BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – Cigna is expanding its Diabetes Prevention Program in collaboration with Omada Health, offering an expanded suite of personalized, user-friendly digital health tools to help people prevent the onset of diabetes and other chronic diseases.
The program will be available to Cigna’s national and regional employer clients starting in January 2019.
As part of the digital lifestyle program, participants enrolled in a Cigna-administered health plan will be encouraged to make sustainable behavior changes under the guidance of a personal health coach and with the support from a peer group.
“We are excited to expand our relationship with Omada and integrate their program into our full suite of health services that encourage individuals to focus on preventing serious health conditions,” said Dr. Alan Muney, chief medical officer and executive vice president at Cigna, in a statement. “This collaboration represents some of the most important aspects of successful health care delivery—simplicity and convenience with tangible results for individual customers, and a seamless, data-driven approach with proven results for employers.”
Individual customers will have access to a fully integrated experience, with the program synchronized with other Cigna health services, including a discount gym-membership program, Cigna Health Coaches and a myCigna mobile application. Cigna also offers employers the opportunity to provide incentive programs such as premium discounts or contributions to health savings accounts that reward progress.
Omada’s digital program provides early identification of eligible participants, personalized engagement strategies, ongoing support from professional health coaches who provide one-on-one support, peer group support to drive accountability and interactive lessons on nutrition, physical activity, stress management and time management. Each Omada group contains an average 24 participants who experience the program together, and offer encouragement and accountability. Participants also integrate smart technology, including a wireless scale, pedometer, and a mobile application to track food and activity.
“Our integration with Cigna is the deepest, most comprehensive work we’ve done with a partner,” said Sean Duffy, co-founder and CEO of Omada Health, in a statement. “We look forward to working together to deliver results on a broad scale.”
Before Cigna launched the program nationally, Cigna and Omada ran a series of pilot programs with several large employer clients that demonstrated positive results across a range of measures, including a sustained weight loss of 3.5% to 5% for participants; and $424 to $972 net medical cost savings for participants.