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Pfeiffer University and Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum present Medical Tourism: The Globalization of Healthcare

medical tourismPfeiffer University's Department of Health Administration and the Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum of North Carolina are partnering to present Medical Tourism: The Globalization of Healthcare on Wed., June 13, 5 p.m., at WakeMed Cary Hospital Conference Center, 1900 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, N.C.

Medical tourism, a fast-growing global phenomenon, occurs when U.S. residents travel abroad to receive medical treatments or procedures readily available in the U.S., but at costs significantly lower than charged by domestic physicians, hospitals or healthcare systems, or when patients from abroad travel to the U.S. for treatments unavailable or inaccessible in their home countries.

“Traditionally, people from around the globe have traveled to the U.S. seeking treatments for hundreds of medical conditions,” said Carol Vogt, associate professor of health administration, Pfeiffer University. “Today, in light of ever-increasing costs in the U.S. for procedures such as joint replacements, cardiac surgery and cosmetic procedures, including dental surgery, more Americans are exploring their consumer options as other countries set and standardize prices for the same procedures. It's essential that healthcare practitioners and administrators learn to address issues of accessibility, quality and cost for our citizens as well as those from other countries no matter where they receive care.”

The forum's panel (bios below) includes Bill Ruschhaupt, MD, MBA, chairman, Global Health Center, Cleveland Clinic; Josef Woodman, CEO, Patients Beyond Borders; and Azeddine Chergui, resident advisor/medical interpreter, Duke University Health System. The discussion will be moderated by Rajesh Rao, CEO, IndUShealth.

The forum begins at 5 p.m. with a reception and networking; followed at 5:30 with a buffet dinner. The program, for which The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits, is scheduled to run from 6-8 p.m. Register here.

Speaker Bios:

RuschhauptBill Ruschhaupt, MD, MBA, Chairman, Global Health Center, Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Ruschhaupt has practiced medicine at the Cleveland Clinic for more than 30 years, cultivating relationships and orchestrating the strategic direction of outreach programs while maintaining comprehensive management of all activities within the Global Health Center. This includes creating a distinctive “Patients First” experience through Global Patient Services, which facilitates and streamlines appointments, procedures and processes for out-of-state and out-of-country patients. In his role as a staff physician for the Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Section of Vascular Medicine, Dr. Ruschhaupt specializes in treating peripheral vascular disease, which consists of arterial and venous disorders, leg ulcers and limb swelling. Following undergraduate education at Muskingum College in Ohio, Dr. Ruschhaupt earned his medical degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Following clinical training, Dr. Ruschhaupt served in the U.S. Army at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii as chief of emergency medical services and    chief of the peripheral vascular disease clinic. After completing his tour of duty in 1978, he was appointed Cleveland Clinic staff physician. In 1985, he earned an MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. Dr. Ruschhaupt serves on numerous nonprofit community boards as well as those of several northeast Ohio and international enterprises.

josef woodmanJosef Woodman, CEO and Founder, Patients Beyond Borders
Josef Woodman is CEO and founder of Patients Beyond Borders, producer of print, online, and mobile resources for international health travelers. He has spent more than six years touring 150 medical facilities in 30 countries, researching medical tourism and global healthcare. Co-founder of MyDailyHealth and Ventana Communications, Woodman's pioneering background in health, publishing and web technology has allowed him to compile information about global health travel, telemedicine and consumer-directed healthcare demand. He has lectured at UCLA School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Duke Fuqua School of Business and has chaired and keynoted conferences on medical tourism and global healthcare in 14 countries. He has appeared on CNN, ABC News, and Fox News and in the New York Times, Barron's and Wall Street Journal. Woodman is an outspoken advocate of affordable, high-quality medical care for healthcare consumers worldwide.

Azeddine CherguiAzeddine Chergui, Resident Advisor/Medical Interpreter, Duke University Health System
Azeddine Chergui has worked as resident advisor and medical interpreter for the International Patient Center, Duke University Health System, since 1999. His responsibilities include medical interpreting for Arabic- and French-speaking patients and facilitating international referrals and providing cross-cultural training to healthcare professionals. International referral responsibilities include coordinating with Duke physicians to establish a plan of care for prospective patients; coordinating with Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) to determine estimates for cost of care; communicating with sponsoring embassies in Washington, D.C., to facilitate transfer of patients to Duke and assisting with their accommodation and transportation needs; providing bi-weekly updates to embassies and assuring that financial letters of guarantee are up to date. Mr. Chergui holds a master's degree in international development policy from Duke University (2007), a graduate certificate in health policy from Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University (2007) and a master's degree in English literature, Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (1988). In 2006, he received Duke University's Meritorious Presidential Award. He is a member of the advisory board of the Durham Community Education Program: Collaboration Project Team.

Rajesh RaoRajesh Rao, CEO and Co-founder, IndUShealth
Rajesh Rao is co-founder and CEO of IndUShealth, Inc., a Raleigh, N.C., health care services company that provides uninsured and underinsured Americans seamless access to low-cost, high-quality medical treatment in India. With more than 25 years of experience in the creation and growth of successful enterprises, Mr. Rao provides IndUShealth a critical combination of operational, financial and systems management skills. After starting his career as a software engineer at IBM, he later joined the founding team at Post Software International. Subsequently, Mr. Rao co-founded and served as CEO of Empower Corporation, an innovative enterprise e-learning software company. Having faced ever-increasing costs of providing health benefits to employees, Mr. Rao decided to dedicate his time and resources to the pursuit of viable alternatives. Now, his aim is to leverage the global playing field for effective cross-border solutions for meaningful and sustainable cost reductions—without compromising patient safety and quality of care—in healthcare spending for individuals and employers in the U.S.

Mr. Rao has been instrumental in building IndUShealth into a dominant player, helping medical tourism evolve to a new level, with customized solutions tailored to address the unique needs of the U.S. corporate group health market. In June 2006, Mr. Rao appeared as an expert witness before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aging, extolling the advantages of employer-assisted medical travel, and sparking a national debate over insurers' and corporations' roles in medical tourism. He spoke at a National Academies seminar that explored the potential role of medical tourism in providing safe, affordable care to Americans. As an active member of the entrepreneurial community in the Research Triangle Park area, Mr. Rao mentors entrepreneurs and has served as a charter member and president of the North Carolina chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). He serves on the board of Stop Hunger Now, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end world hunger in our lifetime. Mr. Rao holds bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from North Carolina State University.

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