As Interim Comptroller and Counsel to Fruit Street, I am thrilled to share the following press release and bring you all up to speed on its progress under Chief Executive Officer Laurence Girard and Dr. Asif Ali.”
NEW YORK, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Fruit Street Health (Fruit Street), a new digital wellness and telemedicine platform which helps patients live a healthier lifestyle and connects healthcare providers to patients using telemedicine and wearable mobile technologies, today announced that the company was a featured exhibitor at the 64th annual scientific session of the American College of Cardiology.
The conference, which took place in San Diego last weekend, featured Fruit Street as one of the only exhibitors out of 250 that emphasized a focus on lifestyle medicine by combining wearable devices and telehealth video conferencing technology.
This new Fruit Street Wellness Clinic product has been designed specifically for healthcare providers who are looking to monitor the lifestyle of their patients and conduct virtual consultations on Fruit Street’s HIPAA compliant FDA-registered video solution. The solution will also be fully integrated with leading wearable technologies such as FitBit, Withings, Jawbone UP, iHealth Labs, and the upcoming Apple Watch. This will enable clinicians to monitor lifestyle data from their patients such as sleep, exercise, diet, weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose data. The alert system also will send notifications to healthcare providers when patients don’t exercise enough, sleep too little, gain weight, or skimp on their fruit and vegetable intake.
The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published an advisory statement in 2013 which stated that “a healthy lifestyle is important in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.”
The intent of the Lifestyle Work Group was to evaluate evidence that particular dietary patterns, nutrient intake, and levels and types of physical activity can play a major role in CVD prevention and treatment through effects on modifiable CVD risk factors such as blood pressure and lipids.
Overall, the Lifestyle Work Group encourages heart-healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors for the entire U.S. adult population as stated in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Dr. Asif Ali, clinical professor in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Texas Medical Center in Houston and Chief Medical Officer of Fruit Street Health states, “the ACC guidelines tell us to implement lifestyle management to reduce cardiovascular risk. The issue physicians face is the lack of knowledge and time to discuss a comprehensive program with each of our patients. Fruit Street Health helps combat this problem through its virtual wellness clinic software. Now every cardiology office can have its own virtual wellness clinic.”
This news comes on the heels of last month’s announcement that Fruit Street has launched its Fruit Street Wellness Clinic solution for healthcare providers. Additionally, Fruit Street recently announced its formation as a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation (“B Corp”), as well as the appointment of leading physicians to its Advisory Board.
For more information on Fruit Street Health, please visit www.fruitstreet.com.
ABOUT FRUIT STREET HEALTH:
Fruit Street Health is a new digital wellness and telemedicine platform which helps patients live a healthier lifestyle while enabling healthcare providers to connect with patients using telemedicine and wearable mobile technologies. For more details, please visit www.fruitstreet.com.
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