• Report: #1078684

Complaint Review: Fruit Street Health TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified Safe™ …businesses you can trust. Fruit Street Health’s public benefit purpose is a "positive effect of educational, environmental, medical, scientific, & technological nature through its telehealth & telemedicine platforms and community outreach to help treat and prevent disease through lifestyle interventions. Fruit Street licenses software to private practice healthcare providers.

  • Submitted: Sat, August 24, 2013
  • Updated: Mon, September 21, 2015

  • Reported By: Unpaid Writer — Pittsburg Pennsylvania
Prevently, Inc.
30 Cambridge Park Drive Suite 4129 Cambridge , Massachusetts USA

Laurence Girard – Fruit Street Health REVIEW: Fruit Street Health PBC is dedicated to creating the best HIPAA compliant telehealth software for the wellness industry and helping patients live a healthier lifestyle.
*UPDATE: Fruit Street Health pledges commitment to Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy, Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. A program that benefits consumers, ensuring complete satisfaction, confidence when doing business with a member business. Fruit Street Health recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.

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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Fruit Street Health for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with Fruit Street Health have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. Fruit Street Health listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

Fruit Street Health PBC's CEO and Founder, Laurence Girard, has informed us that his personal philosophy is that the patients and providers that use his software are at the heart of why he started this business. [continued below]....
..... As a young software entrepreneur, Laurence Girard feels it is critical to listen to feedback from all users of Fruit Street's software. By always putting his users first, Laurence Girard hopes to make Fruit Street a successful enterprise that helps millions of patients for years to come. Christopher Meatto, an attorney that graduated from Harvard Law School 40 years ago and is the COO of Fruit Street, told us that "I have been working every day with Laurence since the first day of the company and that he is an extremely ethical and ambitious entrepreneur that wants to have a large social impact on the healthcare industry."

One of the things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review of Fruit Street Health is that typical customer feedback reads, "Fruit Street Health PBC's software is truly something that is helping the health of my patients. It is easy software to use and the technical support team is extremely helpful and responds in a timely fashion. They are serious about improving the software based on my feedback."

Fruit Street Health is Ripoff Report Verified
Ripoff Report Verified™ .. part of Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program.A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business..

The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Laurence Girard during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward Fruit Street Health.

Fruit Street Health is a truly innovative software company that provides HIPPA compliant telemedicine software to healthcare providers. This software allows healthcare providers to perform secure video consultations with their patients remotely, and specifically monitor their diet and lifestyle using wearable devices. Laurence Girard further explained the services are beneficial for a range of patients needs, "the patient's diet can be monitored with the Fruit Street mobile app so the patient can take pictures of their food. This is particularly good for obese patients that might need to lose weight, or just staying healthy through prevention and wellness."

Mr. Girard explained the sales process for a healthcare provider who received a sponsored email from his company that provides a video demonstration of the software, "if their interested in the software they can request a software demonstration with one of our salespeople...and then we would have them download the desktop application. [We would then] do a video call with them to show them the software, and if they decide to purchase it they would usually start on a two week free trial. If they decide to at the end of the two week free trial to continue then they would pay for the software."


During the onsite interview Mr. Girard was asked to describe a situation where a client was not satisfied with the level of service they received. Mr. Girard explained that during the beginning stages of set up, the healthcare provider is asked to submit their logo for branding purposes. There was a case when one of the healthcare providers didn't have the correct logo size, so it was not displaying correctly to patients. In order to remedy this, "we had our internal designer resize the logo for them." Additionally, Fruit Street Health rely's on communication with their clientele to receive feedback on what features they want on the software. This allows for Fruit Street Health to adapt to the consumer's needs in order to provide the best product.

When asked to comment on the complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Girard and Christopher Meatto expressed that the comments are not only false, but in correlation to Prevently, a previous company that Mr. Girard was involved with. The allegations were made by an investor who was also on the advisory board for Prevently who blames Mr. Girard for the failure of the company. However, Mr. Girard was not associated the the company when it ended. Mr. Meatto, the attorney for Fruit Street Health explained that after the allegations were made, "the first thing I did was conduct my own independent investigation of these allegations. I reviewed approximately... few thousand documents, emails, underlying corporate documents, these consisted of everything from the entire business records of the corporation, it's board of directors, the investment strategy." Throughout his investigation Mr. Meatto concluded, "any statement is this report that claims to be a fact as opposed to a matter of opinion is false." Mr. Girard was so dedicated to staying loyal to his investors that he offered free shares to the investors of Prevetly, for his new business Fruit Street Health. In order to further assure future clients Mr. Girard expressed that Fruit Street Health is a public benefit corporation in the state of Delaware, part of the BBB, and has a partnership with Vsee, the world's largest telemedicine platform.

When asked what type of changes they have made to honor their commitment to make things right with the customers per the request of Ripoff Report, Mr. Meatto expressed that his presence in the company is to, "make sure there is no misunderstanding of the procedures, the protocols, the risks." Fruit Street Health prides themselves on being a transparent company with both their clients and investors.

Fruit Street Health is pleased to be a part of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Girard expressed that any platform that allows companies to deal with feedback from consumers in an appropriate way is a valuable tool.


  • Wearable Device Integration
  • Screen Share + Pen Tool
  • Patient Scheduling
  • Health Content
  • Visual Food Diary
  • Clinical Notes
  • Goal Setting Tool
  • Branding + Custom URL
  • Patient Dashboard
  • Payment Collection
  • eCommerce



" Fruit Street Health has used an innovative fundraising strategy of crowdfunding from leading physicians in the healthcare industry who support mission. I am a graduate of the Harvard Law School and have been managing the finances of Fruit Street on a daily basis since the company started. The Fruit Street financial model is a sound one providing the highest quality software to the medical community at an affordable price with complete customer and software support. Mr. Girard has demonstrated to me that he has an excellent understanding of how to build a company and manage it in a creative, efficient, and fiscally responsible manner.

Fruit Street Health PBC's technical support team responds in a timely fashion and they are extremely helpful and personable. Fruit Street Health PBC takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, "Laurence and Fruit Street provide a very positive environment to work at the We Work offices. The office always has unlimited free coffee and fruit street water and has amazing community events. Laurence and the management team listen to feedback and always take our input into decision making. The company also provides excellent compensation and health benefits. "

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that Fruit Street Health PBC's past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.


Fruit Street Health PBC recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, Fruit Street Health PBC has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Laurence / Girard Christopher / Meatto Adam / Prince Lauren / Pilla , Ripoff Report is convinced that Fruit Street Health PBC is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

Be sure to contact us with your questions and comments about any business that is part of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Your questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome and will be considered even if we don't agree with them. Please realize Ripoff Report is chartering in new territory, working to make a change for both consumers and businesses alike.


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Ripoff Report has determined that Fruit Street Health meets Ripoff Report Verified’s standards include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Members of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction program do pay a fee for our on-site review, 24 hour monitoring and for support with customers to resolve any disagreements.

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Prevently, Inc. Laurence Girard, Kristen Fauklner hired by 'company', gave personal information, wrote for 'company', never got paid! Cambridge Massachusetts


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The company had writers who were told that they would only be paid for pieces that were submitted and accepted. The quality of the article that the user submitted was not sufficient and therefore we did not purchase the article from the writer. All pieces of content that were published were paid for in full. This woman was even to be paid for the article that was not published. All emails were also replied to in a timely fashion. The report claims Laurence Girard was taking online courses, but in fact was on campus at Harvard University’s Extension School. The report says he was not an on campus student, but this is in fact false. Mr. Girard was attending on campus courses. Personal information such as SSN and bios were collected for tax purposes. The terms of service were clearly explained to writers before they were hired which was that we would only pay for articles that were high quality and that Prevently would have the final say regarding what would be accepted. The writers agreed to these terms.



I saw an advertisement for a Harvard-based company called Prevently looking for health writers. I sent my application to Kristen Faulkner, the person listed as the contact for Prevently. Within a week I was accepted and was sent an email from Laurence Girard with instructions on how to create my Prevently account and the guidelines to begin writing articles.

The articles I wrote have never been edited let alone paid for. I contacted Laurence several times about the articles but he kept giving excuses that the website was taking longer than expect to set up, that the site would be up and running in about ten days, that he was working with his team (this weekend) and would get to them asap...just for me to be patient. All sorts of excuses.

So I tried to contact Kristen Faulkner about the non-payment issue but she no longer replies to emails.

Harvard University was contacted to see if Laurence Girard and Prevently were legit. The query email was answered by a lady (I will leave her name out of this) who said, "Prevently.com is not a current team in our current Venture Incubation Program. However, any degree-seeking Harvard student is eligible to use the i-lab. It is our understanding that Laurence is a degree seeking student in the Division of Continuing Education and as such would have access to the i-lab--I hope this information answers your questions."

It seems Laurence Girard is a continuing ed. student via online courses and has access to the university's iLab. He is not an on-campus student so is odd that he using Harvard's name as though he were a golden credential to promote this (non-functioning) Prevently health website. I have come across other writes hired by Laurence / Prevently that inform me Laurence has done this before - started a health website (Nutrias).

I highly suggest any writers who come across the name Laurence Girard or Kristen Faulkner (who is currently listed as the COO of Prevently) to not fall for the fake job offer. Not only will you end up giving up all your personal information (full name, address, SSN, bio and photo), you will also write tedious articles and not be paid! The platform is set up so that once articles are submitted, you cannot retrieve them, alter them, or delete them.

This was one version of the posted advertisements:

A Harvard-based Telemedicine company is seeking healthcare writers to write high-quality articles for our website www.prevently.com. Writers will be paid per article that you write and can earn thousands of dollars per month. You can write as little or as much as you would like and there are tens of thousands of assignments available.

Each article is reviewed by a copy editor and a physician. Your name will be published next to your article on Prevently.com alongside the physician who reviewed your article. If your article is exceptional quality, we may feature it next to our content from Harvard Medical School Health Publications and Mayo Clinic. Each article you create will receive quality scores from our copy editors and you will be given higher paying assignments based on the scores you receive. This is an excellent way to build your online portfolio, as we anticipate hundreds of thousands of page views per month to view your articles. to Join our team today to be part of an exciting venture that can have a positive social impact on the U.S. healthcare landscape! Please include a resume with full educational background and a writing sample in your application.

Prevently aims to become the premier global health and wellness website that empowers consumers with the information, products, and personalized care they need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Prevently provides consumers with physician-reviewed health content, physician-approved health products, telemedicine consultations, and an online profile that integrates data from wearable health and fitness devices. For a monthly subscription fee, data from these devices is run through an algorithm and alerts healthcare providers when patients are behaving unhealthily. Our business focuses on encouraging consumers to be proactive about their health, and we believe education is a vital part of the solution.

Our Chief Medical Officer is a board-certified cardiologist at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital and will be reviewing our content for medical accuracy. Our business development team includes 3 Harvard Business School graduates, a former White House physician for President Bill Clinton, and the winner of MITs $100k business competition.

Please apply today even if you are not a health care professional. Previous healthcare writing experience is a plus, but not required. You must have some experience in either journalism or health care to apply. You must attach a writing sample in addition to your resume similar to the following article (400 words in length focusing on health etc.): http://www.livestrong.com/article/553151-the-4-rules-of-healthy-cooking/

 Questions/ applications: Kristen Faulkner at faulkner@college.harvard.edu

 Website: http://www.prevently.com/


These ads in various versions were placed on many websites that include eLance, American Society for Nutrition, SimplyHired, Indeed.com, DoNanza.com, Howtobeacopywriter.co.uk, writersloft.org.,prevently.com. Writers beware!

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