The App You Need a Prescription to Use

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BlueStar, a smartphone application that helps diabetics monitor and control their conditions, has become the world’s first prescription-only app.

In just a span of over 5 years, mobile apps have become an indispensable part of our lives.

BlueStar, a smartphone application that helps diabetics monitor and control their conditions, has become the world’s first prescription-only app.

The groundbreaking program created by WellDoc received FDA approval in 2010, and is already available in some markets.

Now, with a number of corporations giving the OK for it to be covered under their health plans, WellDoc is anticipating that 2014 will be a big expansion year for BlueStar.

The app works by keeping a record of patients’ blood sugar levels and dispensing recommendations or alerts based on the reports.

For example, when a low number is logged, the advice to drink apple juice or eat hard candies is dispensed.

Critics of the app point out that giving advice is one thing, but getting people to take it is entirely another.

Studies have shown that counseling programs in general have historically had little impact on reducing disease management costs or diminishing the number of hospital stays.

WellDoc stands by their development, citing research of their own that shows BlueStar has made substantial improvements in its users heath.

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