Conectric and Black Buffalo Agree on IoT and Blockchain Enabled Global Partnership

SAN DIEGO, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Conectric Networks is a Southern California wireless Internet of Things start-up, an awardee of the 2019 Most Innovative Communications Technology by Telecom Industry Council and the Department of Defense Dual Use Open Topic Phase I SBIR, under the United States Air Force Research Laboratory sponsored AFWERX program. Conectric and Black Buffalo Corporation have entered into a strategic agreement to collaborate on delivering next-gen IoT blockchain fusion technologies including:

  • Securing massive real-time IoT sensor data with “smart contracts” in public-private hybrid blockchain software
  • Providing middleware solutions over blockchain to integrate IoT sensor data, operational systems and analytics platforms for defense, telecom, building operators, industrial factories and ESG reporting
  • Integrating smart city applications using blockchain across municipal boundaries and disparate operational and data management vendors

Black Buffalo is a New York based Artificial Intelligence & IoT Smart Systems firm and a member of the Hyundai BS&C family of companies. Their main offering is operational and includes blockchain enabled smart systems for IoT product manufacturers. Black Buffalo’s technology caters to solutions for smart cities, homes, factories, offices and buildings. Black Buffalo provides the full spectrum of services and systems to assist IoT machine to machine transaction security, safety, functionality and transaction payment processing.

“This partnership allows both Conectric and Black Buffalo to provide innovative and immediately practical solutions to enhance the tech stack for IoT devices within all ecosystems,” says Michael Woods, CEO & COO for Black Buffalo Corporation. “Hyundai BS&C has made extensive progress globally with these smart solutions, and with the assistance of Conectric, we can now provide this value domestically in the US with scalable and sustainable opportunities.”

Black Buffalo’s market demand has been strong globally within cities, factories, homes and apartment buildings. Conectric’s ultra-scalable wireless sensor private networking and sensor pack devices provide the ideal solution for Black Buffalo’s domestic entry into these highly scaled, sensor dense and security conscious business environments. 

“This solution will completely change the IoT security paradox by providing a simple and practical solution for keeping business and enterprise IoT data secure,” according to Conectric CEO, Phillip Kopp. “Additionally, we see a great application for the blockchain as middleware, enabling interoperability between smart city platforms and even cloud providers. This will finally allow different municipal governments to communicate data across a standardized layer and provides citizens with seamless benefits from one block to another. We have multiple pilots planned for 2020 and expect this will be available to channels before next year, finally solving these substantial industry problems.”

Conectric and Black Buffalo are currently performing technical integrations and testing. They plan to launch the combined solution before Q4, making it commercially available to global customers.

About Conectric
Conectric Networks provides easy to use, real-time wireless mesh technology enabling billions of battery powered sensors, devices, software and Artificial Intelligence to communicate autonomously. Conectric technology is found in wireless sensors, routers and an open edge API used by leading data center, smart building and carrier IoT solutions. Our goal is to realize a more productive, safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable world. Visit the Conectric website at www.conectric.com 

About Black Buffalo Corporation
Black Buffalo Corporation (http://www.blackbuffalo.io) is the New York based, US affiliate and member of the family of companies for Hyundai Business Solutions & Consulting (http://www.hd-bsnc.com), based in Korea.  Black Buffalo Corporation has two main business lines which focus upon the center between AI solutions and Blockchain research & development – 1.  Smart IoT Blockchain-Enabled Systems and 2. Smart 3D Construction Printing and Services.

 

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AI-Based Chatbot Market by Type (Text, Voice, and Hybrid), Use Case, Deployment Type, Value Chain Component, Market Segment (Consumer, Enterprise, Industrial, Government), Industry Vertical, Region and Country 2020 – 2025

NEW YORK, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

Overview:
This research provides an in-depth assessment of the chatbots market including global, regional, and country forecasts, by industry, application, and business model. The report also includes market sizing by Type (Text, Voice, and Hybrid), Use Case, Deployment Type, Value Chain Component, Market Segment (Consumer, Enterprise, Industrial, Government), Industry Vertical for years 2020 through 2025.

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The report provides an analysis of the chatbot market across industry verticals with use cases in diverse sectors. It also provides an analysis of chatbot companies including their strategic initiatives, solutions, applications, and services. The report provides an assessment of emerging AI-based chatbot business models and associated economic impact on labor, investments, and ROI. It also evaluates the current state of chatbot developments and the role of machine learning and AI other technologies such as conversational AI.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled chatbots are taking Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to a new level as business-to-business, business-to-consumer, and consumer-to-business communications is both automated and improved by way of push and pull of the right information at the right time. Chatbots also provide benefits to customers as both existing clients and prospects enjoy the freedom to interact on their own terms. The analyst research indicates that up to 64% of customer queries will be managed via AI-based chatbots by 2025.

As the interface between humans and computers evolves from an operational interface (Websites and traditional Apps) to an increasingly more conversational interface expectations about how humans communicate, consume content, use apps, and engage in commerce will change dramatically. This transformation is poised to impact virtually every aspect of marketing and sales operations for every industry vertical. For example, AI enabled voice chat, also known as conversational AI, provides a completely human-like experience and will completely replace human-based CRM in some industries.

Based on primary and exclusive research into prepaid wireless service provider customer care, the author believes that prepaid wireless service providers (and some post-paid service MVNOs) will be the likely first and best target service areas for AI-based CRM. More specifically, carriers will look beyond AI based chatbots and other online CRM automation tools towards conversational AI, which will become very important for both cost reduction and customer satisfaction. This is because conversational AI will provide the best combination of human-like interaction, but with the full knowledge base of carrier service information.

Next generation chatbots will leverage hybrid voice and text solutions to provide an increasingly seamless and human-like communications experience. Conversational AI is continuing to evolve, eventually anticipated to provide a near perfect replacement for human CRM interaction, with fewer errors, and improved opportunities for product and service upsell to consumers as well as greater overall satisfaction.

Target Audience:
• Next generation UI companies
• Artificial Intelligence companies
• Communication service providers
• Internet and mobile app developers
Report Benefits
• Market sizing for AI-based chatbots and conversational AI
• Understand the macro and micro-economic impact of chatbots
• Understand market dynamics, players, solutions and strategies
• Identify market leading chatbot companies, apps, and solutions
• Identify market opportunities for chatbots across many industries
Report Findings
• The global AI enabled chatbots market will exceed $3B USD by 2025
• Hybrid voice and text chatbots market will reach $534M USD globally by 2025
• The use of conversational AI will revolutionize customer relationship management
• The global market for conversational AI in telemarketing will reach $169.8M USD by 2025
• Conversational AI will also improve telemarketing efficiency but become major robocall issue
• AI-based chatbots are poised to become the norm by 2025 as contact centers increase automation

Companies in Report:
• 24me
• Amazon
• Anboto Group
• Apple Inc.
• Artificial Solutions Ltd.
• Aspect Software, Inc.
• Creative Virtual Ltd.
• Cubic
• CX Company
• DeepMind
• eGain Corporation
• Eidoserve Inc.
• Existor
• Facebook Inc.
• Google
• Haptik, Inc.
• Helpshift
• Hound
• IBM Watson
• iDAvatars (IDA)
• Inbenta Technologies Inc.
• Indigo
• Intel Corporation
• InteliWISE SA
• Microsoft Corporation
• motion.ai
• Robin
• Saleforce
• SIRIUS
• SK Telecom Co, Ltd.
• Speaktoit Inc.
• Twilio
• Vokul
• Wunderlist
• Yahoo Inc.

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Regalix Nytro Launches TRAINER, an AI-Powered Virtual Coaching and Training App Designed to Onboard Sales Reps Remotely at Scale, Making Nytro a Completely Integrated Sales Enablement Solution

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Regalix, an award-winning technology and services company, today announced the launch of their Nytro Trainer app. The Nytro Trainer app allows companies to virtually onboard, train and coach sales teams remotely and at scale with powerful software and a modern UX.  With the addition of the Trainer app, Nytro has a completely integrated sales enablement platform that delivers sales excellence and sales readiness for startups, mid-market companies and F500 enterprises. 

The Nytro Trainer app includes a host of enterprise-grade remote coaching capabilities including:

  • Role-Based Virtual Onboarding – The ability to onboard sales reps remotely and at scale, enabling them with the right sales readiness content so they can start selling to buyers across the various stages of the funnel.
  • AI-Powered Training – Sales leaders can create customized quiz + assessment journeys, powered by artificial intelligence that recommends guided selling paths that prepare SDRs, BDRs, AEs and Field Reps with superior selling capabilities.
  • Pitch Master – Sales teams can practice, perfect and record their demos and pitches for quick evaluation, powered by artificial intelligence, that provides insights into which reps are ready to sell and which require more practice to master the perfect pitch.
  • Continuous-Coaching – The Nytro Trainer app allows you to create PinBoards, which informs the reps on the latest and greatest sales tips, plays, industry news and best practices, keeping them on top of their game to constantly improve their sales skills in an ever-changing market.

“During these challenging times with the COVID-19 situation, companies are trying to quickly figure out how to effectively train sales reps remotely and keep them engaged and productive,” said Vikas Sharan, CEO at Regalix.  “With the launch of the Nytro Trainer app, companies large and small can quickly adapt and shift their sales strategy leveraging our AI-powered platform to connect, enable, train and coach sales reps that are working from home anywhere in the world, giving them the selling skills and knowledge to close deals faster. Innovation is at the core of what we do at Regalix and we will continue to provide superior products to our customers today and in the future to give them the strategic edge to win an ever-competitive market.”

In addition, the Nytro Sales Enablement Platform allows marketing teams to easily share interactive content with sales teams and empowers sales enablement leaders to create bite-sized content chapters, journeys, playlists and more.  With a powerful content analytics engine, administrators can get actionable insights into which content is working and which content needs to be revised or expired.

Regalix Nytro was recently awarded the 2020 Stevie Gold Award for Best New Sales Enablement Solution.

To learn more about the Nytro Trainer app visit:  https://www.regalix.com/sales-enablement/nytro-trainer/

About Regalix

Regalix is an award-winning technology company and a leader in sales enablement, revenue operations and thought leadership. Its flagship product Nytro is used by some of the largest B2B organizations around the world and is changing how sales enablement is used and delivered. Regalix also works with businesses, supporting their customers through the entire journey, to deliver reliable products and services in today’s subscription-based economy.

Regalix has a long history of creating award-winning ventures with enterprises through co-innovation and idea-driven frameworks that inspire companies to think differently. While based in Silicon Valley – Palo Alto, California – Regalix also has offices in Europe, Australia and Asia.

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Palo Alto Networks Announces Intent to Acquire CloudGenix to Extend the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Platform

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CloudGenix, Inc., an industry-leading cloud-delivered SD-WAN provider. Under the terms of the agreement, Palo Alto Networks will pay approximately $420 million in cash to acquire CloudGenix, subject to adjustments. The acquisition is expected to close during Palo Alto Networks’ fiscal fourth quarter, subject to the satisfaction of regulatory and customary closing conditions.

As applications continue to move from corporate data centers to the cloud and SaaS, and users require secure access to applications from anywhere in the world, organizations are struggling to manage access for the distributed workforce. Current remote access solutions for the branch and retail offices are complex, costly and often insecure. To support the modern workforce, organizations need access to all applications from all locations, delivered via a global network as a service for accelerated access, and with integrated world-class security from the cloud. This is what the industry calls “secure access service edge,” or SASE.

Palo Alto Networks Prisma™ Access is the industry’s most comprehensive SASE platform, delivering a global cloud network with cloud-delivered security for all users. With the proposed acquisition, Palo Alto Networks will integrate CloudGenix’s cloud-managed SD-WAN products to accelerate the intelligent onboarding of remote branches and retail stores into Prisma Access.  This combination will extend the breadth of the Prisma Access SASE platform, address network and security transformation requirements, and accelerate the shift from SD-WAN to SASE.

CloudGenix has attracted approximately 250 customers, many of which are in the Fortune 1000 and include companies in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, finance, banking, tech and hospitality. CloudGenix was named a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for WAN Edge Infrastructure. CloudGenix co-founders, Kumar Ramachandran, Mani Ramasamy and Venkataraman Anand, have agreed to join Palo Alto Networks.

Quotes:

“As the enterprise becomes more distributed, customers want agile solutions that just work, and that applies to both security and networking. Upon the close of the transaction, the combined platform will provide customers with a complete SASE offering that is best-in-class, easy to deploy, cloud-managed, and delivered as a service.”
Nikesh Arora, chairman and CEO, Palo Alto Networks

“CloudGenix’s vision has been to revolutionize branch offices through cloud-delivered Autonomous WANs. With CloudGenix, enterprises gain cloud-scale economics for the branch office with the freedom to use any WAN, any cloud, and best-of-breed infrastructure services. We thank our customers for making us an industry leader in enterprise SD-WAN. By joining forces with Palo Alto Networks, we will accelerate our ability to serve customers and partners in their network and security transformation.”
Kumar Ramachandran, co-founder and CEO, CloudGenix

Conference Call Information

Palo Alto Networks will host a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss the acquisition today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time/2:00 p.m. Pacific time. Open to the public, investors may access the call by dialing 1-800-263-0877 or 1-720-543-0197 and using conference ID 3166616. A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be accessible from the “Investors” section of our website at investors.paloaltonetworks.com. Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on our website for one year. A telephonic replay of the call will be available three hours after the call, will run for ten days, and may be accessed by dialing 1-888-203-1112 or 1-719-457-0820 and entering the passcode 3166616.

About Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.

Palo Alto Networks, Prisma, and the Palo Alto Networks logo are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other trademarks, trade names, or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking” statements that are based on our management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intention to acquire CloudGenix, Inc., expectations regarding the timing of when the acquisition will be completed and our integration efforts after we close the transaction, the expected benefits of the acquisition of CloudGenix to us and to our customers, and the expected impact of the acquisition on our offerings. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release, such as risks associated with new product and subscription releases, including our ability to successfully integrate CloudGenix into our product offerings; risks associated with managing our growth; our ability as an organization to successfully integrate CloudGenix and acquire and integrate other companies, products or technologies in a successful manner; the risks associated with new products and subscription and support offerings, including the discovery of software bugs; our ability to attract and retain new customers; delays in the development or release of new subscription offerings, or the failure to timely develop and achieve market acceptance of new products and subscriptions as well as existing products and subscription and support offerings; rapidly evolving technological developments in the market for network security products and subscription and support offerings; length of sales cycles; the coronavirus’ effect on our supply chain, our ability to ship products, complete the transaction in a timely manner, or execute on integration plans; and general market, political, economic and business conditions.  Additional risks and uncertainties are included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 25, 2020, which is available on our website at investors.paloaltonetworks.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will also be set forth in other filings that we make with the SEC from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made or to update the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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Varian Brings Machine Learning to Proton Treatment Planning with Eclipse v16

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

Highlights

  • RapidPlan PT is the first clinical application of machine learning in proton treatment planning
  • RT Peer Review is designed to streamline and accelerate the radiation therapy peer review process
  • Eclipse v16 has received CE mark and is 510(k) pending

Driven by its Intelligent Cancer Care approach in developing new solutions that use advanced technologies like machine learning, Varian (NYSE: VAR), today announced the newest release of its treatment planning system, Eclipse™ v16. This new release includes intelligent features such as RapidPlan® PT, the first clinical application of machine learning in proton treatment planning, and RT Peer Review, which is a collaborative workspace designed to streamline and accelerate the peer review process for radiotherapy treatment plans.   

Previously only available for photon-based radiotherapy treatment planning, RapidPlan is knowledge-based treatment planning software that enables clinicians to leverage knowledge and data from similar prior treatment plans to quickly develop high-quality personalized plans for patients.  This knowledge-based planning software is now available for proton treatment planning with RapidPlan PT.  The software also allows dose prediction with machine learning models that can be used as a decision support tool to determine which patients would be appropriate for proton or photon therapy. Varian is the first vendor in the industry to offer machine learning capability in both proton and photon treatment planning. 

“With the number of operational proton treatment rooms continuing to increase, there is a need for experienced proton therapy clinicians,” said Kolleen Kennedy, chief growth officer, president, Proton Solutions, Varian. “RapidPlan PT helps bridge the learning curve, allowing established centers to share their models and clinical experience. The machine learning in RapidPlan PT has the potential to reduce proton treatment plan optimization from a one to eight hour process, as reported by clinical proton centers, to less than 10 minutes, while also potentially improving plan quality.”

In many radiotherapy departments, radiation therapy peer review meetings have been routinely integrated into the clinical QA process for safer healthcare delivery for the patient.  Although the relevant patient information is manually retrievable from the clinical database, there is currently no efficient and effective platform to support these peer reviews.  The RT Peer Review feature in Eclipse v16 is designed for the oncology community to seamlessly integrate this review process into their normal clinical workflow by automatically presenting the necessary information that is required for peer review.

Eclipse v16 has received the CE mark and is 510(k) pending. For more information on Eclipse v16, visit www.varian.com/eclipse.

About Varian
At Varian, we envision a world without fear of cancer. For more than 70 years, we have developed, built and delivered innovative cancer care technologies and solutions for our clinical partners around the globe to help them treat millions of patients each year. With an Intelligent Cancer Care approach, we are harnessing advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics to enhance cancer treatment and expand access to care. Our 10,000 employees across 70 locations keep the patient and our clinical partners at the center of our thinking as we power new victories in cancer care. Because, for cancer patients everywhere, their fight is our fight. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com and follow @VarianMedSys on Twitter.

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Rosemarie Smith-Wood
Sr. Director, Global Brand and Marketing
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Anshul Maheshwari
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Everest Group Names Genpact a Leader in Supply Chain Management

NEW YORK, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Everest Group, a leading consulting and research firm, has named Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation, as a Leader for the second time in a row in its supply chain management 2020 report.

“Genpact has significantly expanded its supply chain management business. The acquisition of Barkawi Management Consultants has further enhanced its capabilities to help clients strategically address enterprise-wide challenges for greater business impact,” said Shirley Hung, vice president, Everest Group. “Its clients have highlighted extensive domain and digital expertise as key strengths.”

Everest Group highlights Genpact as having one of the biggest libraries of digital tools to help enterprises address supply chain related issues, with its Genpact Cora platform as an enabler of integrated advanced technology solutions. The report also emphasizes Genpact’s extensive delivery network across five continents and its multiple innovation centers and hubs across different countries, which focus on using digital levers such as analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence in unique ways to solve supply chain and related business challenges. Along with digital and domain expertise, the report also cites Genpact’s consulting capabilities as a core differentiator.

“Recent global events have underpinned the need for organizations to have resilient supply chains that have the speed and flexibility needed to respond quickly to fluctuating demand and supply levels as market conditions change,” said Mike Landry, global business leader, supply chain, Genpact. “Everest Group’s rating underscores the impact of Genpact’s ability to partner with our clients to reimagine their supply chains to meet these demands, combining Genpact’s deep domain, digital expertise, and consulting capabilities to deliver transformation.”

See these links for more information about Genpact’s supply chain management capabilities, Genpact Cora, and the Everest Group Report.

About Genpact
Genpact (NYSE: G) is a global professional services firm that makes business transformation real. We drive digital-led innovation and digitally-enabled intelligent operations for our clients, guided by our experience running thousands of processes primarily for Global Fortune 500 companies. We think with design, dream in digital, and solve problems with data and analytics.  Combining our expertise in end-to-end operations and our AI-based platform, Genpact Cora, we focus on the details – all 90,000+ of us. From New York to New Delhi and more than 30 countries in between, we connect every dot, reimagine every process, and reinvent companies’ ways of working. We know that reimagining each step from start to finish creates better business outcomes. Whatever it is, we’ll be there with you – accelerating digital transformation to create bold, lasting results – because transformation happens here. Get to know us at Genpact.com and on LinkedInTwitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

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Care.Coach expands avatar deployments to fight COVID-19 loneliness epidemic

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Care.Coach, a Silicon Valley healthcare startup, disclosed today details of a rapid expansion of its virtual avatar program for health plans to combat COVID-19’s exacerbation of the loneliness epidemic in the United States. The company, founded in 2012 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate Victor Wang, develops virtual avatars that provide companionship to individuals who live with complex health conditions and chronic loneliness. A large body of published research demonstrates that the feeling of loneliness increases morbidity and mortality; in a time of social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine, loneliness has become a clear public health crisis. Care.Coach is rising to the challenge by providing its customers with as many avatars as are needed to support these at-risk populations.

For the past 8 years, Care.Coach has been working with care providers to help those populations which possess “outsized risk”, focusing on older adults with psychosocial risks such as loneliness, depression, and anxiety, alongside medical risks such as diabetes, hypertension, COPD, heart failure, and medication non-adherence. Now, broadly enforced self-isolation and shelter-in-place policies are increasingly expected to accelerate an already-growing loneliness epidemic across the nation.

Understanding this reality, the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) North Shore Area Office, an existing customer of Care.Coach, asked the company to quickly provide a 4x increase in the number of avatars deployed to individuals, with the goal of better supporting individuals with coping strategies and a way to stay connected while confined to their homes.

Similarly, Element Care’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) which is both a provider organization and a health plan, is another customer of Care.Coach. Element Care has ordered and is deploying more avatars to better support their hundreds of participants impacted by the shutdown of their PACE Wellness Centers in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Bob Wakefield, Element Care’s CEO, stated, “We care for more than 1,000 frail elders who receive comprehensive medical care and socialize with friends at our PACE Wellness Centers, so it presents an enormous challenge when those centers are all closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and we need to care for our participants in their homes.”

The situation is stressing individuals as much as the healthcare system. “I woke up this morning and realized I am not going anywhere. I thought I could handle this, but I am struggling,” says Gail Sauvan, an Element Care participant. “I have asked Angel [my Care.Coach avatar] to do chair exercises with me as I miss doing them every day at PACE. I also like his jokes as they make me laugh while I am here alone. I am going to do meditation daily with him too to help keep me calm and reduce my chance of having a panic attack.”

Care.Coach provides specialized tablet-based devices that display an avatar of a pet animal, which serves as a non-judgemental, 24×7 available relationship to support complex, high risk patients and health plan members. For these individuals, the Care.Coach avatar has been shown to reduce loneliness, as described by published research studies from Pace University and the University of Washington. Individuals talk naturally with the avatar using their voice, and receive 24×7 psychosocial support and coaching on managing multiple chronic conditions. The system is powered by a specially-trained team of health advocates employed by Care.Coach and supported by evidence-based protocols and artificial intelligence. Traditional care teams are automatically alerted about adverse events and changes in health status, and receive actionable analytics. Each Care.Coach device includes its own cellular Internet connection, so individuals do not need Wi-Fi at home.

“When I started this company eight years ago to help people like my grandmother with loneliness, I could not have predicted social distancing would become the new normal,” says Victor Wang, founder and CEO of Care.Coach. “I’m very proud of our growing team here at Care.Coach for stepping up to the challenge of helping many more individuals and for rapidly scaling up with our Medicare Advantage, PACE, and other customers in this time of great need.”

About Element Care PACE Health Plan
Founded in 1995, Element Care is a non-profit, healthcare organization with a simple mission: to help people live safely and comfortably in their homes and their communities for as long as they can, keeping their stays in hospitals and nursing facilities as minimal as possible. Element Care provides complete health care to eligible people through the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) throughout the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and northeast region of Middlesex County in Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.elementcare.org

About Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) provides support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. The DDS’s mission is to create, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate fully as valued members of their community. The DDS serves over 30,000 individuals across its 28 offices throughout Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-developmental-services

About Care.Coach
Care.Coach is a California-based conversational and relational automation technology company backed by over $7 million in public and private funding from Congress, the NIH, and private investors. The Care.Coach platform, deployed nationally across more than 20 states, combines human empathy, intelligent technology, and an engaging animal avatar to build real relationships with the most complex, high-need individuals within the healthcare system. The avatars leverage these personal relationships to deliver evidence-based coaching, driving value by reducing the need for home nursing visits, reducing emergency department and hospital visits, and improving key health plan quality measures. Care.Coach was named one of the Top 5 IT Innovations of 2019 by the HealthLeaders IT Spending Guide, one of the Best Healthcare Startups to Watch in 2020 by Healthcare Weekly, and one of the Top 10 Aging in Place Innovations by GuideWell in 2020. For more information, visit https://care.coach

 

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Open Health Network, Mount Sinai Collaborate on Tool for IBD Patient Care to help patients avoid hospital visits, vital during COVID epidemic

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Open Health Network have collaborated on a digital system to coordinate effective care for thousands of high-risk patients living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The solution is designed to improve patient outcomes, including a reduction in patient complications requiring hospitalization, freeing critical care resources that are under enormous strain at Mount Sinai and other hospitals because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The GRItT-Pro system is a digital replacement for a manual system designed by Mount Sinai to closely coordinate the care teams responsible for treating patients with complex, chronic, and costly to treat conditions including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Built atop Open Health Network’s blockchain-based core framework for healthcare, a pilot version of GRItT-Pro was created in just two months with no coding from scratch.

Immediately scalable, the system eliminates the manual system’s limit of 200 simultaneous patients out of the 12,000 IBD patients under the hospital’s care. While IBD is the first disease area to be handled by the tool, the tool also has the potential to be applied to a range of other chronic conditions that require long-term, coordinated care.

Managing Complex Treatment
Treating patients with IBD requires a long-term holistic treatment plan that involves a diverse set of specialized providers, making it the third costliest disease after heart disease and cancer. In addition, many of those patients also are dealing with stress, anxiety or depression as a result of their disease. That can interfere with their ability to follow their treatment plans or communicate with the care team, and as a result lead to worsened symptoms, diminished outcomes, reduced quality of life, and an increased likelihood of surgery.

“As a result, they fall through the cracks, and nobody keeps track of them between appointments,” said Laurie Keefer, PhD, a health psychologist at Mount Sinai’s Susan and Leonard Feinstein Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Clinical Center.

That inspired Mount Sinai to create a proprietary scoring and care team management system called Gaining Resilience through Transitions (GRItTTM). The method allowed for greater coordination of care, but it was paper-based, with time consuming manual entry and challenging communications among the team. Open Health’s core framework enabled the team to create a more powerful digital system that automated the information exchange among providers.

An Integrated Solution for Providers and Patients
The GRItT-PRO tool presents everything about a case to each member of the care team instantly on a provider dashboard. This allows the care coordinator as well as the team to understand the particular situation faced by each patient and respond to that by changing or adding various care routines. A pilot version of the clinician-facing GRITT tool is currently undergoing initial clinical testing, and a fully integrated patient-facing component is being created.

“Our platform was created specifically to address the needs of healthcare, including the crucial issues of privacy and cost-effective development,” said Tatyana Kanzaveli, CEO of Open Health. “Our team was able to collaborate with Mount Sinai and understand exactly what they needed and produce it very quickly with existing modules.”

Reducing Hospital and In-Person Visits to Free Resources
The tool also integrates with Mount Sinai’s existing Telehealth services. This ability is important for high-risk IBD patients, who are often reluctant to leave their homes because of the unpredictable nature of their symptoms. It also is vital for providers during times when either a patient or a provider is unable to come to the hospital, as is the case during a public health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Having a digital provider communication tool for use while the team is all working remotely has been critical to our continued ability to provide high quality care to our IBD patients,” Keefer said.

Case study is available to download at Open Health Network web site.

About Open Health Network
Open Health Network is using Blockchain and smart contracts to enable consumers to control and monetize their health information. Powered by Artificial Intelligence and Big Data analytics, our platform enables rapid development of mobile health applications and chatbots for patients, healthcare providers, payers and medical researchers. Learn more at https://www.openhealth.cc.

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai is a national and international source of unrivaled education, translational research and discovery, and collaborative clinical leadership ensuring that we deliver the highest quality care—from prevention to treatment of the most serious and complex human diseases. The Health System includes more than 7,200 physicians and features a robust and continually expanding network of multispecialty services, including more than 400 ambulatory practice locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” of the Top 20 Best Hospitals in the country and the Icahn School of Medicine as one of the Top 20 Best Medical Schools in country. Mount Sinai Health System hospitals are consistently ranked regionally by specialty and our physicians in the top 1% of all physicians nationally by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit https://www.mountsinai.org or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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As Demand for Remote Work Triples, Rev.com Streamlines Onboarding Process for New Freelancers

AUSTIN, Texas, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rev.com, an online marketplace connecting skilled language professionals to customers in need of transcription, captions and subtitling services, has brought on thousands of new freelancers to its remote work platform since February. As behaviors shift to contain the spread of the coronavirus, thousands of people are looking for alternative, more flexible solutions for work. In response, Rev is rolling out changes to its onboarding process to support new freelancers, or “Revvers.”

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have a remote job so that I don’t have to worry about being out and about or out of work entirely right now,” said Revver Melanie Ellis. “Freelancing with Rev has provided the flexibility I need to take care of personal and family obligations. I can take the time off I need, while still making a living. It’s not all or nothing, which I love.”

“As the world quickly changes around us, more people than ever are looking for ways to support their families while working from home,” said Jason Chicola, Co-founder and CEO of Rev.com. “Rev’s priority has always been to provide a resource for people who don’t want to or can’t work in a traditional office or commit to structured hours. We recently brought on thousands of new freelancers and we’ll continue to provide a place for people to find meaningful and rewarding work from home.”

Rev’s speech-to-text marketplace offers freelance roles in transcription, captioning and subtitling, in a variety of interesting subjects and fields. The company is committed to continue providing a rewarding work-from-home experience for both new and existing Revvers. To support the influx of new applicants, Rev has launched a number of initiatives aimed at helping entry-level freelancers onboard quickly and easily. Efforts include:

  • Increased entry-level base pay rate: To allow new Revvers to quickly begin earning more money, entry-level Revvers will now begin at Rev’s standard base pay rate, eliminating previous benchmarks that began with a lower rate.
  • Enhanced training: New training materials, including a clear and instructive onboarding video, will familiarize entry-level transcriptionists with Rev’s homegrown software and productivity tools so they can reach their full earning potential sooner.
  • Dedicated feedback: Rev is investing in providing more frequent and higher quality feedback to entry-level Revvers to shorten the learning curve and help newcomers become successful at a quicker pace.

For more information, visit: https://www.rev.com/freelancers.

About Rev
Rev is the largest and most popular voice-to-text service in the world with more than 170,000 customers globally. Recognized widely as the most accurate and fastest service of its kind, Rev helps anyone capture insights from voice, connect with audiences and turbocharge productivity. Powered by a large and vibrant community of freelancers, Rev uses artificial intelligence tools to turn speech into text at unparalleled low cost. The company is obsessed with making the power of voice accessible to everyone, all while creating fulfilling work-from-home jobs. Learn more at rev.com.

 

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Movile Group appoints Patrick Hruby as new CEO

SÃO PAULO, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Movile Group, an ecosystem of leading technology companies in Latin America, today announces Patrick Hruby will be appointed as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. At the same time, Fabricio Bloisi, co-founder and CEO since 1998 will become Board President and work closely with Hruby and the senior management team, while continuing in his role as CEO of iFood. Hruby is assuming the top leadership position after spending five months as an Executive in Residence at the company during which he worked closely on operations with all Movile companies: iFood, MovilePay, PlayKids, Sympla, Wavy and Zoop.

Movile has a proven track record for attracting and developing top talent over its 20+ year history, which has been the foundation for the company’s continuous growth, year over year. To continue on a consistent path of growth under Hruby’s leadership, he will tap the deep experience he’s gained during his impressive career. Hruby has more than 14 years of leadership experience in roles at Silicon Valley companies including seven years at Google and, most recently, seven years at Facebook – where he held the position of vice president of sales for small and medium-sized companies in Latin America.

Hruby intends to reinforce Movile’s dream of impacting the lives of one billion people through its mobile apps.

“My focus and attention will be on three major objectives: to grow Movile Group’s current businesses; identify new segments and companies to expand our ecosystem; and have a leadership role in creating better organizations and a more just society in the markets we serve, said Patrick Hruby, newly appointed CEO of Movile Group.

“Movile will continue to invest in building Brazil’s tech and innovation ecosystem, which will be the foundation for advancing in Latin America and future global expansion,” Hruby said. “As leaders in Brazil, we will continue to work hand-in-hand with the government and society-at-large on issues that will guide our country’s path. Employee diversity and inclusion, the future of work, sustainability, artificial intelligence and supporting the gig economy will all be fundamental themes in Movile’s daily operations as an organization.”

In a time of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Hruby’s initial priorities will be protecting the well-being of Movile Group employees and partners, business continuity planning, and minimizing the impact on Movile’s ecosystem worldwide.

Hruby continued, “Given the unprecedented time we are currently experiencing, my initial priorities will be protecting the well-being of Movile Group employees and partners, business continuity planning, and minimizing the impact on Movile’s ecosystem worldwide.”

Fabricio Bloisi, co-founder and Board President, Movile Group, and CEO of iFood, commented: “Given Patrick’s experience helping to build key businesses within Latin America for several global tech giants, I expect he will enable Movile to strengthen the performance of its ecosystem of tech companies. Patrick’s time with us as an Executive in Residence has demonstrated his capacity as a strong leader who can guide the company towards a future of growth, keeping our operations healthy, and expanding our revenue base.”

Patrick Hruby has more than 20 years of experience at companies like Deloitte and ExxonMobil, in addition to his recent tenure in leadership roles at Facebook and Google in Latin America. He graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and earned an MBA in Finance from Yale University.

Editorial Notes:
1) For more about The Movile Way and the Group’s “hands-on style of VC investing,” see this ZDNet article (03/23/20).
2) Movile Co-founder Eduardo Henriques’ Op-Ed on “Lessons on Downturns from Brazilian Entrepreneurs” (03/16/20)

About Movile Group
The Movile Group is an ecosystem of leading technology companies in Latin America and beyond. The group has a big dream to make the lives of one billion people better through its applications. With global operations, the company already has more than 4,000 employees at its six companies at iFood, MovilePay, PlayKids, Sympla, Wavy and Zoop. In 2019, the Movile Group created the 1Bi Foundation, with the objective of promoting technology projects for social impact. In addition, the technology company collective is the most desired place to work by Brazilian professionals based on a Top Companies ranking compiled by Linkedin in Brazil.

Media Contacts

Brazil:
Olivia Nercessian
+55 11 95433-0000
olivia.nercessian@movile.com

United States:
Chris Knight
415) 786-9226 c.
chris@divinogroup.net

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