The American Medical Association (AMA), Omada Health, and Intermountain Healthcare today announced a digital health initiative aimed at reducing the alarming number of adults who develop type 2 diabetes. The new partnership will create a roadmap for large health care organizations across the country to adopt proven online behavior change interventions for at-risk patients, and integrate those programs into provider referral and clinical workflow.
The collaboration marks the first time that the AMA has worked with a digital healthcare provider to refer high risk patients to an online lifestyle change program.
Last year, Omada became the first digital health company to publish peer-reviewed results demonstrating that program participants maintained reductions in body weight and average blood sugar levels – critical indicators of diabetes progression – two years after beginning the program.
All three organizations believe evidence-based, technology-enabled care models are key to addressing the more than 86 million Americans who currently have prediabetes. People with prediabetes have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not high enough yet to be considered type 2 diabetes.
Research shows that 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years unless they lose weight through healthy eating and increased physical activity. Up to 90 percent of people with prediabetes are unaware that they have the condition. Within Intermountain’s service area, it’s estimated that more than 114,000 people are living with prediabetes.
“This collaboration expands upon the AMA’s robust efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes in this country through the scalable adoption of proven innovative tools and resources that can help physicians better manage patients with chronic conditions,” said AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, M.D in a statement. “With one out of three people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in their lifetime and at increased risk for serious health problems such as stroke and heart attack, we will continue to do everything we can to significantly decrease the number of American adults who develop the disease.”
Combining the AMA’s efforts to raise prediabetes awareness nationally, and Intermountain Healthcare’s population health strategies to drive better care, this collaboration will allow Intermountain physicians and care teams to refer patients to, and monitor their progress through an evidence-based online diabetes prevention program.
Access to real-time, actionable data will better position care teams to create specific, personalized patient touch-points to support program completion and success.