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The importance of people-led design in Digital Health

The importance of people-led design in Digital Health

December 14, 2019

 

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Guy Cooper, Managing Director of Wave Digital, an app development company in Melbourne, Australia joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Guy Cooper discuss the following:

  1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your role at Wave Digital?
  2. What’s your involvement in Australia’s digital health industry?
  3. What is people-led design and why is it important?
  4. Can you provide some practical examples of apps you have designed including the impact of a people-led design approach?
  5. What is your advice to digital health startups looking to develop an app?

Tip: If you are thinking of developing an app, make sure you put time and energy into understanding the target audience for your product. The better you understand users frustrations, needs and fears, the more useful your product will be and therefore the more likely it will succeed.


Guy Cooper is Managing Director of Wave Digital, an app development company in Melbourne, Australia. A business owner and tech entrepreneur, Guy works with founders, executives and fellow business owners to bring their app idea to life. After spending a decade in business and a decade in technology, Guy knows how to use apps to drive business growth and improve lives.

Guy started his career as an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He later moved into the tech industry as Chief Financial Accountant of 99designs (and the broader Sitepoint Group). Under his financial oversight, 99designs grew from a team of 5 to over 100, culminating in a $35m financing round from Accel Partners. Since 2013, he has successfully owned and managed Wave Digital, an app development company that has delivered custom software to Startups, Business and Government for the past 19 years. In 2019, Wave Digital has been ranked the Top Melbourne App Developer by Clutch, a premier ratings and reviews platform for B2B service providers.

Throughout his career, Guy has worked with a wide array of businesses in a variety of industries from healthcare, education, transport and property development to agriculture, hospitality, book publishing and world-wide ‘.com’ technology companies. He uses this breadth of experience to provide refreshing advice and industry insights that make people want him as their adviser, partner and mentor.

Guy is a Chartered Accountant, jazz enthusiast, Dad and French language student (not in that order).

 

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Website: wavedigital.com.au

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/wavedigitalaus 
Twitter: @wavedigitalaus

Tips for Coping with Depression and PTSD

Tips for Coping with Depression and PTSD

December 12, 2019

 

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Alicemarie O'Neill, owner of her self-named company, Alicemarie O'Neill that offers examination and empowerment through individualized counseling and helps individuals build a stronger, more evolved version of themselves joins eHealth Radio and the Depression and PTSD Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Alicemarie O'Neill discuss the following:

  1. Your book "The Formula" discusses depression, what causes it and how to regain control of your life. What happens to the body and mind when depression sets in?
  2. What are the seven steps for healing from depression and manic depression/bipolar disorder?
  3. How does one survive the turbulence of a breakdown that keeps recurring?
  4. PTSD - how can someone be treated?
  5. The holidays are just around the corner. Why do holidays tend to be a difficult time for people who suffer from depression and what do you recommend they can do?

Alicemarie O'Neill is a survivor of four manic depressive episodes (breakdowns) over 20 years and was diagnosed with bipolar depression. As a mental health and spiritual counselor, she worked through her depression and mood swings and chronicles her real-life experiences in her international best-selling book "The Formula: Seven Steps for Healing from Depression and Manic Depression."

O'Neill has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in criminology and sociology with a minor in psychology from Youngstown State University. She did her graduate work at the University of California San Diego. She has studied and practiced Hermetic Studies and astrology for the past 30 years.


Website: alicemarieoneill.com

Open Enrollment what you need to know

Open Enrollment what you need to know

December 11, 2019

 

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Jan Dubauskas, Vice President and Senior Counsel at HIIQ, a leading developer and distributor of affordable, web-based individual health insurance plans and ancillary products joins eHealth Radio and the Health Insurance and Health News Channels to discuss the importance of Open Enrollment.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jan Dubauskas discuss the following:

  1. What is open enrollment for benefits and what are the key dates?
  2. What kinds of health insurance plans are available under open enrollment?
  3. What happens if I decide not to enroll in a health insurance plan?
  4. How does one learn more about available health insurance plans if they do not have one supplied by their employer?
  5. What are 2 or 3 things consumers should look for when selecting a health insurance plan?

Jan Dubauskas is Vice President and Senior Counsel at Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIIQ), a leading cloud-based technology platform and distributor of affordable individual and family health insurance and supplemental plans. Ms. Dubauskas has more than ten years of experience managing legal and compliance for life and health insurance carriers. Prior to joining HIIQ in February 2019, she served as General Counsel for IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc., a member of The IHC Group whose carriers provide individual and supplemental health insurance. At IHC, she managed many of the company’s operations including legal and compliance and regularly interacted with both federal and state agencies.

Ms. Dubauskas previously served as General Counsel and Secretary for Oxford Life Insurance Company, an insurance carrier focused on providing life, health and annuity products to the senior market. Ms. Dubauskas earned her law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she was a Pedrick Scholar. She achieved the LOMA designation Associate, Insurance Regulatory Compliance (AIRC) certificate and is a licensed life and health insurance producer in Arizona.

She is a renowned expert and has been on Fox News and quoted in top publications.

 

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Websites: hiiq.com | agilelifeinsurance.com | agilehealthinsurance.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/healthinsuranceinnovations 
Twitter: @HIIQInc

New Campaign, This is Pain, Launches to Help Those Living with Chronic Pain

New Campaign, This is Pain, Launches to Help Those Living with Chronic Pain

December 9, 2019

 

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Herm Cukier the CEO of BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (BDSI) and Pain Specialist Nurse Practitioner Dr. Mandy Francis, ARNP- DC, joins eHealth Radio and the Pain Management and Health News Channels to talk about a new campaign they are launching called THIS IS PAIN.

This Is Pain is a campaign to improve the lives of the over 10 million people living with chronic pain in America. It is a platform for individuals living with chronic pain to be seen and heard - amongst their peer groups, in the workplace, by their healthcare professionals, and society at large in the hope that by shedding light on the realities of living with chronic pain, together we can become a driving force for positive change.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Herm Cukier & Dr. Mandy Francis discuss the following:

  1. Tell me about This Is Pain and what you hope to achieve launching this campaign?
  2. What exactly is chronic pain and what don't people understand about the disease?
  3. What do you believe would better the lives of chronic pain patients/what do you see you patients experience?
  4. What can we expect in the coming months from the campaign?
  5. How can people like me and you support this community?

Herm Cukierhas acted as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI) since May 2018.

From December 2013 to April 2018, he served in various capacities at Allergan plc, ultimately as Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Strategy and Innovation. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Allergan’s Eye Care division and as Senior Vice President of Allergan’s Woman’s Healthcare division.

He began his career in 1992 at Pfizer and later served as Executive Director of Global Marketing at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Mr. Cukier received an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Dr. Mandy Francis attended the University of Detroit Mercy and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Mandy has spent most of her nursing career working in Neurology inpatient services at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital before practicing outpatient services at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Mandy completed a Master’s of Science of Nursing and became a board certified Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) before starting her career working as a Neurology/Pain Specialist Nurse Practitioner. Mandy began working in Interventional Pain Management in 2014.

Mandy completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Barry University in 2018. Mandy believes strongly in providing not only safe and professional patient care, but advocating for patients and their families with regards to their health care. She supports a positive experience when going to the doctor’s office and wants her patients to feel like more than just “a number.” She believes in the collaborative efforts of patient and practitioner in the plan of care and is very passionate about her field, as she enjoys the work she does tremendously!

Mandy was born in Illinois but grew up in the Brandon, Florida area. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys reading, walking, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.


BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BDSI) (“BDSI”) launch This Is Pain, a long-term initiative that aims to improve the lives of over 10 million[1] American adults living with chronic pain.

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons[2] that Americans visit a healthcare professional and yet this disease is widely misunderstood and can be incredibly isolating, debilitating and frustrating for those living with it. This is in large part, due to the fact that each person’s pain is highly individualized and not visible to that person’s peers, colleagues and wider society.

This Is Pain seeks to first confront the stigma around the disease state, creating widespread awareness and empathy, in order to ultimately combat the systemic challenges those living with chronic pain face. These challenges include experiencing unfair treatment in the workplace and difficulty in accessing affordable treatment options. The long-term goals of the campaign include achieving the following:

  1. Wider societal recognition of chronic pain as a disease state, not a symptom
  2. Policy change to increase access to safe and effective treatment options for chronic pain individuals living with chronic pain
  3. Increased research funding to improve existing treatments and develop innovative therapies for individuals living with chronic pain
  4. Fairer treatment and representation in the workplace.

“People living with chronic pain face unimaginable hurdles and struggles in their daily lives and I believe that we can alleviate some of the challenges they face by first drawing attention to what it is really like to live with pain.” stated Herm Cukier, CEO of BDSI. “We know that change is borne out of a communal desire to act and that is exactly what we need to achieve to impact the lives of those living with chronic pain.”


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Event: This Is Pain: An Exhibition by Trina Merry Art Exhibit
Date: Thursday, December 12th - Sunday, December 15th
Time: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Location: The Oculus Outdoor Plaza - New York City
Social: #ThisIsPain @ThisIsPain
Website: www.thisispain.com


BDSI has partnered with visual artist Trina Merry and the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) to bring to life the stories of eight individuals who are living with chronic pain. The one-of-a kind artwork will be displayed in an exhibition at Oculus Plaza in New York City starting December 12th through December 15th.

Penney Cowan of the ACPA says of the exhibition, “If we can encourage people to take a moment out of their day to learn about the disease and really see how this disease impacts those living with chronic pain , we believe we can start to generate the support we need to effect real change.”

BDSI will continue to pursue its endeavor until significant improvements are made at a systemic level.

 

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Website: www.thisispain.com

Heather Hughes, Founder of BioFit 360

Heather Hughes, Founder of BioFit 360

December 6, 2019

 

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Heather Hughes, Founder of BioFit 360, who has been working in the healthcare industry for over 20 years joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

After hundreds of hours of research, product testing and consultation, Heather and her team brought BioFit 360 to market, sourcing the products from the most trusted manufacturers with the highest ratings.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Heather Hughes discuss the following:

  1. Why did you create BioFit 360?
  2. What are issues that you see with dosage transparency in your industry?
  3. I understand you have an Ambassadog? What does Frankie do for BioFit 360?
  4. Tell me more about the environmental benefits of industrial hemp farming?
  5. Where can our listeners learn more about BioFit 360?

Heather Hughes has been working in healthcare for 20 years, and her husband’s family has been involved in farming and agriculture for generations. This uniquely qualifies her to lead a company that produces the highest quality and most effective CBD products, understanding and overseeing every step of creation, from plant to person.

Heather grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and an MBA from North Dakota State University in Fargo. She then moved to Southern California where she began working in healthcare management, and where she and her husband purchased a grapefruit orchard.

While in North Dakota, Heather worked for a research organization which did pharmaceutical testing of generic drugs and for which she wrote the final FDA reports. In Southern California, Heather has worked for over a decade as the Director of Care Coordination for a major health care management company. Working with wonderful nurses and teams of dedicated healthcare professionals, she became aware of the harsh realities of opioid and other prescription drug abuse.

A few years ago she realized the benefits of using industrial hemp-derived CBD in treating an extraordinary number of ailments. Meanwhile, the Asian Citrus Psyllid was slowly spreading in California and carrying a deadly tree virus that had infected about 90 percent of the citrus crop in Florida. So she applied to the California Department of Food and Agriculture and became registered to cultivate industrial hemp. Simultaneously, Heather was sought-out by a group of health care professionals who asked her to join them in creating a CBD company. Their common goal was to help patients manage chronic conditions like pain and anxiety in a more natural, plant-based way.

After hundreds of hours of research, product testing and consultation, Heather and her team brought BioFit 360 to market, sourcing the products from the most trusted manufacturers with the highest ratings. Soon an esteemed crop of experts will be collaborating on manufacturing BioFit 360 products using industrial hemp organically grown in the Hughes Citrus orchard.

In addition to working with BioFit 360, Heather is the busy mother of three, is active in animal rescue, and in her rare moments of leisure, she enjoys early mornings with a good book and a cup of Irish Breakfast tea.

 

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Website: biofit360.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/BioFit360CBD 
Twitter: @BioFit360CBD

Building partnerships with your family dentist for long-term dental care

Building partnerships with your family dentist for long-term dental care

December 3, 2019

 

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Dr. Gautam Herle, Principal Dentist at The Myers Street Dental Clinic in Geelong, Australia that prides itself on their long-term understanding of their patients joins eHealth Radio and the Dental Care and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Gautam Herle discuss the following:

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to practice dentistry in Geelong?
  2. You’ve been successfully practicing dentistry for more than a decade, and you would have formed a lot of strong patient relationships in that time. What do you think it is that makes your patients come back to you?
  3. What should people be looking for when choosing a dentist for themselves, and their families?
  4. What’s one misconception people say about teeth and dental care that you’d strongly argue against?
  5. What’s once piece of advice do you give your patients that you could give our listeners now as the best way forward to improve their dental health?

Having been practicing dentistry in Geelong for more than a decade, Dr. Gautam Herle is highly invested in current technology to serve his patients in the best possible way. In addition to the use of fluorescence technology for regular oral cancer screening, Dr Herle introduced the new 3Shape TRIOS digital impression system into his practice. This new and improved digital workflow can provide more efficient, comfortable and predictable dentistry to patients. Dr Herle also uses a microscope which is a valuable piece of equipment used in successful management of dental treatment. He is married and a proud father of two, and proud owner of two dogs.

 

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Website: herle.com.au
Facebook: facebook.com/Myers-Street-Dental-Clinic

Platelet Activation and where it comes from

Platelet Activation and where it comes from

November 29, 2019

 

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Bill Dubiel, CEO of LightInterga Technologies maker of the ThromboLUX system, a simple 5-minute test that tells you the platelet activation status of a platelet bag, and lets you transfuse with confidence joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Bill Dubiel discuss the following:

  1. What is platelet activation and what it the implication to transfusions?  
  2. Tell us about the platelet transfusion studies you have conducted and what the results show?
  3. How does the ThromboLUX test answer the question of platelet activation status? 
  4. Your studies suggest that by giving resting platelets to cancer patients they have better outcomes? Why?  
  5. Where does platelet activation come from and can it be prevented?
  6. Do you have any early users of the product and what could patients or medical professionals do to find out more about the technology?

Bill Dubiel is the President and CEO of LightIntegra Technologies, bringing more the 30 years of Healthcare experience with his last 10 years specifically helping medical device start-ups through the commercial buildout and product launch.

Previously, Bill was Chief Commercial Officer at PGDx and CyVek responsible for building a commercial organization to launch novel products into the global market. Bill also held executive sales, marketing, and service leadership positions at Ventana, Roche, Bayer and Chiron Diagnostics. Bill holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MBA from Phoenix University.


Websites: www.thrombolux.com  | www.lightintegra.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/Thrombolux 
Twitter: @ThromboLUX

The GI Issue Affecting 10.4M Americans

The GI Issue Affecting 10.4M Americans

November 21, 2019

 

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Dr. Jay Diliberto, Gastroenterologist in Huntington Beach, CA joins eHealth Radio and the Gastrointestinal & Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Jay Diliberto discuss the following:

  1. How many patients are diagnosed with hemorrhoids in the US and how widespread is this issue?
  2. What treatment methods are typically prescribed to patients to relieve symptoms? Are these actually effective?
  3. You're working with CRH and its O'Regan System. How have you used that towards patient care, and what kind of results have you seen?
  4. Why is this such an important change for other GI's?
  5. How can using procedures like O'Regan save the healthcare system $2.5 billion?

Dr. Jay Diliberto is a Board Certified Gastroenterologist with 26 years of experience and is affiliated with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Starpoint Surgery Center and Prime Surgery Center of Newport Beach. Dr. Diliberto received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, studied Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Gastroenterology at UCLA. He works and resides in Huntington Beach, CA.


Website: investors.crhsystem.com/our-services/crh-oregan-system

Social: linkedin.com/company/crh-medical-corporation

How to Stay Balanced in a Crisis

How to Stay Balanced in a Crisis

November 19, 2019

 

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Susan Kenney the Co-Founder and Director of Therapeutic Wellness at Emergo Recovery, a private, residential recovery and wellness center focused on a brain-first approach joins eHealth Radio and the Brain Health and Health News Channels.

Susan has dedicated her extensive career to helping individuals reclaim their life after struggles with debilitating challenges. Together, and along with the team at Emergo, they empower clients toward greater well-being and happiness.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Susan Kenney discuss the following:

  1. Is it really a crisis? How do I know?
  2. What are 3 questions that you can ask yourself when you find yourself in a situation that’s coming at you quickly and you want to make the best possible decisions We hear a lot about mindset.
  3. Can someone’s mindset influence a crisis?
  4. How can someone lead their loved one out of a state of crisis?
  5. What if a loved one refuses your help?

Susan Kenney is the Co-Founder and Director of Therapeutic Wellness at Emergo Recovery, a private, residential recovery and wellness center focused on a brain-first approach specializing in Actualized Recovery®. Susan has dedicated her extensive career to helping individuals reclaim their life after struggles with addictions, anxiety, depression and other debilitating challenges.

Harnessing her expertise in nutrition, functional medicine, education, brain health and positive psychology, Susan oversees Emergo Recovery’s therapeutic wellness programs and pioneered Actualized Recovery®, an integrative brain-first approach to lasting recovery. This proprietary methodology leverages neuro-balancing technology, nutritional therapy, orthomolecular restoration, positive psychology, SMART Recovery, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, robust fitness, biophilia, and more to restore mind-body health and inspire the spirit.

Susan is a certified Brain Health Coach through the Amen Clinics, a certified Life Coach, she has received certification in Positive Psychology through the Wholebeing Institute, is a master’s certified Brainwave Optimization Technician, certified sports nutritionist through BodyMind Institute, and a Reiki Master. Susan is currently studying Functional Medicine with Chris Kresser of the Kresser Institute - an approach that focuses on uncovering root causes of personal imbalance and dysfunction empowering clients toward greater well-being and happiness.

 

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Website: emergorecovery.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emergo-Recovery 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmergoRecovery


The beliefs, views, ideas, thoughts and opinions expressed on any program are those of the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the eHealth Radio Network.

The Science of Sure Sinus

The Science of Sure Sinus

November 18, 2019

 

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Marc Palumbo the Founder and CEO of Sure Sinus: a safe, non-surgical, and antibiotic-free means of alleviating nasal inflammation and sinusitis joins eHealth Radio and the Allergy & Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Marc Palumbo discuss the following:

  1. For the benefit of our listeners, please give us a brief overview of Sure Sinus.
  2. What are some of the key benefits and features of Sure Sinus?
  3. Tell us, also, about the quality control standards responsible for Sure Sinus.
  4. Why is it important to use Sure Sinus to solve chronic sinus inflammation?
  5. What takeaway points do you want listeners to know about Sure Sinus?

 

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An entrepreneur and investor, Marc Palumbo has an outstanding record of achievement implementing new business concepts and delivering innovative solutions by combining technological, business, financial, and leadership expertise. From his tenure as Vice President, Global Head of Emerging Technology for Merrill Lynch, to his work on behalf of General Electric - Capital Services (GECS), Marc seizes new business opportunities. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Marc resides and works in New Jersey.

 

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Website: https://suresinus.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/SureSinus 
Twitter: twitter.com/SureSinus 
Instagram: instagram.com/sure.sinus