W8Buddy (WeightBuddy), a new digital support tool that can help patients achieve clinically meaningful weight loss, has been launched by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
Developed by DDM Health, W8Buddy has been specifically developed for NHS Tier 3 Weight Management Services (T3WMS), a specialist obesity service comprising of dietitians, psychologists, and physicians, who work with people who have struggled for a long time to lose weight and are considering weight loss (bariatric) surgery.
W8Buddy provides patients with a personalised weight management plan supporting an individual and their family or carers to develop attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and skills to self-manage their health. The key features of the program include structured education, behavioural change activities or resources, meal, and exercise logging, and coaching to support lifestyle modifications including diet, improving physical activity, quitting smoking and losing weight. The platform has a clinician dashboard that provides real-time progress to clinical teams.