I heard Omada Health president Sean Duffy on an April 13, 2017 NEJM Catalyst webinar reference the road by which non-pharmacological, integrative diabetes care gained coverage. Duffy, a “high tech high touch” Bay Area entrepreneur, displayed his literally out-of-the-box thinking elsewhere in the webinar when he urged the medical industry to “build a pervasive culture in which in-person visits are a last resort.” Might this interesting executive’s experience offer insights for those who realize that lack of coverage for non-pharmacologic, integrative pain treatment is a massive barrier to human health? I set up an interview.
First, however, I looked into the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that Duffy said provides the data foundation for Omada’s now 50-state program. The 2002 DPP study compared a multi-modal integrative diabetes strategy - diet, physical activity and behavior modification - with the drug Metformin. The integrative arm performed with such success that research was halted early so public benefit could immediately commence.
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