Empowered Patient Radio Podcast

Empowered Patient Radio podcast with Karen Jagoda is a window into the latest innovations in digital health, the changing dynamic between doctors and patients, the emergence of personalized medicine, aging in place, wearables and sensors, clinical trials and advances in clinical research, payer trends, transparency in the medical marketplace and challenges for connected health entrepreneurs. Formerly called Empowered Patient Radio, this show continues to evolve driven by the convergence of a diverse array of industries.
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Welcome to EmpoweredPatientRadio podcast with news and views from health care leaders including doctors and care providers, mobile health entrepreneurs, solution providers, insurers, academics, researchers, and patient advocates. 

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Oct 19, 2016

Arnon Zamir, Chief Change Maker, Tikkun Olam Makers talks about creating virtual and physical communities to address the neglected problems of the disabled.  With a mission to use available technology and to openly share the results, volunteers come together with those with disabilities in Makeathons to come up with creative solutions.  Arnon is most excited about 3-D printing which can empower people in remote places to replicate designs and add their own innovations.



Oct 12, 2016

Dexter Ang, CEO, Pison Technology, an MIT start-up is developing breakthrough technology using electromyography or EMG to detect nerve signals with sensors that allow command of compatible devices.  Dexter began his quest to address the needs of ALS patients by placing sensors on their bodies that use wi-fi to control a computer, phone or wheelchair by having the patient think about the muscle movement.  The possibilities for all humans are endless.




Pison Technology

Oct 10, 2016

Nadeem Sarwar PhD, President, Eisai AiM Institute talks about the dramatic changes taking place in the development of targeted theraputics because of the introduction of human genomic data rather than just relying on animal testing, building more sophisticated drug discovery models, and how the timing of intervention is shifting to earlier in the disease cycle.



Oct 2, 2016

Edwin Chau Senior Sales Manager Affymetrix eBioscience was exhibiting at the Festival of Genomics California and took the time to talk about their ground-breaking microarray solutions and other tools that are helping researchers increase their efficiency and get a better picture of disease. 




Sep 25, 2016

David Winternheimer, PhD Business Development, DxTerity talks to me from the show floor of the recent Festival of Genomics California where he demonstrates how easy it is for patients to get a blood sample to participate in research initiatives that are using rich diagnostic data from their genomic testing to investigate a wide range of diseases.


Sep 18, 2016

Ali Torkamani, PhD Director of Genome Informatics and Drug Discovery,The Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) and Assistant Professor of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology, The Scripps Research Institute is the co-author of a study on the Wellderly--those over 80 who have never suffered any major disease.  The focus on healthspan and not just lifespan is being enhanced by exploring genomic data of the Wellderly phenotype as well as lifestyle choices and environment.


The Scripps Translational Science Institute


Sep 12, 2016

Dr. Ezra Cohen, Professor Division of Hematology/Oncology Department of Medicine University of California San Diego and Associate Director for Translational Science at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center shines light on the newest innovations in immunotheraphy for treating cancer, using precise cellular therapies and check point inhibitors to reactivate the immune system to attack cancer cells, and the promise of being able to prevent cancer using personalized vaccines.


UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

UC San Diego Health Services

Presentation on Immuotheraphy

Sep 5, 2016

Dr. Tom Cowan, holistic physician and founder of Dr. Cowan's Garden Powders talks about how vegetable powders were first seen as a gourmet seasoning and now are being used to provide more diversity and nutrition for a wide audience.  He also talks about harvesting and dehydrating sea vegetables like nori to make them more accessible, and why calories don't matter.


Dr. Cowan's Garden Powders

Dr. Cowan Tomatoes


Aug 24, 2016

Kevin Stewart, Managing Partner State and Local Government, GIS Inc. talks about technology that is in place in cities and states to track and control vector borne diseases like the Zika virus, how important citizen engagement is for reporting problems, and value of maps for raising awareness and educating populations at risk.




GIS Inc.


Aug 18, 2016

Dr. Steve Steinhubl Director of Digital Medicine, the Scripps Translational Science Institute talks about the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program that will be officially launched this fall to recruit 1 million people in the most ambitious medical research program in US history.  The goal is to create a rich data base feed by genetic information and patient data collected using smart phones and sensors to help define the new model for the future of healthcare.


Scripps Translational Science Institute

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PMI Cohort Program Participation

Aug 10, 2016

Jonathan Dotson host of The Ability Show talks about the impact of the Paralympics in London 2012 and the anticipation for the upcoming Paralympics in Rio in September.  Jonathan is wheel-chair bound and knows how important participation in competitive sports is for those who are disabled.


Aug 3, 2016

Penny Wing, CEO and Founder, Brojure talks about her start-up that gives hospice patients the ability to create multi-media presentations that can be shared and enhanced by friends and family.



Jul 28, 2016

John Audette, Co-Founder and President, Amplion talks about how biomarkers are starting to be used by pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies to create more effective drug treatments and tests that use liquid biopsies for early detection of cancer. 





Jul 17, 2016

Sonny Beech, Senior Business Development, GIS Inc. talks about the reasons indoor navigation has been slow to catch on, how the technology that tracks sensors or smart phones indoors is being used for emergency response training, and innovative uses for tracking patients and caregivers in care facilities to spot troubling trends and ways to improve service.




GIS Inc.


Jul 14, 2016

Eric Klasson, CEO, Snaptrends talks about listening to social media to look for smarter ways to deploy first response resources in times of emergency.  He also talks about social media tracking and Esri GIS tools that are being put into place to track the spread of the Zika virus through people who attend the Olympics in Rio. 






Jun 30, 2016

Chad Minteer, Mobile GIS Software Solutions Manager, Electronic Data Solutions talks about mosquito and other vector control efforts that are being aided by GIS tools, using geographic visualization to inform about threats to health like the Zika virus, and who is reporting and has access to mosquito activity data.



Jun 28, 2016

Katija Lamia PhD is an assistant professor at The Scripps Research Institute and doing research into the connection between circadian clocks and metabolic disease and cancer.  Her research has revealed that there are different internal biological clocks that govern every organ which might influence chronic diseases, weight gain and effectiveness of drugs.


The Scripps Research Institute

Jun 23, 2016

Corinna Davidson, patient advocate, talks about her struggles with United Healthcare to get recommended care services for her husband with ALS, a neurodegenerative disease.  Corinna reveals what she has learned about the lack of transparency and oversight for insurance companies when they are making life or death decisions.



Jun 12, 2016

Carey Kauffman, CEO, Well Self 360 talks about the value of volunteers and the different roles they can play in the healthcare system, finding support groups for a wide range of disease states, and extending the care team to include family, friends, co-workers, and care givers.

Well Self 360

Jun 9, 2016

Andrew Su PhD is Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at the Scripps Research Institute and leader of the Su Lab looking at ways to apply bioinformatics approaches to biological discovery.  Andrew talks about the tools the lab is developing to engage citizen scientists in discrete tasks that can be handled uniquely by humans and not computers.




Scripps Research Institute

Su Lab

May 29, 2016

Dr. Glenn Wollman, medical guide and host of the Magical Medical Tour reveals there is no code for a death related to human error, on the public safety need to track and understand the cause of medical errors that result in death, and how patients need to educate themselves as the best defense against preventable errors.

Magical Medical Tour


May 16, 2016

Paddy Barrett, MD is a clinical scholar at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, host of the podcast The Doctor Paradox, and co-author of an article in The Lancet on the 200th anniversary of the invention of the stethoscope.  Paddy talks about the early resistance to the use of the stethoscope, advancements in mobile ultrasound devices, and benefits for doctors and patients to see real-time pictures and not just depend on faint sounds heard only by the highly trained.



The Doctor Paradox

To Truly Look Inside published in The Lancet

Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI)


May 11, 2016

Ray Kingman, CEO and Founder, Semcasting talks about how healthcare and insurance companies are using a more data driven approach to create and place ads in order to find patients, caregivers and doctors across all devices at the best time and place.  Ray also explains how privacy of patients is assured while for example, using public information to identify and target consumers who are close to a specific hospital or doctor's office.



Apr 27, 2016

Amy Blatt, biologist and international expert in geography, GIS and public health and author of Health, Science and Place: A New Model talks about the need to include where a person lives, works, and plays to understand their health, how geo-spatial medicine experts look at mass gatherings and the Rio 2016 Olympics, and that volunteered geographic health information is a big part of the citizen science movement.



Health, Science and Place: A New Model

Apr 24, 2016

Paul Coates PhD, Director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) talks about why dietary supplements are considered food by the FDA and what that means for consumers, changing attitudes about the effectiveness of supplements including botanicals, and opportunities for nutrigenomics where research is focusing on identifying interaction between nutrients and the genome.


Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know

Full List of Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets

Dietary Supplement Label Database

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health



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