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Health care business consultant and policy expert David E. Williams share his views

Interview with Allurion co-founder Shantanu Gaur

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Shantanu Gaur

Shantanu Gaur has been inspired and driven by his parents, brilliant and independent-thinking immigrants from India. When it came time to choose between a career as a physician or as an entrepreneur, his mathematician father helped him calculate how many people he could help and what would happen if he failed.

As co-founder and CEO of Allurion Technologies, Shantanu has helped develop and launch balloons –not into the sky but into the stomach– where they help patients feel full and lose weight. The product is on the market in Europe and the Middle East, and there are plans for the US and China as well.

Allurion is succeeding where other weight loss balloons have failed. The company’s balloons can be swallowed and filled in an office visit –not an operating room– and are paired with nutritional counseling and a digital support system.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Interview with Affinity Empowering’s Michael Tkach

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Dr. Michael Tkach

Affinity Empowering Chief Behavioral Health Officer and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Michael Tkach grew up reading Sherlock Holmes and sniffing out the perpetrator of an ice shack arson. By now he’s graduated to studying the linkage between inflammation and depression while pioneering a streamlined and powerful approach to pool testing for COVID-19. Two swabs anyone?

Interested organizations can enroll for the program online.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Michael shares insights on using the psychology of the news media to understand human behavior during the pandemic, and tells us whether Affinity is a tech company in health care or a health company in technology.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Interview with Blue Water Chairman Joe Hernandez

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Joe Hernandez

Joe Hernandez is an accomplished entrepreneur. As Chairman and Founder of Blue Water Vaccines and Blue Water Acquisition Corp he’s leading the way toward a universal flu vaccine and joining the SPAC brigade. But why did he work for the Danish ministry of foreign affairs? And why did he let his young son make him go back to graduate school for a Master of Science Degree 20 years after he thought he was done with his education?

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Joe shares his life story –from the immigrant son of a political prisoner to Merck, Affymetrix and a variety of biotech roles, Joe has about done it all. But he’s not through yet; launching a Hemingway themed restaurant in Palm Beach and getting ready to treat Alzheimer’s Disease are still works in progress.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

 

Interview with Wolters Kluwer Health GM Frank Jackson

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Frank Jackson, Wolters Kluwer

As the 6th of 7 children and a competitive athlete, Frank Jackson was well prepared for the rough and tumble of healthcare. After studying computer science and accounting, he pursued a variety of healthcare analytics roles before jumping into operations at HealthMarkets, where he helped the company pivot as the Affordable Care Act became law. At Prognos, he helped unleash the power of lab data on healthcare decision making. 

As General Manager at Wolters Kluwer Health, he’s deploying technology such as Natural Language Processing and code translation engines to help payers contend with the COVID-19 whipsaw.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Interview with RxRevu Founder Carm Huntress

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RxRevu founder Carm Huntress

RxRevu founder Carm Huntress has been an entrepreneur since high school, when he founded a tech company with some buddies. After graduating from college and leading various technology organizations, he made the jump to healthcare. RxRevu spent some time searching for product/market fit before finding its sweet spot in the physician workflow, helping doctors make the best prescribing choices for patients at the point of care.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Carm shares his life and career journey –from losing both of his parents to cancer at a young age, to exploring new technologies and to founding and then massively scaling RxRevu. Some of my interviewees don’t have time for reading, but Carm reads dozens of books per year. Some of his recent favorites include Powerful, No Rules Rules, The Code Breaker and How the Mighty Fall.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.