Contract expands Lark’s Diabetes Management Program to more members
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (February 18, 2020) — Lark Health, the leading digital chronic disease management platform, announced the expansion of a contract with HealthPartners after a successful pilot.
More than 30 million Americans are affected by diabetes, which is the seventh-leading cause of death and the most costly medical condition in the country. Diabetes costs the nation an estimated $327 billion annually in direct medical costs and indirect costs, such as lost or reduced productivity in the workforce. In Minnesota, nearly 8 percent of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, with the total estimated cost of diabetes coming in at $4.7 billion dollars per year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. “Diabetes is an extremely common, costly, and inconvenient challenge facing millions of individuals today,” said Lark CEO and co-founder Julia Hu. “By working with innovative plans like HealthPartners, we can provide more people with the personalized coaching and remote monitoring they need to drive better health outcomes, reduce costs, and help solve this growing health crisis.”
HealthPartners supports and guides members who have diabetes by offering a range of services, including telephonic nurse support, telephonic health coaching, medication management and cost estimator tools, provider cost and quality evaluation tools, and digital health information. Lark’s Diabetes Management Program integrates with this suite of services, offering convenient personal guidance and coaching that is available to commercial plan members anytime, anywhere.
This partnership follows a year of momentum for Lark, including becoming the first digital care platform to demonstrate effective clinical results in all of Diabetes, Hypertension, and Prediabetes programs. A study of Lark’s Diabetes Management Program this year found that members achieved a significant reduction in A1c levels of 1.1 points after just four months. A reduction of 1 point in A1c resulted in a 43 percent lower rate of diabetes-related complications according to a study in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. Participants in a study of Lark’s Hypertension Management Program saw an average blood pressure reduction of 8.4/6.4 mm Hg at six months. Reducing blood pressure by 5 mm Hg is estimated to reduce the risk of stroke mortality by 14 percent and save health plans $1,037 per member per year, according to a study in the Journal of Hypertension. Similarly, Lark’s Diabetes Prevention Program, the 2nd largest in the country, has shown sustained 4.3% body weight loss among participants while demonstrating outcomes superior to that of in-person DPPs and at less than half the cost of comparable programs.
Lark Health is the leading integrated chronic disease prevention and management platform, using proven AI coaching, and smart connected devices to deliver better health outcomes at scale. Lark uses cutting edge conversational AI and connected health monitors to provide real-time, one-on-one counseling to help members make healthier choices, manage their conditions, and when necessary reach expert nurses and coaches to make changes to medication or handle a significant blood sugar event. Founded by CEO Julia Hu in 2011, the company was named “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World” alongside Uber and Airbnb.
HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. For more information, visit healthpartners.com.