In a recent masterclass hosted by Eugene Borukhovich, co-founder of YourCoachHealth, and anchored by Louise O’Mahony, Head of Customer Success at EXI, the discussion revolved around approaches, scalability, and accessibility of digital health solutions in GLP-1 medication and obesity management. In this article we highlight the key insights shared during the session.
Phased and Personalised Approach for GLP-1 Medications
The experts emphasised the importance of a phased approach when deploying GLP-1 medications and digitally supported exercise prescriptions for obesity management. Personalised exercise plans and motivation are key to encouraging individuals to follow their prescriptions. For instance, if someone struggles with motivation to exercise regularly, a personalised plan with favourite activities and a supportive community can help them stay committed and on track. Gradually introducing GLP-1 medications while promoting physical activity and lifestyle changes was seen as an effective strategy. Regular reassessment of an individual's progress ensures optimal outcomes in obesity management by aligning medication prescription with activity prescription.
Scalable Digital Solutions
To address the challenges of deploying effective programmes to a wide population, scalable digital and integrated solutions could be a potential solution such as an app combining GLP-1 medication prescription tracking with personalised workouts and glucose level monitoring to manage obesity. Obtaining necessary regulatory approvals and certifications, such as FDA approval in the US and relevant ISO certifications, ensures the quality and safety of these solutions. Utilising wearable technology allows for monitoring and tracking progress, ensuring adherence to prescribed activities. To benefit obese patients, solutions should offer standalone options and API integrations. This allows for independent use or seamless integration with other platforms/devices. Flexibility empowers patients to tailor their approach for better outcomes.
Managing Stress and Anxiety in Obesity
Digital solutions for managing stress and anxiety in obesity work by collecting and analysing various data points related to an individuals’ health. For example, these solutions can track weight fluctuations, physician activity levels, and nutritional intake. By monitoring these data points over time, patterns and triggers that contribute to stress and anxiety can be identified. By integrating these features, individuals can actively identify stress and anxiety alongside weight management goals. Additionally, digital health service providers collaborating with healthcare providers and insurance companies globally allows for the assessment and improvement of economic outcomes and overall effectiveness over time.
Accessible Health Interventions for All in the Digital Age
Ensuring positive health changes for populations at scale poses a challenge due to the digital divide, where not everyone has access to wearable devices like smartwatches and trackers. To address this, it is crucial to provide non-digital solutions for those who do not embrace technology like seeking support from healthcare providers, therapists or coaches who specialise in weight management.. Accessibility is crucial for effective health interventions. The goal is to empower individuals to take control of their health in well-managed clinical environments. One low-tech solution is providing printed educational materials, like brochures and handouts, to reach a wider audience.
In response to overwhelming demand and the critical nature of the topic, we’re thrilled to be hosting a second masterclass on Transforming Obesity Management: Digital Solutions vs. GLP-1 Blockbusters. You can apply to join on the 8th of November here.