Kale powered by Benecure
A service to help you manage diabetes
WINNER: First Prize
WINNER: Validic API Award
Preface: We at Benecure have been focused on cardiovascular disease management and created our first service Honey to help users manage hypertension. For this hackathon, we used the lessons learnt from our multi-state healthsystem usability study to create a diabetes management service from scratch. Currently, Honey only has a user-facing app that helps people manage hypertension with no active case management. Rather than replicating existing functional features, we decided to experiment and get feedback on ideas that came about from our interactions with hypertensive folks that also suffered from Diabetes. We also understand that having a care team is important for a disease like diabetes, so we also implemented a Patient Management Portal from scratch.
Presenting KALE: There are two parts for the service, the patient management portal is a website created to help case managers deal with a large number of patients efficiently, the second part of the service is a patient facing app that connect with smart devices to help them proactively manage Diabetes.
Patient Management Portal: As the case manager logins, they see an overview of the patients that are struggling with the different aspects of diabetes management.
Once you click on a user (by clicking on view), you are taken to their profile page. Here you get a quick breakdown of any other diseases the patient may be suffering from. You also see a series of circles that highlight the user’s current behavior. The design system here is like a traffic light, green circles mean the user is doing well, amber/red means the user needs help.
By using the colored circle approach we make it really simple for the case manager to quickly scan the user’s behavior and pinpoint trouble areas. Once the case manager finds a trouble area (orange/red circle) they can click on view more to get detailed information.
In this view, the case manager can pinpoint specific times/meals/days the patient struggles with meeting physician instructions. The case manager can now create a targeted outreach to the patient and assist with specific advice rather than general counsel, which may have limited use if any.
Patient App (Kale):
Disclaimer: To better show off the product (such as graphs) we have prepopulated some data into the app making it easier to visualize. We have also disabled the ability to set custom goals for you (based on your behavior) as it would require atleast one week of use for the algorithms to set baselines.
First thing a patient will see is the dashboard. This is a quick way for the patient to see what the goals are for that particular day. You can quickly see how many calories are left for that day before you order lunch so you can make wise choices.
You also have the ability to add food items in Kale, all you do is press the + sign and type in what you are eating. It will update the graph.
Clicking on vitals will show you your gluose levels, along with blood pressure and weight, this is assuming you have another disease like heart failure along with diabetes.
Clicking on Activity gives you a breakdown of food you have eaten with regards to carbs/calories and water intake. We also show exercise data.
Clicking on Account shows you’re a breakdown of the different services you are connected to, in this case, we made it really simple and have the sensors send data automatically to the app. For glucose reading we give the ability to manually add blood sugar readings as well. Eventually we would like to implement the Validic API to this so we are able to connect with a lot of devices instead of just Fitbit and Withings.
We understand that low income folks may not be able to afford buying smart devices like a $150 Fitbit weighing scale etc, so we have negotiated access to the Higi API, Benecure will allow Kale users to use a Higi station to take their BP/Weight and thus the user doesn’t need to buy separate devices, with over a 100+ stations in the Philadelphia area, it is accessible to most. For now we still require the patient to buy an iHealth glucometer (x<$30). Higi implementation will be part of our next major update.