Chronic Health Conditions & Seniors: Beating the Cold Weather Health Blues

April 20, 2018
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Alicia Conner-Todd, Clinical Liaison & Director of Marketing at Tulsa Nursing Center & Villages at Southern Hills, part of StoneGate Senior Living, an award-winning senior housing and care company joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Senior Care Channels. 

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Alicia Conner-Todd discuss the following:

  1. What is a chronic health issue?
  2. What does that term  mean?
  3. How would this current cold weather impact a senior with chronic health issues?
  4. What are some best tips for keeping seniors healthy during this cold with chronic issues?

Alicia Conner-Todd is the Clinical Liaison & Director of Marketing at Tulsa Nursing Center & Villages at Southern Hills, part of the StoneGate Senior Living, an award-winning senior housing and care company.  With a long-standing background in senior health care and rehabilitation management, Ms. Conner-Todd also brings professional experience in media and marketing to her role.

StoneGate Senior Living is an award-winning full-spectrum senior care and housing company with 44 properties across Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Recently ranked as the nation’s 31st largest transitional and long-term care company by Provider magazine, StoneGate is a fully-integrated post-acute health care company, with service-lines and business units that offer transitional care, long-term care, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, wellness, pharmacy, care navigation and post-acute analytical services.

 

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Website: www.stonegatesl.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoneGateSL
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stonegate-senior-living

A look at the world of healthcare consulting

April 19, 2018
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Drew Madden, Managing Partner at Evergreen Healthcare Partners, providing industry leading healthcare IT expertise to their partners across the country joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Drew Madden discuss the following:

  1. Tell me about yourself and Evergreen Healthcare Partners.
  2. How did you start the company?
  3. What are the key trends you see happening in healthcare IT right now?
  4. What differentiates Evergreen within the healthcare consulting industry?

 

Drew Madden is a Founding Partner at Evergreen Healthcare Partners. Evergreen is a healthcare consulting firm that partners with healthcare organizations across the country to solve complex problems related to operations, IT, and change management. As a healthcare IT entrepreneur, Drew has always been passionate about building strong company cultures, client relationships, and top-notch teams.

For six years, Madden led Nordic Consulting Partners from a small startup company of 10 employees to a leading healthcare IT consulting firm of over 700 industry experts. Nordic is the world’s largest Epic consulting agency, and it has earned multiple awards. Its most notable achievements were two top-ranking KLAS awards for excellence in Epic consulting. They were given to the company in 2012 and in 2014. Drew has devoted over 15 years of his life to collaborating with industry experts on implementing and optimizing Electronic Health Records (EHRs) across the country. While he was leading Nordic Consulting Partners, Drew Madden helped the company grow from 3 to over 150 client partners and Nordic’s annual revenue went from a modest $1 million to $130 million under his leadership.

Before his time at Nordic, Drew worked in business development and was an Epic consultant. Drew earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa College of Engineering and began his career in healthcare IT at Cerner Corporation.

 

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Website: https://evergreenhealthcarepartners.com

Dental industry radiation exposure awareness

April 17, 2018
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Tom Logan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Mirion Technologies, a company dedicated to providing an unmatched experience in radiation detection and instrumentation joins eHealth Radio and the Dental, Health Care & Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Tom Logan discuss the following:

  1. How do dental xrays compare to xrays in other healthcare industries when we talk about potential exposure to radiation?
  2. Are there long-term effects of radiation exposure?
  3. What is occupational dosimetry, and how does it help keep people safe from radiation exposure?
  4. Does it matter what type of dosimeter your dentist uses?

 

Thomas Logan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mirion Technologies, where he is responsible for all aspects of the company's operations. Previously, Mr. Logan served as CEO for Global Dosimetry Solutions, where he led revenue growth of more than 50%, and doubled earnings during his tenure. Mr. Logan has more than 22 years of energy industry experience. In addition, he has extensive experience within the contract manufacturing and consumer products industries. He is the former national Chairman of the Association for Financial Professionals. Mr. Logan holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master in Business Administration from Cornell University. 

 

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Websites: https://instadose.com | http://Mirion.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MirionInstaDose

Digital Workforces Will Revolutionize The Healthcare Industry And Novatio Solutions Is Leading The Charge

April 13, 2018
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Dr. Gokul Solai, CEO of Novatio Solutions, a leading Digital Workforce solutions provider that transforms challenging, time-consuming or labor-intensive tasks into jobs for ‘robots' joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Gokul Solai discuss the following:

  1. What is a digital workforce? How does it work?
  2. What are the technologies involved?
  3. What is the difference between a digital workforce, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence?
  4. What are the benefits of digital workforces?
  5. What type of companies do you work with and how are you implementing a digital workforce for their organization?
  6. How will this revolutionize the healthcare industry?

 

Gokul Solai, MD, serves as CEO of Novatio Solutions where he works to improve and streamline business processes through technology and automation to provide a more efficient and scalable digital workforce.

Prior, Solai spent five years working as a physician at Edward Hospital. He has always had a passion for innovation and technology, especially in the healthcare field. Upon completing his medical degree, Solai identified several opportunities in which technology could help facilitate healthcare delivery, which ultimately motivated his move towards the technology space with Novatio Solutions.

Gokul received a BS in Biomedical Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University and is American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certified.

 

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Website: www.novatiosolutions.com

Social Media Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NovatioUSA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/novatiosolutions

CareThrough: Engaging Patients Beyond the Clinical Setting

March 26, 2018
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Craig Newman, Chief Strategy Officer of HealthChannels, a suite of three specialized companies whose collective goal is to enable providers to improve clinical outcomes by providing highly-skilled care team support joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Craig Newman discuss the following:

  1. Can you describe how CareThrough is operationalizing the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care?
  2. What is a Care Navigator and how do they fit into the clinical team?
  3. Research shows that CareThrough navigation improves health outcomes for patients and expedites the referral process, how so?
  4. How do Chronic Care Management (CCM) programs work, and how much does Chronic Care Management cost the patient?  
  5. You live in Washington DC and must hear about policy changing quite a bit. What advice do you give to partners who are constantly having to pivot strategy and how does CareThrough help?

 

Craig Newman serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for HealthChannels where he provides partners with critical insights to navigate the changing healthcare landscape in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Newman’s work focuses on analyzing health system functionality and right-sizing clinical teams to ensure doctors work top-of license.

With the increase of provider burn-out due to administrative burden, along with changing healthcare policies, Newman deploys medical scribes and care navigation programs to drive consistent results for provider organizations. Through its sister companies ScribeAmerica and CareThrough, HealthChannels oversees the recruitment, hiring and training process of medical scribes and navigators to address the myriad of population health needs of hospital systems, Emergency Departments, and outpatient clinics.

Newman is a trusted source on healthcare policy, revenue-cycle management and the shift to value-based care, and was recently featured in Digital Journal. He also leads the Client Solutions Team to develop new strategic initiatives to better serve HealthChannels partners.

Prior to joining HealthChannels, Newman spent over eight years with the Advisory Board Company, a leading healthcare research and solutions firm. While with the Advisory Board, Craig worked in a consultative role to support hospitals and health systems with their service line planning and clinical technology assessment. Newman also worked to launch several initiatives focused on network strategy, referral management, and various use cases for leveraging real time-predictive analytics. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

 

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Websiteswww.carethrough.com | www.HealthChannels.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CareThrough
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CareThrough

Rhondas Kiss​: An organization he founded to help cancer patients in need

March 12, 2018
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Actor Kyle Stefanski the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Rhonda's Kiss organization dedicated to making a difference for those dealing with cancer joins eHealth Radio and the Cancer Information and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Kyle Stefanski discuss the following:

  1. Tell us about your charity, Rhonda's Kiss.
  2. Why did you start Rhonda's Kiss?
  3. What should people know about your work?
  4. How can people get involved and help?
  5. What is the goal of your charity, looking at the big picture?
  6. Tell us about you and your background outside of Rhonda's Kiss and how you became an actor?

 

Executive Director of Rhonda’s Kiss, Kyle Stefanski grew up with his four brothers and sisters in Cleveland, Ohio with their mother and father, Rhonda and Marc Stefanski. The Stefanski family suffered enormous difficulty when Rhonda was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In only two short months Rhonda lost her battle and painfully left her loving family behind in November 2014.

Crushed by the loss of his mother, Kyle and his father created Rhonda’s Kiss. In her honor, Rhonda's Kiss provides financial assistance for the non-medical costs associated with cancer treatment. Through events in Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach, Florida, Rhonda's Kiss provides money for patient social services at nationally recognized hospitals.

Kyle is determined to help patients and their families with non-medical expenses and supports cutting-edge research to fight cancer from multiple fronts.

 

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Website: www.rhondaskiss.org

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhondaskiss
​instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rhondaskiss

Consented Informatics: Matching samples, patients, and data to accelerate research

March 10, 2018
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Andrei Soran, CEO at Novaseek Research that is transforming how researchers access clinical data and human biospecimens joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Andrei Soran discuss the following:

  1. What does Novaseek do?
  2. Who are Novaseek’s end customers, and how do they benefit from using Novaseek’s CDNR platform?
  3. What motivates hospitals or labs to partner with Novaseek?
  4. It’s great that hospitals and clinical labs benefit financially and are able to participate in clinical research, but doesn’t this create a lot of extra work for the personnel?
  5. From the clinical researcher side, how does it work?

SUMMARY: Aim is to help streamline the process of getting medicines from the lab to the drugstore quicker, less expensively – patients receive the ultimate benefit when that happens.

 

Andrei Soran, Chief Executive Officer, founded Novaseek Research Inc in 2014. Having served at the helm of several large hospitals, he recognized the opportunity for hospitals to play a bigger role in the clinical research process while generating additional revenue and the power of technology to connect researchers with biospecimens. He formed Novaseek Research, a health IT company that enables clinical researchers to prospectively assemble patient cohorts from whom the biospecimens are collected.

Andrei has more than 30 years of experience that includes leadership of financial turnarounds and strategic growth of complex medical centers around the country and has negotiated several large mergers and sales. He has a steadfast commitment to building excellence in clinical programs, enhancing quality and patient service.

Career highlights include serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Verity Health System; serving as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Detroit Medical Center, a Tenet Healthcare facility; serving as President of Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, DMC Surgery Hospital; as Chief Executive Officer of MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA, part of Vanguard Healthcare Inc. and others.

Andrei’s career in healthcare began in the field of physical therapy, caring for countless patients over many years.  Today his dedication to healthcare is fueled by his interest in improving the health of entire communities, including the underserved.

Andrei has served on the boards of the New England Quality Care Alliance, the Boston University/Metropolitan College, the Mass Bay Community College and the de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

 

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Website: www.novaseekresearch.com

Mushroom Networks, leading SD-WAN and broadband bonding solutions vendor setting networks on autopilot

February 19, 2018
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Jay Akin the CEO of Mushroom Networks, a leading SD-WAN vendor that has been enabling wired and wireless networks to run on autopilot joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jay Akin discuss the following:

  • Please tell us about Mushroom Networks and how your solutions have been helping organizations in healthcare?
  • Tell us about some of the use cases and benefits of your mobile 4G LTE routers in healthcare?
  • How about clinics and hospitals? Can they also benefit from Mushroom appliances?
  • What is involved in installing one of the Mushroom Networks devices and how does the total cost of ownership look like for typical deployments?
  • Any predictions, tips or recommendations for 2018 and beyond regarding healthcare IT that you can share with our listeners?

 

Before founding Mushroom Networks, the industry leading SD-WAN company, Dr. Jay Akin was a venture partner at ITU Ventures for 7 years. Previously, Dr. Akin has worked as a senior marketing consultant at Princeton Brand Econometrics - a boutique marketing consultancy firm on Wall Street – New York. Dr. Akin has managed the Adaptive Systems Laboratory within Qualcomm Institute, a $12 million project which spun off 2 venture backed startup companies.

Dr. Akin received his Ph.D. and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Masters degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Dr. Akin has worked on technical and research aspects of communications for over 20 years including several patents and many publications. Dr. Akin was a nominee for the Most Admired CEO award by San Diego Business Journal. Dr. Akin is a recipient of the NATO Graduate Study Scholarship award and was a national team member for the International Mathematics Olympiad in 1993.

 

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Webiste: www.mushroomnetworks.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MushroomNetworks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mushroomnet

Dr. Mark McKenna: Reinventing Elective Healthcare in the Medical Aesthetic Industry

February 8, 2018
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Dr. Mark McKenna, CEO and Founder of OVME a consumer facing, technology enabled, medical aesthetic company that is reinventing elective healthcare joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Mark McKenna discuss the following:

  1. Tell us about the medical aesthetic industry and your latest venture "OVME".
  2. How is OVME reinventing elective healthcare in the medical aesthetic industry?
  3. What led you to pursue a career in the medical field and what effect has your medical experience had on your business?
  4. As a lifelong entrepreneur do you have any advice for others looking to follow a similar path?
  5. Do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your success and overall health?
  6. OVME’s philanthropic philosophy is guided by passion and commitment - what organizations do you support and would you say that same passion and commitment are behind everything you do?

 

S. Mark McKenna, MD, MBA is a Medical Doctor licensed in Surgery and Medicine by the Georgia and Florida State Board of Medical Examiners. He is a passionate patient advocate and a dedicated community servant.  Dr. McKenna, originally from New Orleans, LA, is a graduate of Tulane University Medical School.  After completing his medical training he began to practice medicine with his father while simultaneously launching McKenna Venture Investments, a boutique real estate development firm.  Over the years McKenna went on to acquire/launch Universal Mortgage Lending and Uptown Title, Inc. This portfolio of companies would grow to over 50 employees and offered turnkey design-build, finance, and real estate closing services.
 
On August 29th, 2005 Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans and most of McKenna’s business interests.  In the aftermath of the storm, he actively participated in the rebuilding of New Orleans through the redevelopment of low-moderate income housing.
 
In November of 2007 McKenna relocated to Atlanta, GA and launched ShapeMed, a wellness and aesthetic based medical practice. ShapeMed was sold to Life Time Fitness Inc. (NYSE – LTM) on November 1st, 2014.  Dr. McKenna served as National Medical Director of Life Time Fitness Inc. until July 2016. In July 2017 Dr. McKenna became the CEO/Founder of OVME a consumer facing, technology enabled, medical aesthetic company that is reinventing elective healthcare.
 
Dr. McKenna is married to Gianine McKenna, they are the proud parents of daughter Milana Elle and a four-year old Pomeranian, Ryder. Dr. McKenna is currently a member of Entrepreneurs Organization and he has previously served as a board member of the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Industrial Development Board.

 

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Websites: http://ovme.com | www.drmarkmckenna.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smarkmckenna
Twitter: https://twitter.com/drmarkmckenna

CONCIERGE KEY Health: A Fast-Pass to Avoiding Doctor’s Office Wait Times

January 29, 2018
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Robert E. Grant, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Concierge Key Health, a first-of-its-kind mobile app that provides on-demand access to elite physician specialists, urgent care clinics and hospitals nationwide joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Health News Channels.

CONCIERGE KEY offers a first-class fast-pass upgrade to the U.S. healthcare experience that over time has become increasingly inconvenient and impersonal—by eliminating excessive appointment and in-office wait times through an exceptional subscription-based membership.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Robert E. Grant discuss the following:

  1. I know you’ve conducted intensive research into factors impacting U.S. consumer’s overall satisfaction with their healthcare experiences. What key insights did your studies reveal?
  2. Can you tell us more about the discrepancies between what today’s savvy consumer expects in their daily life from virtually any product or service vs. what they settle for when they visit a doctor?
  3. How will patient issues like extensive wait times & lack of ease of access to top specialists be impacted by continued consolidation & the expected worsening U.S. doctor shortages?
  4. How are doctors impacted?
  5. Can you tell us how the concierge medicine of today is changing the U.S. healthcare experience for both patients and doctors? What are the limitations of traditional concierge medicine? How is CONCIERGE KEY Health different and transformative?

 

Entrepreneur, inventor and investor, Robert E. Grant brings tremendous experience in innovation and dynamic growth for Fortune 500 companies to his role as Founder and CEO of CONCIERGE KEY Health. For over 20 years, he has played a pivotal role in successful technology and business development in pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare markets. In addition to founding Concierge Key, Grant is founder and vice chairman of ALPHAEON Corporation, as well as founder, chairman and managing partner of its parent company, Strathspey Crown Holdings, LLC. Most recently, Grant was CEO and president of Bausch+Lomb Surgical, leading the significant growth of its product portfolio. From 2006 to 2010, he served as president of Allergan Medical, leading the $3.2 billion Inamed acquisition and the commercial success of the Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm, Natrelle breast implants and Lap-Band brands. Grant also served as director, board chairman, CEO, president, COO and CFO of Biolase Technology from 2003 to 2006 after holding various senior management positions at Lumenis for six years.

An independent director on several corporate boards including Acufocus, Myoscience and ReShape, Grant has served on several community and civil boards including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Young Presidents Organization, University of California, Irvine (UCI) CEO Roundtable Steering Committee, Chapman Schmid College and both UCI's school of law and Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Grant received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and graduated with honors from Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he earned his MBA. He has also attended the President's Seminar at Harvard Business School and has lived and worked in nine countries, with fluency in Japanese, French, Korean and German.

 

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Website: www.conciergekeyhealth.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conciergekeyhealth
Twitter: https://twitter.com/concierge_key