OneTouch Launches #SmallVictories to Honor People Living with Diabetes

November 25, 2017
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Constance Brown-Riggs, Certified Diabetes Educator and registered dietitian joins eHealth Radio and the Diabetes and Health News Channels to discuss OneTouch® launching #SmallVictories to honor people living with diabetes with unexpected celebrations during Diabetes Awareness Month.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Constance Brown-Riggs discuss the following:

  • Why do diabetes patients have to pay attention so closely to what they are eating and how they are exercising?
  • What tools do you recommend for your patients to use for monitoring their blood glucose?
  • What are tips “secrets” you give to your patients to help them stay on track?
  • What are some small everyday changes – or small victories – that people with diabetes can accomplish that can make a big difference and lead to big wins?
  • Describe the importance of positive recognition when it comes to managing diabetes.

 

Constance Brown-Riggs, an award-winning registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and former national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the author of The African American Guide to Living Well With Diabetes, which received the Favorably Reviewed designation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators; and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes. Her latest book, Diabetes Guide to Enjoying Foods of the World, will be published in the fall of 2017 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
 
Over the course of her career, Constance has established herself as an expert in nutrition, diabetes, and the cultural issues that impact the health and health care of people of color. Her work has appeared in books for health professionals and health care consumers, and she has been a featured expert in national magazines such as Essence, Real Health, Heart & Soul, Diabetic Living, Diabetic Cooking, and Diabetes Forecast, and in newspapers across the country. She also is a regular contributor to Today's Dietitian, also serving on the magazine's advisory board, and to BlackDoctor.org.
 
Constance is a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators, nutrition advisor for Dannons’ One Yogurt Everyday Initiative, past president of the New York State Dietetic Association and the Long Island Dietetic Association. Her professional honors include the Health Education Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Suffolk County Chapter, Inc, Award for Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Distinguished Dietitian Award from the New York State Dietetic Association, and the Diabetes Educator of the Year award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group.
 
A national speaker for PESI HealthCare, a national provider of continuing education for health care professionals, Constance has been invited to appear as a keynote speaker, presenter, or panelist at conferences and professional meetings nationally and internationally for organizations such as the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment; the American Association of Diabetes Educators; the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; the Empire State Medical Association; the American Academy of Physical Therapy; the University of South Carolina; Dothan Alabama Leisure Services; the North Carolina Dietetic Association; the St. Louis Association of Diabetes Educators; and the New York State Office of Children & Family Services.

 

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Website: www.onetouch.com

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

How the Right Data Analytics Will Improve Your Health System’s Bottom Line and Your Patients’ Choices

November 14, 2017
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Russ Cobb, President and GM of Blackbaud Healthcare Solutions, providing unparalleled data analytics and solutions for healthcare systems such as hospitals and their foundations joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and News Channels. 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Russ Cobb discuss the following:

  • We seem to be in a constant state of change in the healthcare industry and that change is typically focused on how individuals will access and receive healthcare. Can you talk about how the interaction with consumers has changed for healthcare providers?
  • What are the most important factors when it comes to understanding consumers, patients and their needs?
  • It seems as though consumer choice and an enhanced understanding of the population are the two big factors for healthcare administrators to understand. Can you explain how new technology is impacting the industry in these two areas?
  • While patient care is a very hyper- individualized experience, often healthcare marketing is anything but.  Can you talk about how healthcare organizations can take a more personalized approach to their outreach efforts and what benefit this shift has for patients?
  • Should hospital administrators use analytics for any other departments?

 

As the President and GM of Blackbaud Healthcare, Russ Cobb oversees the overall business strategy and company sales, healthcare marketing and partner ecosystem development. His team includes the sales and marketing of cloud-based and on premise solutions specifically beneficial for the healthcare market. Focusing on healthcare executives and facility’s philanthropic foundations, Blackbaud offers solutions that allow these entities to increase revenue, reduce costs and enhance and increase constituent relationships.

Prior to joining Blackbaud, Russ was in various executive marketing roles at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, including Vice President of global marketing & communications. He also held marketing, sales and professional services roles with Siemens Healthcare and with IBM where he was part of the Websphere Business Integration team. With vast experience in sales, marketing and management, he brings a wealth of healthcare market knowledge and forward thinking solutions.

Russ has a Master of Business Administration degree from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Website: www.blackbaud.com

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

MedCircle: A digital platform engaging consumers and practitioners for better health

October 29, 2017
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Dr. Kapil Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of MedCircle has engineered the successful build out of and launch of MedCircle, the first-ever digital network for health education designed to provide personalized health information for consumers joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Kapil Gupta discuss the following:

  • Tell us about MedCircle.  It seems to be part health information, part social network, and part a platform for practitioners to better engage with their patients.  How do you describe it?
  • What was the impetus for MedCircle?  Why did you create it?  Was there a certain issue you wanted to address with it?
  • How has the response been thus far?  What are those coming to the site saying about MedCircle?
  • One very interesting feature of MedCircle is the ability for people to share their health experiences with others in sort of a social media way. Why is this a big part of the platform and how does it make MedCircle different?
  • There are a lot of online properties that have health information available, such as WebMD.  MedCircle does to, but what makes yours different?  A simple Google search can net a consumer a lot of information.
  • Healthcare practitioners can be a part of the MedCircle platform.  Can you explain how that works and why it benefits them?
  • I understand that you have partnerships with a number of healthcare organizations?  How do they play into the MedCircle platform?
  • What’s next for MedCircle?

Summary: There is a lot of healthcare information out there and and it is not easy to find reliable good information just by a Google search. You dont even have an idea where things are pubslished and more importantly people dont have time to do this search. Further you dont know what you, is credible?  Can you trust the source to be reliable?  Your health is extremely precious to you and your loved ones.  So why make decisions based on unvetted, questionable sources when there are resources out there like MedCircle that is designed to deliver healthcare education from real doctors and those who have first-hand knowledge and experience with a health issue one may be experiencing.

 

MedCircle Overview: MedCircle was created to provide a trusted source of health information to consumers and an easy, secure way for healthcare providers to share health information with patients, family members, colleagues and other consumers. MedCircle is a simple digital platform that leverages social networking principles so providers and members can connect with one another, developing a network of trusted resources for health information and support. All members receive trusted content from sources verified by healthcare professionals and experts. Providers can also recommend content they like best. This makes it simple for consumers to learn from health experts they trust, stay up-to-date on health topics they care most about, and confidentially share content with others.

 

Dr. Kapil Gupta: As Chief Executive Officer of MedCircle, Kapil Gupta is responsible for the successful build out of and launch of the first-ever digital network for health education, which is a personalized health information source for consumers. On MedCircle, users can just pick a Topic and MedCircle does the rest by delivering latest and best health information at one place. MedCircle also allows healthcare providers (HCPs) to regularly and consistently engage with consumers (Members). He brings over 15 years of healthcare, business, and digital experience to MedCircle.

Dr. Gupta, MD, is a board-certified Gastroenterologist and Fellow of American Society of Gastroenterology.  He completed his medical training in Delhi, India, followed by studying at State University of New York in New York. Besides his medical training, Dr. Gupta pursued a Master’s in Public Health from State University of New York, and received a Master’s in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

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Website: www.medcircle.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/medcircle
Twitter: https://twitter.com/medcircle
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/medcircleapp

Sandstone Diagnostics on Top of Male Fertility Testing with TRAK

October 25, 2017
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Dr. Greg Sommer, Chief Scientific Officer at Sandstone Diagnostics, the inventor of Trak’s Male Fertility Testing System joins eHealth Radio and the Mens Health & Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Greg Sommer discuss the following:

  • What was the genesis of developing Trak?
  • Did you invent it?
  • How easy is it to use?
  • Can results vary over time?
  • What other medical devices have you worked on?
  • What does Sandstone Diagnostics specialize in?
  • Is there anything else like Trak on the market?
  • Do you have other new products on the horizon?

 

Greg Sommer, PhD is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Sandstone Diagnostics, a Bay Area diagnostic and digital health company developing sophisticated connected wellness products that allow consumers to measure, monitor, and improve key health markers at home. Sandstone's Trak® Male Fertility Testing System allows men to measure, track, and improve sperm count at home to boost a couple's chances of conception.

Dr. Sommer was recognized as a 2015 Bay Area "40 Under 40" by Diablo Magazine and has won numerous entrepreneurial competitions including the 2017 MedCity Invest Pitch Competition, 2016 Molecular Med Tri-Con Swimming with the Sharks Competition, the 2015 UPS X-Port Challenge, and the 2013 Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge. Sandstone was also named a 2014 "Most Innovative Life Science Company" by the San Francisco Business Times.

Prior to founding Sandstone, Dr. Sommer was a Senior Research Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories where he led R&D in point-of-care diagnostic technologies for biodefense and emergency preparedness applications, most notably the Sandia SpinDx system.

He is a co-inventor on 18 patents in microfluidic and clinical diagnostic technologies, has secured $6M+ in research grants as Principal Investigator for NIH, DOE, USDA, and DOD projects, and co-authored 11 peer-reviewed publications.

A North Dakota native, Dr. Sommer received his PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and BS from Iowa State University.

 

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Website: www.trakfertility.com

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

Patient engagement and patient empowerment for better health and better outcomes

October 4, 2017
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Raj Toleti, CEO and Co-founder of HealthGrid, a mobile industry-leading enterprise patient engagement platform that enables providers to engage and activate patients at any point in the care continuum joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care & Technology Channels.

Listen to host Eric Michaels & guest Raj Toleti discuss the following:

  • How has the definition of patient engagement changed and how has HealthGrid helped to define/shape it?
  • What are the 2-3 biggest gaps in patient engagement today and how is HealthGrid helping to solve those issues?
  • Explain how HealthGrid is changing physician/patient interaction?
  • What impact do HealthGrid solutions have on a patient centric approach to healthcare?
  • What impact will effective management of population health have on healthcare?

Raj Toleti is a Healthcare Information Technology visionary with a history of building breakthrough, patient-facing technologies that are ahead of their time. He believes technology is the key to building meaningful healthcare experiences in every stage of care.
 
As the Founder and CEO of HealthGrid, the first-of-its-kind CRM patient engagement platform, Raj’s vision helps hospital systems and healthcare providers turn patients into active, satisfied consumers. The intelligent mobile push solutions from HealthGrid include: CareNotify™ and CareNarrative™. Both applications forge meaningful connections between patients and providers on their mobile devices.
 
Raj’s mobile health vision evolved during his time as Founder and President of Coordinated Care Solutions at PatientPoint, a leading company in patient engagement, population health management, clinical trial enrollment and other HIT solutions. The company's patient engagement and management software products have become a cornerstone of the patient engagement movement in healthcare.
 
Other successful ventures headed by Raj include, Galvanon (acquired by NCR in 2005) and Cytura Corporation (acquired by Mobius in 2002). Both companies were revolutionary in their markets. With his leadership, the Galvanon and Cytura teams were among the first to develop technologies that improved the patient experience, a term that is synonymous with success in today’s healthcare landscape.
 
Raj serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT), a professional member organization of CHIME, and is a Board Member of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Foundation.

 

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Website: www.Healthgrid.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthGrid
Twitter: @healthgrid

The UTI Tracker app, a urologist’s guide to UTI prevention and management

September 30, 2017
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Dr. Dana Rice, a board-certified urologist from northern Virginia and the creator of the UTI Tracker app joins eHealth Radio and the Urology and Technology Channels. This app was developed to help patients and physicians optimize medical management of voiding dysfunction and urinary tract infections. 

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Dr. Dana Rice discuss the following:

  • Who is affected by UTIs and voiding dysfunction?
  • Why is it important to keep detailed logs of your urinary health and treatment plans?
  • Why is reducing antibiotic use so crucial?
  • How can simple behavioral changes prevent urinary tract infection?
  • How can the UTI Tracker app help patients and physicians?

 

Dr. Dana C. Rice, MD is a board-certified urologist in the Washington, D.C. area.  She completed her medical studies and her postgraduate residency at George Washington University. She has co-authored a chapter on urinary tract infections and developed her UTI Tracker app to help educate patients and physicians.  She currently maintains a very busy surgical practice as well as being a wife and mother of two young children.

 

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Website: www.UTITracker.com

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

Number Crunching for your Health - Solix, channeling data for your doctor

September 27, 2017
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Rishi Kumar, Vice President, Vertical Strategies at Solix Technologies, Inc. joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Technology Channels to discuss Number Crunching for your Health.

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Rishi Kumar discuss the following:

  • Surrounded by IoT devices, fitbit, phone, measuring anything from steps, to heart rate, blood sugar, blood pressure, calorie intake, patients and doctors could be in possession of very valuable data. It seems the medical profession is slow in adopting big data?
  • Can patients expect to see a cohesive health report assembled with new data provided by their healthcare provider?
  • What does the data crunching look like on the health care provider side? How do you channel data to or for them?
  • What about healthcare providers that already have an IT infrastructure. How does Solix deal with existing data collection system and storage for the data play with existing systems?
  • Is data-driven healthcare going to benefit patients and healthcare providers?

 

Rishi Kumar is responsible for Solix’s vertical business strategy. Rishi’s background is a nexus of hi-tech leadership, government, politics/community and policy making, many years as a senior executive management in Silicon Valley high-tech.

Rishi is a seasoned technologist, with business acumen honed via success in leadership roles that includes 15 years at IBM. Rishi won multiple awards in his time at IBM in the Sales & Distribution organization leading large sized teams and complex transactions, while solution selling the IBM Middleware/Software stack that included IBM Information Management, Analytics, Big Data and Watson in the Public Sector, Healthcare, Retail and Financial verticals. Rishi is a frequent speaker/panelist at technology, business and community conferences.

Rishi is also an involved community member of Silicon Valley as an elected leader representing his city of Saratoga where he brings the Silicon Valley innovation, creating policies and offerings to provide services “cheaper, faster, better” Rishi has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a B.S in Production Engineering from the University of Bombay.

 

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Website: Solix.com

BBforME, an app for providers and clients to manage their lifestyle

September 25, 2017
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Bonita Inza the Co-Founder and CEO of BBforME, an app for providers and clients to manage their lifestyle appointments, payments, communication, client portfolios and more joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Technology Channels. 

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Bonita Inza discuss the following:

  • Bonita, you always had a passion for wellness, yoga, nutrition and a very healthy lifestyle.  Where does this passion come from and why do you think this is so important?
  • You created BBforME with your Co-Founders so people would have better access to providers and so providers could give even more to their clients.  Tell me a little about the journey and how BBforME can help us all.
  • How do you see BBforME working to help the everyday client take better control of their wellness, health, and beauty activities and why will it be important to them?
  • What challenges do providers have that BBforME will solve and therefore enable them to spend more time and more energy on clients?
  • What is the one piece of wellness advice you would give to everyone -- regardless of their age, demographic, or motivation?

 

Bonita Inza is a highly regarded Customer Experience Innovator and Omni-Channel Expert. She is Co-founder and CEO of BBforME, Inc., a revolutionary business management application for independent beauty, fitness, and wellness professionals and their clients. BBforME’s vision is to inspire people to look good and feel good by making it easy to explore and book a wealth of beauty, fitness, and wellness services.

Prior to founding BBforME, Bonita was Senior Vice President of Omni-Channel and Customer Experience for the iconic Lacoste brand. Prior to that, she held the position of Chief Experience Officer leading sales and marketing at Vera Bradley, a leading women’s handbag company.

Ms. Inza honed her product development and innovation skills at T-Mobile USA, where she held multiple executive positions including Vice President of Retail, Vice President of Concept Development and Vice President of Innovation, Design, and Delivery.

Bonita, a California native, graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, CA with a degree in Fashion Merchandising & Management.

 

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Website: www.joinbbforme.com

RxUniverse is providing a new model for patient engagement by prescribing Digital Medicine

September 21, 2017
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Ed Berde, the CEO and cofounder of Rx.Health, a healthcare technology company born out of the Mount Sinai Health system joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels to discuss the company’s flagship product, RxUniverse.

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Ed Berde discuss the following:

  • So what exactly is RxUniverse?
  • What do you mean by prescribing Digital Medicine to patients?
  • What do you believe Digital Medicine’s place is in healthcare moving forward?
  • So the benefit to the patient is pretty clear, but what is the benefit to the doctor prescribing Digital Medicine?
  • How did you get involved with Digital Medicine?

 

Ed Berde is a serial entrepreneur who has launched several successful startups and is the CEO and cofounder of Rx.Health. Berde joins Rx.Health from Business Consulting Solutions, a technology consulting firm which he co-founded and successfully ran for over 20 years. Berde's technological insight allowed Business Consulting to attain quick success and attract prestigious clients, including Guardian Life Insurance, Morgan Stanley, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nestlé, Lazard, and ADP.

An alumnus of Villanova, Cornell and Andersen Consulting, Berde's entrance into the startup world was as co-founder and CTO of Tips.com. Berde's startup experience also includes directly running and growing key departments for Rimini Street. Berde has also been a Director on the board of Clover Health Insurance, part of Clover Health, since its inception and continues to serve on the board today.

 

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Website: Rx.Health

EverSleep, Giving you the Power to Improve your Sleep

August 18, 2017
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Chris Crowley a R&D Manager, Senior Mechanical Engineer and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in medical devices, geophysics and consumer electronics that has developed a lot of fascinating products with the most recent one is EverSleep joins eHealth Radio and the Health News & Sleep Health Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Chris Crowley discuss the following:

  • Can you tell our audience a little about your background as it pertains to health and medical devices?
  • What us EverSleep and can you tell us about how it was developed and funded?
  • What are your future plans for EverSleep?
  • Any tips for medical device entrepreneurs?
  • Where can the audience go to find more information about the crowdfunding campaign?

 

Chris Crowley is a R&D Manager, Senior Mechanical Engineer and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in medical devices, geophysics and consumer electronics.

His latest success has been the engineering and developing of a personal sleep tracker called EverSleep which has just been fully funded on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo with $100,000 raised and was featured in national media including VentureBeat, Popular Science and more.

 

Website: www.geteversleep.com