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Financial toxicity’s devastating effect on people with late stage illnesses – there are solutions.

Financial toxicity’s devastating effect on people with late stage illnesses – there are solutions.

November 1, 2018

 

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Adam Balinsky, Founder and President of Fifth Season Financial, a financial services firm which offers solutions and products to help relieve the financial pressures faced by many patients struggling with advanced illnesses, including cancer joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel. Its FLAG (Funds for Living and Giving) program is designed to bridge the gap between the traditional financial assistance programs available to mitigate the direct medical and treatment costs, and the much broader financial needs of patients.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Adam Balinsky discuss the following:

  1. What is financial toxicity and how does it impact your clients?
  2. What’s the difference between your FLAG program and viatical settlements?
  3. Why aren’t nonprofits and hospitals talking about this option when it comes to people who are dealing with late stage illnesses?
  4. Is there a personal story behind FSF that you can share?
  5. What’s the thing your most proud of when it comes to your business?

 

Adam Balinsky is the Founder and President of Fifth Season Financial. He passionately believes in the mission of the company—to help relieve the financial pressures faced by many patients struggling with advanced illnesses including cancer.

Adam recognizes that people facing advanced-stage diseases have incremental financial pressures affecting everyday life that are not being addressed. That’s why Fifth Season’s financial assistance program, FLAG (Funds for Living and Giving), is designed to bridge the gap between the traditional financial assistance programs available to mitigate the direct medical and treatment costs, and the much broader financial needs of patients. The FLAG Program provides patients with money from a non-traditional asset – their existing life insurance policy.

Adam hopes that those who use our financial assistance program are able to use the funds to maintain or better their quality of life. The funds can be used as the patient sees fit. Common uses include paying rent or mortgage bills, utility bills, medication costs, treatment costs. Others use the funds to take a dream trip—creating lasting memories with family members, to pay for in-home care, or to pay to bring family together. To date, Fifth Season has assisted nearly 400 patients and their families and provided more than $75 million in financial help to patients with advanced illnesses.

The Story Behind Adam’s Passion for Fifth Season’s Services

A year after Adam and his family moved to the United States from Canada, his wife, Tracey, was diagnosed with breast cancer. While dealing with the sobering realities of their new situation, Adam began to learn about the many ways organizations in the U.S. support patients medically and emotionally. However, he was disappointed to see the very limited structured support for the broad range of financial strains patients often face. Adam was motivated and inspired to proactively do something about it. After serving as director of Fifth Season Financial from 2007 through 2009, Adam acquired Fifth Season Financial in October 2012. He then structured and developed the FLAG program to specifically address financial needs of people facing advanced-stage illnesses. Beyond Fifth Season, Adam and Tracey (who is now five years post treatment and doing very well!) are very active in supporting cancer causes, including Gilda’s Club Westchester, where Tracey is a member of the Board of Directors.

Adam’s Expertise

Adam is a lawyer by training, having practiced law for 11 years at Baker & McKenzie LLP, where he became a partner in 2005. Adam holds a joint MBA/JD from the University of Toronto and a Bachelors of Commerce from McGill University. He is admitted to practice law in the Province of Ontario, Canada, and is in good standing with the American Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Life Insurance Settlement Association (LISA) from May 2011 to May 2013.

 

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Website: www.fifthseasonfinancial.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/5SeasonFin
Twitter: @5SeasonFin
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/fifth-season-financial-assistance

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

Cariloop and Facebook Join Forces to Provide Support for Working Caregivers

Cariloop and Facebook Join Forces to Provide Support for Working Caregivers

September 6, 2018

 

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Michael Walsh, Co-Founder and CEO of Cariloop, a Dallas-based company providing the world’s first fully-integrated, human-powered Caregiver Support Platform to help relieve the stress and anxiety of working caregivers joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

 

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

  1. Tell us a little bit about Cariloop and what you are doing with Facebook.
  2. Describe some of the challenges facing working caregivers and how these responsibilities impact work performance.
  3. Why is it in the employer’s best interest to offer caregiver benefits and support?
  4. Are these programs only for larger companies or can other sized organizations support working caregivers?
  5. Are there any other larger companies, other than Facebook, that are moving in this direction to help employees who have to care for loved ones?

 

Michael Walsh is the Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Cariloop, a digital health and well-being company based in Dallas, Texas. Since its founding, Michael has helped Cariloop to successfully raise over $3.7 million in private investment capital which has given enabled them to recruit an incredibly passionate team of professionals and assist thousands of caregivers across the US with their life transitions.

Michael and Cariloop have been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine (Entrepreneur 360), TexChange (One to Watch), Dallas Business Journal (Who’s Who in Healthcare), D Healthcare Daily (Innovation in Medical Technology), Aging 2.0 (Global Startup Search semi-finalist), Tech. co (Startup of the Year semi-finalist) and Becker’s Hospital Review (Healthcare Entrepreneurs to Know). 

Michael has also served as the President of the Dallas Roundtable, founded the Dallas chapter of Health 2.0, and a holds a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certification in Personal Training (CPT). 

He is a 2007 graduate of Purdue University.

About Cariloop

Dallas-based Cariloop provides the world's first fully-integrated, human-powered Caregiver Support Platform to help working caregivers and families plan for and manage the care of their parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, in-laws, and adult children. The Platform features a HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based application that helps families securely communicate across all devices and store important health, financial, and legal documents while having on-demand access to a dedicated Healthcare Coach who guides the families through the many decisions they make over the length of their caregiving journey.

For more information, visit www.cariloop.com or follow Cariloop on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

 

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Websitehttps://www.cariloop.com 

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

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

The changing face of medical equipment purchasing

The changing face of medical equipment purchasing

August 8, 2018

 

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Keith Hamilton, the CEO of Mahe Medical USA, who is an engineer by trade & has almost two decades of experience in various manufacturing technologies and supply chain management joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Keith Hamilton discuss the following:

  1. What is a commoditized product? Can you give us an example?
  2. Why is healthcare a ripe area for commoditization and selling direct through large organizations like Amazon?
  3. How exactly would this new commoditized purchasing system work? Give us an example of how it helps drive down costs for items.
  4. How do you find the market is reacting to this in your field? What are you hearing?
  5. Where else are we seeing this disruption in the market taking place? Why will it work in healthcare and who are the winners in the end?

 

Keith Hamilton, the CEO & Co-Founder of Mahe Medical USA. Mahe Medical was founded to provide unsurpassed quality commodity orthopedic and trauma products at fair prices. Focusing on the C-Suite Mahe Medical is helping both large and small care providers realize significant savings.

Our factory direct model eliminate unnecessary middle men and US based warehousing eliminates excessive lead times. Mahe Medical’s manufacturing has been in business two decades. Offering close to 10,000 product skews there are few items we don’t have experience producing.

 

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Website: www.mahemedical.com

How a New Technology Helps Seniors Navigate Nursing Home Decisions

How a New Technology Helps Seniors Navigate Nursing Home Decisions

June 18, 2018

 

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Raul Valdes-Perez, Co-Founder and CEO of OnlyBoth, which offers a Website for seniors to evaluate how nursing homes and home care agencies are performing compared to others joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Health Care Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Raul Valdes-Perez discuss the following:

  1. For patients in need of nursing home care, what resources are available to help guide them in this important decision?
  2. How does the OnlyBoth Website bring something new to industry?
  3. Tell me how automated benchmarking grants users access to the most relevant information?
  4. Where does the name OnlyBoth come from?
  5. How do you see this technology impacting healthcare at large?

 

Raul Valdes-Perez, PhD, is CEO of OnlyBoth Inc., based in Pittsburgh, Pa. He teamed up with Andre Lessa in 2014 to develop a unique artificial intelligence engine that delivers performance transparency in healthcare. OnlyBoth’s delivery of comparative, language-based insights shows users specifically how nursing homes are excelling or failing. The concept was born during Raul’s time at Carnegie Mellon in the 1990s, during which he received an NSF grant on a “new task of knowledge discovery” to provide insights in a programmable way. He’s expanding the concept across healthcare at large with additional search engines that provide context-rich comparative insights. Valdes-Perez previously co-founded Vivisimo, Inc., acquired by IBM in 2012. He can be reached at valdes@onlyboth.com.

 

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Websiteswww.benchmine.com | www.onlyboth.com

Healthcare Reputation Management with Kristin Deuber, APR

Healthcare Reputation Management with Kristin Deuber, APR

June 9, 2018

 

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Kristin Deuber, founder of KMD Public Relations + Marketing that provides public relations and marketing services to healthcare companies joins eHealth Radio and the Health Marketing Channel to discuss specifically healthcare reputation management. 

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Kristin Deuber discuss the following:

  1. Tell us about your business. How do you help healthcare organizations manage their reputations?
  2. What types of healthcare organizations do you work with?
  3. You mentioned that you specialize in crisis communications. How do you help healthcare companies manage their reputations during a crisis situation?
  4. What can healthcare companies do to protect themselves from a crisis?
  5. What should they do after a crisis to gain back credibility?

 

Kristin Mack Deuber, APR founded KMD Public Relations + Marketing in 2011. With 20 years of experience, Kristin has developed, managed and implemented public relations and marketing programs for clients ranging from non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies, with a deep expertise in the health care, life science and biotech industries.
 
Prior to starting her own practice, she was Vice President at Paul Werth Associates, one of the Midwest's leading public relations firms. She has been an adjunct public relations professor at The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University and Franklin University.
 
Kristin holds an MBA from Franklin University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and serves on the executive committee of the national PRSA Health Academy and is on the board of the San Diego PRSA chapter. She is also a past president of the Central Ohio Chapter of PRSA. Kristin is a past 40 Under 40 Award recipient from Business First.
 
Passionate about giving back to her community, Kristin supports Women Drive Innovation San Diego, Solutions for Change, The Women's Fund, Lifecare Alliance and The American Heart Association. She is also a former member of the board of trustees for the Central Ohio Diabetes Association and the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association.

 

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Website: www.kmdpr.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristin.m.deuber
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinmackdeuber
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kmackdeuber

How Bridge Connector CEO David Wenger is revolutionizing healthcare communication

How Bridge Connector CEO David Wenger is revolutionizing healthcare communication

June 5, 2018

 

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David Wenger, Founder & CEO of Bridge Connector, which delivers streamlined integration solutions for healthcare organizations joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest David Wenger discuss the following:

  1. What is Bridge Connector and what does it actually do?

  2. What problem were you trying to solve and who needs it?
  3. What benefits do you provide for the hospitals and facilities? What’s in it for the patients?
  4. How did this idea come about, what was your inspiration?
  5. You just raised $4.5 million in a seed round…congrats! Who were your investors?
  6. How will this money help you take your company to the next level?

 

David Wenger is the Founder & CEO of Bridge Connector, an integrated platform as a service (iPaaS) that delivers streamlined integration solutions for healthcare organizations, which he founded in 2017. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, he started the company so that healthcare organizations could automatically transfer data between disparate systems, via a seamless solution.
 
Previously, David served as president for five years at Marketran, a full-service marketing and advertising agency focusing on small- to medium-sized businesses in Palm Beach County, FL, where he spearheaded management, sales, and client relations. He holds a BA in marketing and management from University of South Florida.
 
Outside of the office, David contributes his time to charitable organizations and events. For the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Palm Beach Area Chapter’s annual golf outing, he serves as committee co-chair, helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for funding lifesaving blood cancer research. He lives in Jupiter, Florida, with his wife and two children, and enjoys boating, watching and playing sports, and being a human jungle-gym for his kids.

 

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Website: www.bridgeconnector.com

Meet Coral Health: Building a more connected future in healthcare

Meet Coral Health: Building a more connected future in healthcare

May 19, 2018

 

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Jeremy Mullin, Vice President of Corporate Development at Coral Health that uses blockchain technology to improve healthcare by enabling secure, real-time, shared access to validated healthcare information joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare & Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jeremy Mullin discuss the following:

  1. What is Coral Health?
  2. What problem is Coral Health addressing?
  3. Who will benefit from your applications?

  4. Who is the team behind Coral Health?

  5. How is the project funded?

 

Jeremy Mullin is a strategist and data expert who advised Fortune 1000 enterprises on digital data collection. He served as a Director at Research Now, Inc., is a Board Director for the Toronto chapter of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA) and is a member of the Data Science Association. Mr. Mullin leads Coral Health's corporate partnership and collaboration strategies.

 

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Website: www.mycoralhealth.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mycoralhealth
Twitter: https://twitter.com/myCoralHealth
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/18336137/admin/updates
Medium: https://medium.com/@mycoralhealth

Carepoynt: The World’s First Health-Focused Rewards Program Platform and Network

Carepoynt: The World’s First Health-Focused Rewards Program Platform and Network

May 4, 2018

 

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Tim Stanley, Founder and CEO of Carepoynt, the world's first health-focused rewards program, platform and network that puts consumers at the center of their own healthcare experience joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Tim Stanley discuss the following:

  1. Explain what Carepoynt is in detail.
  2. Tell me about the current healthcare landscape and how Carepoynt can improve it.
  3. What are some of the top partners members can earn and redeem Poynts from?
  4. How do Poynts transfer over to dollars?
  5. How do you sign up for Carepoynt & how can one get further details online as well?

 

Carepoynt is the world's first health-focused rewards program, platform and network that puts consumers at the center of their own wellness experience. Developed in response to the costly, chaotic and uncoordinated healthcare ecosystem, Carepoynt is a compelling consumer-centric program built around a multi-channel, cloud-based Rewardsware for Healthcare™ platform where members can connect, align, engage and be rewarded within a trusted network of health-focused providers, payers, employers and strategic partners.

With Carepoynt, it’s easy for members to earn redeemable “Poynts” by participating in healthy activities, engaging in care plans or promotions and making smart health- and wellness-related purchases.

Carepoynt’s mission is to encourage healthier living, enhance value and improve the results of health investments, and enable more engaging experiences and better outcomes across the healthcare and wellness ecosystem. Carepoynt can also be leveraged for employer- or insurer-based wellness programs to foster smarter care planning and better results for patients and providers, and also delivers more purpose-driven relationships between health-oriented brands and consumers. Members can succeed by focusing on better value, lower costs and improved results by participating in this shift towards a healthier society.

From Rewards to Results > Carepoynt Makes Healthcare More Rewarding for All™. Follow Carepoynt on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. For more information, or to joyn, connect with Carepoynt @ http://connect.carepoynt.com.

 

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Website: http://connect.carepoynt.com

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