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By continuously monitoring your health profile and signals, NowPatient is able to identify risks that you may have to developing certain long-term health conditions. This allows us to make targeted clinical interventions such as counselling on lifestyle changes or getting access to preventative treatments.

What is your health risk?

A health risk is something that increases your chance of developing a disease. For example, being overweight may put you at higher risk for certain conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or a stroke. That doesn’t mean that you will definitely get these conditions. You can take steps to lower your risk by making lifestyle changes or getting access to treatments, if eligible.

How does NowPatient create these insights?

We create personalized risk calculations or insights using methods that are based on clinical evidence and have been proven to be reliable in clinical settings.

You can view your risks to certain conditions in your account dashboard.  Each condition has its own widget which shows you the likelihood of you developing that condition.  This can provide you with the crucial lead time needed to discuss this with your doctor or one of our tele-health clinicians. Early interventions and lifestyle changes can mean you reduce your risks of developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Which risks do NowPatient assess?

Currently, we offer two personalized risk calculations, however over time we will be introducing even more. The risk calculations we currently provide cover the following conditions:

  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

  • Conditions linked to high BMI which include coronary heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers, like breast cancer and bowel cancer

Findrisc Widget

What is the NowPatient FINDRISC calculator?

Our FINDRISC (Finnish Diabetes Risk Score) widget is an AI-driven prediction tool that identifies patients with a 10-year risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus. It requires no laboratory testing and has been validated in multiple populations.

Who developed the FINDRISC score?

The FINDRISC tool was designed by Lindström and Tuomilehto in 2003 and is a widely used tool for predicting the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus. NowPatient’s FINDRISC widget is developed with the permission of Jaana Lindström, one of the developers of the tool.

Why should I need to know my FINDRISC score?

By using FINDRISC we can identify if you are at risk of developing diabetes. We can then provide you with educational interventions such as lifestyle modification advice or you can discuss the impact of your personalised risk with one of our telehealth clinicians. FINDRISC has been shown to reduce the incidence of diabetes.

What parameters do you use to calculate the FINDRISC score?

FINDRISC uses age, BMI, physical activity, vegetable & fruit intake, medical treatment of hypertension, history of hyperglycemia, and family history to determine the risk of developing diabetes.

What if my score is not appearing on my dashboard?

If your score is not appearing on the widget, then it is likely we are missing information. Please submit the missing information by completing your health profile information so we can calculate your risk score.

How it works

Step 1

You will see a locked widget on your dashboard

Patient health risks mobile app.
Step 2

To populate the widget, navigate to the personal preferences section and fill in any missing information

A health profile screen displaying health risks.
Step 3

Once you return to the dashboard, you will see the widgets populated with your accurate score

Nowpatient mobile app for managing health risks.

What do the scores mean?

We classify your score into the following bands

Score

Classification

0-7 Points

1% Very Low Risk – ‘You only have a 1% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 years. You are classed as very low risk and do not need to take any action, however, you can discuss this with your GP at your next appointment.’

7-11 Points

4% Low Risk – ‘You only have a 4% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 years. You are classed as low risk and you do not need to take any action, however, you can discuss this with your GP at your next appointment.’

12-14 Points

17% Moderate Risk – ‘You have a 17% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 years. You are classed as being at moderate risk. Making changes to diet and exercising or increasing activity, can reduce your chances of developing diabetes in the future. If you are concerned, you can discuss this with one of our pharmacists or alternatively raise this with your GP, at your next appointment.’

15-20 Points

33% High Risk – ‘You have a 33% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 years. You are classed as being at high risk. You should consider making changes to your diet and exercising or increasing activity. This can reduce your chances of developing diabetes in the future. If you are concerned, you can discuss this with one of our pharmacists or alternatively raise this with your GP, at your next appointment.’

21-30 Points

50% Very High Risk – ‘You have a 50% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 years. You are classed as very high risk. You should consider making changes to your diet and exercising or increasing activity. This can reduce your chances of developing diabetes in the future. If you are concerned, you can discuss this with one of our pharmacists or alternatively raise this with your GP, at your next appointment.’

What should I do if my score puts me at risk of developing diabetes?

If the widget puts you ‘at risk’ of developing diabetes, you can book a FREE consultation with one of our telehealth clinicians who will be able to educate you on lifestyle modifications that can help reduce your chances of developing diabetes. Alternatively, you can speak with your doctor.

BMI Widget

What is the NowPatient BMI widget?

Body mass index (BMI) is a classification measure that applies to adult men and women. Traditional BMI calculations only use your height and weight to determine if you are at a healthy weight. A healthy weight is a number that is associated with a low risk of weight-related diseases and health issues. The NowPatient BMI widget is advanced and also takes into consideration other significant parameters such as your age, sex, and ethnicity. The results are presented in the BMI widget which is available on your dashboard. The NowPatient BMI widget is available for use in adults over 18 years of age. If you have an eating disorder, the BMI score results do not apply. Please get further advice from your doctor or other health care professional.

How it works

Step 1

You will see a locked widget on the dashboard

Health risks mobile app.
Step 2

To populate the widget, navigate to your personal preferences and fill in any missing information

A phone screen displaying health risks on a profile screen.
Step 3

Once you return to your dashboard, you will see the widgets populated with your accurate score

Nowpatient mobile app for managing health risks.

What does the score mean?

We classify your score into the following bands:

Score

Classification

Below 18.5

Underweight shown in red/yellow

18.5 to 24.9

Healthy weight shown in green

25 to 29.9

Overweight shown in yellow

30 or over

Obese shown in red

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