A new initiative between MediOrbis, a telehealth provider specializing in chronic conditions, and DarioHealth Corp., a digital therapeutics company, offers older diabetics telehealth and remote patient monitoring.

The program is geared to eligible Medicare beneficiaries. Initially accessing the new virtual care program will be Dario’s approximately 75,000 members with diabetes — of which 30% are over 65.  The virtual care program also will be marketed to qualified Medicare members who aren’t currently using Dario’s offering. 

“We are excited to partner with MediOrbis and support the expansion beyond Dario’s existing user base to the broader Medicare population, which we believe has the potential to be a multimillion-dollar remote patient monitoring opportunity for Dario,” said Rick Anderson, president and general manager North America for Dario, in a statement.

“We are honored to offer one of the first programs that couples remote patient monitoring with 24/7 physician availability to provide early intervention when patients require physician management,” added Jonathan Wiesen, M.D., co-founder and chief medical officer of MediOrbis. “This program sets the bar of excellence for virtual care, and a standard of care against which all other programs will be based.”

The program targets two major growth areas: older diabetic patients and telehealth. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has estimated that 1 in 5 of its 62 million Medicare beneficiaries has diabetes, according to DarioHealth.

And telehealth recently has exploded due to the pandemic. During the first quarter of 2020, the number of telehealth visits increased by 50%, compared with the same period in 2019. There was a 154% increase in visits noted in surveillance week 13 in 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.