Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd (TSE: 6501), in conjunction with Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust and Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, has been awarded a pilot scheme by NHS England as part of Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme – digital stream. The aim of the national pilot is to establish whether digital technology can help people at risk prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes through behavioural change.
Hitachi’s Smart Digital Diabetes Prevention solution helps people to make a sustained lifestyle change by achieving personalised lifestyle goals, preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. Participants are provided with an online application accessible via a smartphone, tablet or a desktop computer – which supports self-assessment, lifestyle monitoring (diet and activity) and tracking of important factors like weight and BMI. The personalised lifestyle goals are established with an NHS Health Advisor who also provides regular advice and coaching throughout the programme, based on a model established by the NDH (Non-Diabetic Hyperglycaemia) Care Call team at Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust.
According to Diabetes.co.uk, the cost of diabetes to the NHS is over £1.5m an hour or 10% of the NHS budget for England and Wales – but studies have also shown that the number of people with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 and prevalence is increasing in low- and middle-income groups. Research from Public Health England has demonstrated that a 5% reduction in a person’s weight can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and other problems such as cardio-vascular and kidney conditions, as well as limb amputation in more serious cases.
“Type 2 diabetes is a global societal issue and a major challenge for healthcare systems” says Paul Watson, Vice President Healthcare EMEA, Hitachi Consulting. “Hitachi has been working in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Salford CCG since 2012 to create a digitally-enabled prevention programme. Our solution uses learnings from both Hitachi’s work on technology-enabled lifestyle change programmes delivered in Japan since 2007 and established clinical practice from our Salford partners. A digital approach is key to meeting scalability and cost-effectiveness objectives, but we undertook extensive user research to design an application that was appropriate for the users, some of whom have relatively low IT literacy. The Health Advisors play an essential role in ensuring the lifestyle change plans are appropriate, safe and personalised to the needs and circumstance of the individual.”
“Results so far suggest that digital prevention can provide an effective means for fighting type 2 diabetes” Watson concluded. “We are continually developing our solution and have exciting plans for the next 12 months – including integration of wearables and scales, leveraging AI to support coaching and introducing flexible pathways tailored to an individual’s needs. We’ve come a long way towards our vision of Prevention 3.0 and hope to improve health outcomes through the interconnection of technology, clinical expertise and social innovation.”
About Hitachi Consulting
Hitachi Consulting is the global solutions and professional services organization within Hitachi Ltd., a global innovation leader in industrial and information technology solutions and an early pioneer of the Internet of Things. Hitachi Consulting is a business integrator for the IoT era and a catalyst for digital transformation. Using our deep domain knowledge, we collaborate with clients to help them innovate faster, maximize operational efficiency and realize measurable, sustainable business and societal value. As a consulting-led solutions company, we can help you leverage data as a strategic asset to drive competitive differentiation, customer loyalty and growth. Visit hitachiconsulting.com
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 10,034 billion yen ($89.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.
About Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust aims to be the safest organisation in the NHS through providing safe, clean and personal care to every patient, every time.
We are an integrated provider of hospital, community, primary and social care services, including the University Teaching Trust. Our team of 7,000 staff provide local services to the City of Salford and specialist services to Greater Manchester and beyond.
We are an Outstanding Trust – the first Trust in the North of England to achieve the highest rating given by the Care Quality Commission.
Since April 2016, Salford Royal has provided leadership for the Pennine Acute Trust, forming the Northern Care Alliance which includes the four Care Organisations for Oldham, Bury/Rochdale, North Manchester and Salford
The Northern Care Alliance brings together 2,000 beds, specialist and acute services, a range of community services, and over 17,000 staff from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT).
About Salford Clinical Commissioning Group
Every GP practice in Salford is part of NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group. Salford CCG is in charge of buying most local health services for the 247,000 people of the city. Salford is ranked as one of the most deprived local authority areas in England with life expectancy lower than the England average. Salford CCG’s vision is to commission (buy) high quality services to enable the population to live longer, healthier lives. The CCG aims to prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities, improve healthcare quality and improve health and wellbeing outcomes.