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Virtual Healthcare - A Mother's Day Message

Telemedicine is the Equalizer - From Pre-Op in the U.S. to Medical Missions

Our guest today is Dr. Shamim Shakibai, Co-Founder and CEO of MyPreOp and Founder of Priventa Health medical missions.


Episode Notes

00:20 - Introduction
05:30 - Dr. House and the Hospitalist
12:15 - Dragon software and AI
21:45 - MyPreOp
33:20 - Medical Missions
41:30 - Priventa Health
49:15 - Thoughts on the U.S.
51:20 - Solutions
53:30 - What to do to Improve Your Health

What Is MyPreOp?

Prior to COVID-19, telemedicine was not a reimbursable expense - under most circumstances. 

During the pandemic, CMS1 expanded reimbursement to include virtual care sessions just as for in-person medical visits.

A business model of no brick-and-mortar office, streamlined and standardized test protocols, traveling nurses and technicians, and access to the physician via video-based appointment.

At MyPreOp, we’ve set out to make the preoperative medical evaluation process simpler, safer, and more convenient. Thanks to telemedicine and virtual medical care, endless time spent in waiting rooms is a thing of the past. 

We incorporate all of the latest evidence-based guidelines in ensuring your preoperative evaluation is as thorough and comprehensive as possible.

We take care of the entire process from A to Z, from arranging home- based testing to delivering your results to your surgeon/proceduralist offices seamlessly.

What is Priventa Health?

A 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing primary care access and preventive health care across Central and South America.

Piggybacking on the construction of a brand new free school for the people of Colon, El Salvador, we will be treating patients with limited access to care in a multitude of specialties.

Gynecology, family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics will all be represented. Medications will be distributed and some testing will be done free of charge.

These healthcare professionals are donating their precious time, energy and focus to this effort. In addition, we will also be traveling to a mountainous area of El Salvador with difficult road access near the border of Honduras.

Once medical issues are identified, we will develop targeted health education talks to the community using the school as a platform in order to further the goal of prevention of numerous medical illnesses to the benefit of the community.

The progress will be tracked carefully, and if successful, will serve as a model for disease prevention that can be distributed throughout the rest of Central and South America.

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About The Author And Podcast Host

Tom Levine, leveraging a 25-year tenure in capital markets, leads Zero Hour Group and Native Angelino Real Estate, offering a suite of consulting, strategic analysis, and real estate services.

An alumnus of USC Marshall School of Business and the Claremont Colleges - Pitzer College campus with a term at the London School of Economics. Additionally, he holds a CADRE broker's license (#02052698) and the designation certified Short Sale Specialist under the National Association of Realtors.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) sets reimbursement rates for all medical services and equipment covered under Medicare.

CMS, or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It administers the nation's major healthcare programs and the federally facilitated Marketplace. For more information, visit

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