KALISPELL, Mont. – Kalispell Regional Medical Center and its fitness center, The Summit Medical Fitness Center, are partnering with Bio Wellness Inc. on a technology project aimed at health promotion and disease prevention for individuals at moderate cardiovascular risk.
“While the current project specifically focuses on individuals at moderate cardiovascular risk, the greater benefit from BIO is to provide any individual or family with a very high level physician-managed lifestyle program,” said Brad Roy, Ph.D., executive director of KRMC and The Summit.
Bio’s cloud-based personal health management system, BIO, will be integrated into The Summit’s “Journey to Wellness” program. BIO analytics will use the patient’s biological information to create a lifestyle plan; make recommendations to allow for medical intervention; and manage and treat chronic disease and reduce risk. Users will have four physician office visits and four diagnostic blood tests over a period of time to determine their BIO lifestyle plan with appropriate medical management and coaching.
Program leaders hope that the project will help KRMC and The Summit become the primary disease prevention and risk reversal model for Montana and beyond.
“The economies that will flow from the adoption of such a practice model and its availability through KRMC and The Summit will ultimately enable all Americans to receive a low-cost level of health care not yet fully imagined,” said Michael Willey, Bio Wellness CEO and chief developer of BIO.
Another potential benefit of the program is cost savings.
“The pilot project is the first step in demonstrating how BIO’s evidence-based clinical and financial analytics will support coding and monetization of advanced diagnostics that can significantly support better health outcomes that lower health care costs,” said Dr. Mark Prete, chief medical officer at Bio Wellness.
A second BIO pilot project is simultaneously being conducted at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Conn. The pilots will last approximately six months.