A Non-narcotic, Non-addictive approach to Pain: Calmare Therapy

November 17, 2015

Dr. Stephen J. D’Amato, the chief medical officer at Calmare Therapeutics, a medical company, researching, developing and commercializing its flagship medical device - the non-invasive and non-addictive Calmare® Pain Therapy device joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pain Management Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Stephen J. D’Amato discuss the following:

  • Living with pain is a major issue in this country with many of us living with different types of pain. Can you tell us how is pain treated today?
  • Can we be doing a better job of pain management? 
  • What is Calmare Therapeutics working on?  How does your device work? 
  • You have mentioned you have treated many using this device, what has been the responses to date as you treat many patients with this device? 
  • Not all pain is the same, what types of pain does Calmare treat? 
  • Where can listeners get more information about Calmare Therapy? 

Duration: 22:05

Dr. D’Amato has been practicing medicine in Rhode Island for 35 years. Over the past six years, he has been the foremost Calmare® Pain Therapy Device practitioner with over 1000 patients treated in his medical practice. His efforts with Calmare have established new innovative ways of treating many different chronic pain diagnoses including Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) and Phantom Limb Pain Syndrome. Dr. D’Amato will oversee all medical treatment issues and research topics regarding Calmare, globally.

Prior to Calmare, he was the medical director and staff physician at North Providence Medical Services in North Providence, Rhode Island. During that time, he was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, Roger Williams Medical Center Campus in Providence, RI. He has been part of the medical staff of St. Joseph Hospital’s Fatima Unit and Medical Director of Mineral Spring Primary Care Associates, both in North Providence, RI.

Dr. D’Amato received his medical degree from the University of Padua – Italy in 1976. He is a licensed medical doctor in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida. He attained Fellow status after his first board certification process in Emergency Medicine, and granted "lifelong status" after his third certification as a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP). He is also a managing partner of CALMARx Pain Relief, LLC, in West Warwick, RI.

Website: www.calmaretherapeutics.com | www.cprcenters.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Calmaretherapeutics

GE Healthcare/API Healthcare on Keeping Nurses Happy

November 13, 2015

Dr. Karlene Kerfoot, the Chief Nursing Officer for API Healthcare, a GE Healthcare Company joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels. For 30 years API Healthcare has been in the business of providing innovative workforce management solutions for the healthcare industry.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Karlene Kerfoot discuss the following:

  • Why does the issue of nurse satisfaction matter to API Healthcare?
  • Why is nurse satisfaction so important to hospitals?
  • How are patients impacted by nurse satisfaction?
  • What are the things that impact nurse satisfaction the most? 
  • What do you suggest hospitals do to try and improve nurse satisfaction?

Duration: 9:20

Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Dr. Karlene Kerfoot is Chief Nursing Officer for API Healthcare, a GE Healthcare Company. She has held a variety of positions in nursing and patient care administration, clinical practice, healthcare consulting and adjunct academic positions.

Dr. Kerfoot has been the Corporate Chief Nursing and Patient Care Officer at several large healthcare systems in the country:  Aurora Health Care System, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Clarian Health Partners, Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, Texas. She is widely acknowledged for her work in patient safety, data-driven staffing and scheduling, creating healing environments and healing sanctuaries for staff, pioneering models of shared governance, and achieving excellence in quality outcomes.

Dr. Kerfoot earned a doctorate in nursing from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Masters and BSN from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She has published over 300 articles in the areas of leadership, patient safety, data-driven staffing and workforce issues. She also writes a popular column on leadership for Nursing Economic$, serves on numerous editorial boards, speaks nationally and internationally, and is a board member of the DAISY Foundation.

Website: www.apihealthcare.com

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Don’t Just “Let it Go” - What Can Happen if You Don’t Treat Your Hearing Loss

November 12, 2015

Susanne Jones, Hearing Instrument Specialist and Customer Support Specialist at HealthyHearing.com, a website that provides information to consumers about hearing loss and hearing aids joins eHealth Radio and the Hearing & Mental Health Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Susanne Jones discuss the following:

  • Too many people who have trouble hearing don't do anything about it. How does untreated hearing loss impact people emotionally?
  • How does it affect mental acuity?
  • What are the implications for mental health?
  • Are there physical health consequences, too?
  • What does untreated hearing loss do to people's social lives?

Duration: 10:53

Susanne Jones is the Hearing Instrument Specialist and Customer Support Specialist for Healthy Hearing. She provides education and support to people with hearing loss and the professionals who serve them.

She holds a BA in Communication from Bradley University and has years of clinical experience testing hearing and programming hearing aids as a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. She also has hearing loss herself and is a long-time hearing aid wearer.

Susanne resides near Roscoe, IL with her husband and two children. Outside of the office, she enjoys sports, mid-century modern architecture and design, cooking and visiting wineries.

Website: www.healthyhearing.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/healthyhearing
Twitter: @hearingaids

Secrets to an Effective Enterprise Imaging Strategy

November 11, 2015

Kim Garriott, Principal Consultant, Healthcare Strategies, for Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, and Jef Williams, COO of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Technology Channels to talk about having an effective imaging strategy.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guests Kim Garriott & Jef Williams discuss the following:

  • What is the role of governance in an Enterprise Imaging strategy?  Any best practices you’ve found?
  • We hear a lot about analytics in healthcare today.  What role does analytics play with enterprise imaging?
  • Viewing images is the most critical outcome of this initiative, so how are people finding success with deploying this?  Is it similar to the old PACS implementations? 
  • To date, most imaging acquisition workflows have been designed for the Radiology department and include many steps. How are organizations developing streamlined workflows to fit the needs of non-Radiology providers acquiring images at the point of care? 
  • There has been a lot of talk about finding an ROI in storage costs with an Enterprise Imaging model.  Have you found that to be true and are these “real” dollars? 
  • Most healthcare organizations are sharing images with their patients and other providers on CDs. What are the challenges created by the use of CDs and is there a better way to share this information?

Free eBook: www.us.logicalis.com/imagingebook

Kimberly Garriott, Principal Consultant, Healthcare Strategies

As Principal Consultant for Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, Kim Garriott works with the Logicalis US healthcare sales team counseling clients on healthcare IT strategies and discussing the business value for potential healthcare IT projects as well as providing post-sale consulting to ensure the expected business value is achieved.  Whether talking with a health system’s CIO, CEO or medical staff, Kim understands the unique challenges they’re facing and excels in helping healthcare organizations create and execute a tactical plan that will meet their business objectives.

With a strong background in clinical imaging and workflow process improvement, Kim has more than two decades of business and IT leadership experience helping healthcare organizations streamline their workflow and project management processes.  Before joining Logicalis, Kim assisted with the design and implementation of the Cleveland Clinic’s enterprise imaging strategy.  Kim also served as CIO for the Pittsburgh-based Foundation Radiology Group, a multi-state radiology practice, and worked in a variety of director-level radiology informatics, process improvement and IT positions with Indiana University Health, an integrated healthcare provider.

Notably, Kim helped to create the HIMSS-SIIM Joint Enterprise Imaging Workgroup and continues to serve in a leadership capacity there, has been published in The Journal of the American College of Radiology as co-author of “Planning for PACS – A Comprehensive Guide to Non-Technical Considerations,” and is a regular speaker at national healthcare events.

Jef Williams, COO of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting

Being the COO for a major healthcare consulting firm requires someone who can meld management priorities, budget constraints and creativity, and that’s exactly what Jef Williams brings to Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. Wirth more than 20 years of project leadership experience working with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, Jef is both an extraordinary problem solver and is innovative in his decision making. His unique skills are a direct result of the wide array of experiences Jef has had throughout his career which include international relief efforts, business development, and complex information systems implementations.

Before joining Ascendian, Jef worked with some of the largest healthcare organizations in the United States, including GE Healthcare, where he received awards for his leadership and IT implementation achievements. Jef has also led project implementations and management teams at Sentara Healthcare, Sutter Health, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Intermountain Healthcare, all of which contributed to his now extensive expertise in healthcare policy, administration, workflow, technology and infrastructure initiatives.

Jef earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Masters College and his Master of Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Today, he is both a PMI-certified Project Manager (PMP) and a Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP).

Medical Innovation: Zip® Surgical Skin Closure device instead of staples or sutures

November 7, 2015

John Tighe, the Chief Executive Officer at ZipLine Medical, a commercial-stage company headquartered in Campbell, California, that has developed Zip®, a cost-effective, noninvasive surgical skin closure device for suture-like outcomes at the speed of staples joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest John Tighe discuss the following:

  • What is Zip®?
  • What are its main benefits?
  • Why do surgeons prefer Zip® to close their patients’ surgical incisions?
  • Why do patients prefer that their surgeon use Zip® to close their surgical incisions?
  • If I’m going to have surgery, what should I tell my surgeon about Zip®?

Duration: 5:26

John Tighe is a serial CEO who knows how to build and grow profitable companies. Prior to being recruited to ZipLine Medical, Mr. Tighe was a Director and President and CEO of PEAK Surgical, joining the company as its first employee in June 2006. 

In July 2011, he negotiated the acquisition of PEAK Surgical by Medtronic. Mr. Tighe was responsible for establishing clinical development and sales of PEAK’s novel radio frequency technology in a variety of surgical specialties, including General Surgery, ENT, Orthopedics, and Plastic Surgery.

Prior to joining PEAK, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Arthrocare Corp., where he managed the company’s three business units, comprised of Sports Medicine, ENT, and Spine. During his time at the company, Arthrocare was one of the fastest-growing publicly traded medical device companies.

Mr. Tighe is a member of the Community Advisory Board of El Camino Hospital of Los Gatos (CA), and earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Website: www.ziplinemedical.com

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MedjetAssist, a great supplement to travel insurance

November 7, 2015

John Gobbels, the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President and transport expert for MedjetAssist, the premier global air-medical transport membership program for travelers which is a great supplement to travel insurance again joins eHealth Radio and the Travel Health Care Information Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest John Gobbels discuss the following:

  • What is MedjetAssist, and how is it different from travel insurance?
  • Briefly describe some of the Medjet membership options that travelers can choose from.
  • Medjet recently launched its newest membership upgrade option: Horizon. Can you tell me a little bit about what this entails in terms of additional protection for Medjet members?
  • What types of injuries/illnesses does Medjet usually see when transporting a member? And what is the average price range of a transport for someone who is not a Medjet member where they would unfortunately have to pay out of pocket?
  • With holiday travel soon approaching, what is the best Medjet option for families to enroll in?

Duration: 9:55



John Gobbels is the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President and transport expert for MedjetAssist, the premier global air-medical transport membership program for travelers.  With an initial career as a critical care nurse, John brings over 25 years of pre-hospital and hospital service and management experience to his current role. He is responsible for complete oversight of all MedjetAssist’s transport and repatriation operations.

Web Site: medjet.com

Spine surgeons prefer ApiFix® to treat their adolescent patients’ scoliosis

November 6, 2015

Ted Bird, the Chairman of ApiFix, a commercial-stage company headquartered in Israel that has developed a minimally invasive alternative for treating scoliosis in kids joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care, News & Scoliosis Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ted Bird discuss the following:

  • What is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: AIS?
  • What is ApiFix? Where is it approved for use?
  • Why do spine surgeons prefer ApiFix® to treat their adolescent patients’ scoliosis?
  • Why do adolescent patients prefer that their spine surgeon use ApiFix® to treat their scoliosis?
  • If we know someone who is going to have scoliosis surgery, what should we tell them about ApiFix®?

Duration: 10:53

Ted Bird is Chairman of ApiFix and Chief Development Officer at the Institute for Applied Neurosciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. One of six siblings, he is the son of the late distinguished neuropathologist, Dr. Edward D. Bird, former Medical Director of Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) at McLean Hospital and Professor of Neuropathology at Harvard Medical School. “Dad made a lasting impression on me, that one person can make a big difference in people’s lives. My father’s life work was focused on brain-related hereditary disorders, such as Huntington’s Disease. When I was 10, we moved to the UK, and my father established the world’s first brain tissue bank at Cambridge. Scientists from around the world could study brain-related diseases with specific tissue from my father’s tissue bank. Dad was a role model for the core values of humility, integrity and hard work, and his commitment to patients and their families made me love medicine.”

Ted has nearly 25 years of commercial experience in the spine industry starting in 1991 as Marketing Director with pre-IPO Danek Medical and rising to VP of Marketing, Global Medical Education and Emerging Technologies at Sofamor Danek, which grew from $15 million to $750+ million in annual revenue and was acquired by Medtronic for $3.6 billion in 1999.  He subsequently joined DePuy Spine as VP of Strategic Development. Ted also worked for 7 years at Orthofix, ultimately rising to President of the Spine Fixation Division, transforming it from a $15 million operating loss to breakeven in just 18 months, while launching four significant new products. He is especially proud of spearheading the transformation of Orthofix’s acquisition of Blackstone Medical from a distressed entity with declining sales and a questionable reputation into a profitable, integrity-based spinal implant business.

Website: www.apifix.com

:DentalPlans, the leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S.

November 6, 2015

Bill Chase, the vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans, the leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services joins eHealth Radio and the Dental, Health Care & News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Bill Chase discuss the following:

  • Why is oral health so important?
  • How many Americans are without access to dental coverage? And who are they?
  • What is the primary barrier to Americans not gaining access to dental services?
  • What is a dental savings plan?
  • How can one get a dental savings plan today?

Duration: 6:30

At :DentalPlans, we believe that everyone deserves to have access to high-quality dental care and procedures. That's why for more than 15 years, we've been committed to making that care more accessible and more affordable for everyone. It’s easy, just visit www.dentalplans.com today and search for a plan or specific dentist by your zip code.

Website: www.dentalplans.com

Master Orthopedic Acupuncturist and Pain Management Specialist

November 5, 2015

Dr. Philip Trigiani, Master Orthopedic Acupuncturist, Pain Management Specialist, and Soft Tissue Expert, who oversees an award winning physical medicine acupuncture clinic on the Upper West Side of New York City joins eHealth Radio and the Acupuncture, Orthopedic & Pain Management Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Philip Trigiani discuss the following:

  • What is acupuncture? Tell us about how you started your career in holistic health and how you came to start the work you currently do at your practice on the Upper West Side.
  • Let's talk more about what to expect from acupuncture if you're a first timer. What does the average visit to your clinic consist of? 
  • Now let's move on to short term and long term benefits. Acupuncture is known to provide relief with several ailments, everything from weight loss problems to depression. What are some of the most common positive changes in health you've noticed in your patients as the result of trying this practice? And where does acupuncture come in handy where Western medicine falls short?
  • With regard to your specialties, you are known for the Trifecta- a combination of acupuncture, massage therapy, and non-chiropractic adjustment? What makes this approach so powerful and could you tell us more about it?
  • I understand "congratulations" are in order, on your recent award win of New York's Best Acupuncture Doctor in this year's OpenCare rankings! You've been receiving rave reviews on everything from Yelp to RateMDs. In a city where people have so many options to choose from, what sets your practice apart?

Duration: 13:01

Philip Trigiani maintains a Doctor of Acupuncture,R.I; a New York State License; is Board Certified; and holds a Clinical Master's Degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine specializing in orthopedic disorders, joint disease, and spinal cord injuries. He is also a graduate of the New York College of Health Professions for Physical Rehabilitation and Pain Management, and has been in patient practice in New York City since 1992.

Website: www.drphiliptrigiani.com

The New Priceline for Healthcare, Dental and Beauty Procedures: ZendyHealth

November 3, 2015

Vish Banthia, MD FACS and Founder & Chief Medical Officer of ZendyHealth where you can save on your Beauty, Dental and Health needs joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Vish Banthia discuss the following:

  • Why is ZendyHealth described as "Priceline for Healthcare, Dental, Beauty" procedures?
  • Describe the process of ZendyHealth if a consumer is visiting for first time and the step-by-step process for the consumer?
  • With today's medical deductible so high (average being $5000)--why is ZendyHealth ideal for those who have high deductibles? And how much do consumers save?
  • How does a doctor, dentist or specialist partner with ZendyHealth?  Why is this a win-win partnership for those in the healthcare, dentistry and beauty industries?
  • Can you share a ZendyHealth user testimonial that struck you that your service is providing a "real need" for consumers?
  • Looking into the future, what is the next step for ZendyHealth in the next year and where do you see ZendyHealth in the next five years?

Duration: 12:16

Dr. Banthia is a double Board Certified surgeon and a graduate of Stanford, UCSF, and Columbia / Cornell University hospitals. Dr. Banthia and his Medical Advisory Team are responsible for the vision of ZendyHealth and the array of services and procedures that can be delivered to the consumer in safe and cost ­effective ways. Dr. Banthia has specialized expertise in minimally invasive procedures and has delivered lectures to plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and dermatologists throughout the country as well as internationally. In 2006, 2008, and 2011, Dr. Banthia was recognized as a “Top Doctor” or “Top Surgeon” in Silicon Valley.

About ZendyHealth

The growing cost of medical procedures, lack of pricing transparency, and bewildering amount of information have generated a need for a new way of finding standard health and dental care. ZendyHealth makes it easier than ever before to find popular and highly effective cosmetic, dental and health procedures at fabulous prices without sacrificing quality.

Our patented Pick Your Price matching algorithm, top-rated Zendy Provider network, and easy-to-use platform allows you to choose your desired procedure when and where you want and at a price that You can afford. We then match you to a trusted, pre-screened Certified Provider in your area who meets your criteria.

“We want to provide access to basic, affordable and quality healthcare – on your terms.”

Founded by a group of medical professionals to revolutionize healthcare access, the site is backed by respected investors including doctors, lawyers and former Facebook and Twitter executives.

Website: www.zendyhealth.com

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