Salvo Health and its clinical advisors unveil research at the ACG Annual Meeting showing dramatic improvement in patients from a continuous-care, multidisciplinary telehealth approach
100 billion dollars have been invested in digital health companies in the last 10 years.1 Despite the benefits that digital health technologies demonstrate in increasing access to high quality care, adoption has been slow and fragmented.2 Most of the deployments have centered on the classic top four categories of health spend: cardiovascular conditions, oncology, diabetes, and MSK. Meanwhile gastroenterology, which is a top five spend category for many payers, and a top five driver of ER utilization, has seen little innovation in tech-enabled telehealth services.
A new research study presented this week by Salvo’s clinical advisors centers on conditions such as IBS, which impact over 40 million people and drive spending to 2x the national average per patient. The research documented an observational study on the impact of digital, continuous care in the treatment of IBS. This research is co-authored by key members of Salvo’s renowned clinical advisory board, including Dr. Mark Pimentel at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Peter Green at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr.’s Amit Sachdev and Frank Gress at Mt. Sinai Health System, Dr. Megan Oser at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Dr. Laura Reigada at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
At this year’s American College of Gastroenterology annual conference in Vancouver, Salvo’s clinical leadership and advisors will be presenting a research poster, which will also be published in the ACG online journal. The findings show continuous, tech-enabled care provides a better patient experience and drives improved quality of life and patient outcomes.
Salvo Health patients who spent at least 4+ weeks in the program felt less anxious, more in control of reducing their symptoms, and avoided fewer responsibilities. 73% of patients reported feeling better than when they started the program, even though these patients typically had suffered for 3 to 5 years of chronic abdominal pain and other symptoms before finding Salvo care.
Powering these results was Salvo Health’s strong patient engagement and satisfaction - logging in an average of 9 times per week and messaging their care team most weekdays. 87% reported that the Salvo experience was better than any healthcare experience before.
The Salvo Health program goes well beyond a typical tech-enabled software platform. Salvo works with GI practices and GI divisions at health systems to provide both the digital content, workflow platform, and a team giving a “human touch” of support daily, with registered dietitians, behavioral health specialists, and GI-trained nurses providing a suite of ancillary services, under the supervision of the local physician.
Salvo provides patients an app with daily check-ins, medical content and resources, and continuous, asynchronous wraparound support. This personalized care model includes a modified low-FODMAP diet, cognitive behavioral skills, microbiome rebalancing, and personalized recommendations for adjustments to lifestyle factors such as sleep, movement, and stress -- all known triggers of IBS symptoms.
IBS patients make up to 15% percent of the U.S. population, and cost on average 2x more than the average U.S. healthcare consumer, per a recent Salvo study conducted with a top US actuarial firm analyzing 9.4 million covered lives and their claims records.
With only 15,400 gastroenterologists in the country, this patient population is in great need of access to hands-on quality care, like Salvo, that addresses their symptoms in real-time, while reducing utilization and helping the system as a whole.
Using telehealth and a digital health solution improved quality of life after 4+ weeks in the program.
A subset of this cohort also reported symptom reduction after 4+ weeks in the program.
Patients had a high rate of engagement using the digital app.
Patients reported high satisfaction with their Salvo experience.
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