FRENCH PHARMACY OFFERS INNOVATIVE WELLNESS COACHING
In Toulouse, France, pharmacy chain VD Pharm recently launched the Yiango digital health-coach platform. Each of Yiango’s nine wellness programs lasts 20 minutes and can be accessed through an in-store kiosk where users answer questions related to their habits, food intake and physical activity. The pharmacist uses the results from each session to develop a two-week wellness plan for the individual, and Yiango sends emails and texts to encourage participation and completion of the program. Users can also purchase a package chosen by the platform that includes food supplements to be consumed during their two-week program.
FITBIT HELPS USERS MONITOR MORE HEALTH ISSUES
FitBit has quietly been activating its blood-monitoring hardware (known as Sp02) on select devices. The devices use “a combination of red and infrared sensors to determine oxygen variation” and provide users with “blood oxygen data to help track health issues like asthma, heart disease and sleep apnea.” While the hardware isn’t new, users’ adaptation of the resulting data is rapidly increasing as wearers look to adopt and more fully understand technology that allows them to take better care of themselves.
KAISER ASSISTS FOOD-INSECURE CALIFORNIANS
In California, healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has partnered with the state’s supplemental nutrition program, CalFresh, to better reach food-insecure populations. Kaiser notes that a lack of nutritional resources leads to additional health problems and can increase the risk of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and other chronic illnesses among the underserved population. To get residents signed up, Kaiser is using a text program to target ZIP codes where the population is “more likely to have poor health outcomes.” So far, 11,000 residents have been signed up to receive an additional $200 per month for healthier groceries.