Let’s dive a little deeper into compliance.
As mentioned in the initial blog post of this series, many practitioners are flying blind when it comes to patient compliance of nutritional therapy protocols. Practitioners may have access to a limited amount of data, such as whether or not patients have purchased supplements, at least initially, but long-term compliance remains difficult to near impossible to track. With supplement protocols of a dozen or more separate formulas, each bottle with differing supplies ranging from two weeks to two months, there is a significant level of complexity to manage for both practitioner and patient.
Personalizing the protocols dramatically simplifies both the number of formulas a patient is on, potentially a single formula, and the supply, which are available in quantities of 30 to 180 days. This all-in-one simplification not only makes the patients job of managing their supplement inventory easier, but it makes the process of tracking compliance in reach with minimal effort. Basic compliance can be seen over the course of the supply. For example, if the patient starts with a 90-day supply, which is exhausted over a 90-day period, then you know the patient was 100% compliant on average. If they exhausted the supply in 100 days, then you can see they were about 90% complaint. If it took the patient 180 days to exhaust their supply, which was about 50%, then the practitioner would likely want to have a conversation with that patient about the importance of adherence to the protocol in order to achieve their health goals.
Practitioners who are Personalizing have this capability today; however, at Personalized Nutrients we are interested in offering more, which is why we are excited to announce that we are currently in the development process of a proprietary compliance tracking software tool, estimated to be available by Q3 2021. Our vision for this tool is to give practitioners real-time access to patient compliance as simple as the commencement and completion date of a Personalized formula showing and average compliance level to daily time stamped data. One of the ideas that we have to help capture this data is to add QR codes to the Personalized labels, allowing for the patient to scan the code with their mobile device automatically noting time/date stamp for their dose as consumed. The practitioner and patient would both have access to the compliance progress reporting. We are interested in feedback from practitioners about the usefulness of this functionality and what other data may be helpful, so please reply to us with your opinion. We will also be looking for volunteers to test the beta-launch of the Personalized compliance tracking tool, so please let us know if you would be interested in being included in that group and we can provide more details.
Armed with this data, practitioners can have the appropriate conversations with their patients about specific issues leading to inadequate adherence or encouraging them to keep up the good work with favorable reports. Understanding patient compliance can also explain regression or improvement of lab values, symptoms and health outcomes. Our goal is to continue with innovation such as this in order to assist practitioners to further Personalize their patient care for optimal health results.
Be on the lookout for Part 3 in our Compliance series in the coming months and, as always, please drop any questions in the comments below!