Dr. Mark McKenna: Reinventing Elective Healthcare in the Medical Aesthetic Industry

February 8, 2018
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Dr. Mark McKenna, CEO and Founder of OVME a consumer facing, technology enabled, medical aesthetic company that is reinventing elective healthcare joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Mark McKenna discuss the following:

  1. Tell us about the medical aesthetic industry and your latest venture "OVME".
  2. How is OVME reinventing elective healthcare in the medical aesthetic industry?
  3. What led you to pursue a career in the medical field and what effect has your medical experience had on your business?
  4. As a lifelong entrepreneur do you have any advice for others looking to follow a similar path?
  5. Do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your success and overall health?
  6. OVME’s philanthropic philosophy is guided by passion and commitment - what organizations do you support and would you say that same passion and commitment are behind everything you do?

 

S. Mark McKenna, MD, MBA is a Medical Doctor licensed in Surgery and Medicine by the Georgia and Florida State Board of Medical Examiners. He is a passionate patient advocate and a dedicated community servant.  Dr. McKenna, originally from New Orleans, LA, is a graduate of Tulane University Medical School.  After completing his medical training he began to practice medicine with his father while simultaneously launching McKenna Venture Investments, a boutique real estate development firm.  Over the years McKenna went on to acquire/launch Universal Mortgage Lending and Uptown Title, Inc. This portfolio of companies would grow to over 50 employees and offered turnkey design-build, finance, and real estate closing services.
 
On August 29th, 2005 Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans and most of McKenna’s business interests.  In the aftermath of the storm, he actively participated in the rebuilding of New Orleans through the redevelopment of low-moderate income housing.
 
In November of 2007 McKenna relocated to Atlanta, GA and launched ShapeMed, a wellness and aesthetic based medical practice. ShapeMed was sold to Life Time Fitness Inc. (NYSE – LTM) on November 1st, 2014.  Dr. McKenna served as National Medical Director of Life Time Fitness Inc. until July 2016. In July 2017 Dr. McKenna became the CEO/Founder of OVME a consumer facing, technology enabled, medical aesthetic company that is reinventing elective healthcare.
 
Dr. McKenna is married to Gianine McKenna, they are the proud parents of daughter Milana Elle and a four-year old Pomeranian, Ryder. Dr. McKenna is currently a member of Entrepreneurs Organization and he has previously served as a board member of the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Industrial Development Board.

 

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Websites: http://ovme.com | www.drmarkmckenna.com

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

CONCIERGE KEY Health: A Fast-Pass to Avoiding Doctor’s Office Wait Times

January 29, 2018
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Robert E. Grant, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Concierge Key Health, a first-of-its-kind mobile app that provides on-demand access to elite physician specialists, urgent care clinics and hospitals nationwide joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Health News Channels.

CONCIERGE KEY offers a first-class fast-pass upgrade to the U.S. healthcare experience that over time has become increasingly inconvenient and impersonal—by eliminating excessive appointment and in-office wait times through an exceptional subscription-based membership.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Robert E. Grant discuss the following:

  1. I know you’ve conducted intensive research into factors impacting U.S. consumer’s overall satisfaction with their healthcare experiences. What key insights did your studies reveal?
  2. Can you tell us more about the discrepancies between what today’s savvy consumer expects in their daily life from virtually any product or service vs. what they settle for when they visit a doctor?
  3. How will patient issues like extensive wait times & lack of ease of access to top specialists be impacted by continued consolidation & the expected worsening U.S. doctor shortages?
  4. How are doctors impacted?
  5. Can you tell us how the concierge medicine of today is changing the U.S. healthcare experience for both patients and doctors? What are the limitations of traditional concierge medicine? How is CONCIERGE KEY Health different and transformative?

 

Entrepreneur, inventor and investor, Robert E. Grant brings tremendous experience in innovation and dynamic growth for Fortune 500 companies to his role as Founder and CEO of CONCIERGE KEY Health. For over 20 years, he has played a pivotal role in successful technology and business development in pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare markets. In addition to founding Concierge Key, Grant is founder and vice chairman of ALPHAEON Corporation, as well as founder, chairman and managing partner of its parent company, Strathspey Crown Holdings, LLC. Most recently, Grant was CEO and president of Bausch+Lomb Surgical, leading the significant growth of its product portfolio. From 2006 to 2010, he served as president of Allergan Medical, leading the $3.2 billion Inamed acquisition and the commercial success of the Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm, Natrelle breast implants and Lap-Band brands. Grant also served as director, board chairman, CEO, president, COO and CFO of Biolase Technology from 2003 to 2006 after holding various senior management positions at Lumenis for six years.

An independent director on several corporate boards including Acufocus, Myoscience and ReShape, Grant has served on several community and civil boards including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Young Presidents Organization, University of California, Irvine (UCI) CEO Roundtable Steering Committee, Chapman Schmid College and both UCI's school of law and Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Grant received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and graduated with honors from Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he earned his MBA. He has also attended the President's Seminar at Harvard Business School and has lived and worked in nine countries, with fluency in Japanese, French, Korean and German.

 

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Website: www.conciergekeyhealth.com

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

Fortified Health Security, a leader in information security, compliance and managed services

January 22, 2018
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Dan Dodson, President of Fortified Health Security, a leader in information security, compliance and managed services, focused solely in the healthcare industry joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels. Dan discusses the challenges healthcare organizations face in monitoring and managing risks associated with connected medical devices and IoT.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dan Dodson discuss the following:

  1. Tell us how Fortified Health Security helps hospitals and health systems protect themselves from cybersecurity threats?
  2. Why is IoT/medical device security becoming more and more challenging from a business and technical perspective?
  3. What does Fortified Health Security’s Connected Medical Device & IoT security program include?
  4. What are the benefits the “dashboard” includes in your program?
  5. As we look toward the future, what new challenges will medical devices pose on a healthcare organization’s cybersecurity posture?

 

Dan L. Dodson serves as President of Fortified Health Security where he brings over 10 years’ experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. During this time Dan has served as both an operational leader and sales leader. Dan’s specific focus has been in aligning organizational strengths with client needs through the execution of relevant go-to-market strategies and solution development.

Prior to joining Fortified, Dan served as Senior Vice President at Hooper Holmes, Inc. (AMEX: HH), a company serving the health and wellness and life insurance industry. Dan led sales and account management efforts for a $100+ million business unit. Dan, along with the executive team, crafted a new strategic plan, which resulted in the company selling under-performing business lines and focusing on the growing health and wellness market. Prior to joining HH, Dan served as Global Healthcare Strategy Lead for Dell Services (formally Perot Systems), where he was responsible for strategy, business planning and M&A initiatives for the company’s healthcare services business unit. He helped develop market strategies for Dell’s health information exchange, informatics, community physician and electronic medical record services. He also led the development of the division’s Asia-Pacific strategy including joint venture business planning and Brazil and China market entry plans. Prior to joining Perot Systems, Dan held numerous positions within various healthcare organizations including Covenant Health System and The Parker Group.

Dan holds an M.B.A. in Health Organization Management and a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Texas Tech University.  Dan currently serves on the Southern Methodist University Cyber Security Advisory Board.

 

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Website: www.fortifiedhealthsecurity.com

G Medical: Puts a Doctor in the Pockets of Health Conscious Consumers

January 11, 2018
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Dr. Yacov Geva, CEO at ASX listed G Medical Innovations, a next-generation mobile health and e-health company joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Yacov Geva discuss the following:

  1. What does the company design/build/supply and how is it done?
  2. What is its industry positioning?
  3. What is the revenue model? What industries/sectors is it targeting?
  4. Give some sense of revenue traction to date, key customers?
  5. What differentiates the company, gives it the competitive advantage?
  6. Where or how is it being disruptive?
  7. What is the value proposition to clients?

 

G Medical Innovations is a next-generation mobile health (mHealth) and e-health company that develops and markets clinical and consumer medical-grade health monitoring solutions, and offers end-to-end support for e-health projects. With extensive experience in the field of digital health and project management, G Medical Innovations is committed to raising the global level of healthcare by empowering caregivers and patients to better monitor, manage and improve clinical and personal health outcomes.

 

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Website: www.gmedinnovations.com

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

January 6, 2018
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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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Website: www.helloalvin.com

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

Healing Senior Depression & Becoming Socially Active Through Technology

December 30, 2017
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Dr.  Kerry Burnight, a Gerontologist who has served for 18 years as a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and She serves full time as Chief Gerontologist at grandPad joins eHealth Radio and the Geriatrics and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Kerry Burnight discuss the following:

  • What is the single most important thing you can do to Age Well. And by aging well I mean, physical, mental, and emotional vitality.
  • What is the best way to foster and get the health/happiness/longevity benefits to these connections?
  • What does the research say about technology, is it hurting or helping our connection?
  • Given these challenges faced by older adults, what is the best way to reconnect my grandparents /parents (who live in another state!) back into social society so they can experience these longer and happier lives?
  • Is grandPad like an iPad?
  • What about those with cognitive impairment?
  • What is the best way to approach the subject of connection with your parents and grandparents?

 

Dr. Kerry Burnight has spent her entire professional career on a mission to improve the lives of seniors. She was a professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the University of California Irvine, and she is the founder and director of the nation's first Elder Abuse Forensic Center and the national non-profit, Ageless Alliance: United Against Elder Abuse. Kerry has spoken at The White House and as an expert on shows such as The Dr. Phil Show, CBS news, Money Matters, and The Doctors. She joined grandPad because of the firm's ability to prevent one of the most significant risk factors for elders: social isolation.

 

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Website: www.grandPad.net

Protect Your Loved Ones From Illness with Sickweather

December 20, 2017
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Graham Dodge, Co-Founder and CEO of Sickweather, a leader in digital disease surveillance joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Graham Dodge discuss the following:

  • Tell us why you started Sickweather and it forecasts illnesses globally?
  • How does the technology behind Sickweather work and how accurate is it?
  • How can people use Sickweather as we enter into flu season?
  • We understand you have a partnership with Clorox to help prevent the flu. What does that partnership entail?
  • What other types of illnesses, besides the flu, does Sickweather predict?

 

Graham Dodge, Co-Founder and CEO of Sickweather, is a leader in digital disease surveillance and has served on boards and technical workgroups for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as providing mentorship to students at Johns Hopkins University's MedHacks program. He has been named a "Social Innovation Rockstar" by Yoxi/BOLD, and featured among Broadband for America's "Faces of Innovation", among other honors. An alumni of Techstars and 500 Startups, Graham is a frequent guest/speaker for domestic and international conferences and news programs.

 

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Website: www.Sickweather.com

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

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