Liva Healthcare, an innovative digital health platform designed to tackle chronic diseases through changes in lifestyle and behaviour, has today been announced by NHS England as a provider in the digital stream of Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP). Going live on December 1st, 2017.
Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Liva Healthcare was set up by the founders behind NetDoctor in 2015. Its chairman is Carsten Koch, the former minister of health in Denmark.
Liva Healthcare has proven success in 15 health authorities in Denmark in stopping the progression of diabetes, or even rolling it back, by helping patients change their lifestyle. Its platform supports patients in monitoring and managing their lifestyle with the help of a free, dedicated personal health coach.
The effects of lifestyle intervention on chronic diseases is well known in Denmark. Published in JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) recently, two highly regarded researchers Dane, Dr. Bente Klarlund, and American, Dr. Chris MacDonald, published eyebrow-raising findings of a three year study into the impact of lifestyle intervention on Type 2 diabetes. They found that 30-60 minutes of exercise daily with Type 2 diabetes patients was enough to begin a roll-back of their diagnosis. 56.4% came off medication all together and a further 17.1% were able to reduce their medication.
Heathier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme was officially launched in 2016 to support people who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Those referred on to the face-to-face programme get tailored, personalised help, this includes; education on lifestyle choices, advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating and bespoke physical activity programmes, which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The new pilot offers similar support, assistance and guidance but through the use of digital interventions, including apps, which allow users to access health coaches, online peer support groups and to set and monitor goals electronically.
The Liva Healthcare service will be provided free of charge in a pilot phase of 12 months to pre-diabetic patients through GP referral in two regions; Humber & Vale of York and North East London. Patients accessing the new pilot through Liva Healthcare will receive a dedicated coach for 12 months to help and assist them in achieving a healthier lifestyle. The digital behaviour change programme starts out with a personal face-to-face meeting between patient and coach. Throughout the year, the patient and the coach will have around 26 digital personal coaching sessions. The Liva coaching platform and patient app supports the patient with behaviour change tools such as smart goal setting and plans, lifestyle tracking, video communication and online peer-to-peer support to encourage participation and lasting lifestyle change.
Rune Bech, co-founder at Liva Healthcare, said: “It has been clinically proven in our native Denmark that lifestyle intervention can roll-back chronic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes. In some instances, patients will come off their medication entirely. The NHS is extremely forward thinking in pioneering this programme, the largest of its kind. Digital lifestyle intervention is a highly cost effective and manageable way for those at risk of Type 2 diabetes to roll back their symptoms.
A close relationship between health coach and patient through our platform can change lives. With our easy-to-use programme, patients will have direct ongoing contact with their personal coach, motivational tools and help from a support group.”
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About Liva Healthcare
Liva Healthcare started by the founders behind NetDoctor, is an innovative digital health platform. Its solution connects GPs, personal health coaches and patients. Making human relationships central to the model, rather than app tracking alone. It is focussed on driving behaviour change and transforming lives.
Liva Healthcare has been running in its native Denmark since 2015. The platform is implemented by 15 Danish health authorities, who helped sponsor the development of the solution. Ex-Danish Health Minister Carsten Koch is chairman.
University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is conducting extensive scientific research into the operational efficiency and clinical outcomes of the platform. Liva Healthcare has offices in Copenhagen, Denmark and London, UK.