Darlene Higbee Clarkin, founder and CEO of KORE Digital Health Therapeutics, created the MyHealthyGut app to solve a big problem. An uncomfortable problem. A problem that was impacting millions of people across North America: uncontrolled Celiac disease and other digestive health issues.
For those unfamiliar, celiac disease is an aggressive response to gluten that results in the immune system “attacking” the small intestine, and it’s much more common than most of us realize.
A 2009 study found that roughly 4x as many people today have the disease than those in the 1950s, today, impacting one in 133 Americans. That’s more than 2.4 million people in the United States alone. In addition, there are about 20 million Canadians – nearly two-thirds of the population – that suffer from at least one digestive disorder.
A staggering $160 billion is spent annually in North America on healthcare related to digestive diseases.
You can see why she was inspired to take action!
MyHealthyGut provides convenient and data-backed tools to not just celiacs, but also those with gluten-intolerance, and virtually anyone else looking to manage and improve their digestive health.
The app had the potential to improve the lives of millions. Clarkin just needed help bringing this idea to life. So she reached out to Troon.
By the time she connected with Troon, Higbee Clarkin already had a minimum viable product (MVP) and a solid vision for what she wanted the app to be at the end of its development.
“We call it a dietitian-in-your-pocket, since it was created in collaboration with dietitians and other medical experts to enable people to make lifestyle changes and dietary choices that can improve their well-being and outlook.” ~Darlene Higbee Clarkin
As a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN), she possessed a keen understanding of the medical science and data, but lacked the technical know-how to effectively bring it all together and make her idea a reality.
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The education section alone contains the equivalent of 350 pages of recent, relevant, and data-supported information on general digestive health, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Troon created a multi-tenanted system that can quickly and conveniently be manipulated on the back-end by Higbee Clarkin and her team. This allows for the creation of personalized custom content, as well as future expansion to include IBS, IBD, Crohns, and more.
The KORE team can build unique user flows for both B2B and B2C users while adding new data and features as the app continues to evolve.
Since its launch on the Apple App Store, MyHealthyGut has been popular and well received, with an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars.
Users love the depth of knowledge and features that include daily journaling, symptom tracking, meal plans and recipes, real-time answers to FAQs from the in-built chatbot, alerts, tips, advice, and guidance on fostering a healthier gut and lifestyle.
Unsurprisingly, the app has also become a valuable resource for healthcare practitioners working with those suffering from digestive issues.
In less than 15 minutes on a free trial of the MyHealthyGut App, I am convinced that we have been ushered into a whole new era of healthcare that will support us in effectively self-managing celiac disease. MyHealthyGut has it all – food lists to support gut health, therapeutic plans, recipes according to ingredients and dietary restrictions, food maps, and more. Receive the latest news, explore healing foods, and be supported by a ‘Health Coach’ who will not only answer your questions but sends alerts and advice. She has your back and best of health at heart! What impresses me most is the food – and symptom – journaling feature. As MyHealthyGut gets to know me, I can get to know myself and be empowered to best care for my own digestive health. Statistics can be tracked and even shared with my health care provider so that they can support me in my efforts to improve my overall well being. This is the ‘Dietitian-in-a-Pocket’ that you’ll never want to let go!