March 2017 For Immediate Release
MyGiHealth is a ‘homebase’ for the 70 million sufferers of digestive diseases in the US. It is designed to answer key questions that people have when first experiencing symptoms; is this serious, and do I need to see a doctor? The app assesses the severity of their symptoms, helps them to decide whether they need to see a doctor, and then prepares them for a visit to their doctor using the automated ‘history taker’.
The core technology is based upon 5 years of research conducted by teams at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the University of Michigan, and UCLA, is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is published in peer-reviewed literature.
The founders are world renowned clinical investigators and authors of over 500 peer reviewed manuscripts; Dr. Brennan Spiegel MD, is a Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Digestive Diseases, runs UCLA’s Public Health curriculum on big data science, digital health science, and health analytics, and is also Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, the leading clinical GI journal in North America. Forbes magazine covered Dr. Spiegel’s work in digital health, describing it as on the “bleeding edge of technology.”
Dr. William D. Chey MD, is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the GI Physiology Lab, Director of the Digestive Diseases Center for Nutrition & Lifestyle, and Co-Director of the Michigan Bowel Control Program at the University of Michigan and former Co-Editor in Chief of the American College of Gastroenterology. TedEd featured Dr. Chey’s work in digestive health.
The ‘history taker’ feature is a huge step toward a better dialogue between doctors and sufferers as patients are frequently embarrassed about their symptoms and don’t know where to start describing them. It has proven to be equally helpful for doctors by saving them time and improving their relationship with their patient. A study conducted by Cedars Sinai found computer-generated reports written by MyGiHealth, were more complete, organized and useful than narratives generated by physicians during office visits.
“This is where digital health is at its best, by offering a simple yet compelling way to take better care of patients,” said Spiegel. “This study offers initial proof that a computer can create meaningful and relevant patient histories that are useful in the clinical setting.”
“MyGiHealth leverages real world experiences to bridge the growing gap that separates patients and providers. We believe that MyGiHealth represents the next generation of health information technology – technology which improves user’s awareness of their illness experience and empowers them to take control of their gut health,” added Chey.
About My Total Health
My Total Health was founded to enable patients to monitor, manage, and understand their symptoms for a range of conditions. MyGiHealth is the first of a pipeline of novel health applications created by the team.