SAN FRANCISCO – Omada Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program recently became the largest provider to receive full recognition status from the Centers for Disease Control.
As part of a process that takes several years, providers must undergo a rigorous curriculum review and meet minimum standards for user engagement and participant weight loss. It is a designation that payers and employers look for when selecting providers, said Adam Brickman, senior director of strategic communications and public policy at Omada Health.
“Full recognition status is a validation of our baseline approach and signifies a real openness to this kind of health care innovation,” he said. “It means we are achieving positive outcomes at scale and delivering it to people with effectiveness.”
Omada Health’s DPP is a digital behavior change program that centers around weight loss intervention and weight maintenance for people with pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
Participants receive a digital scale and use their smartphone or fitness device to track physical activity and food intake. They work with a digital health coach and receive tips and feedback, as well as reminders and personal goals.
While the program is also available on an in-person basis, the digital version allows Omada to reach people in rural or underserved areas, or those who are already comfortable with digital health solutions.
Brickman said the company plans to continue to work with lawmakers and policymakers to make the case for incorporating digital DPP into Medicare.
“Soon enough there are not going to be enough doctors to treat patients with chronic conditions and programs like this enable the health care system to reach individuals before they get seriously ill,” he said. “These programs are fundamental to how we approach health care in the 21st century.”