Hitachi is continuing to contribute to social innovation by forming an alliance with the NHS and other partners to tackle diabetes in the UK. The Smart Digital Diabetes Prevention solution helps people at risk to make a sustained lifestyle change to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes through personalised lifestyle goals.
It combines an online portal – available through a smartphone or a desktop computer – which supports self-assessment, monitoring and management with a professional health advisor who provides regular advice and coaching.
This online method of receiving support has the potential to have a similar impact to face-to-face interventions – helping bring down high blood sugar levels and in turn prevent or delay onset of Type 2 diabetes.
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Thousands of people set to access diabetes and obesity prevention services through the touch of a button NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have teamed up with leading companies from the tech sector as the battle against obesity and Type 2 diabetes goes digital. More than 5,000 people are expected to benefit from a pilot project which will see five companies and eight areas of the country test drive a range of apps, gadgets, wristbands and other innovative digital products, which starts this month. Users will be able to access health coaches and online support groups as well as set and monitor goals electronically. Some patients will also receive wearable technology to help them monitor activity levels and receive motivational messages and prompts, which is being made available on the NHS for the first time.