Broadcasters on Stickam can allow their friends and followers to log into their chat rooms by using Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Tumblr, Linked In, Myspace, or Gmail.Broadcasters can further restrict their rooms by requiring viewers to Like their Facebook page, Follow their Twitter, or Subscribe to their You Tube channel in order to view the stream or in order to participate in the chat.
Patients can reach the coach at any time by private messaging, a group discussion board, text message, phone or video chat.
The program features a food-and-activity tracker, where participants enter what they are eating, drinking and doing each day.
“This study validates what our team has known for a while: that American seniors can—and will—reduce their risk of chronic disease by engaging with a properly designed digital health intervention,” Omada co-founder and CEO Sean Duffy said in a statement.
Each participant in the Omada program receives a welcome package that includes a wireless scale with an embedded cellular chip linked to the patient’s profile.
Stickam featured user-submitted pictures, audio, video, and most prominently, live streaming video chat.
The site quickly expanded to include live shows and produced content from MTV, G4 TV, CBS Radio, NATPE, CES, and many others, as well as live performances and shows with numerous musicians and celebrities.Among the study’s limitations, the authors noted that although the seniors who participated in the Omada program may represent those who voluntarily took part in a digital intervention, they may not necessarily reflect the characteristics of general Medicare beneficiaries.The research was published in the October issue of , an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that brings in revenue from authors of accepted manuscripts instead of charging subscription or per-article purchase fees.A recent study indicates an online intensive behavior counseling (IBC) program can help seniors lose weight and reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.Another key finding: Seniors had a higher participation rate than the total adult population. The study, published in looked at data on more than 1,100 overweight or obese seniors with additional risk factors for diabetes or heart disease who participated in an online IBC program created by San Francisco-based Omada Health Inc.On the first day of group activities, patients log in to the website and meet their personal health coach via live streaming or a recorded video.