New York, New York (PRWEB)
August 01, 2017
August 2nd, 2017 (New York, New York) – Fruit Street Health, a digital health and telehealth startup focused on delivering the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program and other chronic disease prevention programs, has raised an additional $3 million since its last funding announcement in MedCity News a year ago on June 1st, 2016. This additional $3 million of equity capital, which brings Fruit Street’s total funding to $8.4 million, has come exclusively from physician investors and brings the total number of physicians who have invested in Fruit Street to over 200. The lead investor was Dr. Jeremy Tucker who is a senior emergency medicine physician on the board of directors of Fruit Street.
Fruit Street’s digital health platform enables healthcare providers such as physicians and registered dietitians to conduct HIPAA compliant video consultations with their patients and also monitor their health, diet, and lifestyle using medical devices, wearable devices, and the Fruit Street mobile application for dietary tracking. Devices such as wireless scales, Fitbit trackers, blood pressure cuffs, and glucometers are integrated into the platform. The Fruit Street “Instagram style” mobile app encourages patients to take photos of their food which are transmitted to their dietitians for feedback. Fruit Street licenses its digital health platform to healthcare providers, but also uses its digital health platform to deliver the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to commercial health plan members using its own staff of registered dietitians. The National DPP is an evidence-based lifestyle change program which has been demonstrated to delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes among people at high risk.
Fruit Street has joined the Solera Health network of community and virtual DPP providers to access members referred to DPPs through Solera’s contracts with health plans and employers that offer the DPP as a covered medical benefit. Solera Health, a preventive care benefits manager, matches consumers with the “best fit” DPP provider and assists with enrollment, reporting and claim submissions. Fruit Street will become the first telehealth DPP provider in Solera’s network.
The DPP, conducted by the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group, was a major multicenter clinical research study…