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NICE has said that 5 digital weight-management technologies can be used in the NHS to deliver specialist weight-management services for adults who are eligible for weight-management medicine. These technologies can be offered in the NHS once they have Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) approval from NHS England. The technologies are:

  • Gro Health W8Buddy, for prescribing and monitoring weight-management medicine
  • Liva, for tracking weight-management medicine
  • Oviva, for prescribing and monitoring weight-management medicine
  • Roczen, for prescribing and monitoring weight-management medicine
  • Second Nature, for prescribing and monitoring weight-management medicine.

The NHS is collecting more evidence for these technologies. You might be asked if details of your treatment can be collected as evidence. You can ask your healthcare professional for more information about being involved and how your information will be stored and used.

Digital weight-management technologies deliver specialist weight-management services online or through an app. They provide weight-management programmes that prescribe or monitor treatment with weight-management medicine. A team of qualified healthcare professionals will support you, online or through the app. The technologies will mean that more people can be offered a specialist weight-management programme and access treatment with weight-management medicine. The technologies may also help to reduce waiting lists and increase access to face-to-face weight-management services.

NICE has also said that more research is needed for 3 digital weight-management technologies, before they can be used in the NHS. The technologies are:

  • CheqUp
  • Juniper
  • Wellbeing Way.

Is this treatment right for me?

Your healthcare professionals should give you clear information, talk with you about your options and listen carefully to your views and concerns. Your family can be involved too, if you wish. See our webpage on making decisions about your care.

Questions to think about

  • How well does it work compared with other treatments?
  • What are the risks or side effects? How likely are they?
  • How will the treatment affect my day-to-day life?
  • What happens if the treatment does not work?
  • What happens if I do not want to have treatment? Are there other treatments available?
  • How will my information be used, if it is collected?

Information and support

The NHS webpage on obesity may be a good place to find out more.

These organisations can give you advice and support:

You can also get support from your local Healthwatch.

NICE is not responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by these organisations.

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