Fitbit, Solera Health expand partnership to tackle type 2 diabetes

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Solera Health is expanding a partnership with Fitbit to expand use of its device by members to reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

The devices will be used in tandem with the Fitbit platform by members who are monitored by Solera Health, with the goal of encouraging behavior changes, such as increased physical activity and weight loss.

Phoenix-based Solera Health serves as an integrated benefit network that connects patients, payers and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers—it helps consolidate fragmented programs and services into a single marketplace allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs.

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The expanded partnership follows on the heels of an analysis of more than 1,700 people who enrolled in the National Diabetes Prevention Program through the Solera network. Participants who “redeemed” a Fitbit device through participation in the program were more active and lost more weight than those who did not participate.

Under the new partnership, all Solera DPP participants, including Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, will be able to use Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR devices.

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Solera executives say the company brings a proven business model to the partnership with Fitbit that solves for scale and personalization. Solera contracts with health plans and employers to match individuals with the best-fit digital or community-based DPP that meets each person’s unique needs and preferences. To date, Solera has enrolled more than 100,000 people in the National DPP through its network model.

“A proactive approach is essential to the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes,” says Adam Pellegrini, general manager, Fitbit Health Solutions. “Through our work with Solera over the past two years, we have shown that Solera’s model, based on proven health outcomes, coupled with our innovative devices, motivating platform and proven behavior change principles, is an effective combination for preventing type 2 diabetes.”

Based on the success of the partnership so far, Fitbit and Solera are exploring additional opportunities to scale their collaboration in 2019.

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