Virgin Pulse adds diabetes prevention programme

Virgin Pulse is adding diabetes prevention to its employee wellbeing programme after its acquisition of global digital therapeutics company Blue Mesa Health.

Blue Mesa’s Transform programme has a proven track record of helping people at risk of developing diabetes to effectively manage their health and make sustainable lifestyle changes. It was developed based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) landmark National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum and combines software, home health monitoring and remote health coaching to guide participants through a 12 month behaviour change programme. Transform received full recognition from the CDC, signifying that it effectively delivers a proven Type 2 diabetes prevention programme.

“As employers, employees and health plans embrace technology to help reduce and reverse chronic conditions, digital diabetes prevention programs represent one of the largest opportunities to positively impact health and reduce healthcare costs,” said David Osborne, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “By combining Blue Mesa’s clinically-proven Diabetes Prevention Program with Virgin Pulse’s high daily engagement rates, we can reach a greater share of the prediabetic population and sustain their engagement over meaningful periods of time.”

Virgin Pulse will launch Virgin Pulse Transform, the first digital therapeutic solution from the company, and build upon Blue Mesa’s offering to address rising chronic disease-related health costs. It will be integrated into Virgin Pulse’s existing platform and available in five languages to support Virgin Pulse’s global customer base.

More than one in three American adults is ‘prediabetic’, according to the American Diabetes Association. This is a condition that often leads to Type 2 diabetes within five years if left untreated. $1 of every $7 of US healthcare spend is on diabetes-related treatment and complications, driven by the fact that on average, the healthcare costs of individuals with diabetes are 2.3 times greater than those without the condition.

“We are excited to join the leader in the employee health and wellbeing space and look forward to the massive distribution opportunities now available for Transform,” said Curtis Duggan, CEO of Blue Mesa Health. “Our outcomes speak for themselves and have earned us the highest form of recognition by the CDC. This is a significant, hard-earned achievement that very few Diabetes Prevention Program solutions can claim. We see substantial opportunity to expand Transform’s footprint globally and are eager to make the program available to the millions of consumers who use Virgin Pulse to manage their health and wellbeing today.”

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