Teladoc Health announced the launch of Teladoc Nutrition, offering personalized nutrition counseling combined with specialized care from a registered dietitian. Providing virtual access to nutrition services as part of the Teladoc Health continuum of care will further optimize long-term health outcomes and ultimately reduce overall medical costs, particularly for those individuals with existing chronic and complicated health conditions.
“Adding Teladoc Nutrition is the latest expansion of our clinical services, enabling members to benefit from a holistic approach to care, delivered virtually, in their time of need,” Daniel Trencher, senior vice president of product and strategy at Teladoc Health, said in a statement. “An abundance of data shows the value of a tailored nutrition plan to improving outcomes for chronic and acute health conditions, and we’ve heard overwhelmingly from clients the benefits they see in this new service.”
Members who request the nutrition service or are referred by a care provider will work directly with accredited registered dietitians (RDs) — versus nutritionists or wellness coaches — who assess clinical nutrition needs and develop personalized programs based on the latest, science-based guidelines consistent with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Such services regularly help improve patients’ overall health and reduce long term health costs, as widely documented by reports including one by The Lewin Group that found that the U.S. Department of Defense saved $3.1 million in the first year of a nutrition therapy program utilizing registered dietitians counseling 636,222 patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and renal disease.
Currently available for sale, Teladoc Nutrition provides convenient virtual nutrition counseling sessions that can be initiated and scheduled through Teladoc.com or the Teladoc app, and can be conducted by phone or video.