Tech for Health and Equity
In 2020, Americares and Baxter teamed up to pilot a new project aimed at empowering people diagnosed with diabetes who are affected by poverty to better manage their conditions through mobile messaging. The project uses an evidence-based, health-focused text messaging application to encourage patients with diabetes to adhere to their prescribed treatment while promoting healthy lifestyles. Importantly, the program also addresses barriers in access to much needed resources such as food. With Baxter’s support, Americares is teaming up with five free and charitable clinics to test the model with 500 patients. Together, we are advancing the field of knowledge around what works best to help people overcome barriers to health and live healthy lives.