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New digital innovations for diabetes and obesity management to be piloted

17th November 2017

The government has launched a new pilot scheme to evaluate the potential benefits of new digital innovations to aid the management of diabetes and obesity.

NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK are allying with leading companies from the tech sector to launch the pilot, which is expected to benefit more than 5,000 people when it kicks off this month.

Five companies and eight regions have been selected to test a range of apps, gadgets, wristbands and other innovative digital products, allowing users to access health coaching and online support, as well as set and monitor goals electronically.

Some patients will also receive wearable technology to help them monitor their activity levels and receive motivational messages and prompts, with these devices set to be made available on the NHS for the first time.

It is hoped that this will help to bring down high blood sugar levels and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Simon Stevens, chief executive officer of NHS England, said: "So much else in our lives is now about online social connection and support, and that now needs to be true too for the modern NHS."

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