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    A single, multidisciplinary entity, like a university, may include certain departments that use PHI, and other departments that do not. Reported by Mondaq 14 hours ago.

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    Sunday marks the 42nd year since the passage of the Hyde Amendment, which since 1976 has banned Medicaid health insurance from covering abortion care. All* Above All activists have organized 55 events in 23 states to rally around its repeal.

    WASHINGTON (PRWEB) September 28, 2018

    Sunday marks the 42nd year since the passage of the Hyde Amendment, which since 1976 has banned Medicaid health insurance from covering abortion care. Coverage bans create an often insurmountable barrier to abortion for those across the country already struggling to get affordable health care, and disproportionately affect those who are low-income, people of color, young, immigrants, or live in rural communities.

    “Every year, abortion fund helplines hear from 150,000 people who have to make impossible decisions, like choosing between paying for rent or for their abortion care, because of the Hyde Amendment,” said Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director, National Network of Abortion Funds. “Our network can only fill a portion of the financial gaps left by the Hyde Amendment, and that’s why we’re building collective power across the country at the same time to lift coverage bans and ensure that each of us can access the care we need free from political interference and stigma.”

    This year, reproductive justice activists have organized 55 events in 23 states to rally around its repeal, including a fish fry and community conversation in Atlanta, a glow-in-the-dark SoulCycle class in Palo Alto, and a collective art action with luminous body paint in Decatur, GA.

    Efforts led by women of color over the past several years have resulted in have expansion of abortion coverage in Illinois and Oregon. Local governments in 15 communities across the country have passed resolutions demonstrating support among elected officials for abortion coverage.

    “For 42 years, politicians have been punishing low-income women by taking away their abortion coverage in the Medicaid program. But, we’re closer than ever to ending this inhumane policy,” said Destiny Lopez, Co-Director, All* Above All. “People of color across this country are logging thousands of miles, knocking on doors, sharing their stories, and leading efforts to end funding restrictions and expand abortion coverage.”

    Studies show that when policymakers place severe restrictions on Medicaid coverage of abortion, it forces one in four poor women seeking abortion to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. A woman who seeks abortion but is denied is more likely to fall into poverty than one who is able to get an abortion. According to the most recent data, 58% of women of reproductive age enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP live in states that ban Medicaid coverage for abortion except in limited circumstances. Just over half of these enrollees – 51% -- are women of color.

    “The stakes for abortion access for women of color could not be higher right now,” said Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. “Latinas are often hit hardest by restrictions on abortion care and coverage, but we’re also leaders in the fight and we’re fighting for each other.”

    This year’s anniversary comes as Oregon and West Virginia voters will consider ballot measures this year that threaten abortion coverage in those states. Since the Hyde Amendment passed, anti-abortion politicians have doubled down on this strategy to make abortion more unaffordable by adding similar insurance and funding restrictions for Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees, Federal employees and their dependents, Peace Corps volunteers, Native Americans, women in federal prisons and detention centers, including those detained for immigration purposes, survivors of human trafficking, and low-income women in the District of Columbia.

    Public support for abortion coverage remains high, with a 2017 poll showing that 55 percent of voters support Medicaid coverage for abortion. The same poll shows that 85 percent of voters believe a woman who is able to make decisions about her own about her own reproductive healthcare, including whether and when to have children, has more control over her own economic security.

    Photo galleries available:
    If you’re looking for photos to accompany your coverage of abortion and related issues, please check out these galleries. Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.

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    Cognosante continues to deliver health IT services to the DoD and VA under the leadership of SVP, Steve Schliesman.

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (PRWEB) September 28, 2018

    Cognosante, a leader in health information technology solutions and services for Federal and state public health agencies, today announced the promotion of Steve Schliesman to Senior Vice President, Military and Veterans Health.

    Schliesman, previously Vice President and General Manager, Military and Veterans Health, will continue leading the company’s effort to deliver improved services to the DoD and VA, including Veteran referral management, cloud computing, and call center solutions.

    “It has long been my desire to provide health IT services within the Veteran community—an effort that will ultimately change and improve the way military and Veteran healthcare is provided,” said Cognosante founder and CEO Michele Kang. “We are vested in our commitment, and we are determined to provide solutions that ensure better, faster, and more personalized care for those who have served. Steve, a Veteran and highly respected leader within the Military and Veteran community, understood my vision and has made great strides in spearheading this effort. He has done an exceptional job managing this portfolio.”

    “I take pride in the shared success of Cognosante and my team,” said Schliesman. “Our mission to better the lives of Military service members and Veterans is something I take to heart and find purpose in. I am honored to be part of an organization with a clear focus on improving healthcare, and to have a great team that shares the same passion.”

    About Cognosante
    Cognosante provides technology solutions, business process outsourcing, and consulting services to Federal, state, and local government health agencies. The company has nearly three decades of experience working with 48 states and the Federal government, developing, managing, and executing large, complex health information programs. Its expertise includes Medicaid; Medicare; military and Veterans’ health; the health insurance marketplace; data standards and analytics; modular system development and integration; and fraud, waste, and abuse detection and prevention. Visit for more information.

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    Media Contact
    Heidi Gerarde
    Communications Manager, Cognosante
    (703) 658-8414 Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.

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    People can soon buy health insurance that may be cheaper than Obamacare. It however is not required to cover as many medical services and is exempt from covering people with pre-existing conditions. Reported by NPR 2 days ago.

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    Embrace Pet Insurance announces new supporting partnership with RedRover through a donation campaign for RedRover Responder and RedRover Relief efforts. In month of October, Embrace will donate $2 of every policy sold to the RedRover Relief program.

    CLEVELAND (PRWEB) October 01, 2018

    Embrace Pet Insurance, a leading pet insurance provider, has donated $5,000 to RedRover, a national nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Sacramento, to assist with animal-related relief efforts. Embrace believes in the power of paying it forward and giving back to the pet community is a company core value. In this spirit, Embrace donates $2 to a pet-related charity for every policy sold and is always seeking new ways to help. Partnering with RedRover is a natural fit.

    Since 1987, RedRover has focused on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance, and humane education. Their three programs are RedRover Readers, RedRover Responders, and RedRover Relief.

    Embrace’s $5,000 donation will assist with RedRover Responders, which provides emergency sheltering for animals in natural disasters, including Hurricane Florence, and manmade disasters, such as hoarding or puppy mills.

    “When Embrace Pet Insurance learned about RedRover’s mission and scope of work, we knew we had to be involved. They’re doing exactly what we at Embrace believe in deeply, bringing animals from crisis to care,” said Ambrish Jaiswal, Chief Executive Officer at Embrace.

    In the month of October, Embrace will donate $2 of every policy sold to the RedRover Relief program. The RedRover Relief program provides financial and emotional support for pet owners in need of emergency veterinary care and assistance with the cost of boarding to help victims of domestic violence escape with their pets.

    Join Embrace and RedRover in raising awareness about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse during October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    Embrace believes that pets are family, and it’s important to help families find safety together during times of crisis. With the support of volunteers and donations, RedRover is helping families and pets find safety through their Safe Housing and Safe Escape programs. Through RedRover’s Safe Housing Grant program, 73 domestic violence shelters have received grants, and over $477,563.77 has been dispersed since 2012.

    RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth shared “RedRover is so thankful for the generous support of Embrace Pet Insurance and their help to elevate awareness about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We believe pets are family, and this donation will help provide many safe nights for both survivors and their pets escaping an abusive environment.”

    Support RedRover’s lifesaving domestic violence initiatives at

    More information about Embrace Pet Insurance’s Giving Back program can be found at

    About Embrace Pet Insurance
    Embrace Pet Insurance is a top-rated pet health insurance provider for dogs and cats in the United States. Embrace offers one simple yet comprehensive accident and illness insurance plan that is underwritten by American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. In addition to insurance, Embrace offers Wellness Rewards, an optional preventative care product that is unique to the industry. Wellness Rewards reimburses for routine veterinary visits, grooming, vaccinations, training, and much more with no itemized limitations. Embrace is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) and continues to innovate and improve the pet insurance experience for pet parents across the country. For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance, visit or call (800) 511-9172

    About RedRover
    Since 1987, RedRover has focused on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and humane education. For the fourth consecutive year, RedRover’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn more about how RedRover is creating a more compassionate world, please visit Reported by PRWeb 2 days ago.

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    Global “Best in Show” Awarded to Reclame Aqui and Grey Brasil’s “Corruption Detector” and Lifebuoy and PHD China’s “24 Hour Doctor” and North America “Best in Show” Awarded to Colgate and Red Fuse Communications “Colgate E1: The Connected Toothbrush” NBCUniversal, Mindshare, Google RCS and McDonald’s Receive Industry Awards

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) October 02, 2018

    Honoring the marketing teams and creative talent driving business impact through the power of mobile, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) - - today revealed the winners of the 2018 Global Smarties Awards and the North America Regional Smarties following a celebration of talent.

    The winners were selected by the MMA’s independent Global and North America juries comprised collectively of 46 renowned, senior brand and agency professionals under the guidance of jury presidents, Peter McGuinness, Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer at Chobani and Norman De Greve, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, CVS Health, for the Global and North America competitions, respectively.

    “We would like to offer a big MMA congratulation to all the Smarties winners for being courageous and taking risks,” said Sheryl Daija, Chief Strategy Officer, MMA.

    For the Global Smarties, this year’s prestigious “Best in Show” honors were awarded to both Reclame Aqui and Grey Brasil’s “Corruption Detector,” and Lifebuoy and PHD China for “24 Hour Doctor.”

    “This was the first time the Best in Show honor has been awarded to two campaigns,” added Daija. “The jury was deadlocked and ultimately agreed that both campaigns deserved to win the highest honor as they each served as an example of how mobile can be transformational in ways never possible before.”

    In North America, “Best in Show” was awarded to Colgate and Red Fuse Communications’ “Colgate E1: The Connected Toothbrush, a campaign that highlighted the power of connected devices in building brand loyalty.

    In addition to the honors given for effective mobile campaigns, the Smarties also recognized a number of companies for their industry-leading work. The Global Industry Awards were handed to an impressive group of companies, including:· Marketer of the Year: McDonald’s
    · Media Company of the Year: NBCUniversal
    · Enabling Technology of the Year: Google RCS
    · Agency of the Year: Mindshare

    “All our industry award winners are the innovators and disruptors who are leading and growing the mobile marketing industry,” said Daija. “This was Mindshare’s second consecutive win as Agency of the Year winning over 19 awards and last year McDonald’s won the Marketer to Watch and this year they walked off with 9 global awards solidifying them as Marketer of the Year for 2018.”

    The MMA also celebrated a collection of industry executives who have devoted their time, energy and expertise to furthering the mission of the MMA and the industry. Those honored this year include:· Maggie Mesa: OpenX
    · John Duffy and Margie Kupfer: 3Cinteractive
    · Sarah Hall: Waze
    · Kerri Smith: Twitter

    The 2018 entries were first pre-screened by a council comprised of over 100 senior level mobile marketers prior to judging by the independent jury. The campaigns are judged on 4 criteria with business impact accounting for 40 percent of each entrant’s overall score while creative, strategy and execution each made up 20 percent.

    2018 Global SMARTIES Awards Winners:

    BEST-IN-SHOW:· Reclame Aqui and Grey Brasil for “Corrpution Detector”
    · Lifebuoy and PHD China for “24 Hour Doctor”


    Brand Awareness· GOLD: Lifebuoy and PHD China for “24 Hour Doctor”
    · BRONZE: Doritos and Mindshare China for “Beating the Unbeatable”
    · BRONZE: Coca-Cola and J.Walter Thompson for “Coca Cola Fan Feat”

    Lead Generation / Direct Response / Conversions· SILVER: Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos Ltda and DPZ&T for “McBot”

    Product / Services Launch· BRONZE: OLX and Havas Media Indonesia for “OLX VOGON”
    · BRONZE: Rexona and Mindshare Indonesia for“Rexona Movement For Movement”

    Promotion· GOLD: Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos Ltda and DPZ&T for “BiteCoins”
    · SILVER: Coca-Cola and J.Walter Thompson for “Coca Cola Fan Feat”
    · SILVER: Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos Ltda and DPZ&T for “McBot”

    Relationship Building / CRM· GOLD: McDonald's Spain and OMD Spain for “From Mass McDonald's to My McDonald's”
    · SILVER: Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos Ltda and DPZ&T for “McBot”
    · SILVER: T-Mobile and The Marketing Store for “Reaping Rewards with T-Mobile Tuesdays”

    Social Impact / Not For Profit· GOLD: Twitter and McCann Spain for “#ImBack. The return to Twitter”
    · SILVER: Tinder and M Booth for “#RepresentLove: The Interracial Couple Emoji Project by Tinder”
    · SILVER: Mirinda and Mindshare India for “Breaking the deafening silence – Mirinda Release the Pressure”
    · BRONZE: Nicotex and m/SIX for “ICanYouCan”


    Cross Media· SILVER: Doritos and Mindshare China for “Beating the Unbeatable”
    · BRONZE: Rexona and Mindshare Indonesia for “Rexona Movement For Movement”

    Cross Mobile Integration· SILVER: Uniqlo and Mindshare China for “Top Gifting Choice”
    · BRONZE: Ruffles and AlmapBBDO for “Ruffles AmiGO”

    Marketing within a Mobile Gaming Environment· GOLD: KFC and Mindshare China for “Turning KFC into gamer's playground”
    · SILVER: Sony Pictures and Universal McCann for “Peter Rabbit”
    · BRONZE: Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos Ltda and DPZ&T for “McBot”

    Messaging· SILVER: Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos Ltda and DPZ&T for “McBot”
    · BRONZE: Pepsodent White and Mindshare for “Pepsodent Nightbrushing via Storytelling”

    Mobile App· GOLD: Reclame Aqui and Grey Brasil for “Corrpution Detector”
    · SILVER: Twitter and McCann Spain for “#ImBack. The return to Twitter”

    Mobile Search· GOLD: Big Bazaar and Mediacom Communications Pvt. Ltd. for “Smart Search”
    · BRONZE: Akbank and PNC for “The Future of Mobile Search Ads”

    Mobile Social· GOLD: Foxtel and Mindshare Australia for “The Wentworth Rat”
    · SILVER: Aditya Birla Capital Health Insurance and Mindshare India for “#JumpForHealth”
    · BRONZE: Uniqlo and Mindshare China for “Top Gifting Choice”

    Mobile Website· GOLD: BMW and Jung von Matt AG for “The all-new”


    Innovation· SILVER: Antarctica Beer and AlmapBBDO for “APPee”
    · SILVER: Samsung Canada and eSSENTIAL Accessibility for “Enhance the Digital Experience for Users with Disabilities”
    · SILVER: Reckitt Benckiser and Interactive Avenues Pvt. Ltd. for “RexBot educates India's youth on healthy sex”

    Location Based Services or Targeting· GOLD: Dove and Initiative Russia for “Dry Shampoo”
    · SILVER: Uniqlo and Mindshare China for “Hijacking the Largest Shopping Festival in the World”
    · SILVER: KFC and Mindshare China for “Turning KFC into gamer's playground”
    · BRONZE: Uniqlo and Mindshare China for “Top Gifting Choice”

    Mobile Audio· GOLD: Sprite and J.Walter Thompson for “Formula Songs”
    · GOLD: Snickers/Spotify and AMV BBDO for “The Hunger Spotter”

    Mobile Payments / Commerce· GOLD: for “It's Never Too Late, Always the Perfect Gift with 1-800-Flowers”
    · SILVER: Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos Ltda and DPZ&T for “BiteCoins”

    Mobile Video· BRONZE: Nestle Indonesia “DANCOW Advanced Excelnutri+”and Mindshare Indonesia for “DANCOW Advanced Excelnutri+ “Iya Boleh 2.0””
    · BRONZE: Sony Pictures and Universal McCann for “Peter Rabbit”

    VR/AR· GOLD: Ford and Mindshare Canada for “Ford EcoSport: In-Car AR”
    · GOLD: Lincoln and Hudson Rouge for “Lincoln Navigator 360 VR”

    360 Degree Video· GOLD: Volvo and Courageous Studio for “Racing the Sun”
    · SILVER: Samsung Mobile and Starcom UK for “NowThis x Samsung Gear 360 – the no. 1 most-viewed campaign on Facebook in 2017”
    · BRONZE: Excedrin Migraine and Weber Shandwick for “Excedrin Works 360 Video”

    The Internet of Things - Products in Prototype / Incubator Stage· SILVER: Arcos Dorados Comércio de Alimentos Ltda and DPZ&T for “The Tasty Drive”

    2018 North America Smarties Winners

    BEST-IN-SHOW:· Colgate and Red Fuse Communications “Colgate E1: The Connected Toothbrush”


    Brand Awareness· GOLD: The Patrón Spirits Company and Publicis.Sapient for “Patrón Cocktail Lab”
    · SILVER: Creative Digital Agency, Inc. / Bravecto / Merck Animal Health and Creative Digital Agency, Inc. for “My MAH Vet Offers”
    · BRONZE: Samsung and Moburst for “Galaxy Apps”

    Lead Generation / Direct Response / Conversions· BRONZE: Lincoln and Hudson Rouge for “Lincoln’s Enhanced Build & Price Experience”

    Product / Services Launch· SILVER: TUMS and Weber Shandwick for “TUMS Chewy Bites Launch”
    · BRONZE: Mozilla and Fetch for “Firefox Quantum”

    Promotion· GOLD: T-Mobile and The Marketing Store for “Reaping Rewards with T-Mobile Tuesdays”
    · SILVER: Creative Digital Agency, Inc. / Bravecto / Merck Animal Health and Creative Digital Agency, Inc. for “My MAH Vet Offers”
    · BRONZE: Island Records and Gameloft for “Fall Out Boy Story Mode”

    Relationship Building / CRM· GOLD: Lane Bryant and Vibes for “Lane Bryant + Vibes | Smarties 2018”
    · SILVER: T-Mobile and The Marketing Store for “Reaping Rewards with T-Mobile Tuesdays”

    Social Impact / Not For Profit· GOLD: Lyft and Digitas for “2017 Lyft and Kargo Round Up & Donate Mobile Campaign”

    Cross Mobile Integration· GOLD: Lyft and Digitas for “2017 Lyft and Kargo Round Up & Donate Mobile Campaign”

    Marketing within a Mobile Gaming Environment· SILVER: Island Records and Gameloft for “Fall Out Boy Story Mode”
    · BRONZE: Tyson, Mindshare and Twitch for “Tyson Game Day”

    Messaging· GOLD: Lane Bryant and Vibes for “Lane Bryant + Vibes | Smarties 2018”
    · SILVER: for “It's Never Too Late, Always the Perfect Gift with 1-800-Flowers”
    · BRONZE: Forevermark and Mindshare for “Forevermark Chatbot”

    Mobile App· GOLD: Lincoln and Hudson Rouge for “The Lincoln Way App”
    · SILVER: Jeep and Bullitt Entertainment for “Adventure Reality”
    · BRONZE: T-Mobile and The Marketing Store for “Reaping Rewards with T-Mobile Tuesdays”

    Mobile Search· BRONZE: GSK Abreva and PHD for “How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore”

    Mobile Social· GOLD: TD Ameritrade and Havas NYC for “TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios Cognitive”
    · SILVER: Flonase and Weber Shandwick for “Flonase Greatest Season Ever”
    · BRONZE: truTV / Impractical Jokers and Fooji for “Impractical Jokers Surprise and Delight”
    · BRONZE: TUMS and Weber Shandwick for “TUMS Chewy Bites Launch”

    Mobile Website· BRONZE: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC and Publicis.Sapient for “2018 Bridgestone Performance Institute”
    · BRONZE: AT&T Business and Hearts & Science for “The Future of Commerce”

    Innovation· BRONZE: Colgate Total and Red Fuse Communications for “Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash”

    Location Based Services or Targeting· BRONZE: Visit Austin and LatinWorks for “’Visit Austin 2017 Leisure’ Mobile Advertising Campaign”
    · BRONZE: Northern California Honda Dealers and Baker Street Advertising for “Northern California Honda Dealers Reach Hispanic Auto Intenders, Achieve Lift in Visits”

    Mobile Payments / Commerce· GOLD: for “It's Never Too Late, Always the Perfect Gift with 1-800-Flowers”

    Mobile Video· SILVER: Lyft and Digitas for “2017 Lyft and Kargo Round Up & Donate Mobile Campaign”
    · BRONZE: ZYRTEC and J. Walter Thompson for “The Muddle Shop”

    VOICE· SILVER: Hellmann's / Best Foods and Mindshare for “Hellmann's Best Foods Best Recipes”
    · SILVER: The Patrón Spirits Company and Publicis.Sapient for “Patrón Cocktail Lab”

    VR/AR· GOLD: and Prolific Interactive for “ ‘In-Home Preview’”
    · SILVER: Ford and GTB for “ 360 VR Experience”
    · BRONZE: Lincoln and Hudson Rouge for “Lincoln Navigator 360 VR”
    · BRONZE: Jeep and Bullitt Entertainment for “Adventure Reality”

    360 Degree Video· GOLD: Excedrin Migraine and Weber Shandwick for “Excedrin Works 360 Video”
    · BRONZE: Lincoln and Hudson Rouge for “Lincoln Navigator 360 VR”

    The Internet of Things - Products in the Market· GOLD: Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 and Red Fuse Communication for “Colgate E1: The Connected Toothbrush”

    This year will also mark the second time MMA will release the Business Impact Index, in partnership with WARC. At the completion of all nine Smarties programs around the world, the MMA will publish a “Top 5” ranking of mobile marketing companies – including individual rankings for each of agencies and brands – that achieve the biggest business impact. The top ranked company in each category will receive the brand new Smarties Index Business Impact Award. The award will be the ultimate achievement in mobile marketing, as it is an honor derived from aggregating the business impact of all the Smarties-winning campaigns from around the world.

    About the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA)
    The MMA is the world’s leading global non-profit trade mobile marketing association comprised of more than 800-member companies, from nearly fifty countries around the world. Our members hail from every faction of the mobile marketing ecosystem, including brand marketers, agencies, mobile technology platforms, media companies, operators and others. The MMA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation and innovation of marketing through mobile, driving business growth with closer and stronger consumer engagement. Anchoring the MMA’s mission are four core pillars; to cultivate inspiration by driving innovation for the Chief Marketing Officer; to build the mobile marketing capabilities for marketing organizations through fostering know-how and confidence; to champion the effectiveness and impact of mobile through research providing tangible ROI measurement; and to advocate for mobile marketers. Additionally, MMA industry-wide committees work collaboratively to develop and advocate global best practices and lead standards development.

    Members include:, AdColony, Allstate, Ally Financial, American Express, AT&T, Bank Of America, Campbell’s, JPMorgan Chase, Chobani, Choice Hotels, Citi, Clear Channel Outdoor, Colgate- Palmolive, Dunkin’ Brands, eBay, E*TRADE, Electronic Arts, ESPN, Facebook, Ford, Foursquare, Google, GroundTruth, , Hilton Worldwide, IBM Watson, LinkedIn, Marriott International, Match Group, Mastercard, McDonald’s, Microsoft, MillerCoors, OpenMarket, Pandora, Pfizer, Pinterest, PlaceIQ, Procter & Gamble, R/GA, RetailMeNot, Salesforce, Samsung, Snap Inc., Spotify, SUBWAY, Target Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, , T-Mobile, TUNE, Turner Broadcasting, Twitter, Uber, Ubimo, Unilever, Vibes, Walmart, Zurich and many more. The MMA’s global headquarters are located in New York with regional operations Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Latin America (LATAM). For more information about the MMA please visit

    Media Contact
    Sheryl Daija
    Chief Strategy Officer
    917-287-6140 Reported by PRWeb 20 hours ago.

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    Colleen Rooney has been appointed Senior Vice President, Public Entity Sales at York Risk Services Group, responsible for all public entity sales with more than 25 years of national sales and management experience.

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (PRWEB) October 02, 2018

    Colleen Rooney has been appointed Senior Vice President, Public Entity Sales at York Risk Services Group. Rooney is responsible for all public entity sales with more than 25 years of national sales and management experience. She reports to Lou Keyes, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales Officer.

    "Colleen has significant experience helping public entities to develop solutions that drive results. I know she will make an impact here at York and for our clients," said Keyes.

    Rooney joins York from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) where she most recently served as Vice President of Sales, responsible for Analytic sales in the state government market. At Truven she built a powerful sales organization, ultimately positioning Watson Health as the leader in state government analytics for the markets they serve.

    Prior to IBM, Rooney served as VP of Sales at Cognosante where she expanded their footprint in both the state and federal markets. Earlier in her career, she worked in various sales roles at ACS, a Xerox Company (now Conduent) and Electronic Data Systems/HPE (now DXC Technology).

    A masters degree graduate of the George Washington University, Rooney also completed an executive leadership program sponsored by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia.

    "We are thrilled to have a seasoned sales professional like Colleen join us at York in our Public Entity division. She brings a wealth of experience to her new role and we're certain she will play a key role in helping us grow our public entity segment," said Jody Moses, Executive Vice President, General Manager Public Entity of York.


    About York Risk Services Group

    For more than 55 years, York has been delivering results our clients can see and feel. We serve corporations, the insurance industry and public entities to reduce risk and drive high-quality outcomes. We do this by offering integrated and customized solutions including risk management, claims administration, managed care and absence management. With our data-driven and compassionate approach, we deliver on our mission of reducing risk and getting people and organizations back to health, work and productivity.

    York is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. You can learn more at Reported by PRWeb 18 hours ago.

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    A former health insurance executive made it her mission to bring down high health care costs. She's demanding a better deal for employers — and the workers whose care they pay for. Reported by NPR 18 hours ago.

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    Qualidigm is an approved vendor to provide Care Coordination/Integration, Consumer Engagement, and Performance Improvement services to Accountable Care Organizations, Community Partners and Community Service Agencies in Massachusetts.

    WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (PRWEB) October 02, 2018

    Qualidigm, the mission-driven national healthcare consulting think tank based in Wethersfield, Conn., was recently selected as a Technical Assistance Vendor for the Massachusetts Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Technical Assistance (MA DSRIP TA) Program and the MA DSRIP TA Marketplace. Through this program, Qualidigm is an approved vendor to provide Care Coordination/Integration, Consumer Engagement, and Performance Improvement services to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Community Partners (CPs) and Community Service Agencies (CSAs) in Massachusetts.

    Part of a broader initiative of MassHealth, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, and contractor Abt Associates Inc. (Abt), the TA Marketplace serves to enable MassHealth ACOs, and CPs and CSAs to easily navigate and tap into the array of resources and supports available to them through the MassHealth DSRIP TA Program. Approved vendors are categorized by technical assistance domains that reflect current technical assistance priorities identified by MassHealth ACOs, CPs and CSAs.

    “We are excited to be part of the MA DSRIP TA Marketplace and to further expand our footprint in Massachusetts,” said Qualidigm president and CEO, Dr. Tim Elwell. “As a national healthcare consulting organization with over 35 years of experience, we have insight on the rapidly-changing healthcare industry. We are pleased to extend our expertise to providers in Massachusetts to help improve the care and outcomes of their members, and improve processes and innovative service delivery,” said Elwell.

    All technical assistance vendors were procured competitively for the program based on their demonstrated experience and expertise in individual technical assistance domains.

    Visit the vendor catalog for details on Qualidigm’s technical assistance domains.

    About Qualidigm:
    With its corporate headquarters in Wethersfield, Conn. and offices in Manchester, Maine; Dover, NH; Barre, VT; and Providence, RI, Qualidigm's mission is to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare through transformational change. Qualidigm provides consulting services to public and private sector clients nationwide. These services include consulting, data analysis, health information technology, patient safety, quality improvement, and utilization review. Qualidigm is part of a team that is serving as the Medicare Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for New England. Qualidigm is also a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) as designated by the State of Connecticut.
    ### Reported by PRWeb 17 hours ago.

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    New web-based solution with electronic signatures allows for easy vendor and subcontractor document management.

    LINDON, Utah (PRWEB) October 02, 2018

    As part of their commitment to offer “everything HIPAA under one roof,” HIPAA One is adding to their already robust line-up of compliance software and services. Designed as a digital document repository, HIPAA One’s Business Associate Agreement Management Tool (BAA) allows healthcare providers to create and organize vendor contracts in one easy, web-based application.

    "Patient care and breach-notification transcend the custody of trust between physicians, health insurance companies and their vendors," said Steven Marco, President and Founder, HIPAA One. "If a Business Associate experiences a patient data-breach, their corresponding Covered Entity is liable for notifying Health and Human Services along with their patients, even if it is of no fault of their own. Physicians and payers can rest a bit easier when giving their patients' data to vendors with satisfactory HIPAA assurances."

    BAA reduces administrative costs while meeting the HIPAA/HITECH document requirements per the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule. The application's intuitive data-entry screen allows for efficient vendor set-up in less than 60 seconds while boasting a daily email reminder schedule, real-time agreement status updates and complaint E-SIGN process.

    Click here to learn more about HIPAA One’s BAA Solution.

    About HIPAA One:
    At HIPAA One we develop solutions that are simple, automated and affordable. Our services allow our healthcare clients to focus on their important objectives: core competencies, improving compliance and reducing operating costs. Designed for auditors seeking advanced functionality, partners and office managers alike, the software scales from the single-doc practice to enterprise organizations needing analytics and "always current" HIPAA controls. We understand the challenges the healthcare community faces to meet HIPAA compliance regulations.

    Contact Us today to learn how the HIPAA One Security Risk Analysis and Privacy & Breach Notification Risk Analysis Software platforms will enable your organization to appropriately safeguard protected health information. Reported by PRWeb 17 hours ago.

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    David McNulty adds to growing management team dedicated to improving healthcare payment options

    ATLANTA (PRWEB) October 02, 2018

    Capio™, the leading provider of Patient Financial Wellness®, today announced that David McNulty has been named vice president of strategic sales. McNulty has over 30 years of experience in sales and management in the healthcare industry and most recently spent the last four years at EOS Healthcare.

    Over the past year, Capio’s sales and management leadership team has expanded to focus on growing sales opportunities based on its expanded product platform consisting of PatientCard®, PatientConnect™ and PatientComplete™. Capio’s suite of solutions is designed to deliver superior financial results, align with provider missions, and enable patient financial wellness at all points along the patient journey.

    The increasing rise in health care costs often means that patients must choose between seeking needed medical services or ignoring health issues in favor of paying daily expenses. Out-of-pocket spending for people with employer-provided health insurance has increased by more than 50 percent since 2010, according to human resources consultant Aon Hewitt. In addition, U.S. hospital prices are 60 percent higher than those in Europe. With costs rising at such a rapid pace, many patients are declining medical services in an effort to stay out of debt.

    “There are many facets of the domestic health care system that are challenged, and we are actively working to deploy new payment models to help reduce the growing financial burden on consumers,” said Steve Wright, Chief Revenue Officer, Capio. “David McNulty’s vast experience in the health care industry will help us reach new markets and organizations that are looking for solutions to help make healthcare more accessible for consumers.”

    About Capio
    Capio, the Patient Financial Wellness Company™, provides a comprehensive financial and patient engagement platform delivered at all points along the patient journey by a single enterprise. Capio works closely with providers and their patients to address the increasing challenges created by the unprecedented shift of healthcare costs to patients. Their programs help patients pay their healthcare financial obligations by offering them a variety of tailored and affordable payment options, with compassionate care, at any point in their financial journey. Capio’s provider clients benefit from an increase and acceleration of patient receivables performance and lower bad debt expense, while improving their patient satisfaction and loyalty. To learn about Capio and their mission, please visit Reported by PRWeb 14 hours ago.

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    Employer-sponsored health insurance plans cover about half of Americans under age 65 and are an important benefit businesses use to attract and retain workers. But the financial protection these plans offer is declining. Reported by 8 hours ago.

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    Nearly four out of ten Indians purchasing health insurance online prefer a minimum cover of Rs. 5 Lakh, a study by Product and Innovation Centre (PIC) Reported by Sify 14 hours ago.

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    Though Medicaid expansion has helped to improve insurance coverage for immigrant populations in the United States, uninsurance rates still remain high for those in the U.S. who are not yet citizens, according to a new study by Drexel University and University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

    A key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was that states could choose to expand Medicaid eligibility – to nearly every adult under 138 percent of the federal poverty level – in 2014. To date, 33 states have expanded Medicaid, and 18 states have not.

    Prior research has shown that access to health care for immigrants is shaped by federal law and variations in state eligibility for Medicaid, often resulting in disparities in access to care. Researchers at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health and the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center were interested in finding out how state variation in the adoption of Medicaid expansion affected access to health insurance for immigrants compared to U.S. natives.

    Using data from the American Community Survey, the researchers identified differences in health insurance coverage between U.S. natives, naturalized citizens and noncitizen immigrants. They found that the percentage of uninsured noncitizens decreased after the ACA went into effect, from 70 percent in 2010 to 54 percent in 2015.

    However, when compared to other populations, uninsurance rates for noncitizens remained high, and in fact, the disparity between noncitizens and native citizens grew over the study period. In states that expanded access to Medicaid in 2010, noncitizens had been nearly twice as likely to be uninsured (70 percent vs. 34 percent), compared to 2015, when noncitizens were nearly three times more likely to be uninsured (45 percent vs. just 16 percent).

    Study lead author Jim P. Stimpson, PhD, a professor in Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health, said the implications are twofold: While the study’s results highlight the great benefits of Medicaid expansion, they also suggest that policymakers must do more to ensure access to health care insurance for noncitizens.

    “Even if a policy has an overall beneficial effect, it’s important for policymakers to attend to the differential impact a policy might have on a population,” Stimpson said. “Consequently, for example, the uninsurance rate is roughly double for persons living in non-expansion states compared to persons living in expansion states.”

    Currently, immigrants must reside legally in the United States for at least five years to be eligible to receive Medicaid, although some states waive the requirement. Stimpson said that a federal policy that would shorten or eliminate this policy would increase access to care for the more than 44 million immigrants living in the U.S.

    “A change in federal policy will have the greatest impact on improving the health insurance rate and reducing disparities in coverage,” Stimpson said. “However, state policies should also be carefully considered, given the significant variation in the adoption of Medicaid expansion and state eligibility requirements.” Reported by Eurasia Review 19 hours ago.

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    Dublin, Oct. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Big Data in the Financial Services Industry: 2018 - 2030 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts" report from SNS Telecom & IT has been added to *'s* offering.The Big Data in the Financial Services Industry: 2018 - 2030 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts report presents an in-depth assessment of Big Data in the financial services industry including key market drivers, challenges, investment potential, application areas, use cases, future roadmap, value chain, case studies, vendor profiles and strategies. The report also presents market size forecasts for Big Data hardware, software and professional services investments from 2018 through to 2030. The forecasts are segmented for 8 horizontal submarkets, 6 application areas, 11 use cases, 6 regions and 35 countries.

    Big Data originally emerged as a term to describe datasets whose size is beyond the ability of traditional databases to capture, store, manage and analyze. However, the scope of the term has significantly expanded over the years. Big Data not only refers to the data itself but also a set of technologies that capture, store, manage and analyze large and variable collections of data, to solve complex problems.

    Amid the proliferation of real-time and historical data from sources such as connected devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data is rapidly gaining traction from a diverse range of vertical sectors. The financial services industry is no exception to this trend, where Big Data has found a host of applications ranging from targeted marketing and credit scoring to usage-based insurance, data-driven trading, fraud detection and beyond.

    This research estimates that Big Data investments in the financial services industry will account for nearly $9 Billion in 2018 alone. Led by a plethora of business opportunities for banks, insurers, credit card and payment processing specialists, asset and wealth management firms, lenders and other stakeholders, these investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 17% over the next three years.*

    *Key Findings*· In 2018, Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $9 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues in the financial services industry. These investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 17% over the next three years, eventually accounting for over $14 Billion by the end of 2021.
    · Banks and other traditional financial services institutes are warming to the idea of embracing cloud-based platforms, particularly hybrid-cloud implementations, in a bid to alleviate the technical and scalability challenges associated with on-premise Big Data environments.
    · Big Data technologies are playing a pivotal role in facilitating the creation and success of innovative FinTech (Financial Technology) startups, most notably in the online lending, alterative insurance and money transfer sectors.
    · In addition to utilizing traditional information sources, financial services institutes are increasingly becoming reliant on alternative sources of data - ranging from social media to satellite imagery - that can provide previously hidden insights for multiple application areas including data-driven trading and investments, and credit scoring.

    *Key Topics Covered:**1: Introduction*
    1.1 Executive Summary
    1.2 Topics Covered
    1.3 Forecast Segmentation
    1.4 Key Questions Answered
    1.5 Key Findings
    1.6 Methodology
    1.7 Target Audience
    1.8 Companies & Organizations Mentioned

    *2: An Overview of Big Data*
    2.1 What is Big Data?
    2.2 Key Approaches to Big Data Processing
    2.2.1 Hadoop
    2.2.2 NoSQL
    2.2.3 MPAD (Massively Parallel Analytic Databases)
    2.2.4 In-Memory Processing
    2.2.5 Stream Processing Technologies
    2.2.6 Spark
    2.2.7 Other Databases & Analytic Technologies
    2.3 Key Characteristics of Big Data
    2.3.1 Volume
    2.3.2 Velocity
    2.3.3 Variety
    2.3.4 Value
    2.4 Market Growth Drivers
    2.4.1 Awareness of Benefits
    2.4.2 Maturation of Big Data Platforms
    2.4.3 Continued Investments by Web Giants, Governments & Enterprises
    2.4.4 Growth of Data Volume, Velocity & Variety
    2.4.5 Vendor Commitments & Partnerships
    2.4.6 Technology Trends Lowering Entry Barriers
    2.5 Market Barriers
    2.5.1 Lack of Analytic Specialists
    2.5.2 Uncertain Big Data Strategies
    2.5.3 Organizational Resistance to Big Data Adoption
    2.5.4 Technical Challenges: Scalability & Maintenance
    2.5.5 Security & Privacy Concerns

    *3: Big Data Analytics*
    3.1 What are Big Data Analytics?
    3.2 The Importance of Analytics
    3.3 Reactive vs. Proactive Analytics
    3.4 Customer vs. Operational Analytics
    3.5 Technology & Implementation Approaches
    3.5.1 Grid Computing
    3.5.2 In-Database Processing
    3.5.3 In-Memory Analytics
    3.5.4 Machine Learning & Data Mining
    3.5.5 Predictive Analytics
    3.5.6 NLP (Natural Language Processing)
    3.5.7 Text Analytics
    3.5.8 Visual Analytics
    3.5.9 Graph Analytics
    3.5.10 Social Media, IT & Telco Network Analytics

    *4: Business Case & Applications in the Financial Services Industry*
    4.1 Overview & Investment Potential
    4.2 Industry Specific Market Growth Drivers
    4.3 Industry Specific Market Barriers
    4.4 Key Application Areas
    4.4.1 Personal & Business Banking
    4.4.2 Investment Banking & Capital Markets
    4.4.3 Insurance Services
    4.4.4 Credit Cards & Payments Processing
    4.4.5 Lending & Financing
    4.4.6 Asset & Wealth Management
    4.5 Use Cases
    4.5.1 Personalized & Targeted Marketing
    4.5.2 Customer Service & Experience
    4.5.3 Product Innovation & Development
    4.5.4 Risk Modeling, Management & Reporting
    4.5.5 Fraud Detection & Prevention
    4.5.6 Robotic & Intelligent Process Automation
    4.5.7 Usage & Analytics-Based Insurance
    4.5.8 Credit Scoring & Control
    4.5.9 Data-Driven Trading & Investment
    4.5.10 Third Party Data Monetization
    4.5.11 Other Use Cases

    *5: Financial Services Industry Case Studies*
    5.1 Banks
    5.1.1 CBA/CommBank (Commonwealth Bank of Australia): Driving Customer Engagement with Big Data
    5.1.2 Credit Suisse: Enhancing Regulatory Compliance with Big Data
    5.1.3 Deutsche Bank: Quantifying the Importance of Intangible Assets with Big Data
    5.1.4 HSBC Group: Combating Money Laundering & Financial Crime with Big Data
    5.1.5 JPMorgan Chase & Co.: Enabling Responsible Prospecting with Big Data
    5.1.6 OTP Bank: Reducing Loan Defaults with Big Data
    5.2 Insurers
    5.2.1 AXA: Simplifying Customer Interaction with Big Data
    5.2.2 Cigna: Streamlining Health Insurance Claims with Big Data
    5.2.3 Progressive Corporation: Rewarding Safe Drivers & Improving Traffic Safety with Big Data
    5.2.4 Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance: Transforming Insurance Underwriting with Big Data
    5.2.5 UnitedHealth Group: Enhancing Patient Care & Value with Big Data
    5.2.6 Zurich Insurance Group: Improving Risk Management with Big Data
    5.3 Credit Card & Payment Processing Specialists
    5.3.1 American Express: Enabling Real-Time Targeting Marketing with Big Data
    5.3.2 Capital One: Enriching Cybersecurity with Big Data
    5.3.3 Mastercard: Predictively Combating Account Related Fraud with Big Data
    5.3.4 TransferWise: Simplifying International Money Transfers With Big Data
    5.3.5 Visa: Saving Billions of Dollars with Big Data
    5.3.6 Western Union: Personalizing Customer Experience with Big Data
    5.4 Asset & Wealth Management Firms
    5.4.1 Acadian Asset Management: Exploiting Market Inefficiencies with Big Data
    5.4.2 AQR Capital Management: Finding Profitable Trading Patterns with Big Data
    5.4.3 BlackRock: Gleaning Economic Clues with Big Data
    5.4.4 Man Group: Accelerating Trades & Investment Modeling with Big Data
    5.4.5 qplum: Optimizing Client Portfolios with Big Data
    5.4.6 Two Sigma Investments: Making Systematic Trades with Big Data
    5.5 Lenders & Other Stakeholders
    5.5.1 Avant: Streamlining Borrowing with Big Data
    5.5.2 Equifax: Helping Make Informed Credit Decisions with Big Data
    5.5.3 FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation): Expanding Access to Credit with Big Data
    5.5.4 Kabbage: Empowering Small Business Lending with Big Data
    5.5.5 LenddoEFL: Increasing Access to Financial Services in Emerging Economies with Big Data
    5.5.6 Upstart: Facilitating Smarter Loans with Big Data

    *6: Future Roadmap & Value Chain*
    6.1 Future Roadmap
    6.1.1 Pre-2020: Investments in Advanced Analytics & AI (Artificial Intelligence)
    6.1.2 2020 - 2025: Large-Scale Adoption of Cloud-Based Big Data Platforms
    6.1.3 2025 - 2030: Towards the Digitization of Financial Services
    6.2 The Big Data Value Chain
    6.2.1 Hardware Providers Storage & Compute Infrastructure Providers Networking Infrastructure Providers
    6.2.2 Software Providers Hadoop & Infrastructure Software Providers SQL & NoSQL Providers Analytic Platform & Application Software Providers Cloud Platform Providers
    6.2.3 Professional Services Providers
    6.2.4 End-to-End Solution Providers
    6.2.5 Financial Services Industry

    *7: Standardization & Regulatory Initiatives*
    7.1 ASF (Apache Software Foundation)
    7.1.1 Management of Hadoop
    7.1.2 Big Data Projects Beyond Hadoop
    7.2 CSA (Cloud Security Alliance)
    7.2.1 BDWG (Big Data Working Group)
    7.3 CSCC (Cloud Standards Customer Council)
    7.3.1 Big Data Working Group
    7.4 DMG (Data Mining Group)
    7.4.1 PMML (Predictive Model Markup Language) Working Group
    7.4.2 PFA (Portable Format for Analytics) Working Group
    7.5 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
    7.5.1 Big Data Initiative
    7.6 INCITS (InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards)
    7.6.1 Big Data Technical Committee
    7.7 ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
    7.7.1 ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 32: Data Management and Interchange
    7.7.2 ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38: Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms
    7.7.3 ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27: IT Security Techniques
    7.7.4 ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 9: Big Data
    7.7.5 Collaborations with Other ISO Work Groups
    7.8 ITU (International Telecommunication Union)
    7.8.1 ITU-T Y.3600: Big Data - Cloud Computing Based Requirements and Capabilities
    7.8.2 Other Deliverables Through SG (Study Group) 13 on Future Networks
    7.8.3 Other Relevant Work
    7.9 Linux Foundation
    7.9.1 ODPi (Open Ecosystem of Big Data)
    7.10 NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
    7.10.1 NBD-PWG (NIST Big Data Public Working Group)
    7.11 OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards)
    7.11.1 Technical Committees
    7.12 ODaF (Open Data Foundation)
    7.12.1 Big Data Accessibility
    7.13 ODCA (Open Data Center Alliance)
    7.13.1 Work on Big Data
    7.14 OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium)
    7.14.1 Big Data DWG (Domain Working Group)
    7.15 TM Forum
    7.15.1 Big Data Analytics Strategic Program
    7.16 TPC (Transaction Processing Performance Council)
    7.16.1 TPC-BDWG (TPC Big Data Working Group)
    7.17 W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)
    7.17.1 Big Data Community Group
    7.17.2 Open Government Community Group

    *8: Market Sizing & Forecasts*
    8.1 Global Outlook for the Big Data in the Financial Services Industry
    8.2 Hardware, Software & Professional Services Segmentation
    8.3 Horizontal Submarket Segmentation
    8.4 Hardware Submarkets
    8.4.1 Storage and Compute Infrastructure
    8.4.2 Networking Infrastructure
    8.5 Software Submarkets
    8.5.1 Hadoop & Infrastructure Software
    8.5.2 SQL
    8.5.3 NoSQL
    8.5.4 Analytic Platforms & Applications
    8.5.5 Cloud Platforms
    8.6 Professional Services Submarket
    8.6.1 Professional Services
    8.7 Application Area Segmentation
    8.7.1 Personal & Business Banking
    8.7.2 Investment Banking & Capital Markets
    8.7.3 Insurance Services
    8.7.4 Credit Cards & Payment Processing
    8.7.5 Lending & Financing
    8.7.6 Asset & Wealth Management
    8.8 Use Case Segmentation
    8.8.1 Personalized & Targeted Marketing
    8.8.2 Customer Service & Experience
    8.8.3 Product Innovation & Development
    8.8.4 Risk Modeling, Management & Reporting
    8.8.5 Fraud Detection & Prevention
    8.8.6 Robotic & Intelligent Process Automation
    8.8.7 Usage & Analytics-Based Insurance
    8.8.8 Credit Scoring & Control
    8.8.9 Data-Driven Trading & Investment
    8.8.10 Third Party Data Monetization
    8.8.11 Other Use Cases
    8.9 Regional Outlook

    *9: Vendor Landscape*
    9.1 1010data
    9.2 Absolutdata
    9.3 Accenture
    9.4 Actian Corporation/HCL Technologies
    9.5 Adaptive Insights
    9.6 Adobe Systems
    9.7 Advizor Solutions
    9.8 AeroSpike
    9.9 AFS Technologies
    9.10 Alation
    9.11 Algorithmia
    9.12 Alluxio
    9.13 ALTEN
    9.14 Alteryx
    9.15 AMD (Advanced Micro Devices)
    9.16 Anaconda
    9.17 Apixio
    9.18 Arcadia Data
    9.19 ARM
    9.20 AtScale
    9.21 Attivio
    9.22 Attunity
    9.23 Automated Insights
    9.24 AVORA
    9.25 AWS (Amazon Web Services)
    9.26 Axiomatics
    9.27 Ayasdi
    9.28 BackOffice Associates
    9.29 Basho Technologies
    9.30 BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
    9.31 Bedrock Data
    9.32 BetterWorks
    9.33 Big Panda
    9.34 BigML
    9.35 Bitam
    9.36 Blue Medora
    9.37 BlueData Software
    9.38 BlueTalon
    9.39 BMC Software
    9.40 BOARD International
    9.41 Booz Allen Hamilton
    9.42 Boxever
    9.43 CACI International
    9.44 Cambridge Semantics
    9.45 Capgemini
    9.46 Cazena
    9.47 Centrifuge Systems
    9.48 CenturyLink
    9.49 Chartio
    9.50 Cisco Systems
    9.51 Civis Analytics
    9.52 ClearStory Data
    9.53 Cloudability
    9.54 Cloudera
    9.55 Cloudian
    9.56 Clustrix
    9.57 CognitiveScale
    9.58 Collibra
    9.59 Concurrent Technology/Vecima Networks
    9.60 Confluent
    9.61 Contexti
    9.62 Couchbase
    9.64 Cray
    9.65 Databricks
    9.66 Dataiku
    9.67 Datalytyx
    9.68 Datameer
    9.69 DataRobot
    9.70 DataStax
    9.71 Datawatch Corporation
    9.72 DDN (DataDirect Networks)
    9.73 Decisyon
    9.74 Dell Technologies
    9.75 Deloitte
    9.76 Demandbase
    9.77 Denodo Technologies
    9.78 Dianomic Systems
    9.79 Digital Reasoning Systems
    9.80 Dimensional Insight
    9.81 Dolphin Enterprise Solutions Corporation/Hanse Orga Group
    9.82 Domino Data Lab
    9.83 Domo
    9.84 Dremio
    9.85 DriveScale
    9.86 Druva
    9.87 Dundas Data Visualization
    9.88 DXC Technology
    9.89 Elastic
    9.90 Engineering Group (Engineering Ingegneria Informatica)
    9.91 EnterpriseDB Corporation
    9.92 eQ Technologic
    9.93 Ericsson
    9.94 Erwin
    9.95 EVO (Big Cloud Analytics)
    9.96 EXASOL
    9.97 EXL (ExlService Holdings)
    9.98 Facebook
    9.99 FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation)
    9.100 Figure Eight
    9.101 FogHorn Systems
    9.102 Fractal Analytics
    9.103 Franz
    9.104 Fujitsu
    9.105 Fuzzy Logix
    9.106 Gainsight
    9.107 GE (General Electric)
    9.108 Glassbeam
    9.109 GoodData Corporation
    9.110 Google/Alphabet
    9.111 Grakn Labs
    9.112 Greenwave Systems
    9.113 GridGain Systems
    9.115 HarperDB
    9.116 Hedvig
    9.117 Hitachi Vantara
    9.118 Hortonworks
    9.119 HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
    9.120 Huawei
    9.121 HVR
    9.122 HyperScience
    9.123 HyTrust
    9.124 IBM Corporation
    9.125 iDashboards
    9.126 IDERA
    9.127 Ignite Technologies
    9.128 Imanis Data
    9.129 Impetus Technologies
    9.130 Incorta
    9.131 InetSoft Technology Corporation
    9.132 InfluxData
    9.133 Infogix
    9.134 Infor/Birst
    9.135 Informatica
    9.136 Information Builders
    9.137 Infosys
    9.138 Infoworks
    9.140 InsightSquared
    9.141 Intel Corporation
    9.142 Interana
    9.143 InterSystems Corporation
    9.144 Jedox
    9.145 Jethro
    9.146 Jinfonet Software
    9.147 Juniper Networks
    9.148 KALEAO
    9.149 Keen IO
    9.150 Keyrus
    9.151 Kinetica
    9.152 KNIME
    9.153 Kognitio
    9.154 Kyvos Insights
    9.155 LeanXcale
    9.156 Lexalytics
    9.157 Lexmark International
    9.158 Lightbend
    9.159 Logi Analytics
    9.160 Logical Clocks
    9.161 Longview Solutions/Tidemark
    9.162 Looker Data Sciences
    9.163 LucidWorks
    9.164 Luminoso Technologies
    9.165 Maana
    9.166 Manthan Software Services
    9.167 MapD Technologies
    9.168 MapR Technologies
    9.169 MariaDB Corporation
    9.170 MarkLogic Corporation
    9.171 Mathworks
    9.172 Melissa
    9.173 MemSQL
    9.174 Metric Insights
    9.175 Microsoft Corporation
    9.176 MicroStrategy
    9.177 Minitab
    9.178 MongoDB
    9.179 Mu Sigma
    9.180 NEC Corporation
    9.181 Neo4j
    9.182 NetApp
    9.183 Nimbix
    9.184 Nokia
    9.185 NTT Data Corporation
    9.186 Numerify
    9.187 NuoDB
    9.188 NVIDIA Corporation
    9.189 Objectivity
    9.190 Oblong Industries
    9.191 OpenText Corporation
    9.192 Opera Solutions
    9.193 Optimal Plus
    9.194 Oracle Corporation
    9.195 Palantir Technologies
    9.196 Panasonic Corporation/Arimo
    9.197 Panorama Software
    9.198 Paxata
    9.199 Pepperdata
    9.200 Phocas Software
    9.201 Pivotal Software
    9.202 Prognoz
    9.203 Progress Software Corporation
    9.204 Provalis Research
    9.205 Pure Storage
    9.206 PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers International)
    9.207 Pyramid Analytics
    9.208 Qlik
    9.209 Qrama/Tengu
    9.210 Quantum Corporation
    9.211 Qubole
    9.212 Rackspace
    9.213 Radius Intelligence
    9.214 RapidMiner
    9.215 Recorded Future
    9.216 Red Hat
    9.217 Redis Labs
    9.218 RedPoint Global
    9.219 Reltio
    9.220 RStudio
    9.221 Rubrik/Datos IO
    9.222 Ryft
    9.223 Sailthru
    9.225 Salient Management Company
    9.226 Samsung Group
    9.227 SAP
    9.228 SAS Institute
    9.229 ScaleOut Software
    9.230 Seagate Technology
    9.231 Sinequa
    9.232 SiSense
    9.233 Sizmek
    9.234 SnapLogic
    9.235 Snowflake Computing
    9.236 Software AG
    9.237 Splice Machine
    9.238 Splunk
    9.239 Strategy Companion Corporation
    9.240 Stratio
    9.241 Streamlio
    9.242 StreamSets
    9.243 Striim
    9.244 Sumo Logic
    9.245 Supermicro (Super Micro Computer)
    9.246 Syncsort
    9.247 SynerScope
    9.248 SYNTASA
    9.249 Tableau Software
    9.250 Talend
    9.251 Tamr
    9.252 TARGIT
    9.253 TCS (Tata Consultancy Services)
    9.254 Teradata Corporation
    9.255 Thales/Guavus
    9.256 ThoughtSpot
    9.257 TIBCO Software
    9.258 Toshiba Corporation
    9.259 Transwarp
    9.260 Trifacta
    9.261 Unifi Software
    9.262 Unravel Data
    9.263 VANTIQ
    9.264 VMware
    9.265 VoltDB
    9.266 WANdisco
    9.267 Waterline Data
    9.268 Western Digital Corporation
    9.269 WhereScape
    9.270 WiPro
    9.271 Wolfram Research
    9.272 Workday
    9.273 Xplenty
    9.274 Yellowfin BI
    9.275 Yseop
    9.276 Zendesk
    9.277 Zoomdata
    9.278 Zucchetti

    *10: Conclusion & Strategic Recommendations*
    10.1 Why is the Market Poised to Grow?
    10.2 Geographic Outlook: Which Countries Offer the Highest Growth Potential?
    10.3 Big Data is for Everyone
    10.4 Addressing Customer Expectations with Data-Driven Financial Services
    10.5 The Importance of AI (Artificial Intelligence) & Machine Learning
    10.6 Impact of Blockchain on Big Data Processing
    10.7 Growing Use of Alternative Data Sources
    10.8 Adoption of Cloud Platforms to Address On-Premise System Limitations
    10.9 Data Security & Privacy Concerns
    10.10 Emergence of Data-Driven Cybersecurity for Financial Services
    10.11 Recommendations
    10.11.1 Big Data Hardware, Software & Professional Services Providers
    10.11.2 Financial Services Industry StakeholdersFor more information about this report visit

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    French startup Alan is expanding beyond health insurance by offering telemedicine appointments directly from Alan . The company is partnering with Livi, Kry’s French subsidiary. While a handful of European countries already let you talk to a doctor using video calls, France’s national health system just started allowing remote appointments. If you need to renew […] Reported by TechCrunch 16 hours ago.

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    40% of Indians Buying Health Insurance Online Opt for Rs. 5 Lakh Cover: Study· The study was conducted by Product & Innovation Centre (PIC) to understand the buying behavior of consumers purchasing health insurance online across 20 states

    · Maharashtra, Delhi-NCR, Karnataka, UP & Gujarat constitute nearly 2/3rd of health insurance purchases made online


    Nearly four out of ten Indians purchasing health insurance online prefer a minimum cover of Rs. 5 Lakh, a study by ** Product and Innovation Centre (PIC) study has revealed. The study took into account buying behavior of 10,000+ consumers purchasing health insurance online across 20 states. 

    *Vaidyanathan Ramani, Head of Product and Innovation Centre (PIC),*


    The study also indicated that Indian consumers have a preference for either buying Rs. 5 lakh cover online, or if they are buying lesser or higher cover, then they have a preference for Rs. 3 lakh or Rs. 10 lakh cover. While nearly 22% of consumers surveyed opted for Rs. 3 lakh cover, Rs. 10 lakh cover was opted by more than 12% of this survey audience.


    In terms of age-related findings, the study indicated that consumers falling in the age bracket of 26-45 years are the ones who are most active online in health insurance purchases, with nearly 75% of the survey audience belonging to this group, while 12% of the online sales were attributed to people between the ages of 45-60 year bracket. 


    Commenting on the health insurance study, *Vaidyanathan Ramani*, *Head of Product and Innovation Centre (PIC)*,**, said, "Healthcare costs are rising at an astronomical rate. Today, any lifestyle disease treatment costs anywhere between Rs. 3-10 lakh in a decent private hospital in the urban areas. As such, what was a Rs. 2-lakh average health cover bought two-three years back has become a Rs. 5-lakh cover today. With growing awareness around the need for having a health cover and understanding of the existing treatment costs in hospitals, we expect the Indian consumer to opt for an even bigger umbrella to ensure a better protection for their family over the next few years."

    Another major finding of the study revealed that Delhi-NCR consumers are the most active online, with nearly 25% of the purchases made by them in the overall digital health insurance landscape. Maharashtra came a close second, with almost 20% market share in health insurance purchases online. Other states featuring in the top 5 were Karnataka - 8%, UP - 7% and Gujarat - 5%.


    The overall findings are based on multiple demographic factors, which include the age-bracket of consumers, top-regions contributing to the online business, sum insured size, etc. as primary factors.   


    *About* is India's largest insurance marketplace and a leading insurtech brand globally. It is the flagship brand of Group of companies, that owns fintech brand,, healthtech venture,, and lending & insurance marketplace in UAE region,


    The Group has backing from a host of investors including the likes of Soft Bank, InfoEdge (, Temasek, Tiger Global Management, True North, Premji Invest, besides investments from other PE funds and family offices. started with a purpose to educate people on insurance products and has had a significant influence on how insurance is bought in India. It has helped in driving penetration of pure life insurance, health insurance, and such products which were barely bought earlier.

    From receiving traffic of 1,80,000 visitors in 2008, has come a long way and today hosts over 100 million visitors yearly and records sale of nearly 300,000 transactions a month. Currently, accounts for nearly 25% of India’s life cover, and over 7% of India’s retail health business. It accounts for roughly half of all internet based insurance purchase in the country and is more than doubling annually.

    The company has received several accolades in India and globally. The most noteworthy being recognized as India’s top and world’s leading “*Fin Tech Innovator*” by the Global consultancy firm, KPMG and venture capital fund, H2 Ventures for 2015 & 2016. It has won a range of awards in the last couple of years, many of them consecutively. These include The Financial Express “*Best Fintech Marketplace*”, Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) Digital India Award for “*Best Financial Website*” &“*Most Innovating Insurance Service*”, IDC Iconic Award for “*Tech Implementation leading to Operational Excellence*”, to name a few.

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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

    · Data to be presented from the BIIB092 program for progressive supranuclear palsy and BIIB054 program for Parkinson’s disease highlight Biogen’s commitment to furthering movement disorders research
    · Biogen’s Phase 2 PASSPORT study of BIIB092 for PSP has completed enrollment and BIIB092 has received fast track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for PSP

    Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq:BIIB) announced it will present data from its movement disorders portfolio at the upcoming International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (MDS) in Hong Kong (Oct. 5-9, 2018). Data being presented are from Biogen’s research programs evaluating potential treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) as part of its larger neurology pipeline.

    “The data being presented at MDS are a testament to Biogen’s commitment to its goal of delivering innovative therapies for people living with complex, neurodegenerative conditions like PSP and PD,” said Kate Dawson, M.D., vice president of late-stage clinical development at Biogen. “PSP and PD both have significant unmet need, especially for disease modifying therapies, so we look forward to advancing the clinical development programs to help better understand these challenging conditions.”

    Biogen PSP presentations will focus on safety data from the Phase 1 long-term extension study and baseline demographics from the Phase 2 PASSPORT study. The company’s BIIB092 program has recently met milestones, including recruitment completion for the Phase 2 PASSPORT study and fast track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for PSP. PSP is a rare neurodegenerative disease, considered to be a primary tauopathy, characterized by rapidly progressing physical impairments, such as difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking, as well as cognitive/behavioral impairments, such as apathy and dementia.

    PD presentations will feature an overview of the design of the BIIB054 SPARK Phase 2 study, which is the most advanced program in Biogen’s PD pipeline. PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. Motor symptoms of PD include bradykinesia, muscular rigidity, rest tremor and postural and gait impairment.^1

    Biogen’s presentations highlight:

    *PSP Research:*

    · Safety analysis of an open-label extension study of BIIB092 in participants with PSP – POSTER, Abstract #43 – Saturday, Oct. 6, 13:45 – 15:15 HKT
    · PASSPORT, an ongoing Phase 2 study in patients with PSP– baseline characteristics – POSTER, Abstract #8 – Saturday, Oct. 6, 13:45 – 15:15 HKT
    · Prevalence and characteristics of patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in US health insurance claims data –POSTER, Abstract #795 – Sunday, Oct. 7, 13:45 – 15:15 HKT
    · Burden of progressive supranuclear palsy: a systematic literature review – POSTER, Abstract #921 – Sunday, Oct. 7,13:45 – 15:15 HKT

    *PD Research:*

    · Effect of PD medication on disease progression as measured by rate of change in MDS_UPDRS and DaT SBR in PPMI study – POSTER, Abstract #11– Saturday, Oct. 6, 13:45 – 15:15 HKT
    · Design and status of the BIIB054 SPARK trial – POSTER, Abstract #39 – Saturday, Oct. 6, 13:45 – 15:15 HKT
    · Quantitative assessment of appendicular bradykinesia in PD using wearable sensors – POSTER, Abstract #1131 – Sunday, Oct. 7, 13:45 – 15:15 HKT
    · Effects of LDOPA on quantitative gait parameters measured with wearable sensors – POSTER, Abstract #1137 – Sunday, Oct. 7, 13:45 – 15:15 HKT

    *About Biogen*
    At Biogen, our mission is clear: we are pioneers in neuroscience. Biogen discovers, develops and delivers worldwide innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. One of the world’s first global biotechnology companies, Biogen was founded in 1978 by Charles Weissmann, Heinz Schaller, Kenneth Murray and Nobel Prize winners Walter Gilbert and Phillip Sharp, and today has the leading portfolio of medicines to treat multiple sclerosis; has introduced the first and only approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy; and is focused on advancing neuroscience research programs in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, pain, ophthalmology, neuropsychiatry and acute neurology. Biogen also manufactures and commercializes biosimilars of advanced biologics.

    We routinely post information that may be important to investors on our website at To learn more, please visit and follow us on social media – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube.

    *Biogen Safe Harbor *
    This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the Phase 1 long-term extension study and Phase 2 study of BIIB092 and the Phase 2 study of BIIB054; the potential clinical effects of BIIB092 and BIIB054; the potential benefits, safety and efficacy of BIIB092 and BIIB054; the identification and treatment of PSP; the potential of Biogen’s commercial business and pipeline programs, including BIIB092 and BIIB054; and risks and uncertainties associated with drug development and commercialization. These statements may be identified by words such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “will” and other words and terms of similar meaning. Drug development and commercialization involve a high degree of risk, and only a small number of research and development programs result in commercialization of a product. Results in early stage clinical trials may not be indicative of full results or results from later stage or larger scale clinical trials and do not ensure regulatory approval. You should not place undue reliance on these statements or the scientific data presented.

    These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such statements, including without limitation uncertainty of success in the development and potential commercialization of BIIB092 and/or BIIB054; the risk that we may not fully enroll our clinical trials or enrollment will take longer than expected; unexpected concerns may arise from additional data, analysis or results obtained during our clinical trials; regulatory authorities may require additional information or further studies, or may fail or refuse to approve or may delay approval of our drug candidates, including BIIB092 and/or BIIB054; the occurrence of adverse safety events; unexpected costs or delays; we may encounter other unexpected hurdles; failure to protect and enforce our data, intellectual property and other proprietary rights and uncertainties relating to intellectual property claims and challenges; and product liability claims. The foregoing sets forth many, but not all, of the factors that could cause actual results to differ from our expectations in any forward-looking statement. Investors should consider this cautionary statement, as well as the risk factors identified in our most recent annual or quarterly report and in other reports we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements are based on our current beliefs and expectations and speak only as of the date of this press release. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

    ^1 Kalia LV, Lang AE. Parkinson’s disease, Lancet. 2015 Aug 29;386(9996):896-912


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    Levelhead was recently recognized as a Preferred Provider by the Wellness Council of Arizona at their 33rd Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration, “Mindfulness @ Home, Work, & Beyond!” in Tucson, Arizona.

    PHOENIX (PRWEB) October 03, 2018

    Levelhead was recently recognized as a Preferred Provider by the Wellness Council of Arizona at their 33rd Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration, “Mindfulness @ Home, Work, & Beyond!” in Tucson, Arizona.

    Levelhead is the only Preferred Provider named this year by the Wellness Council of Arizona. Being a Preferred Provider is a special distinction given to organizations who meet rigorous criteria and have partnered with the Wellness Council of Arizona to offer a unique program to its member companies at a preferred price.

    As a result of a significant research pilot this summer, over 200 users from three Wellness Council of Arizona member companies engaged with the Levelhead program and saw significant results in just 60 days, including improved Mindfulness scores and reduced Perceived Stress scores. One user commented about the life-changing impact as follows: “I was just diagnosed with high blood pressure as I started using Levelhead. As I’ve grown with Levelhead, I realized that I also had insomnia. I was using my iPad and electronics and technology throughout the night. This app is powerful! I now shut down everything 20-30 minutes before bed. I’m sleeping so much better. I was even having chest pain early on. I’m already seeing that my BP meds may not be needed – or may be reduced. My sleep is better. I’m less judgmental." B.C.

    “We are pleased to recognize Levelhead as a Preferred Provider this year”, said Dan Johnson, Executive Director of the Wellness Council of Arizona. “We have seen the impact mindfulness can have on improving employee well-being and boosting business performance. In this emerging industry, Levelhead is one of the leaders that has had the real-world experience and foresight to develop a program specifically for the workplace.”

    About Wellness Council of Arizona
    Wellness Council of Arizona (WELCOAZ) strives to be the recognized leader and resource for worksite health promotion in Arizona. WELCOAZ collaborates with healthcare providers, community leaders, businesses and institutions to improve the health of employees and their families. The Wellness Council received its original charter from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Insurance Association of America in 1985. They believe that advancing health insights, lifestyles and supportive cultures are invaluable tools in the workplace. Learn more at

    About Levelhead
    Levelhead is a digital engagement program designed to improve overall well-being and employee engagement in the workplace. Its unique combination of bite-sized practices that can be done anytime, anywhere is​ truly impacting employees’ work and home lives. Utilizing the latest digital engagement tools such as badges, stickers, and a leaderboard, teams within an organization can cheer each other on as they move toward a healthier, happier life. Add to that Leadership modules and development, robust measurement tools, and ongoing education via blogs and mini-podcasts, the Levelhead program is more than just another mindfulness app. Learn more at Reported by PRWeb 12 hours ago.

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    STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc. (IHC Specialty Benefits), a wholly owned subsidiary of Independence Holding Company (NYSE: IHC), announced that it has significantly enhanced its platform for selling its specialty health products,  as well as laying the foundation to, in the near future, begin selling the products of other nationally recognized insurers. The specialty health products are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, Inc. (IAIC), also a subsidiary of IHC.David Kettig, President of IHC, commented, “As consumer demand increases for affordable health product solutions due to increasing pricing for products compliant with the Affordable Care Act and the lack of a penalty in 2019 for individuals who do not purchase these policies, IHC is positioned to capitalize on market expansion as a result of our vertically integrated structure.  IHC Specialty Benefits has expanded its lead generation, training and call center infrastructure such that we are now able to develop leads (i) organically through our various domains (including and social media campaigns, (ii) through strategic alliances with respected lead generators, and (iii) as a result of our recently announced relationship with one of the most highly respected insurance companies in the country, which has chosen to direct its millions of members to IHC Specialty Benefits for their health insurance needs.  These leads are funneled to our call centers and exclusive network of national independent agents, which are made up of career advisors who reach consumers virtually, face-to-face, and via networking and industry groups to present our broad product portfolio. In order to service this increased lead flow, we have opened new call centers in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and expanded our presence in Lake Mary, Florida. The IAIC products offered include, in many states, short-term medical (STM) with various deductible and coverage options and Connect Plus, which is the only STM that covers certain pre-existing conditions.  As of today, we have begun selling 364-day STM policies in states that permit it.  We also offer bundles of IAIC products (which we sometimes refer to as “Fusion”), which are designed to give consumers a choice of various versions of STM coupled with numerous hospital indemnity, accident medical, critical illness and dental product choices. We will also continue to sell through large nationally recognized health insurers and e-brokers and further develop our other sales channels, including independent agents and brokers.”

    Mr. Kettig continued, “We now have a highly scalable, fully integrated platform to generate leads and sell IHC products through our call centers.  We are confident in our experienced management team’s ability to continue to profitably manage this business, and that we have more than sufficient excess capital to support the expected growth.  Our next step will be to expand the product portfolio that we sell through our call centers to also include products of other leading insurers such as Affordable Care Act policies, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, life, and disability products. Under our current structure, this segment of IHC has approximately $180 million of in-force premiums, which we hope to significantly increase beginning with the upcoming Open Enrollment period. Under the enhanced structure, we are confident that as we further refine our platform to add products from other insurance companies, IHC Specialty Benefits will greatly expand its premiums under management as we broaden our product offerings.”

    *About The IHC Group*

    Independence Holding Company (NYSE: IHC), formed in 1980, is a holding company that is principally engaged in underwriting, administering and/or distributing group and individual specialty benefit products, including disability, supplemental health, pet, and group life insurance through its subsidiaries (Independence Holding Company and its subsidiaries collectively referred to as “The IHC Group”).  The IHC Group consists of three insurance companies (Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York, Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. and Independence American Insurance Company), and IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc., a technology-driven full-service marketing and distribution company that focuses on small employer and individual consumer products through general agents, telebrokerage, call centers, private label arrangements, and through the following brands:; Health eDeals Advisors;; and

    *Forward-looking Statements*
    Certain statements and information contained in this release may be considered “forward-looking statements,” such as statements relating to management's views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic conditions in the markets in which IHC operates, new federal or state governmental regulation, IHC’s ability to effectively operate, integrate and leverage any past or future strategic acquisition, and other factors which can be found in IHC’s other news releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. IHC expressly disclaims any duty to update its forward-looking statements unless required by applicable law.

    *CONTACT:  Loan Nisser
    **(646) 509-2107
    *** Reported by GlobeNewswire 11 hours ago.

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