LOS ANGELES, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DPS Health, a leader in clinically-proven digital behavior change interventions for the emergent-risk population, has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for meeting its standards for providing programs that can help prevent type 2 diabetes. This is the first time the CDC has included guidelines within its Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program that allow digital programs to qualify for diabetes prevention program recognition – previously the standards only allowed programs that utilize face-to-face interactions.
"The CDC's recognition of remote and online services as viable for those at risk for diabetes is a significant step forward for not only the diabetes community, but also the medical community," said Neal Kaufman, MD MPH, chief medical officer, DPS Health. "Since our online DPP program – called Virtual Lifestyle Management (VLM) – rolled out in 2006, we've successfully supported quantifiable behavior change for tens of thousands of people. This recognition will help patients feel confident that these tools are viable and results-driven."
DPS Health CEO, Adam Kaufman PhD, stated "As concern grows around the rate of pre-diabetes and obesity in the U.S., these new guidelines provide clarity to the market on which programs are proven and evidence-based and committed to supporting consumers in formats that directly address their needs. This is a very exciting development for our industry, and we look forward to helping lead the movement behind the continued acceptance of digital tools for healthcare."
For more information on VLM and DPS Health, please visit www.dpshealth.com.
About DPS Health
Founded in 2004, DPS Health enhances the capacity of organizations to improve the health of their members, employees and/or patients through research-proven, web and mobile self-management support interventions. The company is dedicated to enhancing the health of Americans with chronic disease, particularly those in the Emergent-Risk category which represents a significant portion of the population. Emergent-Risk individuals can improve their overall health and avoid advancing to the high-risk, high-cost category. For additional information, visit www.dpshealth.com.
SOURCE DPS Health