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ReShape and inHealth launch ReShapeCare virtual health coaching for patients with obesity

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 08:56
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ReShape Lifesciences has entered into a partnership with inHealth Lifestyle Therapeutics (formerly inHealth Medical Services), a Lifestyle Therapeutics company, to launch the ReShapeCare virtual health coaching programme in June 2020. The service is tailored for patients having treatment for their obesity, those who may have lost continuity of care and patients pursuing weight loss surgery and medically supervised weight loss programmes. ReShapeCare will enable bariatric surgeons and physicians to optimise management of their patients’ care by providing a turn-key, personalised service proven to improve treatment and health outcomes for obesity and associated chronic disease while reducing administrative encumbrances.

Bart Bandy
Bart Bandy

“At a time when providers are grappling with the impact of COVID-19 on their patients and practices, we are accelerating our plans to offer an outcomes-focused, high-touch virtual service that enhances patient engagement between required practice visits and is adaptable to their daily lives,” said Bart Bandy, CEO and President, ReShape Lifesciences. “We selected inHealth as our chosen provider based on the high quality of their coaches, their exceptional telehealth-enabled platform with a unique reimbursement system for practices, and the strong body of clinical research that proves their method works. Emerging from the effects of this pandemic and recognizing how all of our lives may be changed moving forward, we are excited to introduce this progressive lifestyle centred programme that will assist healthcare providers in empowering their patients throughout their weight loss journey.”

ReShapeCare is a live, telehealth-based coaching programme that provides online weight loss coaching and lifestyle therapy for patients affected by obesity and its associated comorbid conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

The companies state that the outcomes-focused, clinically-proven, high-touch telehealth ReShapeCare service:

  • is appropriate for all bariatric surgery and medically supervised weight loss patients;
  • matches patients with a dedicated, certified health coach who enjoy one-on-one video sessions with exclusive access to validated educational resources;
  • must be prescribed by a physician, can be customised to and coincides with their practice, and is reimbursed/ covered by most insurance plans;
  • acts as a seamless extension of a provider’s practice, driving new revenue at a time when many physicians are bracing for the opposite.

Published clinical studies demonstrate that virtual health coaching leads to more adherent patients and more successful weight loss outcomes. In a 2017 study published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (Alencar, M. et al. The efficacy of a telemedicine-based weight loss program with video conference health coaching support. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare; 6 November 2017), 69.2% of patients achieved weight loss with a 12-week telemedicine-based weight loss program versus just 8% in the control group that received initial instructions and recommendations although they also had access to the same virtual platform and devices throughout the 12 weeks.

“Our study demonstrated the clinical benefit of telehealth-based coaching for improved weight loss. We were able to increase patient access, via video visits, and elevate the level of care we can provide,” said Dr Rashmi S Mullur, Chief of Telehealth at the VA Greater Los Angeles, endocrinologist at UCLA Health and an investigator on the study. “Our model showed that this approach increases patient adherence and motivation, and allows for greater, shared decision-making responsibility between providers and their patients to reach their health goals.”

According to the companies, ReShapeCare will act as a seamless extension of a healthcare provider’s practice, driving new revenue at a time when many physicians are bracing for the opposite. The programme can be customised to support existing programmes of care and provides HIPAA-compliant dashboard reports for the individual medical supervision of enrolled patients. ReShapeCare will be available as a pre- and post-operative service and is appropriate for all bariatric surgery and medically supervised weight loss patients.

“Medical device innovators like ReShape Lifesciences understand that without proper outpatient care and support, a patient’s health goals are at risk. To ensure that patients maintain their weight loss, and manage or reverse their chronic disease, we must treat the major underlying cause of that disease: their lifestyle,” said Aubrey Jenkins, Co-Founder and President, inHealth Lifestyle Therapeutics. “Our Lifestyle Therapeutics are a perfect complement to the ReShape Lifesciences mission, extending the care their providers deliver and enveloping their patients with a whole health solution that works.”

For those providers interested in learning more, please email: customerservice@reshapelifesci.com