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HIT Consultant Features Illuminate Health CEO

For HIT Consultant, Illuminate Health’s Co-Founder and CEO Varun Goyal highlights how addiction recovery programs are now going virtual in light of social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic. Click to read his article, Social Distancing: Addiction Recovery Programs Go Virtual for COVID-19.

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Illuminate Health CEO Named a Winner of the KidneyX Patient Innovator Challenge

CEO & Co-Founder of Illuminate Health, Varun Goyal, was named among the 25 winners of the KidneyX Patient Innovator Challenge. Winners were selected by the National Kidney Foundation, American Society of Nephrology and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “I am pleased to see that our platform story is resonating with the industry in various areas demonstrating co-morbidity management via a holistic and personalized approach. It started with learnings from Roche Diabetes, a

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Helping Each Other Through This

The hazards – known and unknown — of the present public health crisis can seem overwhelming as we adjust to our new circumstances. We fear for ourselves and our loved ones: our aging parents who live in a different city and are more susceptible to COVID-19; our children, who may be less prone to getting sick but can still spread the virus; and our friends and colleagues who have health conditions that make them particularly

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Illuminate Health Rolls Out Med Guide App Ahead of HIMSS 2020

 A Digital Health Assistant with Capabilities That Ensure Patients and Their Caregivers Safely Administer Medication CARMEL, IN- March 3, 2020– Illuminate Health, a digital health assistant platform designed to help people live healthier, today announced the roll out of the company’s Med Guide mobile app, the industry’s first comprehensive medication optimization and management solution to help patients and family caregivers safely self-administer medications. Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the offering provides highly personalized

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Healthcare is making bold but incremental moves: Takeaways from Health 2.0

This was my third time attending the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, CA. I always come away learning something new, validating certain hypotheses and making new friends. This year wasn’t very different, but there was a sense of realism this time. Buzzword Fatigue and Reality Check Whether on stage or in the networking breaks, people were not just speaking of Blockchain, AI or machine learning. There seemed to be Buzzword fatigue. In fact, I

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Presenting Recovery Coach by illuminate.health

View our full white paper here. In honor of mental health awareness month, illuminate.health would like to officially announce its new app, Recovery Coach. This application was sparked through a multitude of ideas, including the hope that we could provide better access to care options, especially with the stigma surrounding addiction. This mindfulness-based recovery app helps patients with recovery routines and activities as well as enables medication management for patients in recovery. The application is

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Introducing illuminate.health

A Personal Story From CEO Varun Goyal Six years ago, while trying to start our family, my wife was dealing with a minor but annoying case of a bacterial infection. Thankfully, she was proactive about her care, and saw a doctor, who prescribed an antibiotic. By chance, I spoke to a physician friend before picking up the prescription, who told us the medication was alright unless we were pregnant or were trying to get pregnant, which

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Top Tips To Help Caregivers & Parents Manage Their Family’s Medication

Managing medication for a loved one is difficult & confusing. Some of us have to organize so many pills & all of us have so many questions. Is this safe? Can these two pills be taken at the same time? It can feel overwhelming. The information & brochures that come with prescriptions & over-the-counter medication are hard to read and don’t make much sense. When you have questions, it can be difficult to find the

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Why Are Some Medications Recommended to Take With Food?

Written By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D There are three main reasons that some medications are recommended to take with food: 1. Reduce Side Effects One of the most common side effects of many drugs are GI-related, such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion, heartburn, and gas. For medications with these or related side effects, taking them with food can help minimize or eliminate the discomfort. Additionally, for drugs like aspirin that can irritate the stomach lining, food

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Navigating the World of Over-The Counter (OTC) Medicines: What Medication is Best for Heartburn (in no particular order)

Written By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) The drugs available as OTC in this category includes the brands Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix (I recommend buying the generic equivalent to save $$). PPIs are the most effective heartburn drugs available OTC, but with a few caveats. They require a day or two to reach full effect & provide significant relief. As such, they should be taken on a routine basis, not just as needed

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Navigating the World of Over-The Counter (OTC) Medicines: What Medicines Are Best for Headache/Pain? (in no particular order)

Written By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Acetaminophen is generally effective for mild-to-moderate pain and headaches. Oddly though, we still do not fully understand how it works. Be careful though, acetaminophen is however one of the most dangerous OTC drugs, responsible for thousands of overdoses and hundreds of deaths every year. The reason is that it can be hard to keep track of a daily dose, since it is used in so many combination

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Top Tips For Dealing with Medication Side Effects

Written By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D So you started a new medication that your doctor says you really need to be taking. The problem is, the side effects of the drug are less an ideal. You’re having stomach cramps. Or diarrhea. Or your heart is racing. So what’s the best way to manage them? Let’s first take a step back. Adverse medication side effects are the secondary or unintended effects of a drug. They can

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Pharmacist Recommended Cold & Flu Medicines That Won’t Break the Bank

Written By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D As a pharmacist for 12 years, two of the most common questions I am asked are, “What is the best medicine to take for the cold and flu?” And, “How much does it cost?” Here are my top recommendations that won’t break the bank: 1) Headache, Fever, Muscle Aches, Sore Throat — Ibuprofen (Advil) & Acetaminophen (Tylenol) I often use a combination of the two drugs, separating each by 3-4 hours

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