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- 10/16/18--23:04: S&P Global Ratings Affirms Sammons Financial Group’s A+ Rating
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Reporting strong capital and earnings, business risk profile and financial risk profile
CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- S&P Global Ratings has affirmed the A+ (strong) financial strength rating for Sammons^® Financial Group, Inc. (SFG) and its member companies, Midland National^® Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health Insurance^®, and maintained its stable outlook for the companies.
"The S&P Global Ratings rating is a strong indicator of our commitment to fulfill our financial obligations," said Esfand Dinshaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Sammons Financial Group. "We expect that the reaffirmation will reiterate to our policyowners that we value stability and creating long-term value for them."
The S&P Global Ratings rating was based on SFG and its’ member companies’ favorable operating performance relative to peers, very strong capital and earnings, and adequate financial flexibility. In a report issued by S&P Global Ratings, the rating agency noted SFG’s strong business risk profile (BRP) and very strong financial risk profile (FRP).
S&P Global Ratings is the world’s leading provider of credit ratings. The Insurer Financial Strength Rating uses a scale of 22 categories ranging from AAA (extremely strong) to R (regulatory supervision). The A+ rating was affirmed for Sammons^® Financial Group, Inc. and its member companies, Midland National Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health Insurance^®, on Sept. 10, 2018.
*About Sammons^® Financial Group, Inc. *
The member companies of Sammons^® Financial Group, Inc. (SFG), are here to help families and businesses protect their future, so they can enjoy life’s moments today. A subsidiary of Sammons Enterprises, SFG is a group of privately-owned financial companies, including several of the most enduring and stable companies in our industry. SFG’s member companies, Midland National Life Insurance Company^®, North American Company for Life and Health Insurance^®, and Sammons Institutional Group^SM offer some of today’s most sought-after life insurance, annuity, and retirement planning products. Sammons Financial Group: With You for Every Moment^SM.
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Embrace Pet Insurance, a leading pet insurance provider, announces a new partnership with iHeartDogs, the leading profit for purpose pet goods manufacturer and e-commerce retailer supporting shelters and rescue organizations across the nation, that will run through the end of 2018.
CLEVELAND (PRWEB) October 17, 2018
Embrace Pet Insurance, a leading pet insurance provider, announces a new partnership with iHeartDogs, the leading profit for purpose pet goods manufacturer and e-commerce retailer supporting shelters and rescue organizations across the nation, that will run through the end of 2018.
Both organizations believe in the power of paying it forward to give back to the pet community. The partnership pairs two national pet companies with the ultimate goal of helping pets in need.
Giving back is an integral part of iHeartDogs’ DNA. When you shop iHeartDogs, a donation is made through each item purchased to one of a variety of give-back programs. Through the Pets & Vets Collection, iHeartDogs has donated over $250,000 to help veterans get trained companion animals to support physical and emotional injuries. Other milestone achievements include over 12 million shelter meals donated, 121,000 toys donated, and over $30,000 raised in disaster relief funds.
Embrace Pet Insurance donates two dollars to a pet-related charity for every policy sold. Over the past ten years, Embrace has donated to hundreds of animal-related nonprofits at the request of pet parents. Embrace also lights a candle in memory of each Embraced pet who passes away that includes a $10 donation to Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego.
More information about Embrace Pet Insurance’s Giving Back program can be found at http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/about-us/giving-back.
To learn more about iHeartDogs’ social impact, visit https://iheartdogs.com/social-impact/.
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 http://www.embracepetinsurance.com or call (800) 511-9172
iHeartDogs.com is the leading “profit for purpose” pet goods manufacturer and e-commerce retailer, supporting animal shelters and rescue organizations around the nation. Veteran-owned and operated, iHeartDogs was founded in 2014 as a Facebook page inspired by a rescued Siberian Husky named Splash, and has grown to over 20 million online followers and 1 million loyal customers. Through each customer purchase, iHeartDogs is able to fund millions of meals for shelter animals, provide hundreds of thousands of safe toys to shelters and helps fund service and companion animals for veterans. Named one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. 500, iHeartDogs runs on the simple belief that every dog matter. Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.
“Do you pay the hospital bill or do you pay the utility bill?” Don’t count on your health insurance for serious illnesses, a new survey warns.
Reported by NYTimes.com 21 hours ago.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In ads and speeches, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with a single message: Her Republican challenger wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Republican, Attorney General Josh Hawley, says it's not true and has been forced to defend himself. Virtually the same campaign is playing out across the country in numerous races for Congress and governor, as Democrats flip the script on Republicans who ran and won in previous elections on promises to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. At issue is a federal lawsuit filed in Texas by Republican attorneys general representing 20 states.
Reported by SeattlePI.com 21 hours ago.
French startup Alan wants to be a bit better than your good old health insurance. That’s why the company is trying something new and now covers part of your Petit Bambou subscription. Petit Bambou is a popular meditation app. It’s a sort of Headspace, but with French content. You download an app, put your earphones, […]
Reported by TechCrunch 19 hours ago.
Industry champions recognized for contributions to further association and health IT industry initiatives
WASHINGTON (PRWEB) October 17, 2018
WEDI, the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange and a trusted advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced today the winners of its annual awards program. Each award recipient was announced during the WEDI National Conference 2018 in Arlington, Va. on Tuesday, October 16.
“The WEDI Board of Directors is privileged with the opportunity to recognize those individuals and organizations leading the charge in making impactful advances for our health IT industry each year,” said Charles W. Stellar, president and CEO of WEDI. “We had no shortage of incredibly worthy nominees, and we are grateful for each of these individual’s and organization’s dedication, commitment and tireless efforts toward advancing efficiency in healthcare through the use of information technology. Congratulations to all the 2018 award winners, and we thank you for your unwavering support.”
Andrew H. Melczer Leadership in Volunteerism Award – Named in memory of Andrew H. Melczer who exemplified these characteristics through his volunteerism with WEDI, this award recognizes an individual who has provided exemplary service by giving their time to the association and healthcare IT industry activities on a national basis. The late Andy Melczer committed his career to healthcare and devoted his life to helping, teaching and sharing with others. Pam Grosze of PNC Bank is the 2018 recipient of the Melczer Award.
Chair’s Award – This award is presented at the discretion of WEDI’s Chair to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the advancement of specific WEDI initiatives. The 2018 recipients of this award are Jay Eisenstock, WEDI chair-elect and Gail Kocher, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
Excellence in Health IT Award – Recognizing an individual or organization’s contribution to the advancement of health information technology and eCommerce technology in healthcare, the 2018 Excellence in Health IT Award recipient is Softheon.
HIT Government Champion Award – This award recognizes exceptional government personnel who have supported policy that advances the health IT industry. This person has also been an active ally of WEDI and has helped build government support on new initiatives. The 2018 HIT Government Champion Award was presented to Monica Kay, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Louis W. Sullivan Award – Named in honor of the former HHS Secretary who was instrumental in the creation of WEDI and initiating the healthcare industry’s ongoing commitment to improving healthcare through the development of standards for administrative simplification, The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD, this award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their leadership, vision and achievements in advancing the efficiency of healthcare. The 2018 Sullivan Award was presented to Steven Posnack, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Outstanding Corporate Leadership Award – This award is given to a company that has served as a strong champion of progress in the health IT industry through their continued commitment to WEDI’s sponsorship programs throughout the year. The 2018 awardee is American Dental Association.
Outstanding Leadership Award – This award recognizes Workgroup/Taskforce or Subworkgroup (SWG) Co-Chairs who have consistently contributed toward the growth, success and impact their group has made on the industry. The 2018 recipients of this award include:· Alison Armstrong, Anthem BC of California
· Donna Campbell, Health Care Service Corporation
· Evelyn Semataska, Aetna
· Lisa Savicki, Jopari
· Doreen Espinoza, DE Consulting
· Chris Muschong, Kunz, Leigh & Associates
· Rose Hodges, Aetna
Volunteer Service Award – This certificate recognizes a leader on the rise – someone making a real contribution and difference within WEDI. This award recognizes someone who has actively supported the efforts of their workgroup, subworkgroup or taskforce through their commitment, leadership, team play and productivity. The 2018 recipients of this award are Susan Brousseau, BCBS of Minnesota, Mike Denison, Change Healthcare and Michelle Barry, Availity.
Distinguished Service Award – This award recognizes individuals who have provided significant leadership to the fulfillment of the mission, objectives, programs and overall volunteer activities of WEDI through participation in committees, workgroups, PAGs, Board of Directors, among others. The 2018 recipients of this award include:· Tom Meyers, America's Health Insurance Plans
· Ed Hafner, Change Healthcare
· Laurie Burckhardt, WPS Insurance
· Pam Grosze, PNC Bank
Outstanding Corporate Sponsor Award – Recognizes a vendor who has served as a strong champion in health IT through their continued commitment to WEDI’s sponsorship programs throughout the year. The 2018 recipient of this award is Edifecs.
For more information on the 2018 awardees or on the WEDI National Conference, please visit http://www.wedi.org.
WEDI is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit http://www.wedi.org and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Blockchain-based platforms team up to provide a safe and trusted ecosystem of health insurance, certified goods, and wellness services for the elderly
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - October 18, 2018 - Walimai, the safe-product retail channel that utilizes the WaBi token, has announced its strategic partnership and ecosystem integration with HiNounou, a connected healthcare and intelligent data platform. The partnership is set to provide millions of Chinese senior citizens with access to safe, trusted goods and services, including insurance and health products.**
The partnership merges the respective ecosystems of both parties, allowing participants of either service to use their loyalty tokens on both platforms. It also allows for Walimai cross-promotion on the HiNounou service, which targets one of Walimai's key demographics -- senior citizens. Powered by AI, IoT, blockchain, and genomics, HiNounou's platform and ecosystem features leading insurers AXA and Ping An, who are offering their first dedicated 'insurance as a service' products for Chinese senior citizens.
Current data indicates China has 1.3 billion citizens over 60, equal to 17 percent of the world's total population. According to state projections by China's Office of the National Working Commission on Aging, more than 25 percent of the population will be over 60 by 2030. China faces an enormous challenge in sustaining the provision of healthcare, pensions, and viable insurance, against the background of national productivity concerns and a variety of social and welfare-related issues.
The Walimai-HiNounou alliance creates a unique, safe, and trusted environment, which gives seniors the opportunity to access a rich ecosystem of trusted services tailored to them, ensuring a healthier and more active daily life.
"Our Walimai partnership is another important step in creating an integrated ecosystem of products and services focused on the well-being of seniors at home to live longer, healthier, and happier," said Charles Bark, CEO, HiNounou. "The partnership creates cross-ecosystem interactivity for the WaBi and HiNounou tokens, enabling seniors to seamlessly transact across an extensive range of trusted products and services."
"By linking WaBi in the HiNounou ecosystem, we can provide our selection of verifiably authentic imported goods to one of our main target consumer groups, and help improve their health," said Alexander Busarov, CEO, Walimai and WaBi. "This is hugely empowering for the elderly. We provide easy access to products and services, stimulating both the mind and body, across a variety of activities and interests, allowing seniors to stay engaged in society and lead more rewarding lives."
The WaBi token can be used to acquire products and services on the HiNounou platformm, customized to the needs of seniors, such as insurance, supplements, nutritious foods, wellness classes, and more. HiNounou users will also be able to use the HiNounou token to make purchases through the Walimai safe product retail channel.
Walimai's anti-counterfeiting technology and blockchain-based data platform ensure goods are safe and authentic, while customer data is kept secure, which helps limit fraudulent activity and reduce seniors' exposure to unwanted risks. HiNounou leverages high-tech robotics and healthcare applications to improve the quality of life for seniors, potentially extending the working life of many elderly citizens.
HiNounou has risen to be one of the most promising companies in the healthcare industry. Recognized for its innovation by major names such as Bayer and Intel, HiNounou technology has been showcased at events worldwide (including CES ASIA 2018 and European Economic Congress), had its CEO and founder Charles Bark named one of France's top 3 AI entrepreneurs in China by President Emmanuel Macron, and struck partnerships with major industry names such as ZTE, AXA, and Ping An.
*About WaBi and Walimai*
WaBi is a token used as a loyalty point in the Walimai retail channel for safe products. Each product in the retail channel is protected with an NFC/RFID label with banking-level security and can be scanned by consumers to verify authenticity. This act rewards them with WaBi, which can be used for purchases. The safe products protected by the labels are available for purchase in multiple stores throughout Mainland China. In December of 2017, WaBi raised 11.5 million USD in funds to grow their retail channel. The retail channel has been growing exponentially, adding new products to the portfolio and striking partnerships with the likes of Network Foods Australia and OneZone Communications. Wabi has been covered by BBC, Reuters, CNET, Business Insider, and more.
More information on WaBi and Walimai can be found here: https://bit.ly/2QFs0aM
WaBi is available on Binance: https://bit.ly/2M48kf2 Reported by Media OutReach 5 hours ago.
First of its Kind Unit Embeds Addiction Medicine Specialists into Skilled Nursing Facility
PITTSBURGH (PRWEB) October 18, 2018
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County officials were joined by Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Gateway Health representatives to celebrate the completion and opening of a new 45-bed unit at the Kane Community Living Center in McKeesport. The post-acute unit is for patients with medical conditions and co-occurring substance use disorders.
“The mission of the Kane Community Living Centers is to provide quality nursing and rehabilitation services that enhance the lives of our residents, families, and communities. We do that by listening to what the needs are of our residents and trying to meet them – that’s exactly what occurred in this case,” said Fitzgerald. “We heard from admissions counselors and community services staff about the need for this specialized service. We were fortunate to have space at the McKeesport Center, and could move quickly to respond to this need by repurposing the vacant unit for this service.”
The first of its kind in the county, this unit will combine skilled care and addiction services for patients who meet Nursing Facility Clinically Eligible (NFCE) criteria, requiring 24-hour care. Kane’s team will provide skilled nursing care and work collaboratively with AHN addiction medicine specialists embedded in the unit to provide medication-assisted treatment and supportive services.
“At Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network and Gateway Health, we’re addressing the epidemic of substance use disorders on many critical fronts through our hospitals, physicians, health plans, and through community outreach programs,” explained Dan Onorato, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Highmark Health. “This new unit at Kane will provide patients with the right kind of care in the right setting, offering high-quality, high-value, addiction-informed services and the positive health care experience necessary to heal and feel supported. We are getting health care right for these patients.”
Recent Commonwealth of PA data indicates that more than 12,000 individuals on Medicaid alone in Allegheny County have a substance use disorder related to prescription pain medications or heroin. Until now, following hospitalizations, these patients have lacked reliable post-acute care alternatives because traditional nursing homes aren’t equipped to manage addiction.
“This specialized new unit provides patients who are recovering from hospitalization and coping with substance use disorder with a good pathway forward,” said Mitchell West, DO, MHA, medical director of addiction services at AHN, who will direct the addiction services at the new unit. “By providing them with evidence-based addiction care, we can offer patients their best opportunity to recover from their hospitalization and continue the fight to overcome their addiction.”
Program partner Gateway Health is a leading Medicaid and Medicare Advantage managed care organization and other partners include AHN’s Center for Inclusion Health and HM Home & Community Services, a Highmark Health company centered on post-acute health care management solutions.
“Gateway Health is very pleased to be able to support Allegheny Health Network and Kane in their innovative partnership to provide improved care for our members with substance use disorders and skilled nursing needs,” added Steven E. Szebenyi, MD, MMM, chief medical officer, Gateway Health. “By working together, bringing AHN’s addiction specialists into the skilled nursing facility setting, our members can receive timely, high quality care in a manner not otherwise available to them.”
Beginning October 17, the Kane unit began accepting patient referrals from AHN hospitals. Following an initial pilot, it will admit patients from hospitals across Allegheny County and, as demand allows, from surrounding counties, accepting coverage from all health plans.
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About Highmark Health
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA-based company, that, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, collectively employ more than 40,000 people and serve millions of Americans across the country, is the second largest integrated health care delivery and financing network in the nation based on revenue. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to nearly 5 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware as well as dental insurance, vision care and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses that include United Concordia Companies, HM Insurance Group, and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an integrated delivery network that includes eight hospitals, more than 2,400 affiliated physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute, a group purchasing organization, and health and wellness pavilions in western Pennsylvania. HM Health Solutions focuses on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark Health enterprise as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge and integrated cloud-based platforms. To learn more, please visit http://www.highmarkhealth.org.
About Allegheny Health Network
Allegheny Health Network (AHN.org), a Highmark Health company, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is composed of eight hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital, its flagship academic medical center in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh and Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY. The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, cardiovascular disease, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes and more. It also is home to a comprehensive research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 20,000 people, has more than 2,400 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
About Gateway Health
Gateway Health is a nationally-ranked managed care organization that focuses on providing the best possible healthcare to a growing number of Medicaid and Medicare Advantage consumers. A not-for-profit organization, Gateway Health serves the needs of at risk and vulnerable citizens with not only healthcare coverage, but services such as disease management, health and wellness programs and preventive care. The organization provides Medicaid services in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Arkansas, and Medicare coverage in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and North Carolina. Our commitment to helping our members and their communities get and stay healthy is what keeps members, providers, communities and partners "Good with Gateway." To learn more about Gateway Health, visit us online at http://www.gatewayhealthplan.com. Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.
The National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with health insurance leader Pendella.
WASHINGTON (PRWEB) October 18, 2018
The National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with health insurance leader Pendella, offering a new virtual healthcare exchange for NAMB members along with anyone within the United States working as a mortgage professional.
Healthcare is ranked as a top issue for Americans, making employee benefit plans incredibly important as workers and their families depend on this critical coverage to protect them from the financial burden of illness, death, or disability. “The mortgage industry is fiercely competitive for those working to help consumers make the right housing decisions,” said Rick Bettencourt, CRMS, NAMB President. “The last thing we want for NAMB members, or those working in the industry outside of NAMB, is to worry about healthcare coverage, and today’s announcement with Pendella will help our industry bridge the insurance-coverage gap, greatly, and we are excited to watch this program enhance the lives of those working in our marketplace.”
Launching on October 16, Pendella has created a program for NAMB members and industry professionals via a virtual health care exchange that provides fantastic benefits such as:· Medical Insurance
· Vision and Dental Plans
· Income Protection
· Life Insurance
· Business Overhead Insurance
· Accident and Illness Plans
· Personal Care Accounts
For more information on this program or to enroll your company, click here.
“The partnership with NAMB is a great option for mortgage professionals to engage in to ensure they, along with their loved ones, have the best coverage needed to maintain great health,” Bob Gaydos, co-founder of Pendella. “Together, Pendella and NAMB worked hard to ensure the offerings available today contain the healthcare tools mortgage professionals demand, and we are hopeful NAMB members and non-members take advantage of this fantastic offering.”
Pendella is a team of seasoned professionals with decades of experience in employee benefits, human resources, benefit administration, and business insurance. We created Pendella to combine our talents with modern technology, allowing us to provide creative, compassionate and reliable service in this digital age.
The National Association of Mortgage Brokers is the voice of the mortgage industry representing the interests of mortgage professionals and homebuyers since 1973. NAMB members include small business owners, loan originators, account executives, and other industry professionals. NAMB provides mortgage professionals with education opportunities and offers rigorous certification programs to recognize members with the highest levels of professional knowledge and education. As the leading national trade association for this industry, NAMB is affiliated with State Associations throughout the country and represents the interests of more than 910,000* licensed and registered Mortgage Loan Originators and 39,000* licensed mortgage broker and mortgage lender businesses. NAMB’s active lobbying and advocacy efforts frequently focus on national and state issues. The Association hosts several meetings throughout the year. https://www.namb.org/ Reported by PRWeb 35 minutes ago.
SAN BRUNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#caregiver--CareLinx and Stride Partner to Bridge Health Insurance Gap for Professional Caregivers, the Fastest Growing Job Sector in the U.S.
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Reported by DallasNews 23 hours ago.
The Florida Healthy Kids Corp. Board of Directors approved a plan to waive children’s health-insurance premiums for three months in counties that sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Michael.
Reported by cbs4.com 19 hours ago.
New partnership enables pharmaceutical and healthcare delivery companies with graph-based analytics capabilities for actionable insights
BOSTON (PRWEB) October 18, 2018
Cambridge Semantics, the leading provider of an enterprise data fabric, and Symbotix, a healthcare technology innovation and consultancy group, today announced a partnership that aims to help solve the most challenging data problems of modern healthcare enterprises.
Today’s healthcare organizations face complex challenges compounded by massive volumes of unstructured and structured data from diverse sources such as databases, warehouses, data-lakes, medical devices, transaction applications and social feeds. Both providers and payors need to harmonize these data elements to adequately feed and augment analytic tools intended to generate actionable insights.
The partnership between Cambridge Semantics and Symbotix, which has been solidified through mutual investments in a shared healthcare industry go-to-market initiative, will focus on equipping pharmaceutical and healthcare delivery organizations with the implementation services and advanced tools to combat these data challenges.
“Flexible knowledge graphs and semantically interoperable data fabrics have emerged as the solutions to form a durable platform able to tackle the data complexities inherent in today’s healthcare industry,” said Chuck Pieper, CEO and Chairman of Cambridge Semantics. “Partnering with Symbotix enables us to extend their proven business transformation capabilities and together, digitally enable the reinvention of the healthcare IT enterprise.”
A definitive path to positive change for healthcare organizations is not tenable without the right enterprise interoperability tools in conjunction with information management capabilities. Cambridge Semantics’ Anzo provides speed and simplicity while offering scalability, security, durability and availability of large volume transactions for healthcare enterprises through its data fabric technology.
“Symbotix has been IT-enabling business transformation for more than two decades. Based on our experience, Anzo is the tool of choice for rapid, predictable step-level advancements in enterprise analytics, augmented intelligence/decision support, and business innovation,” said Ted DellaVecchia, CEO and Managing Partner of Symbotix. “The Cambridge Semantics data fabric is a powerful layer for the critical last-mile of interoperability in a flexible standards-based architecture for the ever-evolving dynamics that earmark healthcare.”
As the healthcare industry shifts towards personalized care and wellness delivery, the industry will benefit from solutions that harmonize data from all sources into actionable knowledge. Symbotix and Cambridge Semantics will cater to pharmaceuticals, life sciences, hospital systems, physician practices, health networks, academic medical centers, and health insurance enterprises.
About Cambridge Semantics
Cambridge Semantics Inc., The Smart Data Company®, is a modern data management and enterprise analytics software company that offers an enterprise data fabric including a universal semantic layer to connect and bring meaning to all enterprise data. Its Anzo software, enables IT departments and their business users to semantically link, analyze and manage diverse data whether internal or external, structured or unstructured, with speed, at big data scales and at the fraction of the implementation costs of using traditional approaches.
Cambridge Semantics is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
For more information visit http://www.cambridgesemantics.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter: @CamSemantics.
Since 2007, Symbotix has been designing, IT-enabling, and implementing advanced business models and interoperable healthcare delivery ecosystems.
Their “Time-Value Methodology” synchronizes people, process, architecture, and information-technology solutions creating durable and extensible enterprise capabilities. They accelerate, execute, and energize client vision into functional reality while simultaneously operationalizing new abilities as durable and extensible assets for modern healthcare enterprises.
Symbotix is headquartered in Wake Forest, North, Carolina. For more details, please visit http://www.symbotix.com Reported by PRWeb 19 hours ago.
Premium rates for health insurance plans sold through the Affordable Care Act marketplace are going down in 2019, but Philadelphia-area residents who bought plans with a tax subsidy last year may be in store for sticker shock when they receive their renewal notices.
Reported by philly.com 17 hours ago.
For Bridgett Snelten, changing her health insurance meant enduring wild blood sugar swings, bouts of vomiting and weight gain. The Utah mother of two young girls has diabetes and has had to change health insurance plans three years in a row. Twice, new insurers wouldn’t cover Trulicity, a once-a-week injected diabetes medicine she’d been taking that helped control her blood sugar tightly. Instead, they made her return to an inexpensive, twice-a-day injected diabetes drug she and her doctor knew didn’t work for her. Each time, blood sugar plunges caused the shakes, vomiting and other symptoms until her doctor finally persuaded the new insurer to approve Trulicity, which retails for more than $700 per month.
Reported by SFGate 15 hours ago.
· Asia's largest digital media conference on digital revenue, technology and innovation
· Keynotes by South China Morning Post's Gary Liu and Schibsted Media's Torry Pedersen
HONG KONG, Oct. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Transforming business models, identifying new digital revenue streams and meeting the demand for news in hyperlocal markets are some of the key topics that will be discussed at the coming *Digital Media Asia in Hong Kong from November 7-9, 2018 *which is organized by WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific.Organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Digital Media Asia is the region's largest media industry conference on digital revenues, technology and innovation. Check out the power-packed conference programme to learn from leaders who are transforming the news industry! Find out what new business models and revenue streams they have found to be most effective in driving a profitable and sustainable media business.
*SCMP and Schibsted charting the digital transformation*
Delivering the opening keynote addresses are *South China Morning Post*'s (SCMP) CEO, Gary Liu, and *Schibsted Norway*'s Head of Editorial, Torry Pedersen.
Backed by new owner Alibaba, *SCMP* started its digital journey in 2015 when it revitalised the newsroom, reinvigorated the company culture and took on a print-to-digital approach, with a strong focus on data and analytics. Since dropping its paywall in 2016, it has been in aggressive product development mode to launch new content channels and other offerings, such as video and podcasts, with a view to devising new revenue models which will set the company on a path to profitability by 2023.
Often held up as THE shining example of a legacy media company which has succeeded in transforming itself digitally, the *Schibsted Media Group *makes disruption seem hip. Today, more than 60% of revenue comes from digital activities and its largest revenue generator is its online classifieds section which enjoys an annual growth of 15-20%. This is one company which is not afraid of disrupting itself.
*Driving new revenue with local communities*
Diversifying revenue streams has become a key priority for news publishers. As media companies grapple with identifying new products, the conference will also feature established publishers who have become disruptors in their communities. One of them is *Stuff.* Sinead Boucher, Stuff's CEO will share how the company - formerly Fairfax New Zealand - has undergone a makeover into a revenue-generating hyperlocal social platform reaching 3 million people a month, in a country with a population of just 4.5 million. While maintaining a steadfast commitment to quality content, this company with a history going back 160 years, has branched out into providing fibre broadband, electricity at cost price, movie streaming and even private health insurance.
*Driving new revenue with native advertising, quality content and subscription*
Other news publishers are seeing an explosion in growth of sponsored content. With increasing demand for branded and high-quality content, publishers have set up content labs to serve their clients better. Speakers from *Bloomberg|Quint*, *The Wall Street Journal Custom Studio* and *T Brand Studio International *(the content marketing unit of *The New York Times*) will discuss the trends, challenges and innovative sponsored content solutions, including creating campaigns in AR/VR and over WhatsApp, which till now, has been notoriously hard to crack as an advertising platform, with good reason.
*Celebrating digital media excellence*
Over 30 awards across 10 categories will be presented at the Asian Digital Media Awards Presentation Ceremony on 8 November 2018.
Digital Media Asia is the region's largest digital media conference organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). More than 30 speakers from 10 countries will share their best practices at this three-day conference designed for senior management and executives in the publishing and media industries. They will tackle key issues such as transformation models, diversification of revenue streams, media consumption patterns, digital subscription, engagement and monetisation in the news publishing landscape.
Media buyers, marketing and communications professionals and academia will also find the sessions to be of value, given the massive changes in the way media is consumed globally.
Other speakers at the conference:
· Nicole Bales, Director, APAC, The Wall Street Journal Customs Studios
· Sinead Boucher, CEO, Stuff, Fairfax New Zealand
· Chua Kong Ho, Technology Editor, South China Morning Post
· Ankit Dhadda, Head, Product & Marketing Bloomberg|Quint
· Grig Davidovitz, CEO, RGB Media
· John Fong, MD,Woodwing APAC & Digital Services
· Tobias Henning, General Manager, Premium, BILD
· Ravi Hiranand, Executive Producer, Abacus, South China Morning Post
· Angie Lau, Co-founder & Head, Forkast.News
· Korey Lee, Director, Data Analytics & Insights, South China Morning Post
· Steven Neubauer, Former Managing Director, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
· Rasmus Nielsen, Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
· Reno Ong, Pre-Sale Director, APAC, T-Brand Studio, The New York Times
· Simon Park, Content Strategist, Mediati.kr
· Jess Ross, Chief Product Officer, Fairfax Media, Australia
· Gaurav Sachdeva, Chief Product Officer, Singapore Press Holdings
· Tilman Wagner, Innovation Manager, Deutsche Welle
· Erika Tapalla, Senior Manager, Business Development, Reuters News Agency
· Mark van der Kamp, CEO, Escenic
· Joon-Ian Wong, MD for Europe & Asia, CoinDesk
WAN-IFRA (www.wan-ifra.org), or the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, is based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India and Mexico. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.
The WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific office, based in Singapore, helps to bring services such as training, events, consulting, and publications closer to members in the region.
*For more information and speaker interview requests, contact:
WAN-IFRA Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd
dma.wan-ifra.com | www.wan-ifra.org
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[Premium Times] The Abuja head office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was on Thursday thrown into jubilation following the announcement of the suspension of Usman Yusuf. This is the second time in one year that Mr Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the scheme, will be suspended from office.
Reported by allAfrica.com 8 hours ago.
The Delhi High Court has asked the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) to "explain the reasonableness" of not granting insurance cover to people suffering from congenital anomalies.
"What is the objection to giving insurance cover to them (people suffering from congenital anomalies)," a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao asked the IRDAI and sought its response before the next date of hearing on December 17.
"Give the justification for such exclusion," the court said to the insurance regulator.
The bench also issued notices to the General Insurance Council and the Life Insurance Council, which represent the entities that carry on the business of general and life insurance respectively, and sought their stand on the issue before the next date.
The court was hearing a PIL seeking directions to the Centre, the IRDAI and insurance companies to remove congenital anomalies, like external or internal abnormality in the womb, from the list of general exclusions in the health or life insurance policies.
The petition, by Nipun Malhotra, has challenged the "arbitrary" and "illegal" mechanisms adopted by the IRDAI in denying the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) to seek insurance cover for themselves on the ground that their conditions are categorised under the scope of "congenital anomalies", as defined under a July 29, 2016 circular by the regulator.
Congenital anomalies are also known as birth defects and could be caused by single gene defects, chromosomal disorders, multifactorial inheritance, environmental teratogens and micronutrient deficiencies.
Malhotra, a disability rights activist who suffers from locomotor disability from birth, has sought a direction to the IRDAI to remove the phrase 'congenital anomalies' from the standardised definition of the 2016 circulars.
He has also sought direction to take a relook at the exclusionary clauses in insurance contracts and ensure that insurance companies do not reject claims on the basis of exclusions related to congenital anomalies.
In his petition filed through advocate Jai Dehadrai, he has said the effect of the circular and regulations was that PwDs found it next to impossible to seek insurance cover, when undergoing any health related complications.
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Dublin, Oct. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Neurostimulation Devices Market (2nd Edition), 2018-2030" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.The Neurostimulation Devices Market (2nd Edition), 2018-2030' report features an extensive study of the current landscape and future outlook of the growing market for neurostimulation devices. The focus of this study is on invasive neurostimulation devices, such as devices for spinal cord stimulation (SCS), deep brain stimulation (DBS), spinal nerve stimulation (SNS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), other cranial nerve stimulation (Other CNS) and other variants of neurostimulation devices.
The National Academy of Medicine indicates that as many as 100 million people in the US suffer from some form of pain, which has been shown to be associated with a socioeconomic burden of around USD 600 billion per year, in treatment costs and lost productivity. Further, it has been estimated that nearly 1 million people in America suffer from Parkinson's disease, with approximately 60,000 new patients being diagnosed every year.Over the past few decades, the prevalence of such chronic disorders has grown at an alarming rate. In fact, a recent World Health Organization's Global Burden of Disease study recognized these chronic conditions as one of the leading causes of deteriorating public health in the world. Such clinical conditions have often been shown to result in serious physical, cognitive and psychosocial consequences in patients. This indicates an urgent need for novel and effective treatment methods as the drawbacks of existing treatment options (such as high risk of addiction/abuse associated with long-term use of oral opioids, and complications due to complex surgical procedures) are substantial.
*Amongst other elements, the report features:*
· A detailed assessment of the overall landscape of neurostimulation devices market, featuring the contributions of various companies engaged in this domain and highlighting key device specifications (size, weight, battery type, battery life, number of electrodes, type of programming, and MRI compatibility), along with information on different types of neurostimulation devices, target therapeutic areas, and regulatory approvals received across various geographies.
· A comprehensive product competitiveness analysis, taking into consideration the supplier power and specific device-related parameters, such as the number of target indications, target nerves, regulatory approvals, and key device specifications.
· Comprehensive profiles of developers of leading neurostimulation devices (shortlisted on the basis of the product competitiveness analysis), featuring an overview of the company, its financial information (if available), and a detailed description of the device(s). Each profile also includes a list of recent developments, highlighting the achievements, partnership activity, and the likely strategies that may be adopted by these players to fuel growth in the foreseen future.
· An elaborate discussion on the regulatory landscape related to medical devices across various geographies, namely North America (the US and Canada), Europe (the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy), and Asia-Pacific (Australia, China and Japan). The information covers details on the payer mix and the reimbursement processes of various public/private organizations across these geographies.
· A detailed brand positioning analysis of leading industry players (shortlisted on the basis of strength of product portfolio), highlighting the current perceptions regarding their proprietary brands across different device types, taking into consideration several aspects, such as strength / diversity of product portfolio, extent of patent portfolio, recent collaborations, number of target indications and regulatory approvals, and the overall market positioning of the players.
· An in-depth analysis of the patents that have been published since 2013. The analysis also highlights the key trends associated with these patents, including patent type, regional applicability, CPC classification, IP litigations, emerging areas, leading industry players (in terms of the number of patents filed/granted), and patent benchmarking and valuation.
· A comprehensive clinical trial analysis of completed, ongoing and planned studies of various neurostimulation devices. For the purpose of this analysis, we looked at the clinical studies that have been last updated in 2013, and analyzed them on the basis of various parameters, such as current trial status, regional distribution, leading industry and non-industry players, key indications, and enrolled patient population across different geographies.
· An analysis of the partnerships that have been established in the recent past, covering product development/commercialization agreements, R&D collaborations, technology licensing deals, distribution agreements, mergers/acquisitions, and others.
· An analysis of investments made at various stages of product development/commercialization; these include seed financing, venture capital financing, debt financing and grants/awards received by the companies that are operating in this domain.
· A comprehensive list of non-invasive neurostimulation devices, along with information on their developers, various types of non-invasive technologies used, target therapeutic areas, and development/approval status of the devices.
· An elaborate discussion on the upcoming opportunities/trends in the field of neurostimulation devices that are likely to impact the evolution of this market over the coming years.
One of the key objectives of the report was to estimate the existing market size and potential growth opportunities for neurostimulation devices. Based on multiple parameters, such as target patient population, likely adoption rates and expected pricing, we have provided an informed estimate on the likely evolution of the market over the period 2018-2030.The report provides sales forecasts for the overall neurostimulation devices market with detailed market segmentation on the basis of type neurostimulation devices (SCS, DBS, VNS, and other types), indication (chronic pain, dystonia, epilepsy, essential tremor, heart failure, major depressive disorder, Parkinson's disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, overactive bladder, sleep apnea), MRI compatibility (MRI compatible and MRI non-compatible), and the geographical distribution of the market (US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, China, and Japan).In order to account for the uncertainties associated with some of the key parameters and to add robustness to our model, we have provided three market forecast scenarios portraying the conservative, base and optimistic tracks of the industry's evolution.*Key Topics Covered:*1. Preface
2. Executive Summary
4. Regulatory And Reimbursement Landscape For Medical Devices
5. Current Market Landscape
6. Spinal Cord Stimulation
7. Deep Brain Stimulation
8. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
9. Brand Positioning Analysis
10. Patent Analysis
11. Clinical Trial Analysis
12. Collaborations And Partnerships
13. Funding And Investment Analysis
14. Market Forecast
15. Future Growth Opportunities
16. Executive Insights
17. Appendix 1: List Of Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Devices
18. Appendix 2: Tabulated Data
19. Appendix 3: List Of Companies And Organizations· Abbott
· Aberdare Ventures
· Academy Medical Center
· Accelmed Growth Partners
· Action Potential Venture Capital
· Advent Life Sciences
· AG2R La Mondiale
· Alan Neuromedical Technologies
· ALC Healthcare
· Aleva Neurotherapeutics
· Alfred Mann Foundation
· American Academy of Neurology
· American Academy of Pain Medicine
· American Medical Association
· Amzak Health
· Andera Partners
· Antares Capital
· Aperture Venture Partners
· ARAG Group
· Atlante Ventures
· Attivo Networks
· Aucta Technologies
· Autonomic Technologies
· Autonomix Medical
· Avery Biomedical Devices
· AXA PPP Healthcare
· Axilum Robotics
· Axonic Capital
· Axonics Modulation Technologies
· b-to-v Partners
· Banexi Ventures
· BB Biotech Ventures
· BC Platforms
· Becton Dickinson
· Beijing PINS Medical
· Beijing Tiantan Hospital
· BioControl Medical
· BioMedical Life Systems
· BioScience Managers
· BlueWind Medical
· Boston Scientific
· Brain State Technologies
· Cala Health
· Calmare Therapeutics
· Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
· Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
· Capricorn Venture Partners
· Carbon Black
· Carlos III Health Institute
· Case Western Reserve University
· Caser Seguros
· Catholic University of Leuven
· CBC Banque & Assurance
· CEFALY Technology
· Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
· Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
· Centripetal Networks
· Centro of Construction of Cardiac Stimulators of Uruguay
· Cerevast Medical
· Cervel Neurotech
· Clearly Present Foundation
· Cleveland Clinic
· Clinigen Group
· Cogentix Medical
· Cormorant Asset Management
· Cosman Medical
· Crdit Mutuel Group
· Deep Brain Innovations
· Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
· Deutsche Krankenversicherung
· DEYMED Diagnostic
· Dolphin Neurostim
· Dr. Langer Medical
· EaglePicher Medical Power
· EBS Technologies
· ElectroMedical Technologies
· Electronic Waveform Lab
· Elron Electronic Industries
· Endeavour Vision
· Endonovo Therapeutics
· Enopace Biomedical
· Enspire DBS Therapy
· Epimed International
· ERGO Group
· Evergreen Medical Technologies
· Expatriate Healthcare
· Federal Holding and Investment Company
· Finetech Medical
· Fisher Wallace Laboratories
· Flatiron Health
· Flow Neuroscience
· Fogarty Institute for Innovation
· Forbion Capital Partners
· Forrestal Capital
· Fountain Healthcare Partners
· Freedom Health
· French National Authority for Health
· Frontcourt Ventures
· Functional Neuromodulation
· Gala Therapeutics
· Galvani Bioelectronics
· Generali Deutschland
· German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information
· Gilde Healthcare Partners
· GiMer Medical
· Gradient Medical
· Green Park & Golf Ventures
· GTX Medical
· Hannover Re
· HBM Healthcare Investments
· Helius Medical Technologies
· High-Tech Grnderfonds
· Horowitz Group
· Humanitas Clinical Institute
· INC Research
· InCube Labs
· Ingress Health
· Initiative Capital Romandie
· INKEF Capital
· Innogest Capital
· Innovative Health Solutions
· Inspire Medical Systems
· Institute for Hospital Remuneration System
· Institute for Industrial Science
· Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care
· Institute of Hospitalization and Care of Scientific Character
· Institute of Medical Arts
· InterWest Partners
· InterX Technologies
· IPF Partners
· Johari Digital Healthcare
· Johnson & Johnson
· Kaiser Permanente
· KCK Group
· Kinled Holding
· Kleiner Perkins
· La Luxembourgeoise
· LABORIE Medical Technologies
· Legend Capital Management
· Leonite Capital
· Lightstone Ventures
· Lone Star Neuromodulation
· Longitude Capital
· Lungpacer Medical
· MAAF Assurances
· MAG & More
· Mainstay Medical
· Massachusetts Life Science Center
· Mayo Clinic
· Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
· MDC Partners
· Meagan Medical
· Medical University of South Carolina
· Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
· Munich Re
· National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety
· National Engineering Laboratory for Neuromodulation
· National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services
· National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence
· National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran
· National Institutes of Health
· National Neuroscience Institute
· Nature's Gate
· NeoMed Management
· Nervana Systems
· Netherlands Enterprise Agency
· NeuroEM Therapeutics
· NeuroOne Medical Technologies
· NeuroRecovery Technologies
· Neuros Medical
· NeuroTek Medical
· Neurowave Medical Technologies
· New Enterprise Associates
· Newton Biocapital
· Nexeon MedSystems
· Nia Therapeutics
· Niveus Medical
· Ohio Third Frontier
· OMRON Healthcare
· OrbiMed Advisors
· Oregon Health & Science University
· Osage University Partners
· Oxford Finance
· Pain Alliance Europe
· PainPod BioTechnology
· Palo Alto Networks
· Parasym Health
· PathMaker Neurosystems
· Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency
· Ping An Insurance
· Presidio Partners
· Principia SGR
· Prizm Medical
· Rainbow Medical
· Reeve Foundation
· Regional investment Company of Wallonia
· RenalGuard Solutions
· Renewal Technologies
· ReShape Lifesciences
· Saama Technologies
· Saga Health Insurance
· Saluda Medical
· Samsung Electronics America
· Sanderling Ventures
· Sant Ventures
· Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation
· Scion NeuroStim
· SegurCaixa Adeslas
· Sensory NeuroStimulation
· SetPoint Medical
· Shape Security
· SHYFT Analytics
· Silicon Valley Bank
· Silk'n Therapy
· Smiths Medical
· Sofinnova Partners
· Soterix Medical
· Southern California Permanente Medical Group
· SPR Therapeutics
· St. Jude Medical (Abbott)
· Synapse Biomedical
· Synergia Medical
· Syntilla Medical
· Tal Medical
· TENS Rx
· Theranica Bio-Electronics
· Threat Stack
· Topspin Partners
· Tsinghua University
· Ultra Care Systems
· University of Brussels
· University of California
· University of Milan
· University of Minnesota
· University of New Mexico
· University of Pittsburgh
· University of Tokyo
· University of Washington
· US Department of Defense
· US Department of Homeland Security
· US Venture Partners
· USCI Japan
· VA Office of Research and Development
· Valencia Technologies
· Vectra Networks
· Venture Bank
· Versant Ventures
· Virility Medical
· Vision Sciences
· Vital Motion
· Wellington Partners
· Windham Venture Partners
· Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
· Xavant Technology
· Yongjin Group
· Ysios Capital Partners
· Zephyr Health
· ZOLL Medical
· Zynex Medical
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Medical Clinics Provide Fleets and Professional Drivers Convenient and Affordable Access to the Medical Services Needed to Help Keep Drivers Healthy and on the Road
MIAMI (PRWEB) October 19, 2018
UrgentCareTravel (UCT), the Medical Clinic Network located at Pilot Flying J, announces the opening of two new medical clinics focused on providing fleets and professional drivers the medical services needed to help keep drivers healthy and on the road. With the addition of new medical clinics in Phoenix (AZ) and Perrysburg/Toledo (OH), both conveniently located by Flying J Travel Centers, UrgentCareTravel now has thirteen medical clinics in its network. UrgentCareTravel plans to add more clinics to its growing clinic network over the next few years.
“Pilot Flying J is committed to making a better day for professional drivers,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “This partnership with UrgentCareTravel allows us to provide on-site care as an additional service aimed at making life on the road better for drivers.”
UrgentCareTravel addresses today’s critical challenges in the trucking industry:
1. Professional drivers do not have convenient access to medical clinics where they can park their truck. The trucking industry is estimated lose hundreds of millions of dollars in driver productivity per year as drivers spend an additional 4-6 hours off the road each time they need a medical service.
2. Professional drivers have health challenges. Per UrgentCareTravel’s analysis of over 15,000 DOT Physicals performed at its clinics, 50% of drivers have one or more serious medical conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, obesity and high cholesterol, which in turn, limit their Commercial Drivers License (CDL) to one year or less.
3. Most professional drivers today have no health insurance or health insurance with high deductibles and premiums. Since the required ongoing care of their pre-existing conditions are paid out of pocket, drivers visit clinics less often, their conditions worsen and they eventually leave the workforce.
4. Driver health is a major contributor to the high turnover rate in the industry. Per UrgentCareTravel discussions with fleets, with industry turnover rates upwards of 100%, company profitability decreases as the average recruiting cost is $5,000 per driver.
“Our network of medical clinics located at Pilot Flying J fills a critical need in the trucking industry - affordable and convenient healthcare," said Siva Suresh, CEO of UrgentCareTravel. “We value our relationship with Pilot Flying J which enables us to address the key healthcare needs of professional drivers to help them stay healthy and on the road.”
UrgentCareTravel, the Medical Clinic Network located at Pilot Flying J, is dedicated to improving driver health and keeping drivers on the road. With a focus on convenience and affordability, UrgentCareTravel is the only medical clinic network focused on truck driver health. For additional information about UrgentCareTravel’s Health Network, locations and services, please visit the website at http://www.UrgentCareTravel.com.
About Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is committed to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, Roadside assistance available at over 145 locations nationwide and growing as part of its Truck Care program, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks with Prime Parking at more than 400 locations, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 15 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies. Visit http://www.pilotflyingj.com/ for more information. Reported by PRWeb 11 hours ago.