Press Release: Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Deploys Noom Platform to Engage up to 66,000 New Yorkers in the Diabetes Prevention Program

by | Jun 22, 2016 | Last updated Sep 22, 2021

June 22, 2016 10:00 AM 

NEW YORK, New York, June 22, 2016 — Noom, Inc., a leader in tech-enabled, human coaching platforms for healthcare enterprises, today announced that Jamaica Hospital Medical Center (JHMC) selected Noom for its virtual National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) platform. This pilot program will provide a user-centric, mobile coaching experience to engage and empower individuals in New York to achieve their health goals and effortlessly monitor their progress in real time.

“We are excited to partner with a hospital who seeks to meet individuals where they are, in real-time, with a coach that can rally them on to reach their health goals.”

An estimated 86 million people nationwide have prediabetes and more than five million reside in the state of New York. JHMC aims to reach at-risk individuals through the NDPP, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recognized lifestyle change program designed to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. With Noom’s scalable behavior change platform, JHMC can prioritize NDPP outreach and potentially yield higher engagement rates while delivering guidance at the moment of greatest impact.

“As a healthcare organization, we are dedicated to improving access to high-quality preventive care and enhancing the overall health of our community. At present, we have in-person NDPP classes to help participants reduce their risk of diabetes. Unfortunately, some participants have trouble juggling their busy schedules to attend these sessions and managing their paper-based food logs,” said Lorena Akerman, MS, RD, CDN, CDE. “With a mobile app, patients can log food, message coaches and monitor their progress in real time. We believe that this unique user experience may benefit our patients and our team. It has the potential to extend the reach of our prevention efforts and impact more individuals that are at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes.”

Noom’s coaching platform combines human and artificial intelligence to deliver successful behavior change programs that scale. The company’s current programs target the prevention of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and are pending recognition by the CDC. Healthcare providers who use Noom’s coaching platform have access to a customizable dashboard and messaging system allowing them to monitor and communicate directly with their program participants. Participants follow a program that includes daily tasks assigned by a trained coach, short-form education content, food-logging, exercise-logging, one-on-one coaching and group support. The ultimate goal is to drive lasting behavior change for healthier habits.

“Considering the recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about the potential Medicare expansion to cover preventive diabetes programs, Jamaica Hospital is at the forefront of innovative, proactive approaches to tackling the diabetes epidemic,” said Saeju Jeong, CEO of Noom. “We are excited to partner with a hospital who seeks to meet individuals where they are, in real-time, with a coach that can rally them on to reach their health goals.”

About Jamaica Hospital Medical Center:

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and eastern Brooklyn. This 409-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital with a large network of community-based ambulatory care centers. JHMC offers an array of acute inpatient, rehabilitation and mental health services, and is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in New York City. The hospital provides general medical, pediatric, and psychology, in addition to home health services. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s mission is to serve patients and the community in a way that is second to none. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.

About Noom, Inc.:

Noom is a mobile health company that harnesses the power of technology and the empathy of real human coaches to deliver successful behavior change programs that scale. Noom’s research-backed products help people with chronic conditions and diseases achieve real, positive outcomes. Noom was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was selected to participate in the 2014 New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA) through which it has launched pilot programs with Aetna, New York Presbyterian and Greater Buffalo United Accountable Health Network. Noom’s apps boast more than 32 million installs worldwide. Noom has offices in New York City, Berlin, Seoul and Tokyo.