Self-Service Diabetes Risk Assessment Powered by the American Diabetes Association® Now Available at 10,000 Retail Locations
In support of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) mission and at the start of American Diabetes Month 2019, Higi is introducing a free and convenient on-station risk assessment for type 2 diabetes
Chicago, IL – November 5, 2019 – Higi, a consumer health engagement company partnering with leading retail and healthcare companies to provide access to care via a connected network of Smart Health Stations, has united with the ADA to combat the large number of Americans with undiagnosed prediabetes or diabetes. Together, the two are offering a free and convenient self-service type 2 diabetes risk assessment at Higi Health Stations across its network. Retail pharmacy partners with clinical, pharmaceutical and product solutions for people with diabetes will now increasingly be able to help individuals who may be at risk for prediabetes and diabetes. The assessment pairs station measurements with consumer-reported health survey responses as inputs to the ADA type 2 diabetes risk calculator and informs Higi users of their risk score with guidance for high-risk individuals to consult with their physician. This risk assessment is non-diagnostic, and only a clinician with supporting lab work can diagnose prediabetes or diabetes.
The assessment, launched in partnership with the ADA, provides an easily accessible way for all consumers to better understand their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. With a quick visit to a Higi Health Station, adults can sit down, select the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test, be weighed, answer a few simple questions and become better informed about their health, and their risk of developing diabetes in particular.
“84 million American adults have prediabetes and 90% of them don’t know it,” said Tracey D. Brown, CEO of the American Diabetes Association. “I’m excited about the collaboration with Higi as we take on this diabetes epidemic together. There are millions of people that have no idea whether they have diabetes or prediabetes. Our goal is to make it easier for people to know their risks, know their numbers and take action. The way to do this is by meeting people where they are–right in their own communities.”
“Because of our collaboration with Higi, we’ve now added 10,000 retail locations to our ecosystem where consumers regularly shop,” said Brown. “They can sit down and within a few minutes have a clear understanding of their risk for type 2 diabetes. In most cases, at a Higi Health Station the consumer is within steps of a pharmacist, and if the risk is high, there is a clinical resource immediately available who can help guide them to the appropriate next step.”
In the last year, Higi has enabled consumers to complete over 35 million screenings, and to assess their understanding of the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes over 4 million times. Learnings from both consumer offerings have highlighted the need to expand access to screening for diabetes in a scalable way on the Higi platform. The new assessment comes with digital educational resources and recommended next steps sent via email for users at all risk levels.
“We are thrilled to offer this new assessment to our users in partnership with the ADA and in support of Higi retailers who are on the front lines of prevention and better management of this devastating, but often preventable disease” says Jeff Bennett, CEO at Higi. “Every 21 seconds, someone new is diagnosed with diabetes. By meeting consumers in their neighborhoods and providing them with the tools, education and resources to better manage their health, we will help change this statistic. “
Higi Smart Health Stations offering the diabetes risk assessment are located in participating Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, HEB, Kroger, Meijer, Publix, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Supervalu, Wakefern, Walgreens and Wegmans stores.
Higi is a consumer health engagement company making it easier for all people to measure, track and act on their health data through a free nationwide network of over 10,000 FDA-cleared self-screening Smart Health Stations located in pharmacy retailers and other community points of trust. Enhanced by over 80 different third-party integrations (i.e. apps, devices, monitors, EHRs and more), Higi’s Smart Health Stations connect across the existing healthcare ecosystem, bridging station activity with digital tools to interact with consumers on the go and extend engagement, making it easier for consumers to remain active in their health. Healthcare stakeholders use Higi as a new access point to better reach, connect with and activate targeted populations; collect biometric and other health determinant data to stratify and prioritize; motivate consumers to take specific actions at a point of care or within the expanding care ecosystem activated by Higi connectivity. To date, more than 58 million people have used a Higi station to conduct over 335 million biometric tests. For more information, visit us at www.higi.com.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. Nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).