How is the Foodscript free?
Foodsmart is focused on health equity as a company and wants to remove barriers to healthy eating. Because of this, we have deprioritized app access fees in favor of transactional fees (e.g. scheduling telehealth visits with Foodsmart RD network, grocery cart referral fees, advertising fees) we can earn by engaging patients in the platform.
Is there a way for me to refer my patients without requesting a Foodscript pad?
We find its best for the patient to have a reference that they can go to when they get home from their appointment. However, if you want to incorporate the Foodscript into your discharge materials or text/email campaigns to patients you can refer them to the following links: learn.fxcholesterol.com to watch videos explaining the Foodscript and enroll.fxcholesterol.com to redeem their Foodscript.
What if my patient is already seeing a registered dietitian?
We know the power of patients having a primary care relationship with a registered dietitian and our experience is that many patients do not have access to this today. However, some patients will and Foodsmart does not want to interrupt an existing provider relationship or risk having patients receive conflicting advice. Our registered dietitian network is available for patients who do not currently have a relationship with a registered dietitian.
How does Foodsmart drive behavior change related to food?
Importantly, Foodsmart is not a diet. Rather, we meet patients where they are and try to solve barriers to smart eating in their life. Depending on the person, we see these barriers manifest as cost barriers, convenience barriers, or mental barriers. Our marketplace integrates with meal kit delivery services, prepared food delivery services and every major grocer in the United States. Through this marketplace, we make procurement of healthy food easy and affordable. Through our platform and interactions with our registered dietitians, we help nudge patients toward smarter food choices over time.
How does Foodsmart specifically address food and nutritional insecurity?
Foodsmart reverse food insecurity for 39% of patients within 6 months. This is achieved by us screening for food insecurity, having workflows in place to get patients registered for EBT benefits where appropriate, providing recipes customized to the financial ability of each household, and saving patients 34% on groceries through our integrations with food vendors.
How were the cholesterol education modules developed?
We performed analyses of internet searches to understand the questions that patients were asking Dr. Google. With these questions in hand, we performed literature searches to answer each question – always trying to find level I evidence. The results of these searches were synthesized into presentations which were independently reviewed by clinical and patient literacy experts. Dr. Robert Shapiro, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, then recorded videos highlighting this evidence.
But can you really engage patients?
Yes – Foodsmart uses a full communications engine with messaging and tactics which have been refined through analysis over time. This results in us having activation rates 4 to 5 times higher than other behavior-based approaches. You play an important part in this process though, which is why getting a Foodscript pad and referring patients to us is a key first step in engagement.