June 1, 2015
Omada Health’s Online Digital Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) “Prevent”
On June 1, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MST, CBGH will host an informational meeting & conference call on an Online Digital Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) tool called “Prevent” created by Omada Health. This tool will be presented by Blair Wagoner, Director of Sales at Omada Health.
Preventing Diabetes: What it Means for Your Company and Your Employees
• How you can help employees prevent diabetes
• Introduction to Prevent, A Digital Diabetes Prevention Program
• Outcomes & Engagement
• Outcomes Based Pricing
Omada Health brings science and design together to re-imagine how the world avoids preventable disease. We target individuals at highest risk for the costliest and most troubling chronic conditions: type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Omada's approach combines real-life health coaching, connected technology, social support, and interactive online experiences. This multi-modal approach yields unparalleled engagement – 3 out of 4 patients log-in daily. On average, participants lose over 10 pounds within 16 weeks and maintain weight loss over 2 years – and counting. For context, the average employer-sponsored weight loss participant loses <1 pound within 52 weeks. We only charge for participants who engage and achieve clinically significant weight loss. In other words, if it doesn't work, you don't pay.
There are two ways to participate! Attend live at the CBGH office or via conference call. RSVP to Lisa Slavinski, Project Manager, CBGH at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Date: June 1, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MST
12640 W. Cedar Drive
Via Conference Call:
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