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    The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was struck down by a Texas judge on Friday, a move that could suddenly disrupt the health insurance status of millions of Americans. Reported by 19 hours ago.

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    Harrisburg, Pa., Dec 14, 2018 / 09:01 pm (CNA).- New rules are set to ensure strong religious exemptions to federal mandates requiring employer health care plans to provide birth control coverage, but Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s legal challenge could derail them.

    “Families rely on the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee to afford care,” Shapiro said Dec. 14. “Congress hasn’t changed the law, and the president can’t simply ignore it with an illegal rule.”

    He filed an amended complaint Friday challenging the Trump administration’s final religious exemption rules, set to take effect Jan. 14, 2019. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal joined the complaint, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Shapiro’s complaint makes several claims, including charges that the new rules violate the separation of church and state and allow employers to discriminate on the basis of sex.

    On Nov. 7, the Trump administration released two updated rules concerning conscience protections for organizations and individuals in relation to the Department of Health and Human Services’ so-called contraception mandate.

    The rules allow colleges, universities, and health insurance companies to decline to cover contraceptives, including drugs that can cause abortion, whether for religious or non-religious moral objections.

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the new rules as “common-sense regulations that allow those with sincerely held religious or moral convictions opposing abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception to exclude such drugs and devices from their health plans.”

    Mark Rienzi, president of the Becket religious liberty legal group, praised the new rules, saying they signaled the end of a “long, unnecessary culture war.” Rienzi’s legal group represents the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have challenged mandates requiring them to provide such coverage to employees.

    “All that is left is for state governments to admit that there are many ways to deliver these services without nuns, and the Little Sisters can return to serving the elderly poor in peace,” Rienzi said last month.

    The Little Sisters of the Poor are currently being sued by the attorneys general of Pennsylvania and California, which challenge their religious exemptions allowing them to decline to provide the coverage to which they object.

    The U.S. Supreme Court had barred enforcement of the mandate on closely held private companies in its 2014 case involving Hobby Lobby, which is owned by an Evangelical Christian family that objected to some of the mandated drugs.

    In May 2016, the Supreme Court voided the federal circuit court decisions involving other plaintiffs challenging the mandate and sent these cases back to their respective federal courts. The court directed the lower courts to give all parties time to come to an agreement that satisfied their needs.

    The Little Sisters of the Poor case, Zubik v. Burwell, is named for Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh, who is a plaintiff.

    Bishop Zubik came under fire for his diocese’s handling of sex abuse cases after Shapiro’s office in August released a grand jury report on six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, citing allegations of abuse over a span of decades.

    The Trump administration’s 2017 religious exemptions to the HHS rule were still being litigated in court. A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel on Thursday lifted a district court’s preliminary nationwide injunction against the 2017 religious exemptions, but allowed the injunction to stand in the five states that have filed legal challenges.

    The majority decision by Ninth Circuit Judge J. Clifford Wallace acknowledged that free exercise of religion and conscience are “undoubtedly, fundamentally important.”

    “Protecting religious liberty and conscience is obviously in the public interest. However, balancing the equities is not an exact science,” the decision continued. The majority said the appellate court lacked sufficient basis “to second-guess the district court and to conclude that its decision was illogical, implausible, or without support in the record.”

    The decision faulted federal officials for not satisfying the rules of the Administrative Procedure Act, including requirements for public comment on new rules.

    A nationwide injunction against the 2017 rules was still in effect in Pennsylvania, however.

    Last month the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a 2014 District Court decision against EWTN Global Catholic Network, the parent company of Catholic News Agency, in its lawsuit against the mandate.

    Under the terms of the settlement with Department of Health and Human Services, EWTN will not be required to provide contraception, sterilization, or abortifacients through its employee health care plan. Reported by CNA 17 hours ago.

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    A spokesperson from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told Fox News early Saturday that open enrollment for Affordable Care Act’s health insurance will continue despite the federal judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional and must be "invalidated in whole.” Reported by 16 hours ago.

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    The U.S. Supreme Court likely will be deciding the fate of Obamacare for a second time after a federal judge on Friday struck it down as unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance. Reported by Harrison Daily 7 hours ago.

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    [East African] With more than 90 per cent of Rwandans covered under the community-based health insurance scheme locally known as Mutuelle de Santé, Rwanda is one of the few developing countries in the world that have successfully achieved universal healthcare. Reported by 4 hours ago.

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    Saturday is the last day to sign up for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act in most of the country. Reported by Deseret News 1 hour ago.

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    The Saturday night deadline to sign up for Obamacare in Washington state is not affected by a federal judge’s ruling Friday striking down the Affordable Care Act. That decision, out of Texas, is likely to end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. For now, the Affordable Care Act remains in place — which means you still only […] Reported by Seattle Times 24 minutes ago.

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    Breaking Information Emails Get breaking information signals and particular stories. The inside track and tales that topic, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 15, 2018 / 11:23 PM GMT Via Phil McCausland Former President Barack Obama on Saturday tried to convenience those that may well be worried that they might lose their medical insurance after a … Reported by The News Articles 1 hour ago.

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    Reported by SeekingAlpha 3 days ago.

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    The health insurance platform company struck a deal with state regulators that pleased investors. Reported by Motley Fool 3 days ago.

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    "This fight isn't over by a longshot," a Democratic state attorney general said. Reported by euronews 11 hours ago.

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    (Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. Reported by Firstpost 12 hours ago.

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    [East African] A Bill that would see Tanzania introduce mandatory health insurance cover is still on the drawing board. Reported by 5 hours ago.

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    Report issued jointly by Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, and Treasury

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (PRWEB) December 17, 2018

    MyMedicalShopper, a national healthcare price transparency solution that enables patient consumerism, welcomes recommendations in a newly issued report by three U.S. government agencies to improve “choice and competition” in the nation’s healthcare system.

    “Anytime we can incentivize and reward consumerism, especially in healthcare, we should,” said Mark Galvin, President and CEO of MMS Analytics, Inc., the creator of MyMedicalShopper.

    The report, “Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition,” was issued jointly by the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, and Treasury. The report outlines a strategy to promote consumer-driven healthcare, citing that consumers are insulated “from the true price of health care…When federal and state health policies give consumers more control over their health care dollars, they can use that power to demand greater value,” the report said.

    MyMedicalShopper is a comprehensive platform for employers designed to drive down the cost of healthcare while improving employee benefits. The platform includes the nation’s leading medical price transparency tools for employees, dynamic rewards programs, and robust analytics packages for employers.

    Galvin said that the power of MyMedicalShopper is rooted in more than 3.4 billion actual, post-adjudicated medical claims, coupled with cutting-edge integrations with the software powering health insurance plans, third-party administrators, and brokers.

    About MyMedicalShopper
    MyMedicalShopper is available through benefit brokers and consultants serving both the fully insured and self-funded employer markets. MyMedicalShopper provides a comprehensive platform for employers who want to take control of their healthcare costs and empower their employees with a tool that makes shopping for medical care as easy as a Google search.

    MyMedicalRewards™ provides a dynamic HRA or HSA funding mechanism that drives good consumer behavior even when employees are spending employer dollars. It combines reference-pricing models with the MyMedicalShopper shopping experience to reward employees for choosing low-cost, high-quality medical care, thus reducing medical claims.

    MyMedicalShopper’s Employer Dashboard provides CEOs, CFOs, and HR leadership with direct visibility into their group’s claims experience, engagement with MMS programs, and realization of savings. MyMedicalMetrics™ is an enhanced feature of this dashboard—a robust claims analytics package that shows employers exactly how their employees are victimized by hidden pricing, inadvertently driving up their own costs and overall claims experience for the group. Employers can use this new information to team up with their employees, identify specific savings opportunities, and build targeted campaigns that drive meaningful behavior change and claims reduction for their groups.

    About MMS Analytics, Inc. (
    MMS Analytics, Inc. dba MyMedicalShopper™ is a big data company on a mission to revolutionize healthcare. The company was started out of the need to bring transparency to consumers and the companies who provide healthcare benefits to their employees—providing the leverage needed to make solid decisions on their healthcare and improve their quality of life. Consumers previously unaware of price variations in procedures and testing can utilize real-time health insurance plan pricing information that makes it possible to choose care based on price, quality, and convenience. Experts document that as much as $1 trillion could be slashed annually from the cost of healthcare in the U.S. MyMedicalShopper aims to transform the healthcare industry into a fair market for consumers. Reported by PRWeb 3 hours ago.

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    Dublin, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Singapore Healthcare Market Forecast to 2022 - by Type of Clinics, by Hospitals, by Prescription and OTC Drugs, by type of Medical Devices" report has been added to *'s* offering.

    Singapore Healthcare Market Forecast to 2022 provides information on market size for Singapore hospital, pharmaceutical, pharmacy retail, clinics, Contract Research Organization and medical devices.

    *Singapore Healthcare Market Overview*Singapore has one of the best health infrastructures in the world. The population is ageing and medical tourism will drive the demand for healthcare services in Singapore in the near future. Most of the expensive tertiary care services are provided by public hospitals at affordable rates. This is supported by the implementation of MediShield Life which is the National Health Insurance Scheme.

    Primary healthcare services are mostly provided by private sector practitioners and some by government polyclinics operating under MOH. Public hospitals and specialty centers engage in clinical research

    *Market Segmentation*

    *Singapore Hospital Market *
    Singapore hospitals market increased at a declining rate during 2012-2017. Macro trends positively affecting the hospital market include ageing population, rising chronic disease prevalence, escalating healthcare needs and increasing complexity of care needs.

    Revenue from outpatients have accounted for the major share in Singapore hospital market in 2017 followed by revenue generated from inpatient services. This was majorly due to shift in focus towards preventive healthcare services which augmented the revenues from outpatient services.

    Acute hospitals have accounted for majority share in the number of hospitals and largest proportion of beds in 2017 followed by Community and psychiatric hospitals

    *Singapore Clinics Market*
    Singapore clinics market increased at a positive CAGR during the review period. The market is at a growing stage with major clinic groups undertaking inorganic methods of expansion and widening their service portfolio.

    Medical clinics have accounted for the largest share in the overall revenue generated by clinics in Singapore in 2017. This is majorly driven by organic and inorganic expansion of large players and adoption of asset light model. Other major types of clinics include dental clinics.

    The central region of Singapore has accounted for the largest number of the clinics in Singapore in 2017 driven by high population, and greater connectivity with other parts of Singapore. The north region has registered robust concentration of number of clinics in Singapore in 2017. Within this region, Woodlands and Yishun have most number of clinics offering dental and family medicine. This is followed by east region, west region and south region

    *Singapore Pharmaceutical Market*
    Singapore Pharmaceutical market can be characterized by the presence of best-in-class infrastructure, integrated and advanced hubs for pharmaceutical manufacturing and research and access to regional markets and skilled workforce.

    Singapore Pharmaceutical market has registered an increase in the revenue at a positive CAGR during 2012-2017

    Prescription drugs have accounted for the largest share in the revenue in Singapore pharmaceutical market in 2017 driven by new brands, high prices for existing drugs and fewer patent expiries. OTC drugs have accounted for the remaining share of the revenue owing to rise in trend of self-medication in Singapore.

    Patented drugs have accounted for largest share in the revenue in Singapore prescription drugs market in 2017. Generic drugs have accounted for the remaining share of the revenue.

    *Singapore Pharmacy Retail Market *
    Singapore pharmacy retail market revenue has escalated at a positive CAGR during 2012-2017.

    Private Label Goods have registered the largest share in the revenue share in Singapore pharmacy retail market 2017. Drugs have accounted for the remaining share in 2017. The sale of prescription drug in Singapore is not high as the doctor is allowed to sell those drugs at cheaper costs.

    Central Region has accounted for the largest number of the pharmacies in Singapore in 2017 due to the presence of large number of hospitals and clinics and supported by high population. This is followed by north, east, west and south Singapore.

    *Singapore Medical Device Market*
    Singapore Medical device market is in the growing stage with rise in number of foreign players.

    Medical Consumables have accounted for the largest share in the revenue generated by medical device market in Singapore in 2017. This is followed by diagnostic imaging products, patient's aids, orthopedic & prosthetics, dental products. Others include Point of Care Testing devices, radiation oncology devices, therapy system and testing and measurement systems.

    Ministry of Health which controls most of the hospitals and significant proportion of the clinics in Singapore has accounted for largest share in the revenue generated by medical devices in Singapore in 2017. Other healthcare institutions such as private hospitals and clinical laboratories have accounted for the remaining share.*Key Topics Covered:*

    1. Research Methodology
    2. Singapore Hospital Ecosystem
    3. Singapore Healthcare System
    4. Singapore Healthcare Key Metrics
    5. Comparative Analysis With Other Asian Countries
    6. Regulatory Bodies In Singapore Healthcare System
    7. Licensing Of Medical, Dental Clinics, Hospitals And Clinical Labs
    8. Singapore Clinics Market
    9. Singapore Hospital Market
    10. Singapore Pharmaceutical Market
    11. Singapore Contract Research Organization Market
    12. Singapore Pharmacy Retail Market
    13. Singapore Medical Device Market
    14. Singapore Diagnostic Laboratory Market
    15. Snapshot For Singapore Medical Tourism Market
    16. Snapshot For Singapore Healthcare IT

    * Companies Mentioned *· Beacon pharmaceuticals
    · Biosensors International
    · Changi General Hospital
    · GSK
    · Guardian Pharmacy
    · Innovative Diagnostics and Radlink
    · National Healthcare Group Diagnostics
    · Q&M Dental Group
    · QT Vascular
    · Singapore
    · Singapore Clinical Research Institute
    · Singapore General Hospital
    · Singapore Medical group
    · Unity Pharmacy

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    Related Topics: Medical Devices, Over the Counter (OTC) Drugs, Other Healthcare Facilities Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 hour ago.

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    The CEO of one of the nation's largest health insurers has a warning for Amazon on its healthcare ambitions· Paul Markovich, the CEO of health insurer Blue Shield of California, has been keeping close tabs on Amazon, he told Business Insider.
    · Since early this year, Amazon has been making big forays into healthcare — from buying pharmacy startup PillPack to naming physician Atul Gawande CEO of its healthcare venture with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan.
    · More recently, those forays have increasingly centered around sensitive patient data.
    · Markovich is concerned that patient privacy may be getting sidelined.

    It's been six months since the still unnamed healthcare venture among e-commerce giant Amazon, conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, and multinational bank JPMorgan Chase named a CEO.

    Under physician and writer Atul Gawande, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jamie Dimon have outlined bold ambitions for their first-of-its kind initiative: improving care and slashing costs for their companies' combined 1.2 million employees and, perhaps eventually, for all Americans. But details about the plan have been scant.

    Still, members of the triumvirate (nicknamed ABC for short) have been making rapid-fire moves into the health space since the summer. Amazon, for instance, bought online pharmacy startup PillPack for just under $1 billion, suggesting that at least one part of its future healthcare play would involve medications. Last month, Amazon rolled out an online tool to analyze patient medical records.

    Paul Markovich, the CEO of health insurer Blue Shield of California, has been keeping close tabs on Amazon, he told Business Insider, along with other tech giants like Apple and Google.

    Overall, he sees those companies' forays into healthcare as a positive step toward creating more efficiency and better customer service, he said.

    "Honestly I think the more players that we have trying to figure out better models that are more efficient with a better customer experience and higher quality, hallelujah," said Markovich.

    *Read more:* Meet the surgeon, professor, and writer tapped to run the Amazon-JPMorgan-Berkshire Hathaway health venture

    But Markovich also has a warning for tech giants like Amazon, who he said may be forgetting to prioritize one key component of the healthcare equation: privacy.

    *An 'admonition' to tech giants including Amazon*

    Many of Amazon's health moves involve highly sensitive customer data — data which Markovich doesn't believe is necessarily being treated with as much care as it should.

    Shortly after Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan revealed plans to bring on Comcast digital health manager Jack Stoddard as operating chief of their endeavor, Amazon filed a patent aimed at enabling voice assistant Alexa to detect when a user is sick. The following month, Amazon announced a new service called Comprehend Medical that uses machine learning to analyze data from patient health records for hospitals, insurers, and drug companies.

    "One of the things, I'd say an admonition, to all those companies including Amazon is that the privacy standards around data are a lot higher in healthcare than they are in other businesses," Markovich said.

    "And what I've seen in my interactions with them is that the sensitivity isn't necessarily there."

    While Markovich acknowledged that today's healthcare system is far from perfect, one of its strengths is the high bar placed on patient privacy. He said privacy has become an embedded part of physician and provider culture thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Clinton-era law that protects patient medical information.

    "We're culturally steeped in what the acronym HIPAA stands for and means," Markovich said. "I think if [companies like Amazon] are going to be successful, there needs to be more cultural sensitivity to the bar being a lot higher on privacy and security."

    *SEE ALSO: A superstar ex-Facebook and Google exec is trying to upend a $24 billion industry with devices that spot disease sooner — and she's already testing it on animals*

    *DON'T MISS: A Silicon Valley VC in the hottest area of healthcare explains what it looks for in new startups aiming to disrupt the $35 billion addiction market*

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    NOW WATCH: Drinking too much water could be surprisingly hazardous to your health Reported by Business Insider 28 minutes ago.

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    Acquisition expands NFP’s benefits capabilities and establishes presence in New Orleans

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) December 17, 2018

    NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement, and individual private client solutions, today announced it has acquired Benefit Administration Group, LLC and HM Benefits, LLC (collectively known as Benefit Administration Group). The transaction closed effective Nov. 1, 2018.

    Benefit Administration Group offers employee benefit brokerage services to employers in Louisiana, with additional capabilities in the individual health insurance market and corporate outsourced HR solutions. The acquisition allows NFP to establish a presence in New Orleans, a historically underrepresented area for the firm. Former principal Tom Daly will join NFP as a vice president, reporting to Ethan Foxman, president of the Mid-Atlantic region.

    “This acquisition allows NFP to continue to extend its comprehensive benefits capabilities across the nation,” said Foxman. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Tom, a talented leader familiar with the needs of local Louisiana clients, to lead our growing team.”

    “We are delighted to be a part of the NFP family,” said Daly. “We look forward to engaging in this mutually beneficial relationship, which provides us access to NFP’s existing network, and allows us to use our unique expertise to expand NFP’s employee benefits, individual health insurance and HR solutions to the greater New Orleans region.”

    About NFP
    NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement, and individual private client solutions through our licensed subsidiaries and affiliates. Our expertise is matched by our commitment to each client's goals and is enhanced by our investments in innovative technologies in the insurance brokerage and consulting space.

    NFP has more than 4,700 employees and global capabilities. Our expansive reach gives us access to highly rated insurers, vendors and financial institutions in the industry, while our locally based employees tailor each solution to meet our clients' needs. We've become one of the largest insurance brokerage, consulting and wealth management firms by building enduring relationships with our clients and helping them realize their goals.

    Recently NFP was named the 2nd largest retirement plan aggregator firm, as ranked by Investment News; the 5th largest US-based privately owned broker, the 5th best place to work in insurance and the 6th largest benefits broker by global revenue by Business Insurance; the 9th largest property and casualty agency by total 2016 P&C revenue and the 9th largest commercial lines agency by total 2016 P&C and commercial lines revenue by Insurance Journal; the 10th largest employee benefits broker by Employee Benefit Adviser; the 11th largest broker of US business by Business Insurance; and the 12th largest global insurance broker by Best's Review.

    For more information, visit Reported by PRWeb 19 minutes ago.

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    Dublin, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Netherlands Telemedicine Market Forecast to 2022 - by Services and Technology, By Clinical Applications (Tele Psychiatry, Tele Dermatology, Tele Assistance, Tele Consultation and Others)" report has been added to *'s* offering.Netherlands Telemedicine Market Forecast to 2022 covers Value Chain Analysis in Netherlands telemedicine market, Government regulations, Case Study on successful telemedicine service provider, PEST analysis, along with analyst recommendation and macroeconomic variables.This report will help the readers to identify the ongoing trends in the industry and anticipated growth in future depending upon changing industry dynamics in coming years. The report is useful for telemedicine service providers, investors, manufacturers of telemedicine software & hardware, potential entrants and other stakeholders to align their market centric strategies according to ongoing and expected trends in the future.

    *Netherlands Telemedicine Market Size and Overview*

    *Market Size:* Telemedicine market in Netherlands is at its growing stage. A number of Telemedicine devices are emerging such as tele sphygmomanometer, weight management machines, interactive stethoscope, ENT otoscope and general examination camera. Increasing geriatric population and grants for telemedicine, consistent need for improved healthcare quality services and increasing number of smart phone users have supported the growth of the telemedicine market.

    *By Service and Technology Platform*
    In 2017, service platform has dominated the Netherlands telemedicine market. Technology involves onetime cost and services upgrade from time to time. Moreover, a person will at least consult a GP, doctor or a nurse twice for particular disease.

    *By Type of Service Platform*
    In 2017, Tele home and Tele Hospital services have similar share in the Netherlands Telemedicine market. Ageing population, increase in mental health cases, growing need for remote patient monitoring services, ease in consultation process and less consultation fee in comparison to hospital visit are the main growth drivers which have propelled the growth of Tele home services.

    *By Clinical Applications*
    In 2017, Tele psychiatry services have dominated the market in terms of revenue out of services. Tele psychiatry dominates because of the rising number of psychiatric in the country. In 2017, the numbers of registered cases of psychiatric were 225,000, increased by 5,000 from 2016. In 2017, the Tele Dermatology contributed the second highest share followed by Tele Assistance and Tele Consultation services.

    Others services include Tele radiology, Tele Neurology, Tele cardiology, Epidemiology, Prescription Counseling, Surgical Applications, Cardiology and Dentistry has contributed the least share in Netherlands Telemedicine market in 2017.

    *Tele Health*
    Tele health involves the distribution of health-related services and information and allows long distance patient/clinician contact and care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring and remote admissions. The equipment monitors vital signs such as blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and weight, supporting diagnosis, healthcare management and patient education.

    Some of the leading telehealth companies are Tunstall, Umenz, Big Health, Doro Care, Tele Health Solutions, LevMed, InMotion VR, &Thjis, Hercules, VarmX,, Tovertafel-Active Cues, Aidence, Castor, BetterAlfe, Renal Tracker, iThrive and New Health Collective

    *Competitive Landscape*
    Netherlands Tele Medicine market is moderately concentrated with the presence of around 20-25 telemedicine players in the market. Every telemedicine and healthcare provider has to take licenses from the European Union for patient's data protection, for E-commerce regulations, CE marking certification for medical devices and others. KSYOS Telemedicine Centre and Karify are the leading companies in Netherlands Tele Medicine market.

    Other leading companies in Netherlands telemedicine market are Noviosys, Philadelphia, Beter Dichtbij, HomeTouch, BlueMed, Tele Assistance 77, Verklizan and Focus Cura.

    *Future Outlook to Netherlands Telemedicine Market*
    Netherlands Telemedicine market is expected to increase at a double digit CAGR in between the year 2018 and 2022 in terms of revenue due to the increasing number of aging population, growing number of smart phone users and rising healthcare cost. The increasing acceptance of 4G and 5G spectrum and growing acceptance of telemedicine in Netherlands is posing as opportunities for the players in the telemedicine market.

    The growth will be driven by the increasing emphasis of healthcare information technology (HIT) players, increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and continual investments from both public and private sectors.*Key Topics Covered:**1. Executive Summary*

    · Market Overview
    · Market Segmentation
    · Competitive Landscape
    · Future Analysis and Projections

    *2. Research Methodology*
    2.1. Market Definitions
    2.2. Abbreviations
    2.3. Market Sizing and Modeling

    · Approach- Market Sizing
    · Variables Dependent and Independent
    · Multifactor Based Sensitivity Model
    · Limitations
    · Final Conclusion

    *3. Netherlands Telemedicine Market Overview and Genesis*
    3.1. Tele Health

    *4. Value Chain Analysis in Netherlands Telemedicine Market*

    *5. Netherlands Telemedicine Market Size By Revenue, 2012-2017*

    *6. Netherlands Telemedicine Market Segmentation*
    6.1. By Services and Technology, 2012-2017
    6.2. By Type of Service Platform (Tele Home & M-Health And Tele Hospitals), 2012-2017
    6.3. By Type of Technology Platform (Software And Hardware), 2012-2017
    6.4. By Clinical Applications (Tele Psychiatry, Tele Dermatology, Tele Assistance, Tele Consultation and Others), 2012-2017

    *7. Trends and Developments in Netherlands Telemedicine Company*

    · Developments of New Technology Hardware and Software
    · Introduction of Modern Medicine Literature
    · Collaboration Between Companies
    · New Entrants in Tele Health
    · Increase in Number of General Practitioners in Netherlands

    *8. Issues and Challenges in Netherlands Telemedicine Market*

    · Limited Access to Patient long term Medical record
    · Lack of Physician Support
    · Low Acceptance Rate Due to Lack of Trust in Tlemedicine Services
    · Heavy Investment Required for Constant Technological Upgradation

    *9. Case Study On a Successful Telemedicine Service Provider*

    *10. Government Regulations in Netherlands Telemedicine Market and Telemedicine Initiative*

    · Regulations of Individual Doctors Who provide Telemedicine Services and Cross Jurisdiction issues in telemedicine by Care Quality Commission
    · CE Marking Certification For Medical devices
    · Guideline Issued by Royal dutch medical Association
    · Licensing and Qualification for Doctors
    · Patient's Rights in Cross-Border Telemedicine
    · Other Licenses required
    · Telemedicine Initiatives in The Netherlands
    · Reimburesement Structure
    · Regulatory Barriers and Obstacles
    · Healthcare Insurance
    · Health Insurance working in Netherlands

    *11. Pest Analysis of Netherlands telemedicine*

    *12. Competitive Landscape of Major Players in Netherlands Tele Medicines Market*
    12.1. Competitive Analysis
    12.2. Competition Scenario

    *13. Company Profiling of Major Players In Netherlands Tele medicines*
    13.1. KSYOS Telemedicine Centre
    13.2. Karify
    13.3. Noviosys
    13.4. Other Company in Netherlands Telemedicine Market (Philadelphia-DigiContact, Beter Dichtbij, BlueMed, Tele Assistance 77, Verklizan, Home Touch and FocusCura)

    *14. Telemedicine Software Companies*

    *15. Telemedicine Hardware Companies*

    *16. Netherlands Telemedicine Market Future Outlook and Projections, 2018-2022*

    · By Type of Service Platform (Tele Home & M-health and Tele Hospitals)
    · By Clinical Applicaton (Tele Psychiatry, Tele Dermatology, Tele Assistance, Tele Consultation and Others), 2018-2022
    · By Service and Technology, 2018-2022
    · By Technology Platform (Software, Hardware), 2018-2022
    · Different Types of Business Models in Telemedicine Globally

    *17. Analyst Recommendation*

    *18. Macroeconomics Indicators in Netherlands Telemedicine Market*
    18.1. Per Capita Health Expenditure in Netherlands, 2012-2022
    18.2. Number of Hospitals in Netherlands, 2012-2022
    18.3. Government or Social Health Insurance Coverage, 2012-2022
    18.4. Number of General Practitioners in Netherlands, 2012-2022*Companies Mentioned *· AMD Global Telemedicine
    · Avizia
    · Beter Dichtbij
    · Blackford Analysis
    · BlueMed
    · Care Zapp
    · Comarch Healthcare
    · Connected Health Tech Solutions
    · Cupris Healthcare
    · Focus Cura
    · Global MED
    · HomeTouch
    · InTouch Health
    · Karify
    · KSYOS Telemedicine Centre
    · Noviosys
    · Patient Journey App
    · Philadelphia
    · Philips Healthcare
    · Portavita
    · Team Scope
    · Tele Assistance 77
    · Tele Health Solutions
    · Telemedicine Hardware Companies
    · Verklizan

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    Related Topics: Computing Services, E-Healthcare, Dermatology, Mental Health Reported by GlobeNewswire 5 hours ago.

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    TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIIQ), a leading cloud-based technology platform and distributor of affordable individual and family health insurance and supplemental plans, announced today the addition of Jennifer Hammer, former director of the Illinois Department of Insurance. Jennifer served as the first confirmed female Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI) from January 2017 until December 2018.  Jennifer served as a member of the Illinois Governor’s Cabinet and led the department in its mission to protect and educate consumers, embrace and encourage innovation and efficiency, and create a vital and robust insurance market. Jennifer established the Division of Innovation at IDOI, led the efforts to receive the sole state approval for a benchmark plan change, and was a tireless advocate for mental health parity, affordability, and innovative solutions to continued uncertainty for health insurance consumers.

    Prior to her role as Director, Jennifer served as the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff over Policy, Policy Advisor for Healthcare and Human Services, and Special Counsel to the Governor. In addition, Jennifer brings experience from her time serving the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, both as Associate Vice President & Legal Counsel of Government Affairs and as Executive Director of the Healthcare Council.

    Gavin Southwell, HIIQ’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “With more than a decade of experience in healthcare policy, Jennifer’s expertise is an incredible addition to the vast experience of the current HIIQ compliance and regulatory teams.”

    In her new role, Jennifer will lead the HIIQ Strategic Initiatives Team, which is currently staffed with highly talented professionals who have decades of experience in healthcare, strategic research, analytics, risk management, and technology experience from previous roles at firms, including Assurant, Willis Towers Watson, and others. 

    As head of the HIIQ Strategic Initiatives Team, Jennifer will focus on consumer-oriented projects and initiatives that are directed to enhancing the value to consumers of the plans offered through the HIIQ platform and will work closely with our in-house regulatory counsel and team of regulatory paralegals.

    Mr. Southwell further commented, “We are very excited for Jennifer to join the HIIQ team and are confident that she’ll bring an unprecedented level of experience, knowledge, and leadership that will support our continued focus on innovation, regulatory compliance, and customer satisfaction.”

    About Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. (HIIQ)

    HIIQ is a market leading cloud-based technology platform and distributor of innovative health insurance products that are affordable and meet the needs of health insurance plan consumers. HIIQ helps develop insurance products through our relationships with best-in-class insurance companies and markets them via its broad distribution network of third party licensed insurance agents across the nation, its call center network and its unique online capability. Additional information about HIIQ can be found at HIIQ’s Consumer Division includes, a website for researching, comparing and purchasing short-term health insurance products online and, a free website that compares and ranks all health insurance plans, and uses objective data to publish unbiased health insurance market analyses and other consumer advocacy research.

    Health Insurance Innovations, Inc.:
    Michael Hershberger
    Chief Financial Officer
    (813) 397-1187
    Investor Contact:
    John Evans
    PIR Communications
    (415) 309-0230 Reported by GlobeNewswire 5 hours ago.

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  • 12/17/18--07:16: Give Your Eyes a Rest
  • Tips to reduce digital eye strain

    MISSION, Kan., Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (Family Features) Imagine how strained and tired your arms would feel if you carried around a 10-pound rock for 12 hours. That’s essentially what you’re doing to your eyes when you focus on digital devices all day.If you’re experiencing headaches, eye fatigue, burning, stinging, redness, watering, blurred vision or even pain in the neck and shoulders after extended time on your devices, you may be experiencing digital eye strain.

    A 2018 study from employee benefits company Unum found that nearly 40 percent of adults in the United States spend more than 12 hours a day looking at various digital devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and television screens. In the same study, 34 percent of respondents said they feel they spend too much time on their devices.

    In today’s always-on digital culture, it can be hard to escape the need to stay connected, but making a few slight adjustments can have a positive impact on your overall well-being.

    Dr. Chris Wroten, an optometrist and partner at Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic, suggests a simple, easy-to-remember rule of thumb for relaxing your eyes.

    “Every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds,” he said. “This 20-20-20 rule can help relax the eyes and allow them to focus on non-digital objects in the distance.”

    Other tips to reduce digital eye strain include:

    · Reduce the brightness or contrast on your screen to a comfortable level. You can find these controls in the settings of your phone or tablet and on the monitor or keyboard of your computer.
    · If your glossy screen is prone to glare, consider an anti-glare protector to reduce reflected light.
    · Try adjusting the ambient light around you. Strategically placed lamps can produce the proper lighting and result in less visual fatigue than fluorescent or LED light bulbs.
    · Maintain good posture and adjust your seating to assure you’re viewing screens at the proper angles and distances. The top of your computer monitor should sit just below eye level at about an arm’s length away from your face.
    · Ensure your prescription is up to date, especially if you wear corrective lenses. If it’s been longer than a year since your last eye exam, consider making an appointment with your eye doctor.

    Good visual health should be a component of maintaining your overall health and well-being. While the frequency of visits to your eye doctor typically varies for individual needs, most healthy adults should receive a comprehensive eye exam every year or two, which is included in most vision insurance plans. Eye exams can detect vision problems and allow you to adjust with corrective lenses, if necessary. This visit can also allow you to discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing, including eye strain.

    Many employers offer vision insurance, and your human resources department can usually provide information about vision plan options. Vision insurance can be an affordable solution and offer benefits typically not included in a health insurance policy. It can cover routine eye exams, most likely offer a benefit for corrective lenses and may provide discounts for additional lens options. Some vision carriers, like Unum, also offer online tools or mobile apps to help you manage your benefits and find qualified, in-network eye doctors in your area.

    For more information about digital eye strain, consumer research regarding device dependence or vision insurance, visit

    Michael French 

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