BeClose, an in-home caregiving technology provider

May 31, 2014

Liddy Manson, President of BeClose, an in-home caregiving technology provider joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Liddy Manson discuss the following:

  • What led you to start BeClose?
  • How is BeClose different from other products on the market? 
  • Can you give us one or two real world examples of how BeClose is making a difference in people's lives? 
  • Many people get easily intimidated or overwhelmed by technology.  Can you suggest a few easy, simple ways that people can begin to bring technology into their lives, especially seniors? 
  • Can you talk a little bit about the changing healthcare landscape and how you think technology will play a role in that in the future?

Duration: 12:55

Liddy Manson is President of BeClose and a nationally recognized voice on Aging in America, speaking frequently on the topic across the country and blogging regularly at Huffington Post and other outlets. Her mission is to transform the experience of aging at home into one that is safe, affordable, and collaborative with families. She has over 20 years of experience working with premier technology and information brands.

Before joining BeClose, she served as CEO of DigitalSports, a web service providing detailed information and coverage of high school sports throughout the country. Prior to DigitalSports, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Freewebs Inc., an early-stage social publishing company. Previously, Liddy spent nine years as Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Products at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.

Liddy holds an MBA and Certificate in Public Management from Stanford University and a BA in Music from Yale University. Liddy is not only the President of BeClose, but was also the company's first customer, using a BeClose system to care for her 85 year old mother.

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Twitter: @beclosedotcom

Apptomics, helping patients better manage chronic neurological diseases

May 29, 2014

Dr. Georgia Mitsi, Founder and CEO of Apptomics, a digital health company that is developing tools to help patients better manage chronic neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s Epilepsy, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care & Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Georgia Mitsi discuss the following:

  • Sometimes companies are started due to a personal crisis or fundamental underlying capability. What promoted the formation of Apptomics?
  • What kinds of patients can benefit from Apptomics technology?
  • How do the tools that Apptomics is developing help patients with chronic diseases better manage their care?
  • Are these tools just for patients?
  • What is your vision for the company and how it can help patients?

Duration: 12:30

Apptomics LLC, is a digital health firm developing mobile applications and wearable sensors for neurological conditions. These conditions are characterized by complexity, poorly served by difficult access to care, long spans between visits, and ultimately limited data on which to base treatment decisions. Apptomics’s products offer a support system for patients and caregivers in between consultations allowing for active management of their condition and supporting the clinical decision-making with data. Our products allow personalized drug adjustments as needed and focus on other aspects such as exercise, diet, depression etc. They could lead to improved health outcomes and decreased costs. Our apps will be clinically validated and FDA approved where applicable. Collaborations with distinguished academic institutions will add credibility and strategic partnerships will support future growth and drive customer adoption.

Apptomics was founded in 2012 as a company specializing in transforming the current patient-physician interaction with the power of scientifically-designed and validated mobile applications. We are passionate about developing easy tools to empower patients and transform the traditional way of caring for chronic neurological conditions.

The company is led by Dr. Georgia Mitsi who has degrees in pharmacoepidemiology (PhD) and business (MBA). She is responsible for the vision and the strategy of Apptomics by leading the executive team to further disrupt traditional healthcare approaches. Dedicated wholeheartedly to patients, Apptomics is committed to improving their quality of life and health outcomes through scientifically valid mobile applications. The company has a strong scientific advisory board of leaders in neurological disorders.

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Twitter: @apptomics

Fifty Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies with Kristyn Decker

May 25, 2014

Kristyn Decker, author of her 2nd book, UNCENSORED "Fifty Years in Polygamy - Big Secrets and Little White Lies" joins eHealth Radio and the Family, Mental Health and Health News Channels.

Kristyn was the 12th of her polygamist father's 23 biological children. After she left polygamy, she wrote her 1st book and founded the Sound Choices Coalition that mentors boys and girls who have left polygamy.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Kristyn Decker discuss the following:

  • Last fall, your first book was banned from the Tuacahn Market in St. George Utah. You gave your second book, that's recently been published, the same title as the first, other than the word: (UNCENSORED) in front of - FIFTY YEARS in POLYGAMY: Big Secrets and Little White Lies. Your book is full of vignettes that disclose secrets, lies and harms of polygamy. You wrote about discovering yourself, of leaving and becoming an educator to inform the public of the harms of polygamy. There are many books written by ex-polygamists. Why was your book banned and why did you use the word "Uncensored?"
  • What was your childhood like, were you programmed to believe in polygamy also? 
  • Did you live polygamy – What was that like? 
  • You began writing your first book and published it in 2012, volunteered to help others leave, and also started a Coalition. Please tell us more about that. 
  • What is the most important message you would want the world and those who are still locked into that belief system to know and understand about polygamy?

Duration: 10:19

Kristyn Decker was born and raised in polygamy. She was the 12th of her father’s and prophet’s 23 biological children. Her mother was the first of his 13 wives. While living polygamy and raising her seven children to believe the same, Decker taught off and on for 18 years in the AUB private school. In 1991, with five kids still at home, she volunteered in her youngest son’s Head Start class and began taking college courses. She was an assistant Head Start teacher for four years, while acquiring her AS degree, and then became a lead teacher for four more years.

During and after this time Decker attended and sponsored in self-help groups, volunteered with Utah State School Age Child Care Association, and joined the Utah Children Association. In 1995 she began teaching CDA classes to Child Development Associate candidates at Children First and presented at Early Childhood conferences.

Right after that, Kristyn wrote her own business plan and received a half million dollar SBA loan to start a kid’s college. She graduated in 2002 with a BA in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from Southern Utah University, and began teaching K – 2 in public schools. Decker founded the Sound Choices Coalition after she published her first book Fifty Years in Polygamy – Big Secrets and Little White Lies. While Decker’s second book; UNCENSORED FYIP has recently been published, she continues to spend numerous hours volunteering in many aspects with the SCC and with other non-profit organizations to help end human rights violations due to polygamy and other forms of abuse.

For the past two years, Decker has been speaking and presenting through numerous media sources, at conferences, churches, book stores, civic clubs, and libraries across our country. (Many not listed here): S.L. Critical Issues; Facing Adolescents and Children, The Today Show, CNN Week-end News, Good Morning AZ., NPR Community Voices, The Fawn Rigan Show - WCCO – Minneapolis, KTAR Talk Radio, Jay Lawrence, KSL A.M. News.

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Twitter: @KristynDecker

Doctors Express Narberth, part of one of the nation’s largest networks of urgent care facilities

May 23, 2014

Jim Raporte, Operations Director for Doctors Express Narberth, which is part of one of the nation’s largest networks of urgent care facilities joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care Channel. Jim and a management team recently opened a center in the suburbs just outside of Philadelphia and discusses how urgent care is changing the healthcare landscape.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jim Raporte discuss the following:

  • How does an urgent care center like Doctors Express Narberth revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered to a patient?
  • What types of conditions is Doctors Express Narberth capable of treating?
  • I noticed your location positions your center close to a number of area hospitals. Did you choose this location to try and cut back on emergency room crowds?
  • How does your center benefit from the Affordable Care Act?
  • Can urgent care serve as a suitable replacement for primary care?

Duration: 8:31

Doctors Express Urgent Care Center in Narberth is open every day with extended hours. No appointments are needed, and they accept most insurance plans. Doctors Express Urgent Care in Narberth treats a wide variety of issues such as cuts and bruises, sore throats, fractures, and every-thing in between. Their Walk In Clinic allows you to get hospital quality care without having to sit in an emergency room for hours, and when you can't meet with your primary doctor.

They have on-site lab tests, x-rays, and prescriptions, with no appointments needed to get care. They're a state-of-the-art urgent and express care center with professional medical staff on-site every day.

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Twitter: @DRXNarberth

How healthPerx can benefit you and employers with Jeff Marks

May 22, 2014

Jeff Marks, CEO at healthPERX, a telehealth solutions provider again joins eHealth Radio and the Telemedicine and Health Care Channels. Jeff has spent 30 years in the health and wellness industries in various capacities. He discusses telehealth and its benefits for you and the employer.


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

  • What exactly is telehealth?
  • Who are the doctors and what can they treat by phone?
  • How does it actually work? What if I was sick right now?
  • What kind of success have you seen?
  • How can it benefit employers?
  • What makes your program different from others?

Duration: 10:24

About Jeff Marks, MPH, CWPM

Jeff Marks is the founder and CEO of healthPERX and has extensive knowledge in the health and wellness industries. He has more than 30 years of experience developing new strategies to promote wellness and manage health care costs for corporations, insurance companies, Governors’ Councils, fitness centers and more.

Marks completed his undergraduate work at Emory University and finished graduate school from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Hospital Administration.

About healthPERX
healthPERX is a telehealth benefits program that also provides other non-insurance health and lifestyle benefits for businesses and consumers. The core telehealth program provides individuals with convenient, 24/7 access to licensed, board-certified doctors and pediatricians, via mobile app, telephone and online.

What differentiates healthPERX from other programs is that there are no medical consultation fees and they provide a comprehensive program to drive utilization. healthPERX offers businesses an innovative solution to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, promote consumerism and decrease overall healthcare costs.

Other optional non-insurance healthPERX services include dental, vision, health advocacy, counseling (EAP), travel assistance, fitness and more. Packages can be custom designed to fit their clients’ needs.

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Twitter: @healthPERX

The cure to preeclampsia with Dr. Karine Kleinhaus of Pluristem

May 20, 2014

Dr. Karine Kleinhaus, Divisional Vice President for Pluristem a clinical-stage biotechnology company using placental cells and a unique, proprietary, three-dimensional (3D) technology platform to develop cell therapies for a broad spectrum of diseases joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels to discuss the cure to preeclampsia.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Karine Kleinhaus discuss the following:

  • It has been announced that May is National Preeclampsia Month? What exactly is preeclampsia?
  • Has there been any new developments in regards to the condition?
  • Placental cell therapy being touted as a new approach to preeclampsia? If so, what is it and how does it work?
  • When will see this in patients?

Duration: 7:44

Karine Kleinhaus, M.D., MPH, is the Divisional Vice President at North America at Pluristem Therapeutics. Prior to her joining Pluristem Therapeutics, she was an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine. At NYU, Dr. Kleinhaus conducted medical research funded under a multi-year NIH grant. She published more than 25 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Annals of the New York Academy of Science, American Journal of Medical Genetics, and American Journal of Epidemiology.

Prior to that Dr. Kleinhaus practiced obstetrics and then completed two fellowships at Columbia University. Dr. Kleinhaus received her medical degree from Tel Aviv University, earned a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Princeton University.

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The Lynn Sage Foundation: A Breat Cancer Research Initiative with Laura Sage

May 19, 2014

Laura Sage of the Lynn Sage Foundation, who with her family have been raising funds and awareness for breast cancer causes for almost 30 years joins eHealth Radio and the Cancer Prevention Channel. The Lynn Sage Foundation is named after Laura's mom who passed away from breast cancer almost 30 years ago at age 39.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Laura Sage discuss the following:

  • How did you get involved in raising funds for local breast cancer research?
  • What does your funding go towards?
  • Who decides which Lynn Sage Scholars to fund?
  • How can we get involved?
  • What's your ultimate objective?

Duration: 6:54

Laura Sage and her family have been raising fund and awareness for breast cancer causes for almost 30 years.  For the past 10 years they have focused their efforts on raising funds exclusively for Chicago-based breast cancer researchers via The Lynn Sage Foundation. The Lynn Sage Foundation is named after Laura's mom who passed away from breast cancer almost 30 years ago at age 39. Laura was 13 at the time and her sister, Halee was 11.


Laura volunteers her time at The Lynn Sage Foundation and is a Director at a Chicago-based hedge fund.  She has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Arizona.  Laura is also on the Board of the Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern.

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Twitter: @LynnSage

MISSION TO TEACH: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Educator with Dipak Basu

May 19, 2014

Dipak Basu, author of an incredibly inspiring book about his late daughter, Jhumki, entitled MISSION TO TEACH: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Educator joins eHealth Radio and the Cancer Prevention and Education Channels. Jhumki passed away at age 31 of metastatic breast cancer, but not before leaving a mark on the teaching profession she so dearly loved.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dipak Basu discuss the following:

  • Your daughter had such a short life but had accomplished more than people who live more than twice as long. Tell us a little about her passion for teaching and what her ultimate goals were.
  • Jhumki was passionate about providing quality education for all kids, regardless of socio-economic conditions, especially in the sciences. Where did that passion come from, do you think?
  • She had a survivor’s mentality. How did she react when she was diagnosed with cancer and when she was going through treatment? Do you think that a person’s mental outlook can affect his or her physical well-being, even for someone with such a devastating illness?
  • Do you think that her stellar accomplishments had something to do with her limited time left? Do you think she knew something that you, as her parents, did not?
  • Do you think Jhumki would be amused – and pleased – to see the admiration with which she is remembered? Your book has commentary by Dr. Jane Goodall as well as former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice!
  • You seem to be inspired by your daughter as much as her students and colleagues were – and continue to be. How would you describe that feeling to other parents?

Duration: 15:59

Dipak Basu, engineer, philanthropist, social worker, author, has spent much of his life employing technology in humanitarian missions worldwide. In 2006, he set up Anudip Foundation, a nonprofit company dedicated to improving livelihoods of poor rural people in developing countries through training in information technology and entrepreneurship. He currently serves as Anudip’s Chairman and CEO.

In 2001 Dipak founded and served as Executive Director of NetHope, a technology alliance of the world’s largest aid agencies, applying innovative high-tech solutions to aid operations in the world’s impoverished, disaster-affected and war-torn regions.

From 1995 to 2006, Dipak held senior management positions in Product Management and Professional Services at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, Dipak served as a consultant to the Government of India, developing communications solutions for the country’s steel, energy, banking and hospitality sectors.

Dipak is the recipient of the Tech Laureate award for IT in Humanity and the President’s Award from Save the Children. He is a Cisco Leadership Fellow, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.

In 2009, following the loss of their beloved daughter the previous year, Dipak and his wife, Radha, launched the Jhumki Basu Foundation to carry on her remarkable legacy.

Dipak's debut historical fiction novel, A Flight of Green Parrots, was published in 2004. A sequel will follow later this year.

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Acoustic Compression Therapy, treating excess amounts of scar tissue at Injury Health Center

May 18, 2014

Dr. Ryan Imhoff, Physician Administrator at the Injury Health Center where they us a state-of-the-art piece of equipment called Acoustic Compression Therapy (ACT) or WellWave that improves range of motion and treats complications related to excess amounts of scar tissue joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Ryan Imhoff discuss the following:

  • For the benefit of our listeners, please give us an overview about Injury Health Center and the services you and your colleagues provide.
  • In terms of improving range of motion and treating complications related to excess amounts of scar tissue, Injury Health Center also has a state-of-the-art piece of equipment called Acoustic Compression Therapy (ACT) or WellWave. Tell us about this therapy, and candidates who may benefit from treatment.
  • Injury Health Center has several clinics in Florida. What are some of the benefits - for prospective patients - that distinguish Injury Health Center from conventional chiropractic offices?
  • Share with us some examples of patient successes, where you and/or your colleagues have been able to make a marked improvement in quality of life for those under your care.
  • What additional information would you like to share with listeners about Injury Health Center?

Duration: 9:27

Dr. Ryan Imhoff earned his chiropractic degree from the Palmer Chiropractic College of Florida in Port, Orange where he graduated Cum Laude. While at Palmer Chiropractic College Dr. Imhoff took many different electives to help better serve his patients. These include Activator, Thompson, Grastin and Flexion Distraction. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

Upon graduation from Palmer Dr. Imhoff was given the opportunity to join the Injury Health Center team in 2007. He is now the physician administrator and oversees all five clinic doctors.

About Injury Health Center

Injury Health Center strives to deliver excellence in quality health care by listening to, and discussing the concerns of, each patient as an individual. This approach allows the Center to create a much-needed, trusted doctor-patient relationship. In addition to being leaders in the treatment of neck and back pain, Injury Health Center excels in wellness care for each patient and their family. The Center takes pride in getting to know every patient, and develops a unique treatment plan based on that person's needs.

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Protecting your skin from getting skin cancer with Dr. Justin Piasecki

May 17, 2014

Dr. Justin Piasecki a board certified plastic surgeon and founder of Harbor Plastic Surgery Center in Gig Harbor, Washington joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery & Skin Health & Cancer Prevention Information Channels to discuss how people should be protecting their skin from getting skin cancer.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Justin Piasecki discuss the following:

  • How do (people) protect their skin from getting skin cancer?
  • What are the signs one should look for if they think they might have beginnings of skin cancer?
  • Is there a particular age range that women & men are more susceptible to skin cancer?
  • Dr. Piasecki, you are one of the few worldwide who specialize in Moh’s Surgery - what is that?

Duration: 12:34

Dr. Justin Piasecki is a world-renowned surgeon specializing in skin cancer removal and plastic surgery. Always at the forefront of innovation, Dr. Piasecki pioneered the most advanced skin cancer treatment by combining the leading skin cancer removal technique (Mohs surgery) with cosmetic reconstructive surgery. He is the only doctor in the world to hold such certifications.

Dr. Piasecki’s proprietary skin care formulations are the product of his unique knowledge, expertise and creativity. Developed by the doctor personally, Piasecki MD products carry with them his distinctive mastery as a physician and surgeon, coupled with his extensive training in biology, organic chemistry and physiology at Stanford University and Vanderbilt Medical School. Piasecki MD formulations aim to help prevent skin cancer development while creating a radiant and youthful appearance.

An avid athlete and outdoorsman, Dr. Piasecki believes that looking good starts with feeling good and doing the best you can by your body and health. At Stanford University, Dr. Piasecki competed nationally on the swim team enduring rigorous training sessions designed for elite athletes. After graduation, he joined the US National Sprint Kayaking Team where he reached #4 in the world, winning gold medals at the Pan American Games, World Cup and the US National Championships. Today, he maintains his competitive spirit and healthy lifestyle by running to work, lifting weights, kayaking and spending time with his family outdoors in his hometown of Gig Harbor, Washington.

Dr. Piasecki has been featured on national television shows, Dr. Oz, The Doctors and Hallmark’s Home and Family, as well as in numerous print and on-line publications including USA Today and He was voted one of “The Most Beautiful Doctors in America 2013”.

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