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HealthTech app chosen by NHS to tackle diabetes

Written by Peter Walker

Changing Health’s platform has been selected by the NHS to help tackle type 2 diabetes in the UK.

Spun out from work at Newcastle University in 2015, the app gives access to information, online tracking tools and lifestyle coaching to help users to lose weight and improve their diet.

Changing Health is free, but requires a GP referral, and access to a mobile phone, tablet or PC.

Jonathan Valabhji, national clinical director for diabetes and obesity for NHS England, explained: “We are living in an increasingly digital age with people managing most aspects of their lives online, the rollout of this programme will give people the opportunity to get support for their type 2 diabetes online too.”

Mike Trenell, co-founder and chief scientific officer at Changing Health, added: “As the single most costly medical condition, type 2 diabetes has long been a drain on NHS resources, and we believe this approach will enable them to deliver highly personalised support at scale.”