Healthy Interactions, Merck team up on digital health platform

Healthy Interactions, a health education provider, in collaboration with Kenilworth-based Merck, announced Friday the launch of map4health, a digital platform and mobile application in the U.S. designed to help facilitate and enhance communications between diabetes patients and educators.

The platform was designed to improve support diabetes patients receive by connecting them with educations through text and video-chat, and weekly digital activities to sustain patient engagement.

“Healthy Interactions has collaborated with Merck for over 10 years … to encourage patients living with diabetes to become more engaged stewards of their health,” said Paul Lasiuk, co-founder and CEO, Healthy Interactions. “Today, we are proud to introduce map4health, and believe this tool will further enhance the positive impact that diabetes educators are making in the lives of their patients.”

“The American Diabetes Association supports technology-based methods, along with individual and group settings, for the delivery of effective diabetes self-management education and support,” said Matt Petersen, vice president at the American Diabetes Association. “The ADA has been extremely satisfied with the ability to connect providers and patients that has been enabled through our collaboration with Healthy Interactions and Merck.”

“We are thrilled our work with Healthy Interactions will provide diabetes patients and educators a digital platform for dialogue and personalized self-management tools,” said Lisa French, associate vice president, strategy and commercial model innovation, Merck.