Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 11, 2012
Diet Doc Announces Doctor Consults Via Telehealth Eliminating Barriers for Weight Loss Nationwide.
Diet Doc makes weight management even easier with new telehealth weight loss program nationwide, with patients reporting more convenient and effective according to an in-house study of thousands of Diet Doc patients.
Over the years, the obesity epidemic has been increasingly been known as the largest public health crisis in the U.S. One of the biggest problems in helping those who are overweight and on the road to obesity is accessibility to proper health care. Large corporations and even the government are now taking part in a new healthcare initiative called telehealth. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, telehealth is defined as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications. In other words, health services are now being offer over the phone or via internet applications.
Diet Doc is one of the first weight loss companies to join this new revolution in healthcare. Their team of doctors are now meeting with patients from across the country via skype and other internet applications for weight loss consultations. After a through evaluation, a nutritionist then creates a diet plan that is personalized for each patient. A weekly progress call, which takes the place of follow-up visits to the clinic, is made by a weight loss diet coach who is assigned to a patient. “We found that our telehealth program for weight loss is even more effective than our in-person consultations because it saves people the time and effort to physically come into a clinic where wait times can be long. Our patients also feel that they get more personalized attention because our staff is more easily accessible over the phone or through e-mail,” says Dr. Rao, Medical Director for Diet Doc.
Telehealth is currently on the rise and several studies are being conducted on its effectiveness. One study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that subjects who took part in a traditional weight loss program, which met in-person with a dietician, and the telehealth group were just as effective. The only difference was that individuals in the telehealth group reported that their program was easier and more convenient that a traditional in-person weight loss program.
Diet Doc originally tested the concept of telehealth two years ago, offering weight loss consultations via Skype as well as in one of their 30 clinics. Since its recent recognition by the medical community and even the government as a means for healthcare, they decided to created an official medical telehealth weight loss program for their patients. “Due to the growing success of our modified hCG diet, patients from various cities wanted to give our program a try but weren’t near one of our clinics. We decided to offer weight loss consultations over the phone and found that patients had the same success rate as those who went to the clinic. Now we are shifting our focus on the growing possibilities that teleheath has,” says Julie Wright, Founder and CEO for Diet Doc. They’ve also created a comprehensive online health evaluation that gives symptom-based results and makes recommendations on which supplements will benefit the patient most. “We are transitioning into a technology-based weight loss program that we find has little to no-room for human error. Our web-based health questionnaire as well as Skype weight loss consultations are a great way to get in touch with anyone, anywhere. We hope to be able to reach people across the world to help them achieve their weight goals and get to a healthy place,” says Wright.