Health and Wellness Informatics News
The initiative is for the benefit of employers and workers. It is one step ahead toward better health. Also, Walmart embarks on this journey.
MeMD, Walmart Health’s telehealth company, launched a virtual care diabetes program. The initiative is a standalone offering as a part of a comprehensive telehealth program. The initiative got developed for employers and payers. It aims to help workers and members improve the management of the disease.
Dr. John Wigneswaran is Walmart’s chief medical officer. He stated that Walmart Health collaborated with the American Diabetes Association. This is also to bring out an evidence-based virtual program to success.
Wigneswaran said that we aim to empower patients with diabetes education and clinical care. This is important so that they can take control of their health. The specific program focuses on patients’ physical and mental health. In addition, the telehealth program will help in the maintenance of healthier workforces and drive down overall healthcare costs.
The Walmart telehealth program includes personalized diabetes education. It also constitutes behavioral health awareness and counseling. Enrolled members or employees can participate in an initial consultation. The consultation is with a licensed medical provider. One can discuss patient history, eating habits, and more.
The aim is to identify loopholes in care and depression risks. This can help in scheduling a follow-up visit with licensed behavioral health therapists. In addition, licensed behavioral health therapists can help address all the areas. For example, Wigneswaran said that patients with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have depression than those without patient diabetes. Hence, Addressing mental health is critical to overall care for the whole patient.
The company also pointed out that it is making efforts at pharmacies around the country. As a result, the patients can access vaccinations and fill insulin and diabetes medications and prescriptions.
Dr. David Carmouche is Walmart’s senior vice president of omnichannel care. He said, “Through the Walmart Health Virtual Care Diabetes Program, our goal is to help break down barriers to effective care management in a way that empowers patients to take charge of their wellness.”