IControlMyHealth, Inc. (ICMH) is a non-profit 501c(3) charitable healthcare organization founded with a passion to improve people’s health through –behavioral change programs, education, and evidence generation.
Chronic lifestyle diseases are creating havoc in our lives and wrecking our healthcare system. Fortunately, many of these can be prevented or delayed if people are educated to take onus of their own health and empowered with right information and tools. IControlMyHealth aims to accomplish through the following activities:
- Educate people on the benefits of healthy living and disease prevention
- Make available educational and motivational tools and applications so that people are continuously engaged in important decisions about their health that can have far reaching implications
- Help improve quality of care for the uninsured, high risk populations, minorities, or socio-economic disadvantaged individuals
- Enhance care by making available free/subsidized second opinion or other tools/programs
Behavioral Change Programs
IControlMyHealth team is passionate about making and difference and believes that it cannot fully accomplish its mission, if it is not engaged in its community by empowering people to lead healthier and happier lives. Therefore, IControlMyHealth collaborates with local, national, and international organizations and institutions to deliver a wide variety of behavioral change programs, within its community, at workplaces, and remotely through its website – www.icontrolmyhealth.org.
Current programs offered by IControlMyHealth include:
- CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
- Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP)
- Obesity prevention and awareness in children
- Stress and mental disorders support/management
Science is making progress at an astonishing pace and is constantly unlocking new possibilities. In many cases, conventional pharmaceutical medicine is the best solution for a disease or condition, whereas in other instances, it is not. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is showing significant promise in alleviating symptoms and reducing suffering in many disease areas. Several of these alternative therapies have fewer side effects and have demonstrated clinical benefit, while others are still at an exploratory stage. Since, more and more patients, caregivers, and the healthy are exploring CAM, it is important that they have access to a reliable resource that provides honest, scientific, unbiased, up-to-date, and independent view on these therapies.
In addition, due to lack of awareness, knowledge, and training on CAM, many Health Care Providers (HCPs) do not encourage its use. This can lead to sub-optimal care and unnecessary suffering for the patient. Our hope is that our educational platform – www.icontrolmyhealth.org will lead to stronger collaboration and partnership between patients and their health care providers, so that the patients can make the best decisions for their own health. By becoming more engaged, patients will ultimately experience best possible health.
Within patient education, we currently focus on three key areas:
- Treatment Options
- Medical Advances
- Chronic Diseases
The advent of Internet and globalization has opened channels of knowledge exchange, which seemed impossible before. Today, the consumers have the opportunity to evaluate many more options before deciding what’s best. The opportunities within CAM are growing day by day, which offers hope to reduce suffering and provide a potential cure.
ICMH aims to cross the geographic, psychological, and social barriers by making consumers aware of the CAM options. Importantly, the need is to not only educate patients on the benefits of CAMs, but also caution them against using internationally available niche CAM treatments that lack objective scientific evidence and seem to offer little or no benefit. Through this, consumers will be able to assess the benefits and disadvantages of each, have a productive dialogue with their healthcare provider, and decide what is best for them.
The field of medicine is progressing at such a rapid pace that it is very difficult to keep up with all the new technologies, product launches, innovative treatments, and revision to treatment guidelines. In addition, the conflicting research results end up confusing more and educating less. IControlMyHealth aims to constantly monitor the healthcare arena and keep the consumers abreast of the medical advances through consensus driven research and not on the basis of just an isolated research studies. The editorial board provides unbiased reviews on each of these advances so that the patients, consumers, and other interested individuals can benefit the most.
IControlMyHealth provides credible and unbiased information about diseases and ailments in an easy to understand layman language. Through this, the intention is to educate the patients, caregivers, and others to have a better understanding of why, how, and what next about a disease or a medical condition. IControlMyHealth editorial team and advisory board compile this information through extensive research, reviews, and collaboration with other organizations, as necessary. Our references section lists all the materials reviewed during the process. The resource section provides links to relevant websites that provide credible information with a similar mission as ours.
ICMH is fully committed to help patients improve their overall health. To accomplish this mission, ICMH has partnered with governmental agencies, private organizations, and international non-profit organizations to generate objective data regarding safety and efficacy of CAM therapies.
Core Values, Mission, and Vision
Empowering people to live healthier lives through behavior change programs, education, and evidence generation
We will accomplish the mission by following our key principles and core values.
Our Core Values
The core vales of IControlMyHealth include:
Our primary focus of founding this organization is to “passionately serve.” We aspire to serve all – patients who suffer from a disease or illness, those who care for others (caregivers), and the healthy who are proactive or have healthcare related questions.
Our principles will always come before our commercial interests.
Honesty, Fairness, and Transparency
We will fulfill our mission with honesty, fairness, and transparency in all aspects of our business. Our desire is to truthfully educate and empower the patients, caregivers, and the healthy.
We will be a socially responsible organization and always maintain high ethical and moral values.
The vision of IControlMyHealth is to make people healthier by disease prevention and effective management. Through this we want to positively contribute to the overall well being, improve the quality of life, reduce healthcare costs, and ultimately make this world a better place to live.
Leadership and Experience
The leadership team at IControlMyHealth possesses a combination of key skills, which we believe, are absolutely critical to deliver on our mission and vision. These are summarized below:
Passion to Serve
The leadership team at IControlMyHealth strongly believes that each one of us has to do their part to make this world a better place to live. Having successfully worked in the corporate world for decades, the team is now utilizing their talents and resources to give back to this world.
IControlMyHealth team has extensive global experience in the healthcare field. The executive team members have held senior level positions in healthcare marketing, executive management, information technology, product development, and customer support. This diverse experience has prepared the management team to have a laser focus on the cause to help the consumers.
IControlMyHealth is a US based organization, but has reach in key global markets. Our network, advisory board members, and key collaborators are spread across multiple countries giving us the capability to make our offering appealing and relevant to the global audience.
Board of Directors
Dr. Kanchan Anand
Dr. Kanchan Anand is a board certified physician, specializing in Internal Medicine and Nephrology (kidney disease). She has 16 years experience and graduated from Reading Hospital and Medical Center and completed her fellowship at Washington Hospital Center in 2002. Dr. Anand is a published author, having articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has won a number of awards, including Patients’ Choice Award 2011 and Patients’ Choice Award 2010.
Ajit is a Patient Advocate and Founder of IControlMyHealth and brings over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is passionate about educating and empowering patients to take control of their health so that they can live healthier and happier lives. In his prior roles, he has led marketing, business development, and consulting teams. Ajit completed his Bachelors of Science (B.Sc) from Panjab University, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Marketing from JNIBM, Vikram University, and diploma in export management (DEP) from IMT, Ghaziabad, India. He is also a Certified Lifestyle Coach and delivers behavioral change programs within the community.
Avneet is Healthcare IT professional with over 10 years experience. Avneet is passionate about overall patient health through use of complementary and alternative medicine. She is a certified yoga teacher and co-founder and President of YogaLife USA, Inc. Avneet completed her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) and Master in English Literature (M.A.) from Vikram University, India.
Joe is President of the Pro Wood Finishes and has over 30 years of experience in industrial and consumer products. He has also successfully expanded his organization’s reach by venturing into e-commerce. In addition, Joe is a board member of the C12 local Washington DC Metro Chapter, a group of Christian CEOs and owners, wherein he consults with Christian CEOs on business issues. He is also President of the Akzo Distributor Advisory Council. Joe is a graduate from Ben Franklin University.
Dr. Scott Kim
Dr. Scott Kim is a bioethicist and a psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan and Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and trained in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has published extensively addressing a variety of ethical issues in health care and research. Dr. Kim’s work has been supported by grants from National Instutute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute on Aging, Michael J. Fox Foundation, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Greenwall Foundation.
Rebecca Samuel Shah is a Research Associate with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and the Project Leader of the Holy Avarice Project. Rebecca is an analyst of the relationship between religion and economics and an expert on the statistical assessment of development projects in the global South. Shah is also the Principal Investigator for a research project on the effects of tithing and thrift on the enterprising poor in Bangalore, India. Shah holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Economic History and a Master’s of Science in Demography, both from the London School of Economics. She served as a Research Analyst with the World Bank’s Human Development Network from 1998 to 2002 and as Chief Research Analyst for the Ethnic Health Unit of the British National Health Service at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK.
Dr. Kanchan Anand, MD (Nephrology and Internal Medicine)
Dr. Kanchan Anand is a board certified physician, specializing in Internal Medicine and Nephrology (kidney disease). She has 16 years experience and graduated from Reading Hospital and Medical Center and completed her fellowship at Washington Hospital Center in 2002. Dr. Anand is a published author, having articles in peer reviewed journals. She has won a number of awards, including Patients’ Choice Award 2011 and Patients’ Choice Award 2010.
Avneet Baid, Certified Yoga Instructor
Avneet is a Certified Yoga Instructor and received her certification from Pundit (Pt.) Radheshyam Mishra in Classical Yoga in mid-west India. She has been practicing Yoga since 1997. Avneet is engaged in helping others to adopt healthy lifestyle, reduce stress, manage weight problems, and address other chronic illnesses through Yoga. She applauds all the progress that science is making to win over the terrible diseases, but feels a desperate and urgent need for a healthy day-to-day lifestyle. Her desire is to not only to introduce Yoga for adults and senior citizens but also to bring the awareness of healthy living among today’s kids and young generation.
Avneet conducts workshops in a variety of organizations and teaches people how to better manage stress and live a healthy and balanced life. To schedule a workshop, please email at email@example.com.
Dr. Natasha Deonarain, MD, MBA
Natasha Deonarain is a board-certified urgent care and family practice physician with 20 years of clinical and executive leadership experience in Canada and the US. In 2005, she opened several urgent care clinics featuring chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and nutraceuticals as part of a cutting-edge, integrated healthcare model. Currently, Dr. Deonarain writes and blogs extensively on shifting America to a new paradigm in healthcare based on her book, The 7 Principles of Health: Your Call to Health Consciousness. She is also founder of the Health Conscious Movement; a collaborative social network based on a new health-centric delivery model. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website www.health-conscious.org.
Dr. Sharon T Freeman
Dr. Freeman is a small business economic development and trade specialist who has worked in over 100 countries specializing in helping small, minority, women and immigrant–owned businesses connect with each other, grow, and thrive. She lived and worked in Hong Kong for 12 years, 5 years of which were in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps representing the U.S. Trade Development Agency. She has B.A. in Cognitive Psychology and History as well as M.S. in Public Management & Policy, both from Carnegie Mellon University. She also has Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University.
Kate Pugh, PA-C
Kate is a registered Physician Assistant and has over 18 years of experience in internal medicine and surgery. She currently works in the emergency medicine department of Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD. In her current role, her responsibilities include managing the Minor Emergency Needs Department as well as evaluating and managing medical illnesses. Kate completed her Bachelor of Science – Physician Assistant Studies from St. Francis College, Loretto, PA in 1994. She also has interest in cosmetology and works at Logan 14 MedSpa in Washington DC area.
Dr. Setareh Tais, ND
Setareh Tais, ND,is a naturopathic physician practicing holistic family medicine with a focus on women’s health, heart disease, digestive health, pediatrics, and fertility. She received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and completed a 2-year integrative family medicine residency at a Bastyr-affiliate site. With a background in research and interest in writing, she seeks to educate the public on the prevention of chronic disease and using natural medicines to improve health. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the California Naturopathic Doctor’s Association and participates on the legislative committee. You can learn more by visiting her website at www.fresnoholisticmedicine.net
Dr. Shirley Telles, MBBS, MPhil, Phd (Neurophysiology)
Dr. Shirley Telles has a MBBS, followed by an M.Phil. & Ph.D. in neurophysiology from the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences [NIMHANS], Bengaluru. Dr Telles is the founder president of FAITHS. She has 126 publications in indexed journals and chapters in medical books. Dr Telles currently Heads the ICMR Center for Advanced Research in Yoga and Neurophysiology at Bengaluru. She also serves as the Director of Research at Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, founded by Swami Ramdev. Dr. Telles has received awards from the Indian Council of Medical Research, the John Templeton Foundation (U.S.A.), and received a Fulbright fellowship to study neurophysiological changes in meditators. Dr. Telles is an enthusiastic and ardent yoga practitioner herself.
Dr. Akshya Vasudev, MBBS, MD, MRCPsych, PG Cert Med Edu
Dr. A. Vasudev is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology at University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada. Dr. Vasudev has research interests in the neurobiology of late life depression with particular emphasis on cardiovascular risks and pharmacogenomics. He is collaborating with researchers at UWO and Newcastle, UK in these areas. He has a number of publications which have appeared in various peer reviewed journals including the Cochrane Database SYST REV: of systematic reviews, BJPsych: the British Journal of Psychiatry, BMJ: British Medical Journal, J Affect Disord: Journal of Affective Disorders. Dr. Vasudev was awarded the Junior Investigator award by the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology in 2009 for his contributions to research. In the clinic, Dr. Vasudev has an active practice in late life depression, behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, delirium, psychosis and neuropsychiatry of movement disorders as well as hereditary disorders. Dr. Vasudev completed his graduate training in Medicine at Delhi University, India in 1995, postgraduate training in Pharmacology in 1999 (Delhi) and further post graduate and subsequent sub-specialization in Geriatric Psychiatry at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 2010.