New Delhi: Mobile health and fitness app HealthifyMe announced that it is extending its partnership with the Manipal Healthcare Group for HealthifyMe Care. The latest additions to the partnership are the Manipal Hospitals in Goa and Whitefield, Bengaluru. The first to launch the service were the Manipal Hospitals at Old Airport Road, Bengaluru and Mangalore. Manipal Healthcare hospitals in Vijayawada, Salem and Jaipur are likely to join this list soon.
HealthifyMe Care is a specialized in-hospital lifestyle management programme where HealthifyMe experts offer nutrition counsel and support three groups of patients: those who visit the hospital for a preventive health check, consult a specialist physician at the outpatient department (OPD) or undergo a surgical procedure. So far, over 20,000 patients in Manipal Healthcare hospitals have benefitted from from HealthifyMe Care.
Speaking about the partnership, Tushar Vashisht, Co-founder & CEO, HealthifyMe said, “Nutrition management is a vital part of a patient’s holistic care. Our association with the Manipal Healthcare Group allows us to bring this service to more and more patients, making nutrition advice an integral part of disease management and patient recovery. The programme empowers doctors to leverage digital data to track their patient’s progress on a continuous basis. We hope to extend this partnership to many more hospitals across the country.”
HealthifyMe Care offerings in Manipal Healthcare hospitals OPD: outpatient department IPD: inpatient department Under the HealthifyMe Care programme, doctors can now recommend “Nutrition Counseling” to patients who come in for a preventive check-up. At the Whitefield Hospital, doctors can also refer their OPD patients with a pre-existing condition such as diabetes, hypertension, renal disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome and thyroid disorder to make use of HealthifyMe Care. The programme is also available to in-patients who require post-operative nutrition management after having undergone a surgical procedure.
The HealthifyMe Care nutritionist consults with the patients and develops a nutrition plan based on health parameters such as body mass index (BMI), lipid profile, blood glucose level and the doctor’s recommendation. Regular follow-up via the HealthifyMe app helps to keep patients motivated to adhere to their customized diet plan. The nutritionist also monitors the progress of each patient and shares reports with the doctor and the hospital.
Speaking about the partnership, Dr. H. Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman of Manipal Hospital said, “At Manipal Healthcare we are very pleased with this partnership with HealthifyMe. In our experience, patients stick to the recommended diet as long as they are in the hospital but lose their resolve when they go home. The HealthifyMe Care programme ensures that nutritionists follow-up with the patients regularly to encourage them to eat right and lose weight. This has led to some amazing success stories from our flagship hospitals in the last three years.”
Patients who actively engaged with HealthifyMe Care and used the HealthifyMe app reported that they lost an average of 4.4 kgs in 3 months and that they ate less fat, less sugar, more protein and included more fruit and vegetable in their daily diet.
HealthifyMe first partnered with Manipal Healthcare’s hospital on Old Airport Road, Bengaluru in 2014. It expanded its Bengaluru services in 2015 and went on to partner with the Manipal hospital in Mangalore in 2016. HealthifyMe also partnered with Medanta – The Medicity and the Apollo Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Endocrinology (ACODE) for in-hospital services.
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