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SAN FRANCISCO — Talk to investors about why they like Omada Health, and they point you first to its technology. The startup, they rave, deploys sleek devices to monitor patients with chronic medical conditions; it collects millions of data points on their behavior; and it uses machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques to automate health reminders and to flag individuals who need more intervention.

It’s a robust operation. It would also fall apart without the likes of DJ Moberly, a “health coach” who spends much of her day exchanging messages with Omada’s diabetes patients from her home in the Houston area — helping them set and stick to goals, encourage them to eat healthy, and offering them tips about controlling their blood sugar levels.

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