A company harnessing the power of the smartphone to improve dietary health and diabetes has been selected one of the first companies to take part in the NHS Innovation Test Bed programme – an NHS England initiative to improve patient care announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January

Oviva has developed mobile and web software to help people with dietary-related illnesses improve their health by empowering them to understand and manage their condition, and communicate more easily with clinicians. The app is designed to help people with diabetes to lose weight and improve their sugar control by making it easy to text their dietitian, record their food intake with photos, track their activity and weight, and record progress towards their weight-loss goals. The dietitian monitors these inputs via a web portal and provides personalised feedback, guidance and support weekly – all through a secure channel.

As well as motivating and supporting people to lose weight and monitor activities, the app also has the potential to reduce costs by minimising in-person appointments with clinicians.

Initial outcome data from testing with 83 patients in Switzerland shows that users have lost an average of 6% of their body weight after three months by combining the app and their usual treatment. This is double the weight loss achieved by face to face dietetic care provided in the same location. Use of Oviva has also reduced costly missed appointments to near zero.

Lucy Jones, Head of Dietetics at Oviva, says:

“Achieving lifestyle changes to improve your diabetes or obesity can be really challenging for people and difficult to sustain. Using Oviva’s technology with my own patients, I find it greatly improves the communication and support I can provide as and when they need it. At the same time, it puts the power firmly into the patient’s hands, as they track and capture their own dietary choices.”

Through the new Test Bed initiative, over 2,000 people in the UK will have the chance to trial Oviva as part of their diabetes care.

Find out more