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Voice Technology in Healthcare

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HandsFree Health is the creator of WellBe®, the premier voice-enabled virtual health assistant platform. With more than 150 years of combined experience in the healthcare field, our founding team sought to create a better way for people to manage their health.

Our founders knew all too well the challenges the current healthcare system presents for caretakers, seniors aging in place, employers trying to keep employees on track with their healthcare, senior communities looking to enhance life for residents, and health plans and insurance companies struggling with keeping members compliant. The solution: HandsFree Health, a company that has swiftly become the benchmark for voice technology in healthcare

Over 150 Years of Combined Healthcare Experience

Co-Founders of HandsFree Health

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Solution: Voice Recognition Technology

Having managed some of the largest insurers in the country, our HandsFree Health team was well acquainted with the hurdles in healthcare for consumers, senior care operations, and employers. 

Mature individuals aging in place and their caregivers are faced with:

  • Rising healthcare costs
  • Accidental death
  • Frequent hospital visits
  • Injuries
  • Declining health
  • Loss of independence
  • Medication non-adherence. 

Employers and human resources personnel must contend with:

  • Deductible increases
  • Health benefits restrictions and cuts
  • Unhealthy employees
  • Loss in productivity

HandsFree Health executives used their collective experience and expertise to create a system to overcome these deficits in healthcare management. The result: WellBe® Voice-Enabled Virtual Health Assistant, powered by comprehensive, HIPAA compliant, digital health technology. 

How is Voice Recognition Used in Healthcare?

Long-time advocates for better health and consumer education Mike, Dan, Kelly, and Eric founded HandsFree Health as a way to help consumers stay educated, engaged, and empowered in navigating the complexity of their personal health. Knowing healthcare can be difficult to manage, HandsFree Health packaged the benefits of the most advanced technology and databases into an easy-to-use platform. Creating the WellBe® voice assistant virtual healthcare platform has bridged the gap in consumer and business-related problems (such as those mentioned earlier), offering a multitude of benefits. 

Consumer benefits include more independence for people aging in place, peace of mind for caregivers and family members, reduced stress for seniors and caregivers, elimination of worry and guilt, improved quality of life, and better organization of health and living needs. 

Business benefits include happier and healthier employees, members, and residents; cost-saving in health benefits/insurance; and fewer questions and interruptions for HR personnel.

Take a look at some of WellBe’s specific voice recognition technology features:

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Seniors

Medication and appointment reminders as well as blood pressure and glucose tracking make WellBe the perfect solution for seniors trying to better manage their health.

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Families

Voice recognition and different colored reminder lights for each family member, WellBe is ready to help keep families on track to better health and wellness.

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Caregivers

Notifications for missed medications, abnormal blood pressure, missed doctor appointments, and more. Rest easy knowing WellBe is there even when you can't be.​

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Businesses

The virtual assistant that never takes a holiday. Use Wellbe to help easily answer questions about policies and promote healthier living. WellBe can even be customized for your business.

What Technology is Used in Healthcare Platforms Like WellBe? 

WellBe runs on artificial-intelligence-based technology. All that’s needed is your voice to activate WellBe: Just say, “OK WellBe…”

This simple command gives you access to everything WellBe has to offer including great entertainment and news from our partners: Spotify, AudiobookStore.com, iHeartRadio, NPR News, AccuWeather, and more.

HandsFree Health Team

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Janice Washeleski
Chief Commercial Sales and Marketing Officer
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Dennis Boone
Chief Consumer Sales and Marketing Officer
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Oleg Boyarsky
Vice President of Technology
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Nancy DiJohn
Vice President of Sales
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Lauren D'Andrea
Vice President of Finance
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Rachel Levine
Director of Product Management
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Matan Barnea
Director of Product Development
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Mark Lane
Director, Software Engineering
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Ryan Michaels
Senior Software Engineer
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Nathan Carlson
Senior Software Engineer
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Joanne Panzeter
Sales and Marketing Support
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Mike Lerro
Senior Software Engineer

Get Started

Learn how WellBe voice technology in healthcare can help you.

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Resources and News

For more information on the latest news and emerging trends in voice technology in healthcare, click here

Just say,
"OK WellBe..."

To access everything WellBe® has to offer including great entertainment and news from our partners: Spotify, AudiobookStore.com, iHeartRadio, NPR News, AccuWeather, and more. 

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Mike Cardillo

Founder - CEO

Mike has over 40 years of experience in healthcare including serving as the former president of Aetna Health and the co-president of US Healthcare. He was most recently the CEO and co-founder of Health Advocate which after 12 years had more than 40 million members. 

HandsFree Health President Dan Messina with short blonde hair, wearing a blue suit jacket and light blue button-down.

Dan Messina

Founder - President
Dan has more than 35 years of healthcare experience including serving as the former CEO of Magellan Health and CFO of Aetna Health. He was most recently one of the partners of Health Advocate which sold for nearly 100 times the outside capital invested.
HandsFree Health SVP, COO Kelly Johnston with long auburn hair, wearing hoop earrings and dark business attire.

Kelly Johnston

Chief Operating Officer
Kelly has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, product development, and operations. Most recently Kelly was senior vice president of product development at Health Advocate, successfully launching and managing the member experience for upwards of 40 million members.
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Eric Weaver

Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer
Eric has more than 20 years of technology leadership within the healthcare industry for startups, growth companies, and large public companies. Most recently he was CTO of Health Advocate where he earned a reputation of aligning corporate and technology strategies, exceeding business expectations, and maximizing and retaining resources.
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