Keys to Increasing Patient Life Time Value: Data-Driven Solutions for Improving Client Retention In Your Practice

Keys to Increasing Patient Life Time Value: Data-Driven Solutions for Improving Client Retention In Your Practice

Improving client retention and reducing attrition is a cornerstone of a successful practice in virtually any healthcare environment. Focusing on life time value (LTV) and facilitating client retention is one of the most powerful tools for building long term sustainability, particularly in the functional medicine space due to your unique business model needs.

Focusing on client retention is the best way to maximize lead generation and marketing efforts. With LTV calculated by multiplying the average value of the customer to the business by their average lifespan, it becomes far more cost effective to keep existing customers in your practice than to attract new ones. By fostering a long term relationship with your clients, you have the opportunity to achieve better health outcomes over time. Supporting clients long term helps ensure patient satisfaction and longevity for your practice. 

But in a world where practitioners and clinics are often stretched thin, what is the best way to retain clients over time? Of course, providing excellent service is essential, but an often overlooked LTV strategy is facilitating patient engagement. Building engaged patients leads to better treatment outcomes, improved quality of care over their lifetime, and more a successful healthcare practice.

Practitioner reviews notes for long term client retention

Patient engagement refers to involving patients in as many aspects of their own care as possible. The goal is to empower clients with knowledge and give them the tools to reach their health goals. Fortunately, the proliferation of wearable health technology and the unprecedented growth in telehealth now makes this easier than ever before and there is no better time than now to engage patients remotely.

Here are some strategies for fostering increased patient engagement and empowering patients along their health journey:  

1- Focus on communication points between practitioner and patient

Like all relationships, the practitioner-patient connection must be nurtured to thrive. All too often, patients reach out to care providers only during an acute episode or the onset of a chronic or life-altering illness when urgent attention is needed. However, developing a system of communication that emphasizes proactive wellness builds engaged clients and a robust relationship that leads to long term patient retention.

While lack of communication can lead to patient indifference, ongoing contact helps to keep patients engaged and forward thinking about their health. In addition to ongoing communication regarding appointments, upcoming treatments, and wellness reminders, providing personalized, proactive outreach gives patients a meaningful connection to care providers. Providing patients with relevant health information makes clients feel acknowledged, giving them the sense that they can connect with their care providers openly, even outside a time of crisis. 

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Communicating with clients for long term client retention

2- Support patients over the lifetime of their health journey

With wellness at the forefront of people’s mind, perhaps more now than ever in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting patients in times of health, as well as times of illness is increasingly relevant for client retention. It is all too common that patient relationships come to the forefront only in the face of an acute episode or chronic illness. However, developing a proactive wellness strategy with healthy clients leads to a robust lifetime relationship.

Giving clients support through their health journey extends beyond treating symptoms and writing prescriptions. Supporting patients in a time of illness is essential, of course. However, beyond the reversal of chronic conditions, supporting patients through health maintenance and working towards health optimization, truly builds a long term relationship.

Practitioner communicates with client for long term client retention

Cultivating relationships prior to an illness builds patient loyalty from the ground up. Having a strong relationship with clients when things are going well lets clients know they have you as an immediate ally if an issue should arise.

3- Empower clients to engage with their own health data

Contrary to the popular belief that wellness is in the hands of care providers, health is ultimately in the hands of the patient. With that in mind, there is no better client retention strategy than to empower your patients with access to their own health data. From the perspective of the practitioner, this means giving patients the tools to understand their data, sharing relevant knowledge, and maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the patient.

To encourage consumers to have more agency in making decisions about their health, data needs to be transparent and actionable for the client. With more consumers using technology for health monitoring than ever before, both patients and practitioners have access to a host of real time data, generated by the patient and accessible by both the client and care provider.

Practitioner shares Heads Up data for long term client retention

The ultimate goal for both practitioners and patients is self-management, which both reduces costs and fosters a lifetime of wellness. Educating patients cultivates their curiosity and spurs engagement with their own health journey. Data becomes the tool for empowerment and connecting patients with their metrics gives them the opportunity to truly take their health into their own hands. 

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Heads Up Health is one such solution that displays data for clear interpretation for both providers and clients. Data from health and wellness devices is elegantly showcased on the client-facing dashboard, making it easy for clients to monitor their own progress. The Heads Up practitioner portal allows for real-time access to health metrics from clients and serves as the touchpoint for communication for telemedicine practices and remote health coaches alike. Heads Up puts data in context, giving providers the tool they need to amplify patient engagement for a lifetime of wellness.

Conclusions

By improving the patient experience and clinician workflow, you will increase LTV and improve client retention. Satisfied patients generally stick with their current healthcare provider for longer and client retention is one of the most powerful tools for building long term sustainability for healthcare practices. 

Facilitating patient engagement through open communication, lifetime support, and the use of data leads to better treatment outcomes, improved quality of care, and a more successful healthcare practice. With patients involved in as many aspects of their own care as possible, engaged clients become empowered clients who tend to stick with their care providers long term.

About Heads Up

Heads Up Health is a seed-stage technology company based in Scottsdale, AZ. They are engineering an entirely new approach to personalized health by integrating clinical, lifestyle, nutritional, and self-collected data with personalized analytics and insights. 

Data-Driven Clinic, Podium Sports Medicine, Supports High Performance Athletes Remotely with Heads Up

Data-Driven Clinic, Podium Sports Medicine, Supports High Performance Athletes Remotely with Heads Up

Podium Sports Medicine provides progressive, data-driven medical care and performance advice to clients with a keen interest in health and vitality. With a specialized clientele comprised primarily of professional and highly competitive recreational athletes, Podium Sports Medicine focuses on individualized performance training using cutting-edge technology.

Founded by Dr. Kevin Sprouse, Podium Sports Medicine takes a uniquely evidence-informed approach to disease prevention and health optimization. Using state-of-the-art technology to track all aspects of fitness, including metabolic health, sleep, nutrition, and wellness, Podium creates fine-tuned health programming to meet their clients’ needs.

When Dr. Sprouse discovered Heads Up (HU), the industry-leading health tracking platform, he found the perfect solution for his data-driven clinic. HU created a custom dashboard for Podium that includes custom lab results, real-time health tracking, and tools for quantifying Podium’s client performance.

“What I love most about Heads Up is how malleable it is to the practice,” says Dr. Kevin Sprouse of Podium Sports Medicine, “Heads Up gives us a high level view of the patients and then we can zoom in on individual markers and take a dive deep as needed.”

If you run a health practice and are interested in a comprehensive remote data monitoring system, reach out to our New Accounts team at Heads Up here.

Doctor supports athlete during competition

Business Challenge

With clients all across the country, Podium Sports Medicine uses telemedicine and technology to remotely monitor their clients and maintain open and attentive communication. Podium tailors their programming specifically to client ambitions and needed a comprehensive system for real time monitoring. 

Podium uses a variety of state-of-the-art technology and health wearables to continually assess client data and monitor trends over time. After years of using traditional spreadsheet methods of tracking, they needed a more dynamic system to observe and interpret a broad range of health metrics to modulate treatments quickly and better serve their clients.

Technology Solution

When Dr. Sprouse approached Heads Up almost two years ago, he needed a tool that would allow him to monitor a variety of clients data and labs remotely. The goal for Heads Up was to create a comprehensive solution to meet Podium Sports Medicine’s diverse needs for their high performance client base. 

HU designed a custom dashboard that integrates with Podium’s smart devices that can be tailored specifically to each client, allowing Dr. Sprouse and his team to focus on each individual’s most crucial metrics. Additionally, HU integrates with Podium’s periodic lab testing and seamlessly adds data from diagnostics labs across the county giving them insight into patient health, no matter where the client is located.

“I’m truly impressed with how far Heads Up has come and where it is going. It’s a remarkable tool right now and they’re constantly evolving, adding new features and integrations,” said Dr. Sprouse. “I’m confident that Heads Up will be the data tool that I’ll use for years to come.”

    Custom Lab Results

    Podium Sports Medicine prescribes comprehensive blood work panels to monitor client health. With remote lab data coming in from all over the country, practitioners at Podium use Heads Up to monitor health metrics over time, creating a long term record of clinical markers. 

    Heads Up allows Podium full control over their health data with custom reference ranges and data specific to each patient. All of this is centrally managed for each client in the HU practitioner portal, giving Podium a powerful solution for remote monitoring patients.

    Heads Up portal on tablet and desktop

    High Performance Custom Dashboard

    Podium Sports Medicine focuses on individual goals and biometrics to tailor protocols specifically to their clients’ ambitions. With a focus on performance results and overall wellness, Podium Sports Medicine monitors a unique range of metrics using the Heads Up custom dashboard. 

    “When I come into the office first thing in the morning, I open Heads Up to see how my patients are doing,” said Dr. Sprouse, “first and foremost, I look to see if they are healthy and if they are meeting their metrics.”

    Heads Up’s custom practitioner portal gives Podium an instant overview of key health indicators:

    • Temperature Deviation
      • Podium is focused on disease prevention and when a client deviates from their normal temperature patterns by 0.6° to 0.8°, it can be an early marker of illness. Podium sees this as a particularly important metric during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
      • Podium finds that their athletes perform best when HRV is optimized. Related to the autonomic nervous system, monitoring HRV is an effective way of estimating clients’ heart activity as an indicator of stress and recovery.
    • Sleep Metrics
      • Using the Oura Ring, Podium monitors all aspects of sleep with a particular focus on deep sleep as it relates to recovery. During the deep sleep phase, blood flow to the muscles is increased, growth hormone is released, and cellular repair occurs.
    • Resting Heart Rate (RHR)
      • Variations in RHR may be a sign of excessive stress on the body from training or other lifestyle related fatigue and serves as a metric of recovery.
    Heads Up practitioner dashboard for sleep and meditation

    Sleep and Performance

    “Sleep and HRV have become powerful tools now that we have the technology to measure them easily,” said Dr. Sprouse. By using Heads Up’s integration with Oura Ring, Podium works with their clients to develop healthy sleep and recovery routines. “I almost found it hard to believe how closely linked HRV, sleep, and performance were related.”

    “With Heads Up, our clients see their sleep metrics day by day, but I’m paying attention to the trends.” The Heads Up reporting features allow Dr. Sprouse to use his data-driven system of “try, measure, and try again.” By monitoring patent data in the HU dashboard, “we run trends over time looking at the high level metrics across the board. Based on that, we might set some parameters like bedtime alarms or wind down routines that we test for 6 weeks while implementing a sleep hygiene routine.”  

    Data-driven performance athletes at cycling event

    Conclusions

    Podium Sports Medicine is committed to providing progressive medical care and performance support to their clients. Dr. Sprouse and his team use Heads Up to support their uniquely evidence-informed approach to disease prevention and health optimization. The Heads Up platform is the perfect solution for data-driven health practitioners, providing real-time tracking and the tools needed for quantifying client performance.

    Interested in a custom data portal for your practice? Click here to learn more about the Heads Up platform and schedule a demo with one of our team members.

    Leading Medical Weight Loss Clinic, ThreeHealth, Validates Protocols and Tracks Outcomes Remotely with Heads Up

    Leading Medical Weight Loss Clinic, ThreeHealth, Validates Protocols and Tracks Outcomes Remotely with Heads Up

    Medically-supervised weight management clinic, ThreeHealth, Inc., takes a multifaceted approach to wellness. Focusing on the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of metabolic health and weight loss, ThreeHealth combines science and technology with personalized behavioral therapy to deliver outstanding results for a diverse array of clients.

    Founded by Brad Butterfield, Brandy Wiltermuth and Marlene Sexton, ThreeHealth treats diabetes, cardiometabolic, and weight loss issues with a uniquely client-focused approach. Taking into account medical conditions, behaviors, biometrics, and goals, ThreeHealth uses state-of-the-art technology to provide sustainable metabolic health results.

    ThreeHealth Weight Loss Practitioner Team

    Working remotely with clients, ThreeHealth needed a comprehensive way to upload, monitor, and interpret client data. When ThreeHealth discovered Heads Up (HU), the industry-leading health tracking platform, they found the perfect solution for their clinic’s needs. HU created a custom dashboard for ThreeHealth that included a bulk upload of client data, real-time health tracking, and tools for quantifying ThreeHealth’s performance.

    “The Heads Up dashboard is an incredibly powerful tool,” says Brad Butterfield of ThreeHealth. “The tracking of all this information can be extremely freeing. Maybe that sounds counterintuitive, but it works, it really works.”

    If you run a health practice and are interested in a comprehensive remote data monitoring system, reach out to our New Accounts team at Heads Up here.

    About ThreeHealth

    Comprised of licensed medical and behavioral specialists, ThreeHealth focuses on improving metabolic health, reversing diabetes, and developing sustainable weight loss programs. ThreeHealth uses a unique combination of metabolic assessment, behavioral health, and technology tools to support their clients’ goals.

    The founding team at ThreeHealth consists of Brad Butterfield, LMHCA and Brandy Wiltermuth, ARNP. Along with Marlene Sexton, LMFT, director of Behavioral Therapy, ThreeHealth has a thriving direct primary care practice and robust telemedicine program with a track record of success. 

    Beginning with cognitive-behavioral therapy to address the emotional responses behind eating, ThreeHealth helps clients understand their relationship with food. By uncovering the psychological factors of health, ThreeHealth then creates “individualized, medically-driven, holistic programs that treat the mind, the body, and the spirit,” says Marlene Sexton of ThreeHealth. “Everyone is different, and every patient requires an individualized program based on his or her personal medical conditions and profile.”

    In addition to behavioral counseling and personalized nutritional prescriptions, ThreeHealth uses state-of-the-art technology to remotely support and monitor patients. Through the use of smart devices and wearable technology, such as the Oura Ring and Biosense, they are able to detect trends in vital body functions including weight, heart rate, blood pressure, sleep quality, and ketone levels. 

    Business Challenge

    ThreeHealth needed a system for measuring progress on the individual and cohort level to validate their protocols and promote client retention. Proving the success and capability of their methods is integral to ThreeHealth’s business growth and development. 

    Because ThreeHealth provides their clients with a variety of tech tools to track health metrics, they also needed a way to compile client data for easy interpretation. “I can’t have six different platforms for the six different devices that I want people to use,” said Brandy Wiltermuth. 

    According to Wiltermuth, compiling and interpreting data “opens the window into exactly what people are doing.” Working remotely with clients, ThreeHealth needed a way to monitor client data in realtime, as well as upload historical data to create accurate baseline metrics and chart progress.

    Patient Working on Metabolic Health with Caring Doctor

    Technology Solution

    The goal for Heads Up was to create a comprehensive solution to meet ThreeHealth’s diverse needs. HU designed a custom dashboard that integrates with ThreeHealth’s smart devices. Additionally, HU designed a system to bulk upload client data that allows ThreeHealth to measure performance over time, both for individual clients and for the clinic as a whole. 

    Heads Up delivers a clinical-style effectiveness proving platform, giving ThreeHealth all the tools they need to validate their protocols and verify the success of their methods. 

    • Data-Driven Key Performance Indicators
      • Using HU, ThreeHealth can define and measure progress against their program KPIs for business planning and adjustment to better serve clients.
    • Data-Driven Protocol Validation
      • With HU, ThreeHealth can validate their protocols on the individual and aggregate level, giving them the tools to guide business development and growth. 
      • ThreeHealth providers can continuously engage patients, increasing LTV by providing positive reinforcement in real time, based on graph data and metrics.
    • Data-Driven Client Acquisition 
      • With HU, ThreeHealth now has social proof of protocol efficacy that goes beyond written testimonials and before/after pictures. 
      • ThreeHealth can attract new clients based on quantified evidence of their success.
      Heads Up Custom Metabolic Health Dashboard on Tablet, Mobile, and Desktop

      Validating Protocols with Historical and Real Time Data  

      With years of data ranging from lean body mass to ketone levels, ThreeHealth needed to assess their clinic and client performance based on historical, as well as real-time, data. To address this, HU custom-designed a system for ThreeHealth to bulk upload client records, thereby giving ThreeHealth a holistic view into each client’s progress and a tool for validating the overall success of the clinic. 

      HU’s bulk upload solution allows ThreeHealth to easily track individual and aggregate success through the practitioner portal. With HU, ThreeHealth is able to customize thresholds and reference ranges for tailoring KPIs to their specific needs. This gives the clinic the ability to: 

      • Define the KPIs to track to validate programs at individual and aggregate levels
      • Provide TheeHealth with the tools to easily see results in real time
      • Display the clinical and functional data for metabolic health monitoring 
      • Dig deeper into each client’s health with markers specific to the ThreeHealth program

      ThreeHealth generates graphs showing individual or aggregate weight loss over any time frame, be it a week or the duration of the program. In looking at the data point of weight, or other biomarkers like BMI or blood glucose, ThreeHealth can see overall trends over a given period of time.

      Using Heads Up to gather and track their clients health information, providers can not only see progress at the individual level but also validate and improve their protocols by looking at their clients’ data holistically. In 2020, they saw a significant drop in weight correlated with increased Aces gathered from clients’ Biosense devices. Using this kind of information to feed their programs means they can deliver a more competitive, data-driven approach.

      Client Metabolic Health Progress Charted on iPad

      Custom Lifestyle Dashboard

      Heads Up displays data for clear interpretation by ThreeHealth providers and clients alike. Facilitating patient engagement, data from smart devices is elegantly showcased on the client-facing dashboard, making it easy for clients to monitor their progress. That same data is available through the practitioner-facing portal, allowing ThreeHealth coaches to interpret and clarify metrics for their clients in real time.

      The HU custom lifestyle dashboard was preloaded with tracking tiles specific to the clinic’s needs. ThreeHealth is committed to empowering their clients with information and they track not only weight loss and blood pressure, but other unique metrics including sleep and ketone levels.

      Having a full suite of health information at the fingertips of both the clients and practitioners on one central platform, ThreeHealth can then easily interpret and explain metrics to their clients. The data becomes the foundation for curiosity and a tool for education, empowerment, and understanding about how lifestyle changes affect metabolic health.

      With the HU custom dash, the clinic gives their clients the tools for success, fostering client engagement and increasing LTV. By detecting data trends in vital body functions and promptly intervening when needed, treatments can be easily adjusted and administered quickly based on insights gained from HU’s customizable reports.

      Heads Up Lifestyle Dashboard for Metabolic Health on Computer

      Custom Dashboard Metrics for Metabolic Health

      HU integrates seamlessly with a wide range of wearable health devices and ThreeHealth’s custom dashboard gives an in-depth platform to record and interpret client data. The clinic uses a unique set of metrics from smart devices and wearable technology to optimize clients’ health and weight loss. Beyond the obvious weight management metrics of body weight and blood pressure, ThreeHealth provides their clients with BIOSENSE ketone monitors and Oura Ring sleep monitors. 

      The Three Health client dashboards consist of the following metrics:

      • Sleep and Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
        • Disrupted (e.g apnea), insufficient sleep and chronic stress all have an adverse effect on metabolism and appetite control. All ThreeHealth clients are given an Oura Ring to accurately monitor sleep quality, circadian rhythm and HRV. ThreeHealth practitioners use this data to detect sleep and stress issues and work with clients on corrective measures
      • Ketosis
        • Entering into a state of nutritional ketosis is an important part of the ThreeHealth program. ThreeHealth uses the BIOSENSE breath acetone meter to teach clients how to maintain a state of ketosis for optimal weight loss, blood sugar control and energy levels.
      • Macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs, and calories consumed)
        • ThreeHealth clients maintain a food journal using the Cronometer app. This allows ThreeHealth practitioners to optimize macronutrient ratios for optimal weight loss.
      • Blood Pressure
        • When needed, ThreeHealth uses the Qardioarm blood pressure cuff to remotely monitor blood pressure on clients.
      • Weight, Lean Mass, and Body Fat
        • ThreeHealth makes a keen distinction between weight and body composition. Clients use the Withings scale for monitoring weight at home, in addition to an Inbody clinical grade scale for more in-depth analysis of body fat and lean mass. 
      • Lab Testing
        • Clients also obtain periodic lab testing (cholesterol, Hba1c, etc.) to ensure all clinical markers are improving as their clients body composition, diet, sleep and stress improve during the course of the program.

      All of this data is centrally managed for each client in the Heads Up platform. This gives ThreeHealth a powerful solution for remote monitoring and tracking outcomes at the individual and aggregate levels.

      Woman at Home Using Telemedicine Portal for Weight Loss

      Conclusions

      ThreeHealth is committed to solving the metabolic health challenges with a multifaceted approach to wellness. By combining health data with behavioral counseling and nutritional programming, ThreeHealth delivers industry-leading weight loss results for their clients. HU designed a seamless user experience on both the frontend for clients and backend for practitioners, allowing the team at ThreeHealth to focus on supporting their clients, improve metabolic health, and keep weight off for a lifetime.

      Clarifying data and making it accessible to clients and practitioners paves the path to success. Like so many clinics working in functional and integrative medicine, ThreeHealth needed tools to validate their protocols and verify the effectiveness of their methods. Heads Up delivers a business development tool for new client acquisition and a data-driven platform to validate their methods and engage their clients.

      Interested in a custom data portal for your practice? Click here to learn more about the Heads Up platform and schedule a demo with one of our team members.

      Getting Back On Track: How Danny Davisson is Taking Back Control of His Health with Heads Up

      Getting Back On Track: How Danny Davisson is Taking Back Control of His Health with Heads Up

      How many of us find ourselves slipping in our health habits and fitness levels from time to time? Heads Up user Danny Davisson’s life has been filled with amazing athletic endurance achievements, such as completing five double centuries and climbing the infamous steep Mount Baldy on his bike. And at age 60, even though he isn’t where he used to be, Danny, an endurance athlete from Southern California, is using Heads Up to plan his future health goals, aiming to live a long life. 

      Maybe not all of us have been at the level that Danny Davisson’s been at as an endurance athlete.Yet how many of us have made strides in our fitness and health, progressed, yet at some point, especially as we age, lose some of that progress? That’s just the human experience. None of us, even the most dedicated biohackers and health optimizers can be 100% perfect. Whether it’s our diet, exercise regimen, sleep, stress management, productivity or performance, none of us can be fully on 24/7. Life has a way of throwing curveballs at you, just when you least suspect it. (A global pandemic, anyone?) 

      That’s what’s great about Heads Up. You can use your own health data to empower you, to motivate you. To see where you’ve been, where you are now. As the captain of your own ship, you can always chart a new course!  

      And that’s exactly what Danny is doing: Taking back control of his own health, his level of fitness and his life. 

      “I’m learning how to step back and say, ‘How’s my plan?’ Gotta go slow to go fast. I wanna train to live up to 95,” he shared with us in a recent interview. “Heads Up helps me bring data together that I care about to figure out where I’m going. It’s one of the main tools that I’m using to track where I’m headed from a health perspective.” 

       

      “Heads Up helps me bring data together that I care about to figure out where I’m going. It’s one of the main tools that I’m using to track where I’m headed from a health perspective.” – Danny Davisson

      Danny Davisson White Mountain Double Century

      Danny Davisson’s Health Journey

       

      In spite of his athlete lifestyle, Danny, an avid cyclist and ultra runner, running 7-minute miles, has faced lifelong chronic sinus infections. As a result, he had taken repeated antibiotics which has taken a toll on his body. To combat the infections, he had started a Mucusless diet of lean meats, fruits and vegetables from 2013 to 2016, which reduced his infections to once a year.

      In September 2016, Danny injured his right calf on a 45-mile High Sierra run, which led him to stop all running and cycling for two months. This was when he lost 30% of his fitness. 

      A month later, in October, after a 16-day Mediterranean cruise where he ate a lot of different foods, the sinus infection reared its ugly head and he was back to starting antibiotics again. From November to January, he experienced erratic heart rates without chest pressure. At that point, he couldn’t regain fitness or energy, continuing the antibiotics for his sinus infection, feeling like he wasn’t getting enough blood to his legs.  

      But since he began a low-carb keto diet in February 2017, he’s been antibiotic free, showing the power of diet to impact your health. 

      Even though Danny hasn’t regained the fitness level he used to be at in 2016, he trusts that he has a plan. “I’m not where I want to be but I’m working on it,” he says with confidence.

      Danny Davisson Heads Up Health Dashboard

      Taking Back Control of His Health with Heads Up

      Ever since he heard about Heads Up on Jimmy Moore’s podcast around 2017, shortly after he began eating low-carb, Danny has been using Heads Up because it allows him to bring together everything he uses to stay healthy — Garmin for sleep and steps, his blood tests and medical records via Labcorps and Kaiser, and more — allowing him to see trends in his health.

      “Heads Up is great for me, it’s really cool. What I love is that you can bring all the sources of data together to see the trends. Where I’m at. Where I’ve been. My primary use for Heads Up is seeing my bloodwork all in one place. Cholesterol, glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure and more.”

      Danny takes his blood pressure everyday, seeing it on his dashboard, along with the other health data he’s interested in such as those mentioned above.

       

       

      Danny Davisson Taking Control of His Health

      Danny Davisson – 45 Mile Rae Lakes Run

       

       

      How Danny Davisson is Using Heads Up to Plan His Health Goals Now

      Danny’s main goal now is to get healthy, to get back to being able to live a normal life. He plans to order additional blood tests, look at the trends, and share his Heads Up data with his nutritionist, who can help him fine-tune his diet. 

      This winter, Danny plans to focus on a carnivore-style elimination diet. He is really looking forward to using Heads Up to see how his body responds. He’s even bought a sous-vide machine that he loves, so he can cook up the most tender rib-eye steaks, Shawn Baker-style. He plans to get blood tests before and after switching to carnivore keto eating to see what’s changed, using Heads Up to spot the trends. Another strong focus right now is looking at sleep trends using his Garmin that he connects to Heads Up.

      To get even more power out of Heads Up, Danny can use our graphing feature on the web app to graph and correlate up to SIX health metrics. With his new goal of trying out the carnivore diet, Danny can then monitor how this new lifestyle modification is impacting other health markers, such as fasting glucose and weight. Or even how this new diet may be affecting inflammation markers such as CRP or cholesterol markers, since it’s easy to correlate with his medical records to spot trends over time. 

       

      Keto Tracking with Head Up Analyzer

      When one of our team members stacked 30-days of a nose-to-tail carnivore diet with a prolonged fast near the end of January, she wanted to see how these two self-experiments impacted her fasting glucose, ketones, and weight, her last six months captured in this graph on the left. It’s interesting to see how glucose takes a nose dive and ketones rocket upwards, while weight begins to drop after sandwiching a week-long fast between carnivore-eating.

      Danny Davisson Bike Image HU

      In His Own Words: Interview with Danny Davisson

       

      How are you using Heads Up?

      Using Heads Up to bring health data together in one place so I can see trends.

      Blood Work

      Blood Pressure

      Sleep via Garmin

      Activities

      Some nutrition (My FitnessPal) when I input.

      Weight

      etc.

       

      What is your favorite feature on Heads Up?

      Heads Up gives me the ability to see health trends.

       

      What metrics do you track?

      See above

       

      Have you connected Heads Up to any devices, apps, wearables, and/or medical records/blood tests?

      Yes, Garmin, MyFitnessPal, LabCorp, Kaiser.

       

      Are you using a health coach, nutritionist, naturopath, and/or functional doctor?

      Just sent my link to a nutritionist, but have not connected yet.

       

      Advice for others about taking control of your health?

      Do your research and commit.

       

      Any favorite ___(ex. podcasts, books, recipes, other) you want to share?

       

      Books:

       

       

      Podcasts:

       

      KetoMojo Meter and Laptop v3

      Ready to Take Control of YOUR Health?

       

      At Heads Up, we’re excited and inspired by Danny Davisson’s health journey, happy to play a part in helping him steer his ship back on-course. As long as you’re alive, you have a chance to keep going. To not give up hope. You CAN regain your fitness levels. You can regain your health. No matter what the world is throwing at you, YOU can control your own lifestyle choices. Progress is rarely linear. As Jimmy Moore says on his podcasts, “Progress, not perfection.”  

      Like Danny, you can use Heads Up as a tool to track your health trends and stay motivated to keep going. This is an excellent way to keep yourself accountable. With our one stop dashboard you can aggregate all the various health wearables, devices, apps and even your medical records and blood test results to track and trend how different lifestyle choices are affecting your particular and unique body. At any point in your health journey, you can also share with your practitioner or loved one the story of where you’ve been, where you’d like to be heading, and easily share using our report feature. 

      With Heads Up, you can track as little or as much as you want. Did you know you can also import your blood tests to correlate how a particular diet or prolonged fast is impacting your HbA1c or other markers, such as CRP and HDL? You can also keep track of other vital markers such as sleep data and HRV via wearables such as Oura or EliteHRV. You can even see how cryotherapy sessions are impacting your health! 

      You can read more inspirational health journey stories such as 60+ year old Ginny, a retired long haul driver, who reversed her prediabetes using Heads Up as a tool to take control of her own health.

       

      Calculating the Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio (NLR) as Immune and Inflammatory Markers

      Calculating the Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio (NLR) as Immune and Inflammatory Markers

      Guest post by Dr. Nasha Winters

      Conventional vs. Functional Lab Testing Ranges And Markers

      The Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio is a blood marker calculation used in functional medicine, particularly in the fields of immunology and cancer.  Looking at conventional lab testing can be a great screening tool for diseases and disorders, but looking at them through a functional lens can provide insight into the health trend of a patient long before a disease is discovered.

      Functional ranges and ratios can help a clinician to see the health trend of a patient long before a diagnosis is made, thereby improving the overall health, wellness, and longevity potential of a patient, lowering medical costs, and improving the quality of life.

      What Is NLR?

      The neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a calculation that can be run off of a Complete Blood Count (CBC), which is a very low-cost, low barrier test picked up by most insurance companies or available through any direct to consumer lab testing. This marker  “may be an indicator of systemic inflammation, as neutrophils and lymphocytes are thought to be significant in tumour immunology and inflammation.

      What Do Neutrophils And Lymphocytes Do?

      Neutrophils are a white blood cell (WBC) and are part of the innate immune system, which is the branch of our immune system that we are born with and identifies potential threats as either self or not-self. They make up about 60-70% of WBCs, are made in the bone marrow and are found mostly in the lymphatic system including the lymph nodes, spleen, and thymus.

      Lymphocytes are another type of white blood cell, and are part of the adaptive or acquired immune system, making up about 20-25% of the WBCs and are more specific in their targets. They are what we acquire after exposure to a virus or pathogen and is the system that vaccines are based upon.

      Together the neutrophils and lymphocytes work to protect the body from potential pathogens or threats, by increasing inflammation to bring nutrients to the site of injury or using inflammation to keep the infection or pathogen from spreading to other parts of the body easily.

      How Can The Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio Benefit Myself Or My Patients?

      Looking at the ratio between neutrophils and lymphocytes can help to show if there is an increased likelihood of inflammation and other threats to the system that are working in the background against the body on a chronic or acute level.  This ratio is often used with functional doctors who work with cancer patients. One study found that preoperative breast cancer patients with a high NLR had worse outcomes than those with a lower NLR. Another study found that the NLR in conjunction with a CRP (C-Reactive Protein) could be a better predictor of outcome for gastric cancer patients utilizing a ratio known as COC-NLR.

      NLR may help to reflect systemic inflammation in patients with cancer and their immunologic capacity to mount an attack against the malignant cells. An increasing number of recent reports suggest that NLR can be used as a prognostic marker in various malignancies”.  The NLR “has been shown to predict cardiac arrhythmias as well as short- and long-term mortality in patients with acute coronary syndromes”.

      How Do I Calculate Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio (NLR)?

      To calculate the NLR marker, you simply need to divide the neutrophils into the lymphocytes based on your most recent CBC. Rather than manually calculating your patient’s NLRs, Heads Up is now calculating this measurement for you when you import or enter your lab values into our system.

      Seeing the trends over time will provide an even deeper insight into the health trend of your patients and can be a warning sign that it’s time to take action with diet or lifestyle interventions or perhaps even consider further testing.

      What Do The Numbers Mean?

      I use a 2:1 or better ratio for neutrophils to leukocytes for the NLR when working with patients. For example, a ratio of 55-60:25-30 would be the highest/lowest I would want to see a neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio.

      I also look at how big of a gap there is between neutrophils and lymphocytes, with a larger gap indicating a higher risk. Additionally, there is cause for concern if there is a relative ratio switch and the lymphocytes are elevated, and neutrophils lowered which could equate to blood dyscrasias, leukemias, lymphomas.

      Consult with your health professional of choice if you have questions on these or any other lab values.

      How can I track my NLR?

      If you are using the Heads Up app to track lab values, you can either use the default ranges or enter your own custom ranges depending on your unique health objectives.

      <This video> will show you how to track lab values and customize ranges in your Heads Up profile.


      Resources

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4839997/

      https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30544398/?from_term=NLR&from_page=2&from_pos=1

      https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29491721/?from_term=NLR+&from_page=2&from_pos=4

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5458276/

      https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26878164/?from_term=NLR&from_pos=1

      https://ic.steadyhealth.com/low-neutrophils-and-high-lymphocytes

      Dr. Nasha Winters

      Guest Lecture: Nutrition & CBC Blood Testing

      3 Keto-Mojo Pro Tips

      3 Keto-Mojo Pro Tips

      Once you’ve got the basics of using the Keto-Mojo covered, it’s time to start looking at the bigger picture of how your keto lifestyle is affecting your overall health and performance.

      1. Ditch the scale

      Scales don’t always tell the full story (and they can drive you nuts). Lock the scale away in the closet and use the good ol’ fashioned tape measure!

      Pro tip #1: Instead of daily scale measurements, just take a waist circumference measurement once a month. It’s a much more predictable (and lower stress!) way to assess your weight loss.

      Optionally record your measurements in your Heads Up account so you can track your progress over time.

      In the graph below, our social media manager (Lily) graphed her waist circumference and her glucose-ketone index in her Heads Up profile.

      The results speak for themselves as she lost 5 inches off her waist over the course of 14 months!

      2. Take the carb-tolerance test

      Pop quiz: How high does your blood sugar go after your favorite restaurant meal?

      If you don’t know, reach for the Keto-Mojo and test your blood sugar before you eat. Test your blood sugar again 1 hour after eating and again 2 hours after your meal. Record all three numbers.

      Pro tip #3: Try to choose meals that keep your post-meal blood sugar below 120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L). Learning how to control post-meal blood sugar is a powerful tool in your health arsenal.

      You can also record results using the ‘Carb Tolerance Test’ feature so you can keep a journal of which foods work best for your own body.

      Click Here for Carb Tolerance Test!

      The Carb Tolerance Test is a powerful tool from Heads Up Health
       that anyone can use to optimize their health. 

      3. Integrate fasting

      There are so many health benefits to both intermittent and prolonged fasting (72 hours or more)! Benefits such as reduced inflammation, insulin, glucose, IGF-1 and helping with metabolic health. Not to mention the potential anti-aging and anti-cancer benefits. [1]

      Pro tip #2: Track your glucose and ketones before, during and after you fast. You should see your glucose drop and your ketones rise as you go deeper into the fasted state.

      You can also try our Fasting Timer. Record your fasting intervals and graph them alongside your Keto-Mojo readings to master your metabolism.

      That’s all for now folks! Hope you enjoyed our tips. For more great information on how to optimize your health, join our FaceBook community, subscribe to our podcast, or hit us up on Instagram.

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      References
      [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673798/