Mobile Health Program

  • About
  • Local Health Challenge
  • Global Health Strategy
  • G2L Solution
  • Results to Date
  • Opportunities for Scale
  • For More Information

About

G2L's Mobile Health Program uses innovative technologies to approach chronic disease management in the SeaTac and Tukwila region of South King County. With the success and findings from the program's diabetic pilot study, G2L's Mobile Health program has now expanded its services to offer remote case management for weight loss, smoking cessation and diabetes. We offer customized, one-on-one support to meet each of our participant's needs.

Local Health Challenge

Mobile Health or mHealth technologies represent innovations in health and medicine that can improve accessibility to treatment and empower patients to take control of their health. Globally, there are more mobile devices than people, a reality that has led to the birth of the mHealth field. Mobile phones have proven to be a successful tool for managing health in areas where people lack access to care and we see tremendous opportunity to apply lessons learned here at home. Locally, residents of SeaTac and Tukwila face similar socioeconomic barriers that have contributed to the increased incidence of chronic disease, poor health behaviors, and ultimately; a shortened lifespan. Residents of these cities show significantly higher rates of diabetes than the King County average, and are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from diabetes related complications.

Global Health Strategy

Use of mobile tools to improve health outcomes: SMS-based mobile health interventions have been utilized in countries like India, Bangladesh, and China to deliver diabetes related health information resulting in increased health literacy and improved health outcomes.

G2L Solution

The Mobile Health Program builds on the success seen globally with the use of mobile phones as important health care delivery tools and applies it locally to some of Washington’s most diverse and low-income communities. Where conventional means of solving these endemic challenges have failed, the Mobile Health Program has found its niche. Recognizing that solutions must be community-driven, the Mobile Health Program challenges conventional methods of chronic disease management by using innovative mHealth strategies coupled with culturally-sensitive remote case managing as part of the patient’s established care plan. In doing so, the Mobile Health Program bridges the patient-provider gap while working within the means of these communities to facilitate long term sustainable changes.

Results to Date

One year feasibility pilot resulted in an average HbA1c decrease of 1.26%.

  • A 1% reduction in HbA1c can reduce the risk of eye, kidney and nerve diseases by approximately 40% 2 and diabetes related death by 21%.3
  • An independent analysis carried out by the National Institute for Coordinated Healthcare showed our program to have a positive ROI of 10%, roughly equating to yearly savings of greater than $550/patient. 

Opportunities for Scale

The Mobile Health Program welcomes partnerships with mHealth products and services that will allow us to expand our services and reach more communities locally and nationally. 

For More Information

Gracious, Program Assistant Level II: gracious@globaltolocal.org, (206) 890-9676