11 Jul 2012, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: In future, patients with certain diseases, especially chronic ones, can be treated in a more holistic approach that will go beyond mere drug treatment. Thus Boehringer Ingelheim is concentrating on new business models and healthcare innovation and signed a contract with the US company Healthrageous, a digital health management company.
Both companies will evaluate lifestyle behavior in a pilot study to improve the health status of people with diabetes Type 2. Study participants will experience a digital technology intervention combining digital coaching and a wireless glucose meter transmitting data to clinical monitors. The Internet-based tool will allow an evaluation of the intervention on changes in lifestyle behaviors, glucose control, additional medical parameters and medication adherence.
Mr Bert Tjeenk-Willink, member of the board of managing directors of Boehringer Ingelheim, said, "Boehringer Ingelheim is known for innovation in research and development and for bringing high quality medications quickly to the market. But we are also committed to a "beyond pill" approach in health care. We have to pursue a new approach to see the patient with all his or her aspirations but also limitations. We need to find suitable answers that will benefit not only the patients and their family but also the whole society in so far that healthier patients lead a more satisfactory life and can contribute to society for longer."
"This first initiative offering a comprehensive digital platform for Type 2 diabetes will help us to better understand what motivates individuals to become and remain engaged in self-managing their health. We are delighted to be working with Healthrageous here. Boehringer Ingelheim will engage in many more initiatives of that kind," he added.
An estimated 366 million people worldwide have type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 90 to 95% of all diabetes cases. The number is expected to grow considerably in the next years due to unhealthy lifestyles. Conclusions from findings in Behavioural Science show that in most chronic medical conditions and diseases such as diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or high blood pressure interventions with respect to drug adherence, lifestyle changes in nutrition, physical exercises, stress reduction and can bring about measureable improvements. The most important aspect, however, is that the patient sticks to a chosen regimen and properly manages his/her lifestyle change.
The goal of the new diabetes program is to leverage technology in a way that makes the personalized journey of self-managing diabetes easier and more effective. During the collaboration, in a first phase 200 adults in the US diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for at least six months will have access to Healthrageous' digital diabetes self-management program. The web and smartphone delivered program will include a personalized action plan with health behavior improvement goals, biometric feedback to demonstrate goal achievement and milestones, digital coach interaction, recognition and incentives for progress, supply and strip refill ordering, medication reminders, and social networking support. If the results show the expected benefits, the program will be expanded to encompass up to one thousand patients in different countries.