Category: Podcast

Interview with Halo Health CEO Jose Barreau

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August 19th, 2021 by

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Jose Barreau

Jose Barreau had a fairly typical Cuban-American immigrant upbringing, and followed his father’s footsteps as a physician. He was impressed by his mom’s oncologist, whom he met in his early 20s. That experience helped him make the decision to specialize in the treatment of cancer.

Dr. Barreau co-founded and director a major cancer institute in Ohio, which emphasized collaboration in clinical practice for the benefit of patients. But he became frustrated by the communications challenges and looked far and wide for a solution. Finding none that met the need, he co-founded Halo Health, which provides a cloud-based solution to unify all communication channels for efficient, role-based collaboration. It’s designed for clinicians by clinicians, while yielding a strong technical and financial return on investment.

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

Interview with Allurion co-founder Shantanu Gaur

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August 12th, 2021 by

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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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August 5th, 2021 by

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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.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsYouTube and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts.


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

Interview with Blue Water Chairman Joe Hernandez

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July 29th, 2021 by

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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.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsYouTube and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts.


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

 

Interview with Wolters Kluwer Health GM Frank Jackson

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July 22nd, 2021 by

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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.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsYouTube and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts.


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