Omada Health has revealed promising results from a study that looked at how well its digital health tools could help spur weight loss among Medicare members, a milestone for the company a couple of months after it roped in new funding to develop its health management program.
The study, which Omada conducted with Humana ($HUM), showed that 491 people lost an average of 8.7% of their body weight over 6 months while participating in the company's Prevent program. Prevent offers digital tools to help people reduce their risk for obesity-related chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, including a wireless scale presynced to a patient's account, 24/7 access to a personal health coach and an online peer network so people on the cusp of chronic disease can find support.
The study findings are especially significant given the participants' age. People in the program were, on average, 70 years old, and their weight loss correlates with data from the Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial. The trial found that people over 60 at risk for chronic disease have a 71% reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes at 3 years if they lose the same amout of weight, Omada said in a statement.
Adherence data from the study also weighed in Omada's favor. Seniors stuck with Prevent over time, with more than 85% of participants staying active in the program after 6 months, the company said.
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