Implementation of Medical Weight Management by Telemedicine

2017-09-15 00:23:21 | BioPortfolio


As the prevalence and associated healthcare costs of obesity continue to increase, the need for obesity treatments that contribute to weight loss maintenance are needed. Through the functionality of a smart device, telehealth can provide quality healthcare to individuals of different socioeconomic communities, expand healthcare access, as well as reduce overall healthcare costs. This research program will uncover the effects of a 12-week commercially available telehealth-based weight management program (inHealth Medical Services, Inc.) on body weight, blood pressure, and steps.


Solutions for convenient and cost saving healthcare services are needed in order to control costs to the public. Currently, there is a gap in weight management research involving telemedicine as a potential tool for obesity treatment. The use of technology will promote general health awareness, dietary intake and exercise practices, as well as patient compliance. Successful weight management program components learned from hallmark clinical trials include: frequent contact with the patient, frequent measurements, patient education, and monitoring tools to help alleviate barriers to adherence.

The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of a fully on-line, 12-week, medically monitored weight management program on obesity-related health outcomes. These obesity related outcomes include body weight, body fat, blood pressure and physical activity. Our central hypothesis is that this video conferencing (video conference similar to skype) platform will significantly improve health outcomes of quality of life, and participant adherence when coupled with a multidisciplinary team. The primary objective of this study is to determine the effect of a fully on-line medical weight management program on cardiometabolic outcome measures directly associated with obesity. Data collection will be conducted prospectively with all patient information and data will be secured through a HIPAA compliant server database accessible only by the research team.

There are two specific aims proposed for this fully on-line 12-week medically monitored weight management program: 1) to investigate the changes in body weight in response to health coaching via telemedicine using the inHealth Medical Services, Inc, online program structure and 2) to examine changes in steps and dietary eating quality. The central hypothesis is that telehealth functions will improve health outcomes, quality of life, behaviors, and participant adherence.

The public health benefits of weight management via telehealth are vast. Through the functionality of a mHealth (mobile health) devices, quality health coaching can be provided to individuals in different socioeconomic communities, expand healthcare access, as well as reduce overall healthcare costs.

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California State University, Long Beach

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