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Blockchain in Healthcare with Chrissa McFarlane

Blockchain in Healthcare with Chrissa McFarlane

April 5, 2019

 

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Chrissa McFarlane, the CEO and Founder of Patientory Inc., a fully HIPAA-compliant, cybersecurity healthcare data solution that allows users to securely store, transfer and receive actionable insights into their health information joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Chrissa McFarlane discuss the following:

  1. Why did you get started in Blockchain Healthcare?
  2. What do you see as the future of blockchain healthcare?
  3. What are the issues faced in healthcare today?
  4. What currently works and does not work in healthcare?
  5. How can listeners get involved?

Chrissa McFarlane is the Founder and CEO of Patientory, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta. She is an entrepreneur passionate about making a difference in healthcare on a global scale and through a unique combination of research, hard work and good timing, she has achieved unprecedented success in a highly compressed timeframe. She is among the youngest female CEOs in the Healthcare IT industry and a highly sought-after global speaker.

Named as one of the top women, “leaving their mark on the MedTech field in health IT,” by Becker’s Hospital Review, McFarlane founded Patientory in December 2015 after seeing the need in the market for more personalized and secure consumer-driven health information management solutions.

She brings more than ten years’ experience in healthcare conducting research and managing teams, has published international healthcare research, and has helped to create breakthrough digital health companies that have provided services to companies such as Tumblr, Blue Apron, Casper, and Meetup.

Her passion for healthcare began in high school, where she conducted microbiology research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and won top honors. Later at Cornell University, she worked with organizations such as the US Department of Agriculture. She earned her Masters from Wake Forest University School of Business.

Today, as McFarlane leads Patientory, Inc. in its product development, and works on behalf of the Patientory Association, a global not-for-profit dedicated to advancing new technologies in healthcare, she also serves as co-chair of the healthcare industry’s HIMSS18 Blockchain Workgroup, serves on HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Committee,  and speaks at industry conferences globally to educate about new technologies and to inspire other business women and entrepreneurs. Named as a Finalist for the Medtech Insight Award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2018, other recent awards she has been nominated for include, Modern Healthcare’s Up & Comers Award, and the HIMSS18 Most Influential Women in Health Information and Technology Award.

Under her leadership, Patientory Inc. has received accolades including: Top 5 digital health solution in the world for empowering patients, alongside multi-million dollar revenue companies; and it is named a 2018 Globe Award Winner in International Trade by the U.S. State of Georgia. Patientory, Inc. was incorporated in late 2015 and initiated as part of the inaugural class of the Boomtown Health-Tech Accelerator in Boulder, Colorado in 2016. This led to a collaborative exchange with the Denver-based Colorado Permanente Medical Group, part of the Kaiser Permanente consortium, based in Oakland, California. Patientory is also part of the Startup Health portfolio, a global organization leading the movement to transform health.

The Patientory Association, created in early 2018, is a not-for-profit that connects healthcare industry adopters of the blockchain, the PTOYNetTM, and provides neutrality for its PTOY digital utility currency, which is used to provide users with access to the platform to store and secure health information.

PTOY generated enough buzz in the blockchain community that it managed to raise $7.2 million over a three-day period last year through cryptocurrency crowdfunding. The crowdfunding resulted in 1,728 contributors who bought 70 million PTOY utility-currency coins. The PTOY coins are utilized to access the PTOYNetTM a private permissioned blockchain with public data storage. This blockchain is similar to that which cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin currently operate upon.

To advance education on the technology, McFarlane participates in co-authoring journal articles, being interviewed in national and industry press and appears on Bloomberg Live. McFarlane cut the ribbon to open the 2018 Arab Health Conference in Dubai, which city has now has set its sights on becoming the world’s first blockchain city.

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Website: www.patientory.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/patientory 
Twitter: @patientory

Using clinically proven science to help you assess and improve your memory over time

Using clinically proven science to help you assess and improve your memory over time

March 9, 2019

 

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Neuropsychologist Nick Bott, for over a decade has been researching age-related cognitive decline and prevention strategies joins eHealth Radio and the Brain Health & Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Nick Bott discuss the following:

  1. What is Neurotrack? What is the company’s mission?
  2. What does it do - i.e. its technology?
  3. Why is lifestyle change important in Alzheimer’s Prevention & what is the impact lifestyle changes like diet, exercise and social interaction, can have on a person’s memory health?
  4. With the industry emphasis on the role pharmaceuticals could play in the preservation of cognitive health and treatment of cognitive decline, why focus on lifestyle changes?
  5. How has Neurotrack been working to bring their product to market?
  6. Where do you see the biggest opportunities and biggest challenges in the adoption of technology like Neurotrack’s memory health platform?
  7. What’s next for the company? Where are you investing your resources and what strategic partnerships are you seeking to develop?
  8. What tips do you have for people who are concerned about their long term cognitive health? How can they take control of their memory health today?

Dr. Nick Bott received his BA in International Relations at Stanford University focusing on the psychology of religious and political violence. His interests in the role of spirituality and psychological health led him to complete his M.Div., and subsequently served as an associate pastor for two years.

He returned to the Bay Area for doctoral work in clinical psychology and neuropsychology at the PGSP - Stanford Consortium. Nick completed his clinical internship at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System as the resident neuropsychology intern. As a clinician and clinical researcher Nick has trained at the Palo Alto VA, Stanford University School of Medicine, and UCSF. His dissertation, in partnership with Stanford's D.School, demonstrated the efficacy of an intervention to increase creative production, with concomitant gains in information processing.

His research in older adult populations has focused on age-related and pathological cognitive decline and prevention through the identification of factors associated with successful cognitive aging trajectories, as well as the validation of digital assessments of cognition in clinical populations. He is excited by opportunities to translate cutting edge clinical research into scalable and affordable interventions to reduce cost and improve care for older adults experiencing cognitive decline.

 

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Website: www.neurotrack.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/Neurotrack 
Twitter: @Neurotrack

Are relational avatars the future of mental health treatment?

Are relational avatars the future of mental health treatment?

February 28, 2019

 

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Tim Hawke, a mental health clinician from Australian company Clevertar, that has a range of app based health coaching programs which are delivered interactively by a relational avatar joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Mental Health Channels. Today's discussion is about their anxiety and depression coach which may well be the future of mental health treatment at scale.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Tim Hawke discuss the following:

  1. How is the prevalence of anxiety and depression growing, and yet the understanding and education of these conditions not matching this rise?
  2. What is cognitive behaviour therapy and how does it work to treat high prevalence mental illness such as depression and anxiety?
  3. Where can self-help material work people? And what can someone do to see changes in their mood or mental health right now?
  4. How do virtual agents like Claire and the Clevertar team bridge a gap in supporting users see change in their mental health?

Tim Hawke is a mental health clinician and cognitive behavioural therapist – he has worked in the health and mental health sector for the past 10 years, with experience in acute and emergency mental health care and is now focused and passionate in providing evidence-based therapies to support those suffering high prevalence mental illness such as anxiety and depression.

Tim believes through improved education and awareness, people can experience breakthrough through struggles of mental illness and find mastery over their mood, experience recovery and improved well being. Tim worked closely with Clevertar and Flinders University's School of Medicine to write the app based mental health coaching program.

 

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Website: www.clevertar.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/clevertar 
Twitter: @clevertar

dorsaVi Helps Clients Understand How They Move Which Is Life-Changing

dorsaVi Helps Clients Understand How They Move Which Is Life-Changing

February 22, 2019

 

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Andrew Ronchi, Founder and CEO of dorsaVi, a revolutionary wireless technology is designed to accurately and objectively measure and analyze the way we move joins eHealth Radio and the Technology and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Andrew Ronchi discuss the following:

  1. Can you please tell us about dorsaVi and also about why the products and software you have created are so special?
  2. Where can people find dorsaVi in use what can they expect when their professional is using it with them and in their care plan? I understand your products are used for far more than just therapy.
  3. Wellness plays a critical role in how we function, move, and even do our jobs. Can you please talk a bit about why it is so important that we understand how our bodies move and what we may be doing unconsciously to have a negative impact on what we want to accomplish?
  4. There are many different kinds of professionals using dorsaVi. How did dorsaVi come about and what, from your background, has made this so compelling?
  5. Where do you see the future of coaching, therapy, wellness and the ability to understand how our bodies work? In the world of wearable technology devices there are so many options.
  6. What recommendations can you make for our listeners to help them understand what to look for when talking with a professional and engaging wearables in their care portfolio?

Andrew Ronchi, Chief Executive Officer and Director, dorsaVi. Before co-founding dorsaVi, Andrew was a practising physiotherapist both at an AFL club and in private practice. He is a founding partner in two physiotherapy centres, the largest of these employing 28 staff (including 13 physiotherapists).

Prior to the formation of dorsaVi, Andrew undertook a PhD in Computer and Systems Engineering, investigating the reliability and validity of transducers for measuring lumbar spine movement. As CEO of dorsaVi, Andrew is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s operations.

 

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Website: www.dorsavi.com

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

Conquering back and joint pain with Hinge Health

Conquering back and joint pain with Hinge Health

January 15, 2019

 

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Gabriel Mecklenburg, COO and Co-Founder of Hinge Health, the #1 digital health company that delivers mobile-first, at home best-practice care that improves the lives of everyday people with chronic conditions joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pain Management Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Gabriel Mecklenburg discuss the following:

  1. How big is the musculoskeletal pain problem in the US? What does it entail?
  2. How does the opioid epidemic play a role in chronic musculoskeletal pain? What is the Hinge Health program?
  3. How is the approach treating musculoskeletal pain? Are there any side effects to this approach?
  4. What can people do to prevent future musculoskeletal injuries?
  5. How did you get into the world of musculoskeletal pain and treatment?
  6. There’s been a lot of momentum in the digital healthcare space as of late, what factors are driving this trend?

Ever since a ligament tear ended his days on the Judo mat, Gabriel has been passionate about joint health.

Originally from Germany, Gabriel graduated top of his class at the University of Cambridge and went on to research musculoskeletal regenerative medicine at Imperial College London.

As Co-founder and Head of Care Pathways, Gabriel brings clinical research and experience to the deployment of Hinge Health’s care pathways.

 

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Website: www.hingehealth.com

Seniors, Preventing Falls and iFALLCEPT

Seniors, Preventing Falls and iFALLCEPT

December 29, 2018

 

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Laura D. Jackson, BSN, MPH and Co-Founder of iFALLCEPT, a company that has developed the first iOS app available to the public to help stop falls, a deadly killer among seniors that is often addressed to late, joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Laura D. Jackson discuss the following:

  1. Tell us a little bit about your background and how it lead into creating the first in-home fall safety app in the App Store?
  2. What are the statistics surrounding falls in the home? Is it really that large of a problem?
  3. So how does iFALLCEPT work?
  4. What are some recommendations you can provide to our listeners immediately to help with fall prevention in their homes, parents, relatives or friends?
  5. Who's your target audience and what has been the experience so far?
  6. What are the advantages of this app?

Laura D Jackson as co-founder of iFALLCEPT leads outreach and public awareness on Senior falls and prevention.  Laura brings with her a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters in Public Health. She successfully created and managed a thriving home health agency for nearly 20 years, Patient Care Services Inc (PCS).  

PCS was a certified Medicare home health agency that employed hundreds of healthcare workers including Nurses, Aides and Therapists and served thousands of patients. PCS was awarded the highest credentials from JCAHO auditors and was recognized for providing quality care to thousands of aging seniors and the disabled.

Awareness and advocacy of Seniors and their healthcare has long been Laura's passion.  

Laura found herself not only a senior advocate through her business but also found a passion through her aging parents.  Her medical background had proved invaluable many times when it came to the care her own parents received in the healthcare system.

Launching iFALLCEPT was a culmination of a long history in healthcare and her passion to continue to make a difference in seniors’ lives.  iFALLCEPT was a labor of love, but unfortunately, Laura’s father was one of the many senseless deaths due to falling. Too many of us hear too often, “after he/she fell, it was all downhill from there”.  Now that Laura is a senior herself, many of her friends have now experienced devastating falls.

Falls are a complex problem, but simple steps and simple habits can make a significant impact.  From daily exercise and medication review to your home fall risk assessment, each senior can make a difference and impact their own lives through the choices and habits they make. Smart and Healthy living comes from simple habits like an afternoon walk to regular use of products like iFALLCEPT that put the power of healthy living in your hands. Starting today brings a healthy and happy tomorrow.

 

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Website: ifallcept.com

The importance of choosing a Dentist who is investing in today’s dental technology!

The importance of choosing a Dentist who is investing in today’s dental technology!

November 19, 2018

 

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Brett Wilson, President at Digital Doc LLC, the leader in cavity detection technology for Dentists joins eHealth Radio and the Dental Health and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Brett Wilson discuss the following:

  1. Tell us a little bit about your experience in the dental field? What is Digital Doc, why are you so passionate about dental health technology?
  2. What are the top three things consumers should be asking on their initial phone call when vetting a new dentist?
  3. How has dentistry evolved? Should patients expect a different experience than they did 20 years ago?
  4. What is DigitalDoc doing to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to serving dentists and patients?
  5. Do you have any advice for patients who feel like their dentist may be behind when it comes to dental technology?

Digital Doc has been family owned and operated for almost 20 years. Digital Doc is the leading manufacturer of intra-oral dental cameras in the US. They're tagline is, "See More. Do More." This means that the driving force of their business is giving Dentists the tools to "See More" through the use of Digital Doc products allowing Dentists to "Do More" meaning, offering more accurate cavity detection and preventative dental care solutions.

At the heart of the company is a desire to create products that inspire change. They are able to deliver this through the designing and building of premium intra-oral cameras that create emotionally charged imagery. These crystal clear images drive impactful clinical conversations that result in increased patient education and preventative dental care.

For 17 years Brett has pursued ambitious results from his work selling and managing in the dealer network, running the family business, Digital Doc, to creating new start-ups.  His experience integrating industry-leading technology leads his constant drive to improve innovation.  One of his core values ‘being the change you wish to see’ motivates Brett, keeping him focused on developing individuals to seek both personal and professional growth.

 

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Website: digi-doc.com

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

#Trichotillomania: What it is & how you can take control with HabitAware CoFounder, Aneela Idnani

#Trichotillomania: What it is & how you can take control with HabitAware CoFounder, Aneela Idnani

October 4, 2018

 

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Aneela Idnani, Co-Founder & "Chief Trichster" at HabitAware joins eHealth Radio and the Health News & Technology Channels. She is the inspiration for HabitAware's Keen smart bracelet to help people overcome unwanted behaviors like compulsive hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Aneela Idnani discuss the following:

  1. Tell us a little bit about your experience with compulsive hair pulling disorder, also known as trichotillomania?
  2. How did you come up with the idea to use technology to help you & how does the Keen bracelet work?
  3. What resources are out there for someone who may just be realizing they have Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors?
  4. What does recovery mean to you personally?
  5. Can you please share one thing someone can do today to get started on their journey to BFRB awareness and recovery?

 

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Aneela Idnani is Cofounder & President/CMO of HabitAware. HabitAware uses patented wearable technology to help people “Retrain The Brain” from detrimental behaviors to positive ones and on becoming the standard of care for debilitating mental health conditions.

Aneela is also an outspoken mental health advocate, having grown up with a common, yet relatively unknown condition called #trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling). Aneela is a HAX hardware accelerator alumnus and her company recently received a research grant from the NIH to improve their device and validate Keen as a treatment for trichotillomania and sister disorders. Her life’s work (HabitAware) has been featured on TechCrunch, The Washington Post, Prevention Magazine and more.

 

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Website: www.habitaware.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/habitaware
Twitter: www.twitter.com/habitaware
Instagram: www.instagram.com/habitaware

Curable, The Chronic Pain Self-Help App

Curable, The Chronic Pain Self-Help App

September 15, 2018

 

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John Gribbin, CEO and Co-Founder of Curable the healthcare technology company to help manage chronic pain joins eHealth Radio and the Pain Management and Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest John Gribbin discuss the following:

  1. What is Curable?
  2. Why did you decide to start Curable?
  3. What is a biopsychosocial approach and how does it help with pain relief on the app?
  4. What has been the response from the medical community and the users?
  5. Where do you see Curable headed in the future as a company and as a solution to chronic pain?

 

John Gribbin is the CEO and a co-founder of Curable. John is an experienced entrepreneur across multiple industries. He is also a former 15-year sufferer of chronic low back pain. Through the treatment method Curable delivers, he was able to completely resolve his pain symptoms and limitations.

 

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Website: www.curablehealth.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/curablehealth

The Next Generation of Support For New Parents

The Next Generation of Support For New Parents

August 27, 2018

 

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George Brandes, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Pacify, a telehealth app that provides 24/7 support to new parents joins eHealth Radio and the Health News & Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest George Brandes discuss the following:

  1. Tell me about Pacify, where did the idea come from and how does it work? How is the platform transforming healthcare?
  2. I know that Pacify partners with public health programs such as Medicaid and WIC—the women, infant, children’s program—tell me more about these partnerships, how are they leveraging Pacify?
  3. Give me some examples of the types of questions/concerns you help new parents with through the Pacify platform?
  4. What’s next for Pacify?

 

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George Brandes is Co-Founder and COO of Pacify. George was previously VP of Healthcare Programs at Jackson Hewitt, where he designed and deployed software to help uninsured customers apply for health coverage at tax time.

 

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Website: www.pacify.com

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