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SXSW: How Can Design Defeat the Diabetes Epidemic?

Voting for SXSW Interactive is in its final frenzy! This week is your last chance to support design, digital health, and type 2 diabetes prevention with one enthusiastic ‘Thumbs Up’ for Omada Health.

Here’s why we believe a vote for Omada is worth your time:

For the first time in history, more people — 3 out of every 4 Americans — will die from a preventable chronic disease than an infectious one.

Why aren’t they being prevented? Because replacing habits that contribute to disease with those that promote health typically requires education, guidance, support, and accountability. In other words: Change is hard.

But it is possible. Behavioral therapies have been proven effective at enabling people to reduce their risk of disease. A prime example is the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which had a remarkable 58% success rate.

Unfortunately, programs like the DPP are expensive and difficult to scale.

Luckily, right now, for the first time in history, technological advances including web, mobile, and connected devices, make it possible to deliver behavioral medicine digitally to millions of people.

But how do we make millions of people want to ‘take their digital medicine’? By using design as our coated pill.

At SXSW Interactive, Sean Duffy, CEO of Omada Health, will provide real-world examples of how integrating behavioral medicine, technology, and design can help conquer the problem of chronic disease.

Please take a moment to head over to our Panel Picker page, show your support with a ‘Thumbs Up,’ and spread the word!

Our sincere thanks,

The Omada Health Team