– Moving beyond finger sticks and quarterly hospital visits
Today we’re launching Steady Health, the first full-service digital diabetes clinic in the US. Steady combines the power of continuous glucose monitors and the convenience of telemedicine to deliver a new type of care to patients.
2020 is an amazing year to be alive. Wearable devices like Apple Watches, Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs), and Oura Rings are not only widely available, they’re providing us with more data than ever before — helping us better understand how we sleep, eat, and exercise. But, thus far they haven’t gone all the way to working with your doctor, to directly improve your health and medical care.Steady is changing that by leveraging wearable devices to become the first digital diabetes clinic that provides modern and connected care.
Over the last year, we’ve been piloting a new way to help people live the lives they want by providing exceptional diabetes care in a convenient package. We’re focused on two of the oldest and most antiquated parts of the care experience: finger sticks and quarterly visits to the hospital. I’ve had diabetes for 20 years and for most of that time have struggled with using a glucose meter to measure my blood sugar level, and bringing those measurements to my endocrinologist. This is the reality for the majority of diabetes patients in the US, and I’m painfully aware of how much it sucks.
“Steady has helped me tune almost every dimension of my life with diabetes. Having a team of experts sit down and review my data, at my side, has really helped to answer questions I otherwise could not.”
Combining the power of continuous data with the convenience of telemedicine
Steady is built on two really exciting healthcare innovations: Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) and telemedicine.
For those of you who don’t know what a CGM is, it’s a small wearable that syncs your blood sugar numbers with your phone every 5 minutes (read more about it here). It completely removes the need to prick your finger and even tracks your blood sugar levels while you sleep, exercise or sit in meetings. I’ve been using one every single day for almost 3 years, and it’s been a huge improvement to my quality of life. If you’re already using a CGM but not using Steady, follow along as I believe you’re only getting a fraction of the value it can provide you.
A progress report we send to our members each month
Wearing a CGM and using Steady means we can be there with you whenever you need us. Through our platform, you can automatically share your blood sugar numbers, diet, exercise, and medication with your care team. No more manual uploading or printing out PDFs to bring to your doctor’s appointments — our team is always up-to-date on how you are doing.
We even reach out proactively to you if we notice that your levels are trending below your personal goal. Now your doctor can help you when you need it, not only when their schedule permits.
Asyou know, diabetes is a chronic disease that is always present in your life. It doesn’t follow a quarterly schedule or wait for your next visit. So, why should your doctor? Steady provides all care digitally using text messaging and video.
- Stressed because your levels are high? Message your care team in our app.
- Need a new prescription? Send a text to our Member Guide.
- Can’t get away from work? Video chat with our doctors on your phone.
Our licensed medical team specializes in diabetes care and has years of experience both helping people manage it and living with the disease themselves. If you live in a suburban or rural area of California, this is a chance to get care from one of the best teams in the field, all without having to travel a single mile.
It also doesn’t matter if you are Type 1 or 2, or what kind of medication you are on. If you need help managing your blood sugar, we’re here to help. With our model, we can work with you on lifestyle changes for everything from eating the right breakfast to finding an exercise routine that fits you the best.
“I’ve learned more in this appointment than in the last 15 years”
Finally, you might ask, how is Steady different from the many apps and coaching services already out there? The big difference is that we take full responsibility for you as a patient. This means we replace your current endocrinologist or primary care provider for all of your diabetes care. We coordinate labs, referrals, prescriptions and everything else you need to stay healthy. We know that living with diabetes is already a full-time job and we’re committed to giving you great care in a convenient way.
Our digital clinic launches today
Today we’re launching v1.0 of Steady, the first full-service digital diabetes clinic in the US.
We’re starting in California but will be opening in more states later this year.
To sign up, head to our website and click “Get started” to download our app. Steady’s monthly subscription plan costs $60 and gives you easy access to our care team, platform and help with everything from labs to prescriptions. For more cost and insurance information visit our Membership page.
We’ve been piloting an early version of Steady with founding members for a few months. If you’re curious about what their experience has been, check out some reviews on Yelp and find testimonials on our website.
“I can’t believe I’ve gone 10 years without them… The knowledge and expertise, and the encouragement and support are unmatched. I’m so glad I found them, and I’m never letting go”
If you’re living with diabetes, give Steady a shot and I’m confident you won’t regret it. If you know anyone touched by this disease, please send it their way as it might make a difference.
- Henrik and the rest of the Steady team