Electronic Health Records and the 2014 Obamacare EHR mandate with Dr. Subodh Agrawal of HPN

April 20, 2013


Dr. Subodh Agrawal, the CEO of Healthy Panacea that has over 30 years of experience as a practicing cardiologist joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Technology Channels to talk about how Electronic Health Records and the 2014 Obamacare EHR mandate will affect physicians and patients.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Subodh Agrawal discuss the following:

  • What is the Healthy Panacea Network (HPN)?
  • What was your inspiration for starting a company like HPN that specializes in electronic health records?
  • Tell our listeners about the 2014 EHR mandate and how will it affect both patients and physicians?
  • What solutions and resources are available for the everyday person who wants to get more involved in the health care process through the use of electronic health records?
  • If a person wanted to learn more about electronic health records, how to get ready for the 2014 mandates or to learn more about your product how could they contact you.


Dr. Subodh Agrawal’s years as a physician and as the owner of two practices, Athens Heart Center and Sleep Medicine USA inspired him to create the Healthy Panacea Network as a way to help his patients navigate health care system. His digital solutions worked so well in his own practice that he wanted to take them to the national market for every patient and physician. Dr. Agrawal partnered with Dr. Adel Fathi and Dr. Mohamed Hammady of Healthy-IT, an Egyptian-based health information company. Dr. Agrawal's years of experience in the American healthcare system coupled with Healthy-IT's international reputation for innovative technology give HPN a unique edge in the healthcare services market.

Subodh K. Agrawal was born in India. He graduated from medical school in Jaipur, India in 1977. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship from the University of Alabama. He is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and is a frequent speaker at events. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, and sleep medicine. As a Fellow American College of Cardiology Dr. Subodh Agrawal strives for continuous excellence in cardiovascular care.


Links: www.hpnmed.com

Reducing our health risk and our financial risk with Luci Gabel

April 20, 2013


Luci Gabel, an exercise physiologist and nutritionist at LuciFit.com joins eHealth Radio and the Fitness and Nutrition Channels to talk to us about how we can reduce our health risk and our financial risk as we go through these trying times in the history of US healthcare.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Luci Gabel discuss the following:

  • Can you talk about the kinds of problems we’re facing in healthcare today?
  • So, what can we as individuals do about it?  Can we protect ourselves from the high prices of the hospital, the doctors’ office, or the pharmacy?
  • Let’s talk about exercise. How does that work?
  • I see how exercise lowers the risk of disease. But how does that improve our financial risk?
  • What about eating habits? How does that work specifically?
  • Doesn’t it cost more to eat better?
  • Can you explain why sleep protects our health?


Luci Gabel MA, MBA, ACSM, ACE

Luci conducts online training and nutrition programs for clients worldwide via e-mail, phone, and video conferencing.  Clients range from the young, fit and athletic to those with special physical needs, all of whom want to lose weight, gain strength, increase flexibility and improve overall quality of life.

Luci specializes in quick and effective workouts and simple healthy eating plans.  As an entrepreneur and previous manager for several organizations, she knows what it takes to stay fit and healthy with a busy lifestyle.  Her coaching is based on a formal education in exercise physiology and nutrition, combined with experience in teaching strength training, Pilates, and yoga.  Her own fitness accomplishments include a Tae Kwon Do black belt from Seoul, Korea, triathlons in Hawaii, Physical Mind Pilates Instructor Training in Honolulu, and yoga studies across the country.

Luci holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland College Park, an Master’s in Business from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Physical and Psychological health from Binghamton University.  She completed coursework in dietetics at the University of Hawaii and the University of Maryland College Park. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Health and Fitness Specialist and by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Personal Trainer and as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant.


Links: LuciFit.com

Increasing diagnosis accuracy in cardiology patients with Emerge CDS

April 14, 2013


Scott Finfer, CEO of Emerge CDS, a company that created innovative software designed to increase diagnosis accuracy and efficiency in cardiology patients joins eHealth Radio and the Health and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Scott Finfer discuss the following:

  • How does the Emerge software work?
  • How often are patients misdiagnosed or provided inappropriate testing or treatment?
  • Many patients and doctors have reservations about clinical decision support software acting as the doctor and making the diagnosis, how is Emerge designed so that doctor’s are still making all final decisions?
  • How does Emerge help doctors identify the need for a specialist?
  • What factors does Emerge look for to identify patients as high risk?


Scott Finfer proudly serves as the CEO of Emerge Medical Solutions. Finfer graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.Finfer’s career officially began with American Express as a financial advisor. However, after a few years, his entrepreneurial curiosity took over and he founded his first business, Arthur Emil & Company, an investment management firm specializing in retail furniture stores, building conversions, apartment development, home building, and bars/restaurants. He spent nine years with the business before his success in private real estate development led him to join several top public home builders, including KB Home as the Vice President of Land and Acquisition.

During the course of his career, Finfer has overseen the acquisition and development of more than 12,000 residential lots with a sell-through exceeding $1B. His most recent private equity advisory engagements include providing asset valuation and guidance to Covington Capital and Forest City on the acquisition of a division of Standard Pacific assets. He also was a member of the team that restructured Dominion Homes on behalf of Silver Point Capital. The team quickly took Dominion from public to private while restoring it to profitability by realigning the $500M portfolio. This was accomplished in the mist of the worst financial meltdown the home building industry has ever experienced.

In 2011, Finfer and a close group of investors acquired Emerge Clinical Solutions, a leading provider of unique cardiology software that helps cardiologists refine their diagnoses, eliminate unnecessary tests, and produce optimal outcomes for patients. By allowing doctors to cross reference multiple sources of current information with patient histories, Emerge is helping physicians to better care for patients.

Links: www.emergecds.com

Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment with The BioniCare Knee System

April 12, 2013


Jim Allan Jr., a retiree who resides in Iowa, joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care Channel to talk about how The BioniCare Knee System has freed Jim to return to all his normal activities pain free, including bicycling.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jim Allan Jr. discuss the following:

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What you do, where you are from?
  • Tell us a little bit more about your experience with osteoarthritis of the knee. Some folks might not know that this affects more than 25 million Americans. When did you first start experiencing knee pain? Did you think it was normal wear and tear, or did you think it was maybe something more serious?
  • Once diagnosed, how did it affect your lifestyle? Were you pretty active prior to being diagnosed? What was your activity level like after?
  • How did you initially choose to treat the pain associated with osteoarthritis? Did you try any over the counter medicines? Visit the doctor? Something else?
  • Were you ever presented with the option to undergo total knee replacement surgery? I know that is a common treatment option for patients that quality? If so, why did you not choose to go with it? The downtime? Recovery time? Other side effects?
  • With the other treatment options, did you experience any side effects? If so, what were they? Did they impact your daily life?
  • How did you hear about this treatment option?
  • What exactly is BioniCare from VQ OrthoCare? Can you explain to the listeners at home how it works, what it is like, from a patient’s perspective?
  • Once using the system, did you feel relief right away? If not right away, how long into your treatment plan? Hours? Days? Weeks?
  • How would you describe your pain level now? What is your mobility level? Have you been able to incorporate activities back into your lifestyle?
  • So it seems that this treatment option has worked for you, would you recommend it to others? What would be some key takeaways based off of your experience with BioniCare?


After my retirement, my wife and I moved across the country to be closer to our daughter and son-in-law.  While getting acquainted and settling in, we got into a routine that included helping around the house.  One day, I noticed that their large yard needed to be mowed.  Since they had just recently moved into their new home, their plans to upgrade to a riding lawn mower were still on hold, so I grabbed the 21” rotary lawn mower.  After cutting for three hours, I had only completed about half of the two acres of hilly up and down terrain, but had to stop because of the considerable pain I was experiencing in my knees.  The next day, I was determined to finish cutting the rest of the lawn.  After about two hours, I realized I was in serious trouble.  The pain had become unbearable.

I went to see my doctor and he told me that the mowing had severely aggravated my knees, especially my left knee.  He gave me a prescription for Meloxicam and a Cortisone shot, which only helped with the pain for three or four days.  Throughout the next few months, my right knee improved, but my left knee continued to deteriorate.  As a bicycling hobbyist, I could no longer ride my bike and even worse, I found daily tasks to be increasingly more painful and challenging.  From getting in and out of chairs to up and down the stairs to in and out of the car, my activity level became significantly more limited and I was forced to re-think my everyday schedule.

Searching out other treatment options, I visited a chiropractor and a sports therapist. However, nothing provided relief.  Finally at a follow up visit to my doctor, I learned about BioniCare.  Deciding that I wanted my life back, I scheduled an appointment for a fitting.  I noticed a dramatic difference the very first day, after only a few hours.  The second day, I had to attend a meeting at a second floor auditorium.  As I entered the building, I had two options, either the stairs or the elevator.  I chose the stairs, and became more and more excited as I took each step.  I made it up the stairs with no pain and without having to use the handrail for support.  During the morning, noon, and afternoon break periods, I had reason to go up and down the stairs several more times and the experience was wonderfully the same – no pain!

Since I started with the BioniCare Knee System, not only am I pain free, but my knees are stronger.  BioniCare has freed me to return to all of my normal activities pain free, including bicycling.  Thanks BioniCare!


Links: www.bionicare.com