Reach thousands of new patients
with metaMe Health
Our mission is to help the millions of people suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) through online delivery of gut-focused psychotherapy.
Here’s the problem we solve.
Psychotherapy is the most effective treatment for IBS, but patients don’t have access to qualified, trained therapists. There are simply not enough therapists trained in GI health and the clinically proven gut-directed psychotherapy protocols. Further, physician practice groups do not have psychotherapists on staff and do not know where to send patients for treatment.
Here’s how we solve it.
We teamed up with Dr. Olafur Palsson, creator of the “North Carolina Protocol” for treating IBS, to deliver the protocol exclusively through our online platform, metaMe Connect (www.metameconnect.com). Together with Dr. Palsson, we are removing geographic barriers to treatment for patients and therapists while maintaining rigorous scientific and clinical standards.
What is metaMe Connect?
metaMe Connect is a telemedicine platform that delivers HIPAA-compliant live video sessions and “practice management” services such as scheduling, billing, and marketing. In addition, metaMe Connect tracks patient symptoms and adherence, and generates reports back to the referring physician. metaMe also offers programs that feature pre-recorded therapist videos, allowing therapists to earn more through efficiency gains. Patients benefit by receiving treatment at home or work from licensed professionals for less than the cost of traditional office visits.
Science shows it works.
Psychotherapy works for IBS because a primary cause of IBS is neurological: a dysregulation in communication between the brain and the gut. Current prescription drugs treat only gut symptoms and are effective on 25% of patients. In contrast, 29 randomized controlled trials show that psychobehavioral approaches provide relief to over 70% of patients, with a 50% average reduction in symptom severity that lasts for years. The NC protocol consists of 7 sessions given over 3 months.
Expand your reach.
We engage new patients from 3 sources: (1) Patients who are referred to us by doctors or find us online through our marketing and education efforts; (2) Patients who enroll through our special in-clinic registration programs. We currently have relationships with Northwestern Medicine and Illinois Gastroenterology, a 47-member GI physician group. (3) Patients who enroll through their employer or insurance company. We are currently planning a pilot with Optum (United HealthCare).
Work with the best.
Our Scientific Advisory Board includes Dr. Olafur Palsson, author of the standardized treatment protocol, Dr. Laurie Keefer, Director of Psychobehavioral Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NYC, and Dr. John Pandolfino, Chief of the GI department at Northwestern Medicine.
Join our network.
You can be part of our growing network of GI-trained, state-licensed therapists who deliver the only clinically-proven, standardized psychological treatment for IBS online. Most therapists work with us part-time, on their own schedule, from a location of their choice. There is no up-front cost to join, and once you do, you may deliver the NC protocol under our worldwide exclusive license. We currently operate in Illinois and New York, with plans to expand to California within 3 months, and nationwide within 2 years.