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Cutting Back on Alcohol with a Science-based Program

Cutting Back on Alcohol with a Science-based Program

August 1, 2020




Katie Lain, the Director of Community Engagement at Ria Health that provides at-home, evidence-based alcohol treatment through telemedicine joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Telemedicine Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Katie Lain discuss the following:

  1. Can you tell us more about Ria Health and how it helps people who want to drink less alcohol, or even stop for good?
  2. So if a person is finding it hard to control how much they drink, but they also don’t want to go 100% abstinent, what other options do they have?
  3. But if someone does want to go abstinent, these methods can help as well?
  4. How did you get involved with Ria?
  5. In your experience, how would someone know if they are drinking too much and need to seek support to cut back or stop?

TIP: If you’re someone who is experiencing regular hangovers, or find you NEED alcohol to unwind every night or weekend, consider looking into evidence-based treatments and medication therapy. Abstinence is not required, it can be done discreetly and evidence shows that it is effective for many people – resulting in more control over their alcohol consumption, or giving it up more easily without battling alcohol cravings.




Katie Lain is the Director of Community Engagement with Ria Health. Ria’s science-backed platform is for anybody who wants to drink less alcohol and live a better life. Their evidence-based program is delivered through telehealth which means it’s accessible from anywhere using a HIPAA-compliant app.


Ria’s program provides both harm-reduction and abstinence based methods that include physician guided care plans, one-on-one coaching, medication therapy, peer group support and digital tools to track progress. Since Ria began in 2016, they have served over 1500 people and counting who want to improve their relationship with alcohol.


Ria Health is also covered by many major health insurers across the US, and on average, Ria Members see a 75% reduction in their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels after 12 months in the program.


Katie Lain joined Ria Health after she overcame alcohol addiction through this evidence-based treatment method. She now works both professionally and personally to raise awareness about these options for treating alcohol dependence.






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Thrive in the new normal post Covid-19 with self hypnosis

Thrive in the new normal post Covid-19 with self hypnosis

July 28, 2020




Christine Deschemin, a certified hypnotherapist and Founder of the Renewed Edge Hypnotherapy Centre in Hong Kong and released the self-hypnosis ap, UpNow and has joined eHealth Radio and the Hypnosis and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Christine Deschemin discuss the following:

  1. What got you interested in Hypnotherapy?
  2. What inspired you to create UpNow?
  3. What can be accomplished with Self-Hypnosis?
  4. How does Hypnotherapy work?
  5. How can people access UpNow?




Christine Deschemin is a certified hypnotherapist and Founder of the Renewed Edge Hypnotherapy Centre in Hong Kong and she has recently released the self-hypnosis ap, UpNow.

After a career in aeronautical engineering and finance, she foresaw the increased need for solution-focused wellness, became a certified hypnotherapist and opened the first hypnotherapy center in Hong Kong. Her experience as a fencing athlete led her to fully grasp the importance and power of mindset not only for optimal health but also for performance very early on. In her quest for non-invasive and safe methods for self-improvement, she noticed the growing amount of research pointing to the efficacy of hypnosis for a variety of mental and physical ailments and the increased use of hypnosis by medical practitioners in Europe and the US. This led her to obtain diplomas and certifications in hypnosis and NLP. With a keen interest in resilience, she leverages her experience as an athlete and as a former engineer and banker in high-stress environments with her executives and sports clients.

In March of 2020, she released the UpNow hypnosis app to bring the benefits of self-hypnosis to the fingertips of anyone in need. The self-hypnosis downloads can be accessed online and offline and make the access to mental health aids affordable.

In addition to her many scholastic achievements, Christine Deschemin is fluent in four languages, has a Master of Science from the Ecole Polytechnique (France), and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.




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At-Home Fitness for the Serious Athlete with John LaVoie

At-Home Fitness for the Serious Athlete with John LaVoie

April 27, 2020




John LaVoie, Fitness expert for global wellness and fitness app, VERV joins eHealth Radio and the Fitness & Health News Channels. In his role as fitness ambassador for Verv, John uses his multiple exercise and weightlifting certifications plus his background as a triathlete, Olympic weightlifter and competitive dancer to help people get into optimum shape.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest John LaVoie discuss the following:

  1. What is your background and what has inspired you to a career in physical fitness?
  2. How can competitive weight lifters keep in shape when they typically rely on heavy and specialized workout equipment?
  3. For ultra-athletes such as runners and others, what are their best tips for maintaining endurance and fitness?
  4. Is there any way for a top-performing athlete to improve any aspect of their workout, or is a stay-at-home regimen primarily about maintenance?
  5. Are there any surprising workout tips you’d have for a bodybuilder or elite athlete that they may not have considered?
  6. What free or affordable resources are out there for home-bound folks wanting to get in a workout?

John LaVoie is fitness expert with multiple training certifications and a commitment to helping individuals obtain safe, optimal results in fitness and weight loss.  His personal experience includes training and competing as an international tri-athlete, Olympic weightlifter and dancer.  John’s credentials include Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Level 1 Sports Performance Coach in USA Weightlifting, Group Fitness through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and CPR/AED Training through American Red Cross.  John  a degree in exercise and movement from University of Vermont.  In addition to serving as Verv’s Fitness Expert, John operates a Massachusetts-based training facility, John LaVoie Training.


Verv is a comprehensive personal mobile health assistant that brings together physical fitness, mindfulness, healthy eating, and good sleep to make a true and significant difference in your well-being. The app is available for iOS, with the Android version in development for release later this year.  The Verv app is available globally with nine language options and offers a free stay-at-home fitness kit as a community service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Verv currently offers its subscribers:

  • 200 interval trainings
  • 100 fitness workouts
  • 340 running workouts
  • 40 meditations
  • 1,000 hot music mixes
  • 400 vegan, keto and other recipes
  • 100 ASMR, sleep stories and sounds.




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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




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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BetterPT: Transforming Patient Access To Physical Therapy

BetterPT: Transforming Patient Access To Physical Therapy

August 20, 2019




Greg Peters, Co-Founder and CEO of BetterPT, a healthcare technology platform company providing end-to-end digital connectivity between physical therapists (PT), patients, and physicians joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Physical Therapy Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Greg Peters discuss the following:

  1. What is BetterPT and how does it work?
  2. Tell us a little bit about your background and how it lead into creating BetterPT?
  3. Why is physical therapy important?
  4. What has enabled BetterPT’s success thus far and allows the company to continue its rapid growth?
  5. I believe congratulations are in order as you have recently raised $5M in series A financing. What are you planning to use the money for? Give us some details.

Greg Peters is the Co-Founder and CEO of BetterPT. Greg is a leading health and fitness professional and digital entrepreneur. With more than 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Greg has applied his expertise to building disruptive mobile technology in healthcare, fitness and hospitality industries.

Since 2004, Greg has been an active Managing Partner for LA PALESTRA Center for Preventative Medicine, which combines both standard and alternative medical practices with state-of-the-art and time tested fitness modalities and programs.

In 2014, Greg founded TRN Technologies, a company focused on building disruptive platforms in fitness & hospitality. The company’s first mobile app, TRN On-demand health and fitness, provided a convenient way for members to locate, book and pay for individual training sessions in multiple fitness disciplines.

Greg serves as the Chairman of the Board of TRN Technologies. Greg has proven time and time again that building a great business is dependent on great vision and leadership, incredible team dynamics and perseverance.





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New Air Quality App Alerts Public of Air Quality Health Risks

New Air Quality App Alerts Public of Air Quality Health Risks

August 2, 2019




Ajay Kaul, managing partner at AgreeYa Solutions, a global provider of software, solutions and services, focused on delivering a competitive advantage for over two decades to customers through its partnership approach, global capability and flexible delivery model joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Ajay Kaul discuss the following:

  1. What types of problems do companies typically come to AgreeYa Solutions to solve?
  2. What was the nature of the public health problem the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) came to you about?
  3. How did the development of an app help to address this problem to create healthier communities? Tell us about the app’s features, benefits and overall success.
  4. What are some examples of other ways AgreeYa Solutions has collaborated in the healthcare space; and how should the industry begin to think out-of-the-box about how technology and app development can benefit the public, build awareness or spread health education?
  5. Where can listeners download this unique app or learn more about AgreeYa Solutions?

Ajay Kaul is a business leader and visionary who has been pivotal to the growth and progress of AgreeYa Solutions, a leading software, services and solutions company based in Folsom, Calif. As a managing partner, he has been instrumental in providing strategic direction to the organization, resulting in its outstanding success. Kaul has three decades of experience in building powerful and meaningful solutions for businesses and public sector organizations. His expertise includes sales management, marketing and strategy, global delivery and mergers and acquisitions.





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Twitter: @AgreeYaGlobal

Mom Develops Educational App and Game that Teaches Children with Autism Basic Learning Skills

Mom Develops Educational App and Game that Teaches Children with Autism Basic Learning Skills

April 26, 2019




Jamie Lynn Juarez, Founder and Executive Director for Hope for Autism, an organization that offers cutting edge medical, educational and behavior solutions for parents with children with autism joins eHealth Radio and the Autism & Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jamie Lynn Juarez discuss the following:

  1. How does the educational digital app and game Your Child Can Type ® work?
  2. What is the most challenging aspect of autism?
  3. What are some ways to improve the autism community?
  4. How can treatments for autism be improved?
  5. Do individuals with autism have gifts unknown to the world?

Jamie Juarez is a licensed marriage and family therapist, behavior analyst and clinical counselor, who has spent 20 years practicing neuroscience principles and applied behavior analysis. She founded the organization Hope For Autism and developed the educational brain training digital app and game, Your Child Can Type® which helps children with autism improve their memory hub, as well as their reading, writing and typing skills. Juarez is also the author of Hope for Autism, a #1 international best-selling book in five children’s health categories.





Blockchain in Healthcare with Chrissa McFarlane

Blockchain in Healthcare with Chrissa McFarlane

April 5, 2019




Chrissa McFarlane, the CEO and Founder of Patientory Inc., a fully HIPAA-compliant, cybersecurity healthcare data solution that allows users to securely store, transfer and receive actionable insights into their health information joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Chrissa McFarlane discuss the following:

  1. Why did you get started in Blockchain Healthcare?
  2. What do you see as the future of blockchain healthcare?
  3. What are the issues faced in healthcare today?
  4. What currently works and does not work in healthcare?
  5. How can listeners get involved?

Chrissa McFarlane is the Founder and CEO of Patientory, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta. She is an entrepreneur passionate about making a difference in healthcare on a global scale and through a unique combination of research, hard work and good timing, she has achieved unprecedented success in a highly compressed timeframe. She is among the youngest female CEOs in the Healthcare IT industry and a highly sought-after global speaker.

Named as one of the top women, “leaving their mark on the MedTech field in health IT,” by Becker’s Hospital Review, McFarlane founded Patientory in December 2015 after seeing the need in the market for more personalized and secure consumer-driven health information management solutions.

She brings more than ten years’ experience in healthcare conducting research and managing teams, has published international healthcare research, and has helped to create breakthrough digital health companies that have provided services to companies such as Tumblr, Blue Apron, Casper, and Meetup.

Her passion for healthcare began in high school, where she conducted microbiology research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and won top honors. Later at Cornell University, she worked with organizations such as the US Department of Agriculture. She earned her Masters from Wake Forest University School of Business.

Today, as McFarlane leads Patientory, Inc. in its product development, and works on behalf of the Patientory Association, a global not-for-profit dedicated to advancing new technologies in healthcare, she also serves as co-chair of the healthcare industry’s HIMSS18 Blockchain Workgroup, serves on HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Committee,  and speaks at industry conferences globally to educate about new technologies and to inspire other business women and entrepreneurs. Named as a Finalist for the Medtech Insight Award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2018, other recent awards she has been nominated for include, Modern Healthcare’s Up & Comers Award, and the HIMSS18 Most Influential Women in Health Information and Technology Award.

Under her leadership, Patientory Inc. has received accolades including: Top 5 digital health solution in the world for empowering patients, alongside multi-million dollar revenue companies; and it is named a 2018 Globe Award Winner in International Trade by the U.S. State of Georgia. Patientory, Inc. was incorporated in late 2015 and initiated as part of the inaugural class of the Boomtown Health-Tech Accelerator in Boulder, Colorado in 2016. This led to a collaborative exchange with the Denver-based Colorado Permanente Medical Group, part of the Kaiser Permanente consortium, based in Oakland, California. Patientory is also part of the Startup Health portfolio, a global organization leading the movement to transform health.

The Patientory Association, created in early 2018, is a not-for-profit that connects healthcare industry adopters of the blockchain, the PTOYNetTM, and provides neutrality for its PTOY digital utility currency, which is used to provide users with access to the platform to store and secure health information.

PTOY generated enough buzz in the blockchain community that it managed to raise $7.2 million over a three-day period last year through cryptocurrency crowdfunding. The crowdfunding resulted in 1,728 contributors who bought 70 million PTOY utility-currency coins. The PTOY coins are utilized to access the PTOYNetTM a private permissioned blockchain with public data storage. This blockchain is similar to that which cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin currently operate upon.

To advance education on the technology, McFarlane participates in co-authoring journal articles, being interviewed in national and industry press and appears on Bloomberg Live. McFarlane cut the ribbon to open the 2018 Arab Health Conference in Dubai, which city has now has set its sights on becoming the world’s first blockchain city.




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Seniors, Preventing Falls and iFALLCEPT

Seniors, Preventing Falls and iFALLCEPT

December 29, 2018



Laura D. Jackson, BSN, MPH and Co-Founder of iFALLCEPT, a company that has developed the first iOS app available to the public to help stop falls, a deadly killer among seniors that is often addressed to late, joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Laura D. Jackson discuss the following:

  1. Tell us a little bit about your background and how it lead into creating the first in-home fall safety app in the App Store?
  2. What are the statistics surrounding falls in the home? Is it really that large of a problem?
  3. So how does iFALLCEPT work?
  4. What are some recommendations you can provide to our listeners immediately to help with fall prevention in their homes, parents, relatives or friends?
  5. Who's your target audience and what has been the experience so far?
  6. What are the advantages of this app?

Laura D Jackson as co-founder of iFALLCEPT leads outreach and public awareness on Senior falls and prevention.  Laura brings with her a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters in Public Health. She successfully created and managed a thriving home health agency for nearly 20 years, Patient Care Services Inc (PCS).  

PCS was a certified Medicare home health agency that employed hundreds of healthcare workers including Nurses, Aides and Therapists and served thousands of patients. PCS was awarded the highest credentials from JCAHO auditors and was recognized for providing quality care to thousands of aging seniors and the disabled.

Awareness and advocacy of Seniors and their healthcare has long been Laura's passion.  

Laura found herself not only a senior advocate through her business but also found a passion through her aging parents.  Her medical background had proved invaluable many times when it came to the care her own parents received in the healthcare system.

Launching iFALLCEPT was a culmination of a long history in healthcare and her passion to continue to make a difference in seniors’ lives.  iFALLCEPT was a labor of love, but unfortunately, Laura’s father was one of the many senseless deaths due to falling. Too many of us hear too often, “after he/she fell, it was all downhill from there”.  Now that Laura is a senior herself, many of her friends have now experienced devastating falls.

Falls are a complex problem, but simple steps and simple habits can make a significant impact.  From daily exercise and medication review to your home fall risk assessment, each senior can make a difference and impact their own lives through the choices and habits they make. Smart and Healthy living comes from simple habits like an afternoon walk to regular use of products like iFALLCEPT that put the power of healthy living in your hands. Starting today brings a healthy and happy tomorrow.





Hello Alvin, providing families direct access to quality healthcare via mobile devices, 24/7

Hello Alvin, providing families direct access to quality healthcare via mobile devices, 24/7

January 6, 2018




Arif Razvi, Co-founder and President, Hello Alvin, a healthcare network providing consumers and their families direct access to quality care via mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare, Technology and Tele-medicine Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Arif Razvi discuss the following:

  1. What is Hello Alvin and how does it work?
  2. Could you explain to the listeners what telehealth is and how it is making a dent in modern healthcare?
  3. How can Hello Alvin be beneficial with the impending repeal of the ACA?

  4. What are the costs associated with the service?

  5. What are the advantages of having a mobile consult rather than going into the doctors office?


Co-founder, President and COO of Hello Alvin, Arif Razvi is a successful technology entrepreneur with a 20+ year career in sales, marketing and business operations and has been an integral figure in shaping six early-stage technology companies, which have resulted in two successful IPOs and multiple successful exits through acquisitions. In addition to building and scaling world-class organizations, he has established thousands of customer and partner relationships around the globe, which have resulted in over $2.5B of revenue generation during his career.

Most recently, Arif helped lead the growth of the world's largest oil and energy price discovery and reporting firm, Platts (a unit of S&P Global - SPGI) from $250M in annual revenue to over $600M in 5 years.  In addition to Platts, Arif has held executive positions at Aerohive Networks (HIVE), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Exodus Communications(now CenturyLink - CTL) and he co-founded his first Internet company at the age of 25. Arif is also a talented chef, musician and sailor.


About Hello Alvin
Hello Alvin is a mobile healthcare network providing consumers direct access to healthcare through its secure, HIPAA-compliant suite of mobile telehealth tools. Consumers can purchase directly online or prepay for the service through participating retailers nationwide.





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