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Mobile and Texting: A Strategic Communication Tool for Healthcare Providers

Mobile and Texting: A Strategic Communication Tool for Healthcare Providers

August 6, 2016

Ken Saitow, CEO of CareWire, a text-first mobile patient communication and engagement company joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Ken Saitow discuss the following:

  • Why is it important for healthcare providers to be focusing on how they communicate with their patients?
  • What are some of the challenges they face in communicating with their patients?
  • Why should providers evaluate mobile communication and, more specifically, text messaging? 
  • Is texting really suitable for healthcare given regulatory concerns and the variation of age and socioeconomic status of patients?
  • What are some ways that texting can support healthcare provider's goals?

Duration: 20:07

Ken Saitow is the President & CEO of CareWire, Inc. Ken has over two decades of experience providing performance improvement solutions for leading healthcare organizations across the country. He has also held operational and strategic leadership positions for a number of premier healthcare consulting firms.

Ken has a track record of successfully bringing new solutions and services to market. Most recently, Ken was a Managing Director in Huron Consulting Group’s Healthcare Practice. Prior to that, he was an owner of Stockamp & Associates Inc. and a partner within the Global Health Services Practice at Accenture.

Ken holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Georgia.


Social Media Links:
Twitter: @carewire

MedjetAssist: Take Trips, Not Chances

MedjetAssist: Take Trips, Not Chances

August 5, 2016

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 does it compare/contrast to basic travel insurance? What is the main differentiator?
  • What are some of the different kinds of Medjet memberships? Are they appropriate for both leisure and business travelers?
  • Medical emergencies don't discriminate. Does Medjet see a wide range of transport types from all ages, gender and locations?
  • Medjet recently launched a new Horizon membership called "Medjet Horizon" which includes more than just the medical evacuation portion. What exactly does this membership entail and how would it be beneficial for travelers, especially in light of recent terrorist attacks?
  • What are a few of the most important precautions that families can take to protect themselves while traveling this summer?

    Duration: 7:58



    John Gobbels brings over 25 years of pre-hospital and hospital service and management experience to his role as vice president and COO of MedjetAssist. Since joining the premier air-medical transport membership program in 2006 as director of transport operations, Mr. Gobbels has been responsible for complete oversight of all transport and repatriation operations.

    Before moving from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Medjet’s headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Gobbels spent 13 years with STAT MedEvac, the air ambulance arm of the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). During his tenure, he played integral roles in almost all aspects of the program, from base operations to communications and clinical operations.

    For six years Mr. Gobbels served as clinical director of STAT MedEvac, overseeing compliance with the Commission on Air-Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), as well as the continuing education requirements for all clinical staff. Previously, he was a flight nurse and paramedic. Mr. Gobbels began his career with UPMC in 1991 as a critical care nurse.

    John Gobbels holds a Masters degree in Management and Information Technology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA., as well as multiple degrees in health care.

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Liposuction vs. Smart Lipo: Which One is Right for You?

Liposuction vs. Smart Lipo: Which One is Right for You?

August 4, 2016

Dr. Erika Sato, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon at Houston Plastic Craniofacial & Sinus Surgery located in Houston, Texas joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery Information Channel to discuss the differences between liposuction and SmartLipo.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Erika Sato discuss the following:

  • What is liposuction? What is SmartLipo?
  • What are reasons someone would undergo liposuction or SmartLipo?
  • What are your recommendations for someone who is considering liposuction or SmartLipo?
  • What do the liposuction and SmartLipo procedures entail? What is recovery like? 
  • What are common concerns with liposuction and SmartLipo?

Duration: 6:19

Dr. Erika Sato is a Houston area plastic surgeon board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Sato earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Missouri where she graduated Cum Laude from the Honors College. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri College of Medicine, where she received her Doctorate of Medicine and graduated in the top 25% of her class. She completed both her general surgery and plastic surgery training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. She received multiple awards during her training from both faculty and peers including Resident of the Year as a junior resident and Chief Resident of the year for Memorial Hermann’s storied James “Red” Duke trauma service. Dr. Sato was also selected as an Administrative Chief Resident of Surgery for her final year of general surgery training.

In the course of her plastic surgery training Dr. Sato developed a substantial interest in the field of breast reconstruction, specifically microvascular free tissue transfer. She trained at Memorial Hermann, home to the nation’s busiest trauma service, as well as MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the nation’s premier hospitals for cancer treatment, and performed over 100 microvascular breast and trauma reconstructions during her training.

Dr. Sato also trained at St. Joseph Medical Center, which has a long history of being a recognized leader in providing excellent cosmetic and general plastic surgery care. During this time Dr. Sato studied extensively in the latest techniques in facial, breast and body aesthetic surgery, including liposuction and SmartLipo. Outside of her formal training, she also dedicated much of her time to studying under many regional and national leaders in cosmetic plastic surgery in the Houston area.


Social Media Links:
Twitter: @erikasatomd

The Dangers We Face in a Technology Driven World

The Dangers We Face in a Technology Driven World

August 4, 2016

Dr. Lisa Strohman, the Founder and Director of the Technology Wellness Center, one of the first organizations to address the global issue of technology addiction and overuse joins eHealth Radio and the Mental Health, Psychology and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Lisa Strohman discuss the following:

  • Tell us about your background in the field and what inspired you to specialize in technology addiction.
  • We all use technology, whether it is professionally or recreationally; what are signs that you have crossed the line into unhealthy use and addiction?
  • We learned from a recent interview that you worked with a middle school where 30% of its students were suspended due to some inappropriate text messages. Can you tell us a little more about this & why parents should be concerned?
  • Parent's biggest concern with their child's internet use was once cat phishing and online predators, is sexting the next upward battle?
  • You are about to release an online program called The Digital Citizens Academy, can you tell us more about that and how parents/teachers can bring it to their schools?

Recognizing the growing challenges parents now face with their children, and the increasingly serious issues her young patients are dealing with due to our growing dependency on technology, inspired Dr. Strohman to launch the Technology Wellness Center, which she co-founded with Dr. Melissa Westendorf JD, PhD in 2014.

After growing up in California, Dr. Strohman attended the University of California, Davis, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She then completed a joint, integrated program in law and Psychology at Villanova and Drexel Universities, where she met Dr. Westendorf.

During her undergraduate career, Dr. Strohman gained experience as a lead program coordinator with Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT), as a family reunification therapist and a hospice counselor. While attending graduate school, she performed research in substance abuse, risk communication and child abduction. Her avid interest in public policy earned her the honor of becoming a legislative intern for Congress. She was also selected as an honors intern with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and invited to become a visiting scholar with the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime division as she completed her dissertation.

After earning her Juris Doctorate, Strohman worked at a large law firm, while completing her residency at the Arizona State Hospital in both a clinical and forensic rotation in clinical psychology. She eventually settled back into her counseling practice as the clinical psychologist with Lifescape Medical Associates, where she utilizes her training in cognitive behavior therapy to help patients.

In addition to establishing the Technology Wellness Center, Dr. Strohman and Dr. Westendorf developed an assessment test (TUC) to help parents identify if their child is at risk from technology overuse. The two have also co-authored a book, Unplug: Raising Kids in a Technology Addicted World, published in July 2015.

In an effort to educate parents, caregivers and students, Dr. Strohman frequently speaks at schools, parent organizations and with students to help raise awareness and offer preventative tools and resources. She is also frequently featured in the media as an expert source for issues related to technology use and behavior.

Dr. Strohman is married to her high school sweetheart, Dr. William Strohman and is a devoted mom to their two children.


Out of Africa Shea Butter and its Health Benefits

Out of Africa Shea Butter and its Health Benefits

August 1, 2016

Debra Lulla, Co-Founder of the Out of Africa ® brand of Hand Crafted Shea Butter products joins eHealth Radio and the Beauty and Skin Care Channels to discuss the health benefits by using Out of Africa Shea Butter and its health benefits.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Debra Lulla discuss the following:

  • How did the Company and the Brand Out of Africa get started?
  • What is Shea Butter and where does it come from?
  • Shea Butter is sometimes called “Nature’s Miracle Moisturizer”. Why is that?
  • What health or skin conditions does Shea Butter help?
  • Tell us about your cause “The Benin Education Fund”?
  • Are there any new products in the works?

Duration: 14:56

Debra Lulla is Co-Founder of the Out of Africa ® brand of Hand Crafted Shea Butter products. Debra works alongside her husband, Victor Lulla. Debra not only handles the day to day operations of the Out of Africa brand, she is a licensed esthetician.

Debra has had an interest in healthy skin care as far back as she can remember. Ms. Lulla owned and operated a private spa in Beverly Hills, California before her work with Out of Africa.

Debra and Victor support several women’s cooperatives and help to create jobs in Benin, West Africa. Out of Africa shea butter skincare also sponsors the Benin Education Fund’s global leadership initiative.


Social Media Links:
Twitter: @outofafricashea

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