The Momentum Continues: Partnering with Diabetes Leaders

2015 is shaping up to be the year the diabetes community fully embraces the power of digital prevention. In January, the CDC opened the door for digital programs to be recognized under the National Diabetes Prevention Program; last week, Prevent was one of the first digital programs to achieve CDC recognition.

As we wrote last week, the CDC’s decision will help make life-saving interventions available to thousands of people who need them the most. These tools and programs can empower individuals to take action, and reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and the host of related conditions that accompany the disease. The CDC continues to be a government leader in appreciating how digital health tools can fundamentally change – and in some cases, improve – the way care is delivered. The agency recognizes that these tools have a critical role to play in transforming the way we treat chronic disease – at a fraction of the cost it takes to treat chronic conditions with pharmaceutical options.

At Omada Health, we want to stay at the forefront of that transformation.

So today, we are proud to announce that Omada Health has become a member of the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance (DAA). Along with allies like the American Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and the YMCA, we’ll join the DAA in their mission to advance diabetes prevention, detection, and care.

DAA’s vision and values align with ours; our membership in the coalition will enable us to continue advocating for the effectiveness of remotely-delivered behavioral interventions – among a group that shares our mission: stemming the epidemic of the country’s most prevalent chronic disease, diabetes.

DAA has been a leading advocate for diabetes screening, prevention, and treatment; from the coalition’s support of legislation like the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act to its highlighting the power of emerging technology is diabetes prevention as part of the organization’s “Healthy People 2020” campaign last year, the DAA has led the charge in identifying, testing, and adopting evidence-based methods for preventing the spread of type 2 diabetes.

As the only digital health member of the DAA, our goal will be to strengthen the coalition’s advocacy for digital tools fighting diabetes, and the digital health agenda more broadly. We’ll work with DAA membership so member organizations can better understand – and educate the public – about the effectiveness of digital therapeutics to combat chronic disease. We’re excited to bring our experience with design, behavioral science, and digital health to the Alliance – and we hope our expertise in these areas will make the leading diabetes coalition even more effective

Like other members of the Alliance, we also recognize the importance of payment systems that reward preventative care and better health outcomes — especially when it comes to chronic disease. DAA members know that lifestyle change is the key to overcoming the continued spread of diabetes. We’re excited to join this team, and to continue to help the 87 million Americans with prediabetes avoid ever escalating to full-blown type 2. Diabetes prevention is a clinical imperative – the CDC estimates that without a change, a full 40 percent of American adults will now be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes.

As Senator Franken said when he introduced his Medicare Diabetes Prevention legislation, “the burden of chronic disease in our country is staggering…but we also have some of the best health care researchers in the world.” With our fellow DAA members, we’re dedicated to leading the conversation on proactive chronic disease treatment, digital prevention, and diabetes-related policy.

2015 has already been a landmark year for our company, for digital health, and for diabetes prevention – and we’re just getting started. We expect to have more announcements in the coming weeks and months – and look forward to making this the year where America began to truly confront deadly and costly chronic disease.