A Growing Epidemic
More than 29 million people in the United States (US) live with diabetes, and an additional 86 million people are at risk for developing the disease.[i] Each year, pre-diabetes and diabetes costs $322 billion in the US.[i] It is clear we need an innovative and comprehensive approach to diabetes prevention and treatment that improves clinical outcomes and reduces the cost of care.
So what can we do to help?
This is where our partnership with Canary Health, a leading provider of proven digital health self-management programs that prevent the progression of chronic diseases, comes into play. For a more comprehensive and integrated approach to care, we are expanding our diabetes care offerings with Canary Health’s chronic disease self-management programs, which address pre-diabetes, diabetes, and diabetes-related comorbidities. These programs include their CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program, Virtual Lifestyle Management (VLM), and their self-management program for chronic diseases, Better Choices, Better Health.
Together, we will also develop holistic diabetes management solutions by combining our devices, services, and infrastructure, with Canary Health’s behavior change programs, design expertise, and extensive user engagement experience. With these broader solutions focused on behavior change and self-management, we can extend our offerings earlier in the diabetes journey and deeper into patient behavior.
Providing self-management support for chronic diseases is a critical step in transforming healthcare to a value-based model. According to the CDC, health self-management programs help people with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, learn techniques to better manage their disease. This is evident in the consistent significant clinical and economic outcomes we have seen across Canary Health’s self-management programs.
Canary Health Outcomes
Canary Health’s six-week long Better Choices, Better Health program was recently the focus of the largest peer-reviewed study ever conducted of a digital diabetes self-management program. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), showed positive outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes over a six-month period across five key diabetes management and behavioral indicators:
- Blood sugar (HbA1c) levels were reduced
- Depression symptoms improved
- Frequent hypoglycemic symptoms decreased
- Medication adherence improved
- Exercise participation improved
These results indicate the program is effective at empowering a larger, more diverse group of individuals to self-manage their diabetes, leading to improved health outcomes. Given the significant, positive outcome of the study, we are excited to offer Canary Health’s Better Choices, Better Health program currently in the US and Canada, and around the world in the future.
With the addition of Canary Health’s well-established self-management programs to our portfolio, we are able to offer healthcare organizations broader, deeper, and more holistic diabetes management solutions that improve clinical outcomes while reducing the cost of care.
Most importantly, our partnership with Canary Health puts the patient at the center of their healthcare journey by providing the devices, services, programs, coaching, and community that can help improve their health and quality of life.
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