SALT LAKE CITY – Intermountain Healthcare and Omada Health are partnering on a pilot program that offers digital tools to patients at risk for diabetes.
The pilot program identifies patients with pre-diabetes and provides them with tools like an activity tracker and digital scale that transmits their weight readings to personal online dashboards. Patients log their daily activity and food intake, either through the dashboard or through a mobile app, to track their weight and diet.
“We’ve looked at this type of program for years, but it’s been great to work with an outside entity who has more experience in the digital space,” said Kim Brunisholz, a senior scientist at Intermountain Healthcare, a nonprofit health system, of Omada Health, a San Francisco-based provider of digital therapeutics for chronic diseases.
Patient data is also visible to an online personal health coach, who is accessible anytime through online messaging, text, phone or video chat.
The pilot has enrolled 194 patients who are about six months into the 12-month program. Brunisholz says initial reports show the average participant is logging on to their online dashboard about 30 times each week. Additionally, almost half of them are retaining a 5% weight loss, Brunisholz says, a statistic that’s in line with the findings of an Omada/Humana Medicare Advantage study done in February that showed the program resulted in a 7.5% weight loss for participants.
Intermountain Healthcare has offered the program free to participating patients to see how effective it could be in preventing diabetes and saving the health system money.
“We anticipate that most of the savings to our system will be when we avoid a case of diabetes,” Brunisholz said.
She said the pilot program will wrap up in January of 2018, at which point Intermountain Healthcare will review the results and evaluate next steps.