Study Finds Omada Diabetes Prevention Program Resulted in 7.5% Weight Loss in Humana Medicare Advantage Population

today announced the publication of research suggesting that
Omada’s digital health program can be an effective strategy for reducing
chronic disease risk in older adults.

The study, published in
the Journal of Aging and Health
, followed a total of 501
patients with Humana Medicare Advantage insurance and an average age of
68.8 years who were at high risk of developing diabetes. Participants
were enrolled in Omada Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program offered
through Humana, which combines digital health tools (such as wireless
digital scales and online courses) with Omada’s coaches to help older
adults improve their health and reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes.

Six months after beginning the Omada Program, participants lost an
average of 8.0% of their body weight. Twelve months after enrolling,
participants had lost an average of 7.5% of their body weight – which
translates into an average of 13 to 14 pounds lost from an average
initial weight of 208 pounds. Participants with available clinical data
also showed improvements in glucose control (an average of -0.14%
reduction in glycosylated hemoglobin [HbA1c]), as well as a -7.08 mg/dL
decrease in total cholesterol on average. Participants also reported
improvements in well-being, depression symptoms and self-care.

Participation rates among enrollees were high, with 92% of patients
completing at least nine of 16 core online lessons, which focus on
topics such as changing food habits and increasing activity levels. On
average, participants also interacted with the Omada program 19 times
each week.

These kinds of preventive care programs will be critical to maintaining
the health of aging Americans, particularly at a time when 51%
of those aged 65 or older are at elevated risk of developing type 2

“Diabetes and obesity are an epidemic among the senior population and,
if left unchallenged, threaten to seriously impact quality of life,”
said Cynthia Castro Sweet, PhD, lead author and director of medical
affairs at Omada Health. “The results of our research show we now have
the tools to fight this epidemic.”

“Humana is committed to helping the people we serve prevent chronic
disease,” said Laura E. Happe, PharmD, MPH, study co-author and director
of research and publications at Humana. “This study demonstrates that
digital tools and personalized coaching can help people reduce their
risk of developing diabetes. Importantly, it shows that seniors can be
highly engaged in electronic media, which has the potential to greatly
expand the number of people these types of programs can help.”

Authors of the study include: Cynthia Castro Sweet, PhD, Vinay
Chiguluri, MPH, Rajiv Gumpina, MS, Paul Abbott, MBA, Erica Madero, MS,
Mike Payne, MBA, MSci, Laura Happe, PharmD, MPH, Roger Matanich, Andrew
Renda, MD, MPH, and Todd Prewitt, MD.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health and
well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their
best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The
company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and
clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change,
proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people we
serve across the country.

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About Omada Health

Omada Health is a digital behavioral medicine company that inspires and
enables people at the tipping point of chronic conditions like type 2
diabetes and heart disease to change the habits that put them most at
risk. Working with health plans, health systems, and employers, Omada
provides scalable, effective lifestyle interventions that deliver
clinically-meaningful results. The company’s flagship program is a
digitally-based, remotely-delivered intensive behavioral counseling
program. The program integrates smart technology (including a wireless
scale pre-synced to a participant’s account), a proprietary curriculum,
ongoing access to a personal health coach, and a like-minded online peer
network for support. In doing so, it combines proven behavioral science
and the power of social networking with cutting-edge tech and
world-class design.

Since its founding, Omada has enrolled more than 90,000 participants
across all 50 states, who have collectively logged more than 13 million
weigh-ins. Omada operates on a pay-for-outcomes pricing model that
aligns the company’s incentives with the goals of its partners and
participants. Health insurers like Humana and Kaiser Permanente, as well
as employers like Lowe’s, Iron Mountain, and Costco are among Omada’s


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