IBM Watson Health Analysis Demonstrates Nearly $1,800 in Savings for Each Dow Employee Enrolled
San Francisco, CA (December 17, 2019) - Omada Health today released the results of an independent claims analysis on the effectiveness of the company’s flagship digital care program. The analysis, conducted by IBM Watson Health, tracked the health and economic impact of more than 2,000 Dow employees enrolled in the Omada for Prediabetes Program over the course of two years. The analysis demonstrated strong results on participant engagement, health outcomes, and medical costs savings.
In the first year, Dow spent an average of $1,169 less on medical expenses per participant enrolled in the Omada Program compared to a matched cohort. An additional $630 in savings was realized in Year Two, for a total savings of $1,799 per employee enrolled in the Omada Program. The matched cohort was determined by IBM Watson Health. Participants were matched based on a number of different variables including demographics, clinical comorbidities, health plan type, as well as prior year prescription drug spend and overall medical claims.
“Achieving outcomes with participants in real-world settings is what actually matters in healthcare -- for digital health companies, employers, and users,” said Omada Co-Founder and CEO Sean Duffy. “Our success with Dow and their workers shows what can happen with deep collaboration between an employer and digital care company, and a common commitment to delivering effective, personalized benefits to a population.”
In addition to the topline cost savings, emergency room admission rates were 63 percent lower for Omada participants in the first year; diabetes-related medical and prescription spending was 62 percent lower. Each program participant was matched in the baseline year to a control member in a comparison population as determined by IBM Watson Health. The analysis focused on clinical outcomes and medical claims of the 2,000 person population. The overall objective of the study was to determine if meaningful improvements were achieved in reducing disease progression, health care utilization, and medical spending.
About Omada Health
Omada is a digital care program that empowers people to achieve their health goals through sustainable lifestyle change. Working primarily through health plans, employers, and integrated health systems, the company delivers personalized interventions for individuals at risk for, or dealing with, type 2 diabetes and hypertension, as well as anxiety and depression. Combining data-powered human coaching, connected devices, proprietary technology platform, and curriculum tailored to an individual's specific conditions and circumstances, Omada has enrolled more than 250,000 participants to date. Omada partners include Cigna, Kaiser Permanente, Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC), Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota, and other leading health plans. For additional information, please visit www.omadahealth.com.