At the beginning of my IBD journey, I had the pleasure of working with Oshi Health in their early days. At the time, they were mainly a tracking app for GI symptoms. My mom and I attended a user research group in New York and met with some of the consulting physicians. This was the first time I was introduced to the concept of integrative care. It wasn’t something that was a reality yet for many patients, but the idea that providers could work together and treat the whole person was a positive one.
Almost 5 years later, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Michael Currier, a GI Physician Associate at Oshi Health, to get an update on how the company and the app have evolved. Oshi Health has grown from a tracking app for GI conditions to a full service option for receiving integrative GI care. Through the app, you are matched with an Oshi GI provider who you see virtually. The appointments are on average around 45-minutes as opposed to the usual in office 10-15 minutes that are standard practice for most of us. Your provider gets to really know you and dig into the whole story your body and symptoms are telling. They can order labs or diagnostic procedures for you with their local partners (they have a scheduling team that takes care of this for you!), and you are matched with an entire team of providers at Oshi. They understand that the best GI care is multifaceted and consideration needs to be given to the effects both diet and mental health have on GI conditions. Through Oshi, you are paired with a Registered Dietician and a GI Psychologist to help you feel better from all angles. The best part, in my opinion, is that your GI provider, dietician, and psychologist all work together behind the scenes to collaborate on the best care plan for you.
A few other highlights for me are: they will work with a doctor you are already seeing if you want additional support, but aren’t ready to make a complete switch and you have access to your Oshi team via chat so you never are without a line of support. Another important call out is that they partner with many insurance companies that will cover your care through Oshi.
On an individual level, Oshi Health is changing the game for patients. They are breaking down barriers of accessibility when it comes to GI care. They are empowering patients by treating them as a whole person, not just patients. This is also revolutionary for our healthcare system in general. It is rare that there is so much collaboration between different providers despite how much of a positive impact it could make. Oshi Health has designed a model that flips that statement on its head and is challenging what we currently accept as the status quo.
You can listen to my conversation with Michael Currier from Oshi Health on this week’s episode of Crohnically Mom. He explains more about the benefits of integrative care, how Oshi is creating more accessible GI care, and how their model gets patients better.
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