Health-e-Iron LLC (Health-e-Iron), is an affiliate of Iron Disorders Institute (IDI) and the Hemochromatosis Foundation. Together, our affiliation comprises the largest iron-health organization in the world. IDI is a 501(c) 3 national public interest organization. Its primary funding is provided by public donations and grants. IDI is is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors. Medical and scientific guidance is provided by a 22-member Medical & Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB), all of whom are MDs, PhDs, or MD/PhDs involved in clinical research. As a whole, IDI's MSAB members are prolifically published on the topics of iron homeostasis, iron mediated disease and iron regulating genes. Many MSAB members are physicians who regularly provide their medical expertise in nearly all areas of iron-related health issues.
IDI is an external partner of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and principally within those organization the National Center for Blood Disorders and Development Disabilities (NCBDDD) and the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI) respectively. IDI also maintains relationships with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).
Since its inception, IDI has served hundreds of thousands of people with iron disorders through its national outreach and education programs. Thousands have become part of IDI’s (and the Hemochromatosis Foundation's) grassroots network through national hemochromatosis awareness campaigns. IDI’s websites are ranked highest in visitation of any other iron-related site in the world. Through its efforts in working with its patient constituencies, governmental partners and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), IDI was instrumental in the process to establish more than 150 blood donor centers, where qualified donors with hemochromatosis may donate allogeneic blood or receive therapeutic phlebotomy without charge. This donor program is now in its 13th year of existence.
Health-e-Iron is a corporation founded in 2008 by Gerald Koenig. Mr. Koenig has been a member of IDI's governing board since 2007. Health-e-Iron was established for the purpose of compiling, synthesizing and quantifying the medical and scientific literature covering all areas of iron-related diseases and disorders, and to provide easily accessible testing services for all individuals who suffer from, or are at risk of suffering from, the debilitating or life-threatening conditions caused by iron-out-of-balance™.
Mr. Koenig has worked closely with key members of IDI's MSAB as well as many other research scientists and clinicians in the formulation of a test panel specifically constructed to measure the balance of several key biochemical constituents essential to good health and the prevention of disease and early mortality. These efforts have evolved into the development of FeGGT LifePro™, a proprietary risk assessment tool that is the premier test panel offered by Health-e-Iron.
Health-e-Iron is partnered with Direct laboratory Services (DirectLabs), a company established in 1993 by John Bell. DirectLabs was first to establish the Direct Access Testing concept, primarily through internet marketing. And as the industry pioneer and leader, Mr. Bell formed a trade association to establish and maintain standards of excellence as competitors with a common mission entered the field. Today, DirectLabs is the leader in nationwide direct-to-consumer laboratory testing.
DirectLabs is always evolving to meet America’s most current, pressing needs. In recent years, DirectLabs' volume of fast, affordable, convenient and confidential online lab tests to individual consumers has significantly increased each year. Today, about 87 million Americans have no health insurance. So in addition to providing consumers with the ability to take charge of their own health, DirectLabs offers a much-needed healthcare provider affiliations, providing physicians a safe, confidential, cost-effective resource for their uninsured patients. In 2003, Lab Services Benefits for groups, wellness companies and associations began as a component of mini-med plans. This benefit fills the gap created by expansion in the High Deductible Health Plan/Health Savings Account area. This segment of the company currently covers over 500,000 members.
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