Hello Alvin, providing families direct access to quality healthcare via mobile devices, 24/7

January 6, 2018




Arif Razvi, Co-founder and President, Hello Alvin, a healthcare network providing consumers and their families direct access to quality care via mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare, Technology and Tele-medicine Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Arif Razvi discuss the following:

  1. What is Hello Alvin and how does it work?
  2. Could you explain to the listeners what telehealth is and how it is making a dent in modern healthcare?
  3. How can Hello Alvin be beneficial with the impending repeal of the ACA?

  4. What are the costs associated with the service?

  5. What are the advantages of having a mobile consult rather than going into the doctors office?


Co-founder, President and COO of Hello Alvin, Arif Razvi is a successful technology entrepreneur with a 20+ year career in sales, marketing and business operations and has been an integral figure in shaping six early-stage technology companies, which have resulted in two successful IPOs and multiple successful exits through acquisitions. In addition to building and scaling world-class organizations, he has established thousands of customer and partner relationships around the globe, which have resulted in over $2.5B of revenue generation during his career.

Most recently, Arif helped lead the growth of the world's largest oil and energy price discovery and reporting firm, Platts (a unit of S&P Global - SPGI) from $250M in annual revenue to over $600M in 5 years.  In addition to Platts, Arif has held executive positions at Aerohive Networks (HIVE), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Exodus Communications(now CenturyLink - CTL) and he co-founded his first Internet company at the age of 25. Arif is also a talented chef, musician and sailor.


About Hello Alvin
Hello Alvin is a mobile healthcare network providing consumers direct access to healthcare through its secure, HIPAA-compliant suite of mobile telehealth tools. Consumers can purchase directly online or prepay for the service through participating retailers nationwide.




Website: www.helloalvin.com

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

Healing Senior Depression & Becoming Socially Active Through Technology

December 30, 2017




Dr.  Kerry Burnight, a Gerontologist who has served for 18 years as a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and She serves full time as Chief Gerontologist at grandPad joins eHealth Radio and the Geriatrics and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Kerry Burnight discuss the following:

  • What is the single most important thing you can do to Age Well. And by aging well I mean, physical, mental, and emotional vitality.
  • What is the best way to foster and get the health/happiness/longevity benefits to these connections?
  • What does the research say about technology, is it hurting or helping our connection?
  • Given these challenges faced by older adults, what is the best way to reconnect my grandparents /parents (who live in another state!) back into social society so they can experience these longer and happier lives?
  • Is grandPad like an iPad?
  • What about those with cognitive impairment?
  • What is the best way to approach the subject of connection with your parents and grandparents?


Dr. Kerry Burnight has spent her entire professional career on a mission to improve the lives of seniors. She was a professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the University of California Irvine, and she is the founder and director of the nation's first Elder Abuse Forensic Center and the national non-profit, Ageless Alliance: United Against Elder Abuse. Kerry has spoken at The White House and as an expert on shows such as The Dr. Phil Show, CBS news, Money Matters, and The Doctors. She joined grandPad because of the firm's ability to prevent one of the most significant risk factors for elders: social isolation.



Website: www.grandPad.net

Freedom Healthworks’ Adam Habig: How to Keep Healthcare Costs Low, and Both Patient and Physician Satisfaction High

December 28, 2017




Adam Habig, President and Co-Founder of Freedom Healthworks that is becoming a leader in the Direct Primary Care industry with the focus to help people get better healthcare, and help doctors circumvent the red tape and help their patients achieve their healthiest self joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Adam Habig discuss the following:

  • What Direct Primary Care is, and how it works for patients and physicians.
  • More about Freedom Healthworks' family-focused story, and the core mission of the business.
  • The short and long-term of Direct Primary Care that engenders a better outcome for both physicians and patients.
  • How Freedom Healthworks helped pass a law in Indiana confirming that Direct Primary Care is not health insurance, and what implications there might be for the healthcare system as a whole.
  • How this trend (Direct Primary Care) will be taking off in the U.S. over the next five or even ten years.


Adam Habig is Co-founder and President of Freedom Healthworks, which propels the launch, growth and operation of independent, direct primary care practices. By liberating physicians to serve patients instead of insurance companies, we hope to restore Americans’ freedom to purchase excellent, affordable medical care from private physicians they know and trust.




Website: FreedomHealthworks.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: Facebook.com/freedomhealthworks
Twitter: Twitter.com/freedomDPC

Seniors: Combatting Loneliness

December 21, 2017




Andrea Driggers, Regional Business Development Director and career licensed vocational nurse, specializing in geriatric care, at StoneGate Senior Living, an award-winning network of senior living and care facilities joins eHealth Radio and the Geriatric & Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Andrea Driggers discuss the following:

    1. How big of a problem is loneliness for seniors in America today?
    2. It’s no fun being lonely, but are there tangible impacts for seniors experiencing loneliness?
    3. Why are so many seniors experiencing loneliness?
    4. What can seniors do to tackle this problem?
    5. What can neighbors, relatives, friends do to help?


Andrea Driggers is the Reginal Business Development Director for StoneGate Senior Living, an award-winning network of senior living and care facilities.  She oversees the South Dallas Fort Worth market area. She has served as a licensed vocational nurse for 20 years, focusing on geriatric care and treatment.

About StoneGate Senior Living: Award-winning StoneGate Senior Living, LLC provides support services to senior living and care properties that offer skilled health care, assisted living, memory support and independent living locations in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Founded and led by a team of senior living industry veterans.




Website: www.stonegatesl.com

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

In the Pursuit of Optimum Health

December 18, 2017



Peggy Weekes, Author of the book “A Mix of Two Worlds – Nature’s Best from the East and the West for Optimum Health joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Peggy Weekes discuss the following:

  • Can you tell us what “A Mix of Two Worlds" is all about?
  • Can you please explain what you mean by Illness-Based Care and Wellness-Based Care?
  • Why do you think that it is important for people to look at Natural Alternatives?
  • What are some of the benefits of using Natural Alternatives?
  • In what way can people be more proactive with their health?
  • Is there something you would like to leave with our listeners?


Peggy Weekes has always had a passion for writing, and has been doing so successfully in the corporate world for many years. She is interested in helping others as well as herself on the journey of achieving optimum health through a variety of natural means. She is the author of A Mix of Two Worlds: Nature's Best from the East and the West for Optimum Health.




Website: www.peggyweekes.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mixoftwoworlds
Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggy_weekes
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peggy-weekes-129b8276

EFFY Healthcare Drives Operational and Clinical Efficiency, Optimizes RCM

December 15, 2017




Jonathan Farr, Senior Vice President, North America, EFFY, an efficiency platform that overlays existing systems to help healthcare organizations compare massive amounts of data across their total enterprise, detect exceptions and problems and guide interventions to improve efficiency that optimizes financial, clinical and operational performance joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jonathan Farr discuss the following:

  • How exactly does EFFY work?

  • How can Hospitals benefit from integrating EFFY RAID actionable analytics into their existing transactional data systems? 

  • Does EFFY carry a big price tag? 

  • What are the advantages of EFFY over other RCM solutions?

  • Can you give us an example of how RAID alarms alerted a department, such as radiology, to a potential problem and guided the fix to prevent a claim denial?

About Jonathan Farr:

Jon has prior experience managing general acute hospitals, surgical hospitals, emergency centric hospitals, behavior health hospitals, and a large physician practice, both for-profit and not for profit, urban and rural, domestic and international. He is highly respected for his ability to work with physicians, boards, committees, regulatory agencies, third party payers, vendors, patients and all levels of personnel.

Jon earned a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from the Medical College of Virginia and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

About EFFY:

EFFY empowers hospitals, hospital systems and Integrated Delivery Networks to retrieve, review and compare massive amounts of operational, clinical and financial data across their total enterprise -- no matter the size, data incompatibility or platform complexity. Functioning as a permanent, protective 24/7 auditing and exception reporting “umbrella,” EFFY makes data comparable, enabling users to correct issues that compromise financial viability, and clinical and operational performance. 




Website: www.effyhealthcare.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/effyhealthcare
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/25049870

Quantros: Leading the Journey to Value in Value-based Healthcare

December 12, 2017




Andy Weissberg, Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications, Quantros, the healthcare industry’s leading provider of performance measurement and management solutions joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Andy Weissberg discuss the following:

  • Please tell us a bit about Quantros.
  • It’s my understanding that Quantros recently released its CareChex® 2018 Hospital and Health System Quality and Patient Safety Rankings and Ratings. How do these updated ratings help consumers, employers and other stakeholders in value-based care?
  • How does Quantros differ from market competitors?
  • Can we talk a bit the Quantros® Enterprise Solutions Suite - how many hospitals and large health systems are using it, and what kind of impact does it have on their clinical and financial performance?
  • How does the uncertainty and complexity associated with the repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act influence Quantros, if at all?

Andy Weissberg is Quantros’ brand ambassador and communications leader, and brings more than 20 years of healthcare, publishing and information services experience. Prior to joining Quantros he co-founded DotHealth, LLC which was credentialed by ICANN to operate the health top level domain name registry.

Andy previously served as Vice President of Identifier Services at R.R. Bowker where he spearheaded the innovation and operations of the U.S. ISBN Agency and several ISO Standards registration agencies serving the book and journal publishing industries.

Additionally, Andy was GM Digital Media, Healthcare and Life Sciences at Advanstar Communications, Inc. where he developed and commercialized ModernMedicine.com as a leading online clinical decision support and practice management information resource for physicians and healthcare professionals. For over a decade, Andy served in similar roles in the pharmaceutical/healthcare advertising agency arena.

Andy has a BA, Communications from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.




Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Quantros
Twitter: @Quantros

Concordia Care Inc. Providing Risk-Transfer, Behavioral Health Solutions for Workers’ Compensation

November 30, 2017




Joseph Berardo Jr., CEO of Concordia Care, Inc., a specialty risk-transfer, care-coordination company grounded in behavioral health sciences that provides “carve-outs” for catastrophic, complex and large loss cases joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Joseph Berardo Jr. discuss the following:

  • Give us an overview of Concordia and the types of companies and organizations it services.

  • How do you describe the Pathways 2 Recovery model and the importance of its patient centric focus?
  • Please explain the Concordia distinction as a “specialty risk-transfer company” and how that capability differentiates the company in the marketplace.  

  • Explain the casualty sector and the relevance of Concordia for injuries related to workers comp.  
  • With the nation’s focus on opioid abuse, Concordia’s Pathways 2 Recovery model is positioned to provide an important solution. Tell us how the combination of behavioral health and clinical approaches advance individual recovery.


Joseph Berardo, Jr. has a successful track record of building progressive companies in the healthcare services marketplace, and recruiting talented, highly motivated teams to advance corporate positioning. As CEO, he guides the strategic focus of Concordia Care, Inc. to provide risk transfer solutions and coordination of care in the casualty and behavioral health marketplaces.

Under his direction, Concordia Care is leveraging its specialized capabilities in managing the most complex behavioral health challenges to create Pathways to Recovery for acute and non-acute catastrophic cases.  Berardo oversees company operations in managed behavioral health programs for commercial insurers, self-Insured companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and specialized government-sponsored programs.

Mr. Berardo also serves on the Board, and is an investor in, the Brighton Health Group as a result of Brighton’s acquisition of MagnaCare in January 2014.   He served for more than eight years as CEO of MagnaCare before transitioning to Non-Executive Chairman in January 2016.  Berardo began his tenure at MagnaCare as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in January of 2003, He took over as President in June 2005 and added the role of CEO in September 2007.  During his time at MagnaCare, he is credited with pioneering the movement to self-insurance for worker’s compensation and health benefits, guiding employers from conventional, fully-insured to self-funded health plans, as well as boosting employer and plan sponsor initiatives to offer customer-centric plan designs which better manage healthcare costs.  

His distinguished career in healthcare services began in 1990 at U.S. Healthcare, and includes subsequent leadership positions at Mount Sinai Health System, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Multiplan. Berardo has been named to the Crain’s NY Business “40 under 40,” and NJ Biz Power 50 in Health Care. Recognized as an industry thought leader, Berardo has authored numerous articles in trade and peer-reviewed publications.   

Mr. Berardo is former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish foundation of NJ and former Chairman of the Board of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation. He holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.


Concordia Care, Inc. (Concordia) is a specialty risk transfer, care-coordination company servicing insurers, government entities, self-insured plan sponsors and other managed care organizations. Through its Pathways 2 Recovery care model, Concordia aims to improve patient-centered outcomes and reduce overall cost of quality care by applying best practices in a biopsychosocial-centric approach to manage complex challenges for the group health, casualty and auto markets.  Concordia’s integrated business units include:  Concordia Behavioral Health, Concordia Group Health, Concordia Casualty and Concordia Ancillary.  Concordia holds dual accreditations from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare Inc. (AAAHC) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).




Website: www.concordiacare.com

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

All You Need to Know About Leading Medical Clinics of the World

November 16, 2017




Randy Marks, Founder of Leading Medical Clinics of the World joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care & Health News Channels to talk to us about his website, Leading Medical Clinics of the World and how it can benefit healthcare providers.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Randy Marks discuss the following:

  • Could you tell us a little about LMCW?
  • What encouraged you to start LMCW?
  • What is the goal for LMCW?
  • How are your members vetted?
  • What are the benefits of being a LMCW member?
  • What makes LMCW different than other websites like it?

For over 30 years, Randy has developed and quarterbacked successful marketing strategies for Fortune 500 companies all over North America. As an Entrepreneur, Randy has been fortunate to learn that leading successful businesses and developing lasting trust takes more than hard work; launching new ideas also requires Vision, Confident Leadership, Drive, Patience, and Compassion. 

His zeal for new and exciting challenges, as well as his craving for knowledge has propelled Randy to pioneer and build many successful ventures including: North America’s first Environmental Print and Packaging company; an award winning Strategic Marketing firm; a Digital Signage platform; and an innovative App for University Students. 

Just as Randy was winding down his successful Marketing & Design agency after 18 years, he was approached with an early concept of LMCW® and a direct challenge - build a solution in healthcare to be able to connect medical consumers with the top private practices around the globe, and help those practices grow and prosper.

While not expected, this was exactly the opportunity Randy was waiting for. Something he could apply his years of expertise to – connecting two groups in an environment ripe for change, and helping both groups benefit with a new and exciting solution. A humbling experience, healthcare has taught Randy that today there is a need to learn new ways of looking at business. Positioning these so others can understand, and benefit, are the keys.

LMCW® is leading the way into a new era of healthcare, with the vision of having a trustworthy network connecting healthcare consumers looking for top practitioners, with the top practices.





Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeadingMedicalClinicsoftheWorld
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Leading_MCW
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/leadingmcw

How the Right Data Analytics Will Improve Your Health System’s Bottom Line and Your Patients’ Choices

November 14, 2017




Russ Cobb, President and GM of Blackbaud Healthcare Solutions, providing unparalleled data analytics and solutions for healthcare systems such as hospitals and their foundations joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and News Channels. 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Russ Cobb discuss the following:

  • We seem to be in a constant state of change in the healthcare industry and that change is typically focused on how individuals will access and receive healthcare. Can you talk about how the interaction with consumers has changed for healthcare providers?
  • What are the most important factors when it comes to understanding consumers, patients and their needs?
  • It seems as though consumer choice and an enhanced understanding of the population are the two big factors for healthcare administrators to understand. Can you explain how new technology is impacting the industry in these two areas?
  • While patient care is a very hyper- individualized experience, often healthcare marketing is anything but.  Can you talk about how healthcare organizations can take a more personalized approach to their outreach efforts and what benefit this shift has for patients?
  • Should hospital administrators use analytics for any other departments?


As the President and GM of Blackbaud Healthcare, Russ Cobb oversees the overall business strategy and company sales, healthcare marketing and partner ecosystem development. His team includes the sales and marketing of cloud-based and on premise solutions specifically beneficial for the healthcare market. Focusing on healthcare executives and facility’s philanthropic foundations, Blackbaud offers solutions that allow these entities to increase revenue, reduce costs and enhance and increase constituent relationships.

Prior to joining Blackbaud, Russ was in various executive marketing roles at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, including Vice President of global marketing & communications. He also held marketing, sales and professional services roles with Siemens Healthcare and with IBM where he was part of the Websphere Business Integration team. With vast experience in sales, marketing and management, he brings a wealth of healthcare market knowledge and forward thinking solutions.

Russ has a Master of Business Administration degree from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Website: www.blackbaud.com

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