serving consumers and the healthcare industry, today announced the launch of personal health tracking on Diabetic Connect, a social network for people affected by diabetes. This marks the first health tracker to integrate with one of Alliance Health’s 50 health-focused social networks, which are a rapidly growing source of peer support for patients managing complex and chronic conditions.
“Our new health tracking tool makes it easy to socialize that information and in the process get valuable support from others who can empathize and provide much-needed support.”
Diabetic Connect members can use the health tracker on the Web or a mobile device to record blood glucose levels before and after meals, as well as their HbA1C, a vital number used by doctors to monitor patients’ average blood glucose level over an 8-12 week period. Numbers are recorded in a members’ virtual log book, which can be accessed on the Web or through the Diabetic Connect mobile platform for iOS and Android devices. Members can choose to keep their health data private as part of their personal health record, or they can use Diabetic Connect’s popular status update feature to share their numbers with designated friends and followers.
“Most Web or mobile health tracking is a solitary experience for the user,” said Dan Hickey, senior vice president of products at Alliance Health Networks. “We’re stripping away that isolation by integrating an entire peer support community into the personal health journey of our members.”
With more than 750,000 registered members, Diabetic Connect is the largest social network for people with diabetes, which today affects nearly 25 million Americans. Monitoring blood glucose levels is considered an essential part of diabetes management and control, which if unchecked can lead to serious complications such as heart disease and stroke.
“For years we have had members of Diabetic Connect self-report their health data on an ad hoc basis, in part because they want to hear from people like themselves who are also struggling to manage their diabetes,” added Hickey. “Our new health tracking tool makes it easy to socialize that information and in the process get valuable support from others who can empathize and provide much-needed support.”
For more information on Diabetic Connect, visit http://www.diabeticconnect.com.
About Alliance Health Networks
Alliance Health Networks is building a free and independent social engagement platform that gives people the power to navigate their personal health journey. The company owns and operates more than 50 social networks and 20 mobile versions serving over 1.5 million registered members. Alliance Health leverages social networks to help consumers more actively manage their care through personal connections, powerful tools, and deeper insights. The company's investors include New World Ventures, Physic Ventures, Highway 12 Ventures, and EPIC Ventures. For more information, visit: http://www.alliancehealthnetworks.com.