How tele health is transforming remote eating disorder treatment

In a world that is becoming increasingly digital and remote, telehealth is taking center stage, transforming lives and revolutionizing healthcare delivery.

However, one particular niche stands out: the treatment of eating disorders. With the rise of remote work and telehealth, a new era is dawning that brings unique opportunities for patients and providers alike. It’s part of a broader transformation in remote work – and life.

Why tele health is a game-changer in remote eating disorder treatment

Imagine a scale that doesn’t show numbers, an innovative tool that protects patients from the emotional triggers associated with weight. This is exactly what MyClearStep offers, as I learned in my interview with two key stakeholders of this company.

As Clayton Key, VP of Business Development at MyClearStep, explains, it’s a “numberless scale and provides a blind weigh-in solution, first and foremost for eating disorder patients in recovery.”

Dr. Shelly Bar, Chief Medical Officer at MyClearStep, highlights the medical reasoning behind this unique tool. She explains that the scale is HIPAA-approved and can be used in medical offices or remotely through telehealth appointments. This is particularly beneficial for patients in areas where there are few providers specializing in eating disorders.

One of the remarkable benefits of MyClearStep, from a medical perspective, is its ability to enable reliable medical monitoring remotely. Telehealth allows clinicians to observe patients get on the scale, perform blood pressure measurements, and even coordinate blood tests with local providers, all while the patient is in the comfort of their own home.

How to build trust through telehealth

With telehealth, trust becomes a pivotal element. Dr. Bar assures that compliance is high as patients perform measurements live during appointments. This transparency, combined with the absence of constant weight numbers, provides a sense of relief for patients, allowing them to be more comfortable and present during sessions. 

Addressing natural weight fluctuations, especially those associated with hormonal changes, is a critical component of eating disorder treatment. Dr. Bar explains that MyClearStep allows clinicians to see changes in muscle and fat percentages, enabling them to track shifts and ensure effective treatment.

Clayton Key delves into the technology that makes this possible. MyClearStep uses bioelectrical impedance, a method that runs a small voltage of electricity through the body to distinguish muscle from fat. While the patient doesn’t see this data, clinicians can utilize it to guide their recovery strategies.

Looking towards the future, MyClearStep is exploring the integration of AI to detect any irregular measurements that need to be flagged for the care team. Early detection of inconsistencies allows for prompt intervention, improving patient outcomes.

Revolutionizing eating disorder care

Both Clayton and Shelly are excited about the potential of MyClearStep to revolutionize eating disorder care. The potential for application extends beyond eating disorders, offering a blind weight solution to counteract weight stigma in areas such as college athletics, pediatrics, and cancer recovery.

As we continue to navigate the intricacies of the remote work and life era, it’s clear that innovative solutions like MyClearStep are paving the way for more compassionate and effective patient care.

Not only are we witnessing a transformation in how we address eating disorders, but we’re also seeing a broader shift in our approach to healthcare, one that prioritizes patient comfort, dignity, and wellbeing.

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky helps tech and finance industry executives drive collaboration, innovation, and retention in hybrid work. He serves as the CEO of the boutique future-of-work consultancy Disaster Avoidance Experts

He is the best-selling author of seven books, including Never Go With Your Gut and Leading Hybrid and Remote Teams. His cutting-edge thought leadership was featured in over 650 articles in prominent venues such asHarvard Business Review, Fortune, and Forbes

His expertise comes from over 20 years of consulting for Fortune 500 companies from Aflac to Xerox and over 15 years in academia as a behavioral scientist at UNC-Chapel Hill and Ohio State. A proud Ukrainian American, Dr. Gleb lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Photo by Laura Chouette