Desert Oasis Healthcare helps at-risk populations with artificial intelligence-based coaching programs.

PALM SPRINGS — Building on the success of their recent Heart Health Program partnership with Lark Health, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) has now expanded that collaboration to offer 24/7 coaching using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to other patient populations dealing with chronic conditions.

“We’re now offering a general Wellness Program to prevent chronic diseases and a Diabetes Prevention Program to prevent or delay progression of prediabetes to diabetes,” said Lindsey Valenzuela, PharmD and Associate VP of Clinical Health Integration at DOHC. “We are delighted that we can offer more of Lark’s coaching programs to our eligible members at no cost.”

The Lark programs offer coaching in behavioral health, weight management, tobacco cessation, reducing stress and anxiety, and other areas. With heart disease as the #1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. and the increasing prevalence of diabetes and other chronic diseases, DOHC seeks to prevent or lessen the impact of these diseases among its patients.

Selected groups of at-risk DOHC patients are now able to access Lark’s AI based Wellness Program and Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) via smartphone. The DPP has received CDC Full Recognition, the highest level of clinical recognition awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) With each Lark program, experienced human coaches will supplement the AI platform to help patients achieve sustained outcomes.

“Lark Health has been combining technology with clinical expertise for our patients for years already and we’ve found them to be a great partner,” said Teresa Hodgkins PharmD, BCACP and VP of Clinical Quality Initiatives at DOHC. “We’re convinced they’ll continue to be our ally and helpmate in preventing the complications that come with disease progression and improving outcomes for DOHC patients.”


About Desert Oasis Healthcare

Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market. DOHC provides primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies and other services to more than 60,000 members/patients living in the greater Coachella Valley and the Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The multidisciplinary and comprehensive care programs of DOHC are committed to educating individuals on preventive health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, “Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion.” For more information, visit


About Lark Health

Using conversational AI, connected devices, remote patient monitoring, and elements of behavioral science techniques, Lark helps participants improve their health to manage and reduce their risk of chronic disease. Lark’s scalable platform seamlessly integrates with health plans’ and employers’ existing healthcare infrastructure to support their chronic care prevention and management programs. Lark’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), the fastest-growing and lowest-cost DPP, has received Full Recognition from the CDC. Lark currently works with many of the largest health plans across five programs: Prevention, Heart Health, Diabetes Prevention, Diabetes Management, and Hypertension Management. The company has received numerous accolades, including having been named as one of CB Insights Digital Health 150 (2019), a finalist for the UCSF Digital Health Awards (2022), one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies (multiple years), and one of Fierce Healthcare’s Fierce 15 (2020). To learn more, visit


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