Medical Tourism —Is it for me, and what do I need to know?
Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) September 23, 2010
Josef Woodman, president and CEO of Healthy Travel Media, has been selected as a featured presenter and moderator at Orlando@50+, AARP’s national event and expo, taking place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Orange County (Fla.) Convention Center. Woodman will moderate a panel discussion titled, "Medical Tourism —Is it for me, and what do I need to know?” slated for Oct. 1, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Other panelists include Sherry Kaufield, executive director of International Services for Joint Commission Resources, and David Boucher, president and COO of Companion Global Healthcare, Inc.
Experts participating in the panel discussion will share with event attendees the pros and cons of crossing borders to obtain high-quality, affordable healthcare.
“I am pleased to see medical tourism included in AARP’s annual conference agenda,” said Woodman. “AARP’s members are the heartland of American medical tourism, where populations with financially challenging medical conditions are forging new health care opportunities for consumers, providers and carriers.”
The three-day conference, to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, is expected to draw more than 25,000 attendees and features a host of celebrities and guest speakers geared toward the 50+ audience. AARP currently boasts nearly 40 million members and helps people 50+ achieve independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society. AARP makes products available as member benefits, ranging from health and homeowners insurance to legal services to member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging.
About Sherry Kaufield
Sherry Kaufield (MA, FACHE) joined Joint Commission Resources in 2004 with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. Kaufield oversees Joint Commission consulting and education services in over 90 countries, collaborating regularly with Joint Commission International (JCI) Regional Managing Directors in Singapore, Dubai, Milan, and Ferney-Voltaire, France.
Ms. Kaufield has advised both domestic and international healthcare organizations in the areas of standards compliance, accreditation readiness, patient safety, and quality improvement. She has traveled extensively and worked with multiple clients in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Clients include individual organizations, health care systems, ministries of health, health authorities, third-party payers, and other government bodies. Ms. Kaufield regularly serves as a faculty member at international practica and other educational events. She is a consulting editor and contributor for Joint Commission International Accreditation: Getting Started and many other publications. For additional information, please visit the Joint Commission Resources website at http://www.jcrinc.com.
About David Boucher
David Boucher (MPH, FACHE) currently serves as president and COO of Companion Global Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina. In this capacity, he is responsible for Companion Global Healthcare as well as complementary and alternative health programs for BlueCross. Prior to joining BlueCross in 1999, Mr. Boucher worked in Quorum Health Resources hospitals for 14 years, the last several as CEO in North and South Carolina facilities. Mr. Boucher is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. For additional information, please visit the Companion Global Healthcare website at http://www.companionglobalhealthcare.com.
About Josef Woodman
As president and CEO of Healthy Travel Media and author of Patients Beyond Borders, Josef Woodman has spent more than four years touring more than 140 medical facilities in 22 countries, researching contemporary medical tourism. As cofounder of MyDailyHealth and Ventana Communications, Woodman’s pioneering background in health, wellness, and Web technology has allowed him to compile a wealth of information about global health travel, telemedicine, and new developments in consumer and institutional medical care. A noted consumer advocate for the globalization of healthcare, Woodman has lectured at Harvard Medical School, UCLA School of Public Health, and Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and has hosted more than a dozen seminars and workshops around the world on the topics of medical tourism and health travel.
About Healthy Travel Media
Healthy Travel Media, an independent imprint based in Chapel Hill, NC, publishes books, eBooks, video, online, mobile, and social networking information and applications on medical, health, and wellness travel. Its flagship international title, Patients Beyond Borders, now in its Second Edition, is the world’s leading consumer reference guide for medical tourism and is filled with authoritative, accessible advice. Country-specific editions have been published for Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Turkey. The Patients Beyond Borders series is available through booksellers everywhere and is distributed to the retail trade through Publisher's Group West.
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