Pursuant Health said the ADA’s test, which helps build public awareness of the risks for type 2 diabetes, will be available through its more than 3,600 health kiosks in retail pharmacy locations, including such chains as Walmart and Safeway. Plans call for Pursuant’s kiosks to offer the test for three years, starting in November recognition of American Diabetes Month.
The Diabetes Risk Test asks simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for diabetes. Results are reported to consumers as a numerical score showing low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Those identified as having a high risk are urged to consult their doctor about how to reduce their risk or delay the onset of diabetes.
Currently, the Diabetes Risk Test is available on the ADA’s website and in a printed version for health care providers and the public. Pursuant Health said that providing the test through its interactive kiosk platform will reach more people who may be at a high risk for diabetes, since the company’s health stations are located at retail pharmacies within 10 miles of 79% of the U.S. population.
Statistics on the prevalence of diabetes show a critical need for Americans to be informed about their health status and risks for type 2 diabetes, according to Pursuant Health. The company reported that more than 8 million U.S. adults have diabetes and don’t know it, while another 86 million have prediabetes.
“Adding the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Risk Test to the kiosk’s collection of clinically valid health resources is an exciting milestone for Pursuant Health as the company continues to strive for improved public health outcomes,” stated Ryan Sloan, chief marketing officer at Pursuant Health. “Through this collaboration, the American Diabetes Association and Pursuant Health hope to make a profound and meaningful impact that may ultimately help the millions of at-risk individuals across the country.”
Pursuant Health’s FDA-approved, HIPAA-compliant self-service kiosks, situated in retail pharmacies across the country, provide free biometric screenings — such as weight, blood pressure, body mass index and pulse — plus a range of clinically valid health questionnaires, including an NCQA-certified health risk assessment. The tests and assessments can be completed in minutes on the kiosk’s touchscreen interface.