This Interview is with Dr. Jacques Durand, Founder of the hospital patient picture-sharing “app” called “HospitalPIX” and BlaBlaDoctor, the first global health social network committed to provide independent hospitals and treatments reviews.  Dr. Durand is a practicing French physician based in South East Asia but he’s also a Social Media Expert and has devoted his life to advancing healthcare online.  In addition to HospitalPIX and BlaBlaDoctor, Dr. Durand’s company, HEALTH2i, has also formed an mHealth platform called “DokterGratis” which enables Live Chat on Smartphones between Patients and Indonesian General Practitioners.

Here’s my last six (6) Interviews from “Doctors 2.0 & You,” which took place on June 5th and 6th in beautiful Paris, France.  While editing the footage required painstaking detail and a significant amount of time, I learned a great deal about healthcare innovation and about the individuals and entrepreneurs responsible for these innovations.  The most successful healthcare innovations seem to be updated iterations of ground-breaking ideas which either rose out of great adversity or practical necessity.  Either way, it has been an incredible experience to fly to Paris, France simply on my word that I’d interview fascinating people at the Conference and then somehow transform that into entertaining content.

The person who trusted me to do that was Denise Silber and I want to thank her for somehow intuitively seeing my vision, perhaps, before even I saw it.  I also want to thank Denise for creating an experience for me worthy of lifetime remembrance.  Finally, I want to thank the folks who took a few minutes out of their precious time at such a prestigious Conference to talk with me.  I also want to apologize to the MANY people at the Conference with whom I did not have the opportunity and privilege to interview.  Hopefully I will be honored to have this opportunity at next year’s “Doctors 2.0 & You” and then I can rectify that situation.  🙂

Making Urology “Apps” seem interesting is not very easy but this Interview with Erich Taubert MD, CMO & Co-founder of “synappz medical apps IS because it is with such a gregarious and compassionate physician and besides, IMHO, Medical “Apps” are going to be a substantial part of the future practice of medicine. Dr. Taubert is also a Consultant Urological Surgeon. He and his team at synappz won the prestigious Start-Up Contest at Doctors 2.0 & You a few years ago and came back this year with a new and more innovative app. You can find more information about it at the website,

This Interview is with Johannesburg, South Africa-based “Facial Difference” elegant and courageous Advocate, Vanessa Carter. “Facial difference” is a catch-all phrase for facial deformity and facial disfigurement. These conditions can be caused by many things such as craniofacial anomalies, trauma, burns, rare disease, cleft lip & palate, cancer, etc. In 2004 Vanessa Carter had a major car accident which caused substantial facial & internal damage. It took her 10 years to correct the facial damage involving many surgeries, implants, hospitalizations, medications, infections, etc. Not only did she experience the usual pain of trauma-induced facial disfigurement and the attempted corrective surgeries, but due to the lack of the public’s awareness of facial difference, she also suffered such severe emotional and psychological distress that she was disabled as a result of being judged by her altered physical appearance.

Anyone WITH Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who is thoughtful enough to write a children’s book to help her daughter cope with her own MS diagnosis is an honor to meet and interview. I had that privilege recently when I interviewed Jamie Tripp Utitus.  The book is called, “Zoe Bowie Sings, Despite All Sad Things,” and her MS Blog is located at While she manages almost one hundred (100) international-networked MS blogs, Jaime’s popular Blog is called “Ugly Like Me.”  PLEASE do yourself a favor and read her Blog and/or Children’s Book because she’s truly an excellent writer. The Children’s Book, Zoe Bowie Sings, Despite All Sad Things,” is about a young girl whose mother is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis shortly after the birth of her baby brother. The book is illustrated by Johnny J. Keane.

This Interview is with Dr. Frederic Llordachs, Global Business Development Manager, is an International Healthcare Directory presently available in twenty-one (21) countries, each having their own local Doctoralia version. Since healthcare is different in every country, Doctoralia  adapts its platform accordingly to offer everyone the best experience in Doctor search. Doctoralia was founded in 2007 by a team with years of experience in both the healthcare and Internet industries. Its mission is to become the world’s leading destination for patients finding/scheduling with healthcare professionals and facilities through the Internet.  By way of reference, 11 million Users utilize Doctoralia every month to reach doctors in their countries.

This Interview is with Ben Nowell, MSW, PhD, Director, Patient-Centered Research at Global Healthy Living Foundation, Inc. [GHLF – a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization], whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. The current Patient-Centered Research for inflammatory arthritis is funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and is a partnership which includes the patient community and its parent corporation, GHLF. CreakyJoints, the flagship arm of GHLF, sustains thousands of engagements a day through its social media channels, serving as a model for interactive delivery of patient education, support services, advocacy efforts and research opportunities.

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