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Former Hernia Surgeon, Dr. Freedman, turned patient advocate shares advice for avoiding mesh and no mesh misconceptions

Former Hernia Surgeon, Dr. Freedman, turned patient advocate shares advice for avoiding mesh and no mesh misconceptions

November 23, 2021

 

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Dr. Bruce Freedman, Vice President of Clinical Development at TELA Bio, a medical technology company focused on designing, developing, and marketing innovative tissue reinforcement materials to address unmet needs in hernia repairs joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Bruce Freedman discuss the following:

  1. What are the current challenges with hernia repairs?
  2. What are the most common concerns patients have about their hernia repair?
  3. What is the difference between mesh and no mesh hernia repair?
  4. What are the questions patients should be asking their doctors about hernia repair?
  5. Where can patients go to learn more about their hernia repair treatment options?

Bruce Freedman, M.D., FACS is the Vice President of Clinical Development at TELA Bio. After 32 years as a private practice general surgeon specializing in hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction, Dr. Freedman joined TELA Bio in 2021 to advocate for a more natural hernia repair mesh option as an alternative to permanent and resorbable synthetic mesh. In his role, Dr. Freedman utilizes his extensive experience as a healthcare provider to share the clinical and financial benefits of the OviTex Reinforced Tissue Matrix portfolio with surgeons and hospital administration.


Websites: https://TELABio.com | https://abouthernia.com 

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://facebook.com/telabioinc  
Instagram: https://instagram.com/telabio 
LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/tela-bio 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TELABioInc 

How Telehealth is Enhancing Patient Care and Health Outcomes

How Telehealth is Enhancing Patient Care and Health Outcomes

November 13, 2021

 

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Michael Gorton, the CEO and founder of Recuro Health and Founding CEO and Chairman of Teladoc joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Health News Channels. Recuro Health is an integrated digital health solution that transitions the U.S. healthcare system from a reactive, disease-focused model to a population health outcomes approach.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Michael Gorton discuss the following:

  1. How did Recuro start?
  2. Tell us more about what Recuro offers as a digital health solutions company?
  3. What makes Recuro different from other digital health companies?
  4. Who are your services available to?
  5. What role will digital health play post-pandemic as patients return to in-person doctor’s appointments?
  6. Can you tell our viewers more about your Covid at-home lab testing kits?
  7. How does digital health enhance healthcare in rural and underserved communities?
  8. Can you speak more on Recuro’s approach to behavioral and mental health? What kind of digital health solutions does Recuro offer?

A quintessential entrepreneur, mentor, and company builder, Michael leads the Recuro Health team which includes several leaders from Teladoc, where he served as the founding CEO and pioneered an industry-changing health care model that created a new efficiency paradigm in healthcare by delivering physicians to patients nationwide in under 12 minutes for $35.

Gorton ran Teladoc as CEO and Chairman for the first seven years of operations. Under his term, the company grew from a concept to one of the most recognized innovations in healthcare, with nearly two million patient members nationwide. Under the Teladoc model, physicians made more and patients paid less. Teladoc was studied and advocated by most of the major healthcare think tanks and was recently named one of the most innovative companies in healthcare. Teladoc recently entered the NYSE and now has a market cap of over $30B.

Michael’s decades of experience as a strategic visionary, impacting the telecommunications, music and healthcare industries include a leadership role as a founder of Principal Solar where he applied his business expertise, scientific education and training to the renewable energy sector -- a strong voice and proponent of solar power.

He has served as a partner of the Texas Acceleration Group (TAG), an entity formed to assist startup companies and participated as a founder of Palo Duro Records. He is also credited as a founder of Internet Global, a company that delivered the first DSL network and one of the first VOIP networks. Prior to this, he worked as a project engineer at Dallas Power & Light dealing with power plants, distribution, transformer management and integration of renewable energy into the grid.

Michael earned a B.S. in engineering from Texas Tech, an M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M.

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Website: https://www.recurohealth.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://facebook.com/RecuroHealth
Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/company/recuro-health
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RecuroHealth

The Future of Healthcare: LifeQ, the provider of biometrics and health information derived from wearable devices

The Future of Healthcare: LifeQ, the provider of biometrics and health information derived from wearable devices

October 26, 2021

 

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Laurie Olivier, the Chief Executive Officer of LifeQ, the leading independent provider of biometrics and health information derived from wearable devices used in world leading health management solutions joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Laurie Olivier discuss the following:

  1. You bring over three decades of global technology and business leadership as CEO and founder of LifeQ, and you have served on the boards of more than 50 startup, private and public companies around the world. Tell us about yourself, and how you founded LifeQ.
  2. What is LifeQ’s mission, and what does it do that is currently not being done?
  3. Tell us about the biggest pain points when it comes to the digital aspect of healthcare, as well as your outlook on health and wellness technology.
  4. How is LifeQ sequencing its coverages of the cardiovascular, respiratory, sleep, fitness, mental, musculoskeletal, renal and other areas?
  5. How do you foresee LifeQ fitting into the future of healthcare and the overall health and wellness of people who use it?

Laurie Olivier is the Chief Executive Officer of LifeQ, the leading independent provider of biometrics and health information derived from wearable devices used in world leading health management solutions. Mr. Olivier leads the firm’s growth and overall vision, including investment, strategy and partnerships with global leaders in wearables, silicon manufacturers, digital platforms, and insurance companies — leading the movement toward improving health and wellness around the world.

Mr. Olivier brings over three decades of global technology and business leadership, thirty years of venture capital and private equity experience, and has served on the boards of more than 50 startup, private and public companies around the world, including the largest industrial conglomerate in South Africa. As the Atlanta-based partner of 4Di Capital, the South African based early-stage venture capital management firm, and the US-based partner of Veritas Venture Partners, a pioneering seed stage Israeli VC firm, Mr. Olivier is passionate about developing new technologies into startups that positively impact people and society.

Founded in 2014, LifeQ has two key value propositions: enable wearable devices to provide business and near clinical-grade health information streams; and generate health and wellness solutions for consumer, business and clinical applications.

Mr. Olivier earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from the University of Pretoria; a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Strategic Marketing; and a Diploma in Datametrics and Operational Research from the University of South Africa. Mr. Olivier’s work has been recognized by Dow Jones Venture Reporter, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the American Israel Chamber of Commerce. A native of Groot Marico, South Africa, Mr. Olivier lives in Atlanta with his wife.


Website: https://lifeq.com 

Social Media Links:
LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/lifeq  
Facebook: https://facebook.com/lifeqinc 
Instagram: https://instagram.com/lifeqinc  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lifeqinc 

Growth of Medical Travel and Fostering Healthcare Innovation in the Not-for-Profit Healthcare Sector

Growth of Medical Travel and Fostering Healthcare Innovation in the Not-for-Profit Healthcare Sector

October 15, 2021

 

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Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare, one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in multiple GCC states and India with 27 hospitals, 115 clinics and 223+ pharmacies in seven countries joins eHealth and the Healthcare and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Alisha Moopen discuss the following:

  1. What is your background?
  2. How did you get involved with the Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation (known as the TLI Foundation) as an executive with Aster DM Healthcare?
  3. What will be role as a board member for the TLI Foundation in connection with your Aster work?
  4. Could you provide our listeners with information about ASTER DM Healthcare and its worldwide reach?
  5. What are your expansion plans in the Western Hemisphere – the Cayman Islands project? Give our listeners the timeline for launch and overview of services.
  6. How will your services expand the options for more affordable, quality care?
  7. Can you give some examples of ways that ASTER DM has helped undeserved populations – particularly children in need?
  8. Are your services available to worldwide audiences and how many people typically take advantage of medical value travel to ASTER DM hospitals?

Alisha Moopen is the Deputy Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare. Having joined the company as a Director in 2013, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and development of the company, and notably spearheading the expansion of the group into new markets.

Alisha was recently elected by World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader to join the class of 2018. Recognizing her past work in healthcare, she has been inducted into a 5-year program with like-minded people who are committed and passionate to tackle the main challenges of the world today, with healthcare being one of them. She was also recognized as one of the Top 100 World’s Greatest Leaders in Asia and GCC in 2018. Forbes Middle East magazine has selected Alisha as one of the Top Next Generation Indian Leaders in 2018. She also won Khaleej Times’ Emerging Leaders Award 2018 for Healthcare. She is a Chartered Accountant from the ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) and worked earlier with Ernst & Young.

She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with distinction in Finance & Accounting.

Alisha’s philosophy in life is ‘Healthiness is Happiness’. She wants to enable quality healthcare across the globe through treating people with compassion, precision and excellence. She is dedicated to the cause of women empowerment and mental health. She believes in the diversity of workforce, strength in differences and focused on improving the glass ceilings at work for women. She was instrumental in launching the Women in Leadership program at Aster DM Healthcare which empowers talented and capable female employees with training and growth opportunities, to shape them for leadership roles.

She is also an active philanthropist, being a trustee of Aster DM Foundation and involved in social welfare through Aster Volunteers program which bridges the gap between people who would like to help with those in need.

Alisha Moopen is dedicated to ensuring that humanity leverages on advances in science as well as personal re-engineering of self, ranging from lifestyle choices to dealing with the external environment, to staying happy and healthy, both physically and mentally. She believes using technology can enable better health outcomes for population management through precision medicine, connected care and AI.

 

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Website: asterdmhealthcare.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: @AsterHealthcare
Instagram: @asterhealthcare
LinkedIn: Aster DM Healthcare
Twitter: @ASTERHealthcare

White Coat Influencers: How Primary Care Doctors are Combatting Vaccine Hesitancy Amid Surging Delta Variant

White Coat Influencers: How Primary Care Doctors are Combatting Vaccine Hesitancy Amid Surging Delta Variant

September 2, 2021

 

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Dr. Ben Kornitzer, M.D., the Chief Medical and Quality Officer for agilon health, an organization that champions the roles of independent physician practices joins eHealth Radio and the Covid-19 Information and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Ben Kornitzer discuss the following:

  1. To start off, can you tell us about your background?
  2. How have doctors been influential in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout?  What is a “White Coat Influencer?”
  3. We know that the U.S. reached its goal of vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults. Can you share your thoughts on the significance of this milestone?
  4. What about “hard to reach” folks? Maybe those who are elderly or technologically challenged. How can doctors best promote vaccine acceptance to this demographic?
  5. What is the Roll Up Our Sleeves campaign?

Dr. Ben Kornitzer, M.D., is the Chief Medical and Quality Officer for agilon health. He has clinical and operational experience leading a diverse range of medical enterprises, including community-based practices, ACOs, IPAs, and integrated ambulatory networks. He served as Chief Medical Officer of the Mount Sinai Health Network for six years, where he oversaw one of the premier academic delivery networks in the country as the system developed robust population health tools, quality programs, care coordination resources, and invested in practice transformation.

In addition to his clinical and operational roles, Dr. Kornitzer previously served as a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he worked with U.S and foreign governments, hospital systems, and pharmaceutical companies. He earned his medical degree with AOA honors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Website: agilonhealth.com

Social Media Links:
Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/agilonhealth
Twitter: @agilonhealth

The evolving role of digital AI companions in at-home healthcare

The evolving role of digital AI companions in at-home healthcare

August 28, 2021

 

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Dor Skuler, the CEO & Co-Founder at Intuition Robotics, which creates empathetic digital companions that positively impact people's lives joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care & Technology Channels.

The company's first product, ElliQ, is an artificial intelligence driven proactive social robot for older adults to keep them healthy, active, and independent at home, bridging the gap between them and their healthcare providers.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dor Skuler discuss the following:

  1. What is ElliQ and how did you develop the technology?
  2. How have companion robots been affecting seniors' health and well-being at home and how have they evolved over the past several years?
  3. Why did you decide to expand into healthcare during COVID and what did you learn that led to this pivot in strategy?
  4. What impact do you think ElliQ will have on the healthcare field?
  5. What role should digital companions play in the grander healthcare market and challenges doctors face in patient communication?

Conclusion: To help older adults age independently at home for as long as possible, consider a proactive digital companion that can help efficiently connect them to the world, their families, and their healthcare teams.


As a serial entrepreneur, Dor Skuler has co-founded five ventures, the most recent being Intuition Robotics, following his passion to develop artificial intelligence-driven robotics that address major social issues of the 21st century.

Having trained in Israel’s elite military intelligence unit 8200, Dor made a mark on interactive broadcast technology with Zing Interactive Media (acquired by Invesco, NASDAQ: IVZ) and security software through Safend (acquired by Wave Systems Corp, NASDAQ: WAVX). Dor then joined Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) to create and lead innovative ventures, most notably as Founder and GM of Cloudband, the world’s first platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cited by Nokia as a major motive to purchasing the French-American telecoms giant. As Senior Vice President at Alcatel-Lucent, Dor was a regular speaker on the telecoms circuit, frequently cited in the media and made the Global Telecom Business ’40 under 40’ list in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Dor also served as Vice President of Strategy and Global Head of Corporate Development for Alcatel-Lucent in its corporate headquarters in Paris.

Dor holds an MBA and Master’s of Science in Marketing from Temple University, has co-authored ‘Cloud Computing: Business Trends and Technologies’ published by Wiley in 2016 and holds board level advisory and director roles for several telecoms, cyber security and tech-led social impact ventures.

 

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Websites: intuitionrobotics.com  | elliq.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/elliqsidekick 
Instagram: instagram.com/elliqsidekick 
Twitter: twitter.com/intuitionrobo

Going the Extra Mile: Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians Launches Vaccine “Delivery Service” to Provide Shots to Homebound Patients

Going the Extra Mile: Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians Launches Vaccine “Delivery Service” to Provide Shots to Homebound Patients

August 12, 2021

 

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Shawn Amer, Clinical Program Director at Central Ohio Primary Care with more than 70 practices serving over 400,000 patients and the largest independent primary care group in the country joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Shawn Amer discuss the following:

  1. I understand that during the vaccine rollout, Central Ohio Primary Care launched a vaccine “delivery service” to vaccinate homebound patients. Can you tell us more about this initiative? Why did COPC launch this program?
  2. What are some of the hurdles you have encountered in vaccinating home-bound seniors? What success have you seen through this program?
  3. How has this program been meaningful to you and your team at Central Ohio Primary Care? Is there a patient experience that was particularly memorable?
  4. I understand that COPC has launched other initiatives for senior patients during the pandemic to make healthcare more accessible. Can you tell us more about these efforts?
  5. What are the benefits to Senior Access? Who is eligible for the program?

Shawn Amer joined Central Ohio Primary Care as Clinical Program Director in 2019. A graduate of Ohio State University, Shawn has held various directorial and management positions at healthcare organizations throughout the Midwest. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Shawn was a driving force in the creation of COPC’s vaccine “delivery service,” a new program that has been successful in vaccinating Columbus’ most vulnerable population: home-bound seniors.

 

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Website: https://www.copcp.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/CentralOhioPrimaryCare
Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/central-ohio-primary-care-physicians

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day: The Role of FibroScan to Cure HCV Among Veterans

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day: The Role of FibroScan to Cure HCV Among Veterans

July 28, 2021

 

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Dustin Lee, Owner and President of Fidelis Sustainability Distribution, LLC, USMC scout sniper veteran and principal joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Technology Channels to discuss the role FibroScan technology has played in curing hepatitis C virus (HCV) among the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dustin Lee discuss the following:

  1. What are the challenges of treating liver disease among veterans?
  2. What is the connection between hepatitis C virus (HCV) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)?
  3. How did the VA eradicate HCV among veterans?
  4. Why is FibroScan the VA’s liver assessment tool of choice, and how many VA Hospitals have purchased FibroScan?
  5. What are the benefits of FibroScan for physicians treating veterans?

Fidelis, LLC is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business as well as a U.S. Small Business Administration certified Small Disadvantaged Business (8(a)) company. Fidelis provides a wide variety of services for the Federal, State, and Local government nationwide as well as overseas.

Echosens, the developer of FibroScan®, is an innovative high-technology company offering a full range of products and services supporting physicians in their assessment and management of patients with chronic liver diseases. FibroScan is supported by over 2,500 peer-reviewed publications and examinations are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance plans.

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Website: https://echosens.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/fibroscan.echosens 
Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/echosens 
Youtube: youtube.com/user/EchosensTV
Twitter: twitter.com/Echosens

Community is Key:  The final push for herd immunity

Community is Key: The final push for herd immunity

July 1, 2021

 

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Alexis Hunter, Community Liaison for Wilmington Health, a physician-owned primary care and multi-specialty medical practice serving Wilmington and the Southeastern North Carolina area joins eHealth Radio and the COVID-19, Health Care and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Alexis Hunter discuss the following:

  1. What current trends are we seeing with vaccinations across the U.S.?
  2. What has changed over the past six months that the vaccine has been available?
  3. How are rural/lower-income areas effected?
  4. Has one demographic been more hesitant than another?
  5. How are you continuing to get the word out in your community?

Alexis joined Wilmington Health, one of the largest independent, multi-specialty practices in North Carolina, in April 2020. Recruited as the first dedicated outreach employee for the organization, she focuses on building relationships with organizations and individuals in southeastern North Carolina. Alexis dedicates herself to Wilmington Health’s vision of aspiring to be the most trusted partner in healthcare, transforming the delivery system, and continually developing collaborative and innovative solutions that demonstrate quality, reduce the cost of care, and improve the patient experience.

Before joining Wilmington Health, she worked in administration for a private mental health practice. She works closely with area employers to ensure employees have access to expert healthcare. She also collaborates with outside providers, so that patients in the community have access to the providers that can best suit their healthcare needs.

 

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Website: wilmingtonhealth.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/wilmingtonhealth 
Instagram: @wilmhealth
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/wilmington-health-associates

The way we experience healthcare has changed for good: A conversation with David McNeil of PatientPop

The way we experience healthcare has changed for good: A conversation with David McNeil of PatientPop

June 29, 2021

 

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David McNeil, President and COO of PatientPop, the first all-in-one practice growth platform joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Marketing Channels. On this episode, you will learn more about how technology is improving patient experience and helping practices grow.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest David McNeil discuss the following:

  1. Can you introduce yourself, past companies you’ve worked at, and describe your role at PatientPop?
  2. Can you tell our listeners more about PatientPop and the solutions you provide for private practices?
  3. What are some of the pain points in healthcare that PatientPop is addressing?
  4. What is the biggest benefit to private practices with using PaitentPop's technology?
  5. Do you have any stories you can share with us about the successes of practices using PatientPop?
  6. What is in store for the future of PaitentPop?

David McNeil is President & COO at PatientPop, the market leader in practice growth technology platform that helps practices increase patient acquisition, retention and deliver exceptional patient experiences. With over a decade of SaaS leadership experience, David is responsible for leading all go-to-market functions and the growth strategy for the company.

Prior to assuming this role, David was Head of North America Sales at HubSpot responsible for driving growth across all segments. Over his time at HubSpot, David held various leadership positions including Global VP of Customer Selling, Global VP of Channel, and Global VP of Sales Strategy & Operations. Prior to joining HubSpot, David was responsible for leading the Business Development organization for Americas at Salesforce.com.

Over the years David has held several leadership roles building highly effective go-to-market teams that drive accelerated growth and deliver real value to prospects and customers. David is extremely passionate about building an inclusive, safe, and diverse culture where we people can grow together, win together and have fun together. He is a husband, a proud dad of four teenagers (and two dogs), and an active advisor to small/mid-size companies. He is also actively involved with several charitable organizations focused on the areas of cancer and mental health.

 

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Website: patientpop.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/PatientPopInc 
Instagram: instagram.com/patient_pop 
Twitter: twitter.com/patientpop

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