Applying digital tools to prevent Type 2 diabetes

Following the recent news that, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, thousands of people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will receive digital support to help prevent the condition, we caught up Liva Healthcare to understand more about the use of digital tools in this context.

Liva Healthcare and its partner, Living Well Taking Control (LWTC) are recognised and accredited providers in the new schemes offered by the NHS. Currently active in 17 CCGS across England, Liva Healthcare provides a digital health coaching programme for those with, and at risk of, chronic lifestyle diseases such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes – using an app and desktop platform. 

The programme puts a health coach in the pocket of the patient, based on the belief that a close ongoing relationship with a trusted health professional is vital in achieving sustainable clinical outcomes. It enables each coach to manage up to 500 patients in personalised digital health programmes. 

In addition to one-to-one goal setting and coaching, the platform provides self-monitoring health tools and online peer-to-peer support groups to assist patients in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviours. Its partner LWTC, provide the face-to face support of patients in the programme.

The overall aim

The aim of the programme is to reduce or delay the progression of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease for high risk groups. The programme treats patients with a BMI over 25 and those with raised HbA1c measurements, delivering evidence-based, positive and sustainable behaviour change.  

The Liva programme has supported patients to achieve life changing results through delivering a truly patient-centred service. These results reflect an average weight loss of 7kg within four months, sustained after 20 months. For patients with pre-diabetes, after six months of using the Liva programme, 75% had reduced their HbA1c to normal levels and 50% of patients with pre-diabetes had HbA1c levels indicative of a reversal to their condition altogether. Digital tools can provide huge relief for patients and healthcare providers. In addition, the cost saving potential is significant. If 1,000 patients are treated, a total of £27,660,000 could be saved in a year.

Simon Pickup, UK managing director said, “The growing health crises posed by chronic lifestyle illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, most of which are preventable, are continuing to put an unsustainable strain on the NHS. 

Digital lifestyle interventions are one way to give responsibility back to patients to manage their own health; this is key to tackling the growing pressures on the healthcare system. Providing digital tools to enable patients to make – and maintain – these lifestyle interventions is a sustainable way to free up healthcare professionals’ time, whilst making sure that a patient is engaged at all times. Technology can help individuals at risk of chronic lifestyle diseases make long-term lifestyle change, it’s time we take full advantage of it.” 


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