SOURCE: Canary Health

Canary Health

June 15, 2016 07:00 ET

Canary Health Announces Strategic Partnership With Medtronic to Provide Comprehensive Treatment for Full Spectrum of Diabetes Acuity

Medtronic Will Be a Reseller of Canary Health's Evidence-Based Self-Management Programs

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - June 15, 2016) - Canary Health, a leading provider of proven digital health self- management programs, today announced a partnership with Medtronic plc that will expand their diabetes care offerings with Canary Health's self-management suite for pre-diabetes, diabetes and related comorbidities. Medtronic will be a reseller and distributor of Canary Health's full suite of chronic disease self-management programs, including its CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Additionally, Canary Health and Medtronic plan to develop additional solutions that leverage Medtronic's devices, services and infrastructure as well as Canary Health's suite of behavior change programs, design expertise, and deep user engagement experience.

"We are very excited about the addition of Canary Health's well-established and reimbursable self-management programs to our portfolio of diabetes management solutions," said Annette Brüls, president, Diabetes Service and Solutions at Medtronic. "This new relationship with Canary Health enables us to offer healthcare organizations broader, deeper and more holistic diabetes management solutions that improve clinical outcomes and bend the cost curve as we pursue value-based healthcare models."

The partnership with Medtronic will scale Canary Health's CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and its diabetes self-management program to more broadly reach the 22 million people in the United States suffering from diabetes, and the 86 million people at risk for developing the disease. Medtronic also plans to offer Canary Health's other chronic disease self-management programs which address conditions that are commonly associated with diabetes including arthritis, depression, and heart disease, for a more comprehensive and integrated approach to care.

"With more than $322 billion spent on diabetes and pre-diabetes care in the United States annually, and more than 3,800 people being diagnosed with diabetes every day, clearly an innovative and comprehensive approach to prevention and treatment of the disease is desperately needed," said Adam Kaufman Ph.D., CEO and president of Canary Health. "We are proud to partner with Medtronic to address a broader spectrum of the diabetes epidemic with our DPP and condition self-management programs. Given the consistently significant clinical and financial returns we've seen across all of our self-management programs, we strongly believe that providing self-management support for chronic diseases is one of the most critical steps the healthcare industry can take in delivering value-based care."

The Medtronic partnership and funding follows Canary Health's recent acquisition of mobile stress management company, bLife, as well as an exclusive license with Stanford University's Patient Education Research Center for its chronic disease self-management programs, which have achieved the highest criteria for evidence-based programs set by the U.S Department of Health & Human Services and have been proven effective through more than 30 published clinical studies.

With more than 117 million people in the U.S. suffering from one or more chronic illness Canary Health's mission is to provide evidence-based, digital self-management programs that reduce the cost of care and make a significant impact in preventing and arresting the progression of chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and depression. According to the CDC, health self-management helps people learn techniques to reduce pain and improve function and to develop skills and confidence to daily manage their conditions. Participants in Canary Health's self-management programs have also demonstrated fewer visits to physicians and emergency departments, fewer days in the hospital and fewer hospitalizations. In addition, Canary Health's health plan partners report a 90% user satisfaction rate and a savings as high as $1,000 per participant per year for an overall ROI of 3:1.

For more information about Canary Health's comprehensive suite of self-management programs, please visit http://www.CanaryHealth.com.

About Canary Health

Canary Health (www.canaryhealth.com) is the leading provider of digital health self-management programs that prevent the progression of chronic diseases including arthritis, depression, diabetes, and heart disease. Our mission is to empower people with the tools, coaching and community support to self-manage their health, enhancing their quality of life, improving health outcomes, and lowering the cost of care. Canary Health solutions have been deployed in dozens of healthcare organizations such as GEHA and Kaiser Permanente, impacting tens of thousands of individuals. Our suite of engaging, evidence-based programs treats multiple chronic conditions and addresses the needs of the whole person including their physical, mental and emotional health. Based in Los Angeles, Canary Health holds the exclusive license to Stanford University Patient Research Center's proven self-management programs for chronic conditions and caregivers and offers a CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

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