Milestones DM2: a digitally-enabled clinical weight management programme for people with type 2 diabetes (TDM2) + BMI >30kg/m2 (#2499)

Idea Description
Supplementary Information
Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Milestones DM2 combines nutritional and digital innovation to help people with T2DM lose at least 15kg of bodyweight, which will improve diabetes treatment targets, reduce complication rates and generate NHS cost-savings.
Overview of Innovation:
The challenge:
Diabetes costs the NHS £10 billion a year, approximately 10% of the entire NHS budget, much of which is spent treating complications that can be prevented through good diabetes control defined as achieving ‘treatment targets’ in blood glucose (HbA1c), blood pressure & cholesterol. Most T2DM patients do not achieve these targets, but weight loss can help.

NICE recommends T2DM patients with a BMI over 30kg/m2 be considered for bariatric surgery & that all patients referred to bariatric surgery enter a tier 3 weight management service to attempt medical management. However, provision of such services is variable & existing services are limited in accessibility & cost-effectiveness.

Our solution:
Milestones DM2 provides an effective alternative to traditional services utilising digital technology for a remote, high-frequency, multi-disciplinary service via initial face to face then phone calls, online learning and a smartphone app. This ensures lower delivery costs by not requiring continuous face-to-face clinics, increased accessibility and improved effectiveness as patients are provided with the high frequency support shown in clinical trials to be superior to low frequency care.

Milestones DM2 builds on evidence which has shown a medical weight loss programme using 8-12 weeks of 800kcal total diet replacement (TDR) followed by supported food reintroduction can achieve 15kg bodyweight loss, with 60% of those with T2DM for <4 years reducing and maintaining their HbA1c to <48mmol/mol at 9 months. **

As such, Milestones DM2 is delivered over 12 months by a remote multidisciplinary team (MDT) of diabetes specialist dietitians and nurses, along with psychologists, exercise therapists and endocrinologists.

The patient journey in 3 phases:

1. Eight weeks of an 800 kcal TDR (OPTIFAST® from Nestlé Health Science). Note that the option of intermittent TDR (2 days/week for 27 weeks) is available for those who cannot tolerate continious TDR (7 days/week for 8 weeks)
2. Four weeks supported food reintroduction
3. Nine months of maintenance

Patients receive weekly healthcare professional support throughout Phases 1 & 2 and then monthly during Phase 3. This is provided via phone calls and/or text and video support via the Milestones DM2 smartphone app (which can also be used for self-monitoring). The technology enabling remote care for Milestones DM2 is provided by Oviva UK Ltd, an SME focused on provision of digitally enabled dietetic services across 17 NHS CCGs.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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