You cannot control what you cannot measure. And Type 2 Diabetes is something that we can control, and can better do so if we do measure. Hitachi is teaming up with NHS England, along with four other service and technology providers, in a intervention pilot to prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Hitachi is not new to this effort, and the collaboration with the NHS has been going on for some time. We are proud to see this advance to the next stage of our partnership in this effort to impact the tremendous social and personal cost of Type 2 Diabetes.
This is about taking available data and implementing social innovation. Much has been written about the correlation between socioeconomic and geographic conditions and the health profiles of individuals. While no-one can claim to understand how all of these variables correlate into health, we do know that specific lifestyle choices impact whether or not you will be in good health. Sometimes it is as simple as getting regular exercise and eating well. However, sometimes it is a complex web of who you know, and how those people influence you, and where you live and what kind of access you have to healthy choices. The social fiber and web of influence around all of us can impact how we live, and therefore our overall health.
Through Hitachi's Smart Digital Diabetes Prevention solution, being piloted at NHS England, participants can perform self assessments, and those assessments can be reviewed by dietitians and clinical experts, guided by smart algorithms, that assign individuals to a cohort. Smart intervention strategies can then be deployed to make certain that the participant keeps the right goals and objectives in front of them, and can therefore avoid the development of Type 2 Diabetes. The more that participants share of themselves, in a comfortable, secure, and natural way, the more the system can determine what they need to be successful.
Perhaps we will see a day in the near future where we can have participants opt into healthy shipments of just the right foods for them, and their current state of dietary need, delivered in an Amazon like fashion. And they can compete for discounts through maintaining activity and losing weight. And perhaps they need a social network of others doing the same thing for them to feel part of something, and with just the right amount of gamification, living healthy and avoiding the tremendous personal and social cost of Type 2 Diabetes doesn't have to be a chore. In the end, if we can improve the health of people and populations, through our natural social nature, we all succeed.
Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, said “So much else in our lives is now about online social connection and support, and that now needs to be true too for the modern NHS.