Location: Iceland and Sweden and United States
The digital therapeutic program offers users personalised programs, advice, and helps keep them motivated through making lifestyle changes.
Preventing, reversing, or stopping the progression of lifestyle-related illnesses often requires making positive lifestyle changes. However, while that may be simple in theory, it is often difficult to do. Factors that make lifestyle changes difficult go far deeper than motivation and may include social elements, work, family, and emotional struggles.
Sidekick is a digital solution developed by doctors that uses clinically validated modalities to help patients improve their health through lifestyle changes. These include exercise, weight loss, sleep, medication adherence, and nutrition. Users are three times more likely to reach their weight loss goals and typically log 8-12 activities per day. The tool can be used in health prevention and provide support in many long term conditions such as diabetes.
By using a blend of artificial intelligence and gamification, the digital therapeutic program recommends lifestyle changes and encourages patients to reach them by offering rewards for positive choices. Patients have access to disease-specific resources like recipes, health education videos, and guidance on coping skills. Reminders ensure that users adhere to their medication schedule if applicable. In 2020, Sidekick won the eHealth Award, which recognises startups developing digital healthcare solutions.