Pearl, the healthcare spinout from la-based ai startup, gumgum, raises $11 million

Techcrunch | May 09, 2019

GumGum, the Los Angeles-based startup that’s spent the past decade applying machine learning technologies to advertising and sports, has spun out a new healthcare startup focused on the dental industry called Pearl.The company has raised $11 million in financing from undisclosed strategic investors and Craft Ventures,  the investment firm set up by former Yammer founder, David Sacks.

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As One Insurance Group Launches Population Health Strategy That is Revolutionizing Healthcare

As One Insurance Group | February 25, 2022

Privately-held insurance brokerage firm As One Insurance Group ("As One") has announced the launch of its population health strategy that is already revolutionizing the healthcare industry based in Phoenix, As One has quickly achieved benchmark status in the population health world. Brandon Bullock, Chief Strategy Officer of As One, says, "Over the years we have seen the number of those without access to healthcare shrink, the numbers are a positive sign, 10 percent of Americans still have no access to care. We're looking to close that gap. As One is offering Health Navigator alongside its proprietary sales platform which leverages electronic processing to speed up the sales cycle." The cutting-edge firm specializes in life, health, and ancillary insurance benefits and is making insurance simple for carriers, agents, and clients through distinct offerings including: An innovative population health strategy A proprietary sales platform and CRM for straight-through electronic processing An impressive nationwide distribution channel Advanced agent training and sales tools "With the right tools at their fingertips, our team and agents show tremendous courage every day fighting to fix health insurance, a strong team that works as one." J.R. Jordan, Chief Executive Officer of As One Cost of Healthcare in America The cost of Healthcare in the United States is a significant factor that prevents people from obtaining the necessary care or filling prescriptions. Half of U.S. adults have stated that they postponed or completely mitigated some sort of dental or health care in the past year due to the high cost. Three in 10 people have also reported not taking their necessary medicines as prescribed at some point due to the very same reason. High healthcare costs excessively affect uninsured adults and those with lower household incomes. Larger shares of U.S. adults have also reported difficulty affording different types of care, which further delays and attributes to them forgoing medical care due to the cost. However, individuals that are covered by health insurance are not immune to the weight of healthcare costs. Almost half (46%) of those insured reported difficulty affording out-of-pocket expenses, and 27% had reported difficulty in being able to afford their deductible. Difficulty paying medical bills has resulted in significant consequences for U.S. families. Medical bill problems are also disproportionately affecting those adults in households where they or a member of their household has a severe health condition. About As One Insurance Group As One Insurance Group ("As One") is a privately held insurance brokerage based in Phoenix, Arizona, specializing in life, health, and ancillary insurance benefits. As One aims to simplify insurance by making the process straightforward and honest. With transparent product information and open communications being the norm, the company provides a range of life and health insurance products that are coupled with the tools agents and clients need to manage their needs. That includes advanced education and training, innovative technology solutions, and best-in-class service. In short, they work with and for agents, clients, and carriers together as one.

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The GIANT Health Event 2021. Early bird tickets on sale now

GIANT Health | October 13, 2021

Europe's greatest festival of Health Tech Innovation | 30th Nov - 1st Dec 2021 Join us at GIANT this year and immerse yourself in Europe's greatest festival of healthcare innovation. Find inspiration from global leading innovators, and discover the advances in technology that are revolutionizing healthcare provision. GIANT 2021 is set to be our biggest event yet so don't miss out. GIANT Health event is an invaluable, cost-effective global hybrid event. Combining both a real-world physical trade show and multiple conferences in central London, as well as a sophisticated and engaging virtual event based on GIANT Health’s proprietary Virtual Event Platform. Learn more about Digital Therapeutics.Would you like to network with 1000s and 1000s of Europe's leading healthcare and technology innovators, hospital leaders, health-sector investors, and entrepreneurs?Over 400 speakers will convene in 15+ conference at the massive GIANT Health Event, 30 November - 1 December, 2021. Come join us in person or remotely.Early Bird tickets are now available. CLAIM YOUR TICKET HERE A special promotional code which allows to save up to 25% on top is available for our subscribers: MEDIA25 See you there! Media contact: GIANT Health Events Ltd Olga Nosova +44 20 8144 9779 Olga@GIANT.health

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Althea Expands Its Growing Broadband Coverage Area to Tacoma WA

Althea | March 26, 2022

Althea is proud to announce Tacoma, WA is the latest addition to its growing broadband coverage area, with installations and infrastructure investment focused in the Hilltop neighborhood. Founded in 2017, Althea’s mission is rooted in the belief that affordable broadband connectivity is a fundamental right for all people that strengthens communities, economic growth, educational opportunities, and healthcare access. Althea is a distributed Internet Service Provider which works together with local communities and network operators to provide sustainable high speed and low cost broadband access. This is made possible by Althea’s unique technology, infrastructure, and routing protocol. Althea’s routing protocol allows the service and accounting layers of the ISP to be almost entirely automated, and maximizes bandwidth utilization (i.e. delivers lower latency and higher speeds than one would typically experience from a given network connection, when compared to a traditional ISP routing protocol). This technology negates the need for contracts, late fees, and other drawbacks of traditional internet delivery. The mesh topology used to connect users also allows individuals to host infrastructure themselves, growing the network, and earning revenue share for doing so. This keeps value in the community, encourages community involvement, maintains low costs, and creates an ever more resilient network architecture. Althea uses a unique pay-as-you-go payment model, making it easy for users to manage costs. Additionally, each user has access to the always-on free tier, guaranteeing they will have access to no-cost basic internet, regardless of their financial situation. Unlike traditional ISPs, Althea’s technology does not artificially throttle bandwidth or utilize speed tiers either, so users always get the maximum speed their equipment is capable of delivering. Althea users in Tacoma can expect speeds around 100 Mbps and pay, on average, around $25/month. “Many people don’t have access to the internet, not because of availability, but costs and other barriers keep them from this vital resource.We believe internet access is a human right, which is why we provide an always-on, free tier of internet.” Deborah Simpier, Althea CEO and co-founder Hilltop, Tacoma was also one of the first proof-of-concept networks for Althea, partnering in 2020 with Tacoma Cooperative Network and the University of Washington to build and test community led LTE networks. Through this work in Open5GS, Althea developed KeyLTE, which is an embedded EPC inside an Althea home router, which provides flexibility to build and grow LTE/5G networks anywhere, quickly and affordably.

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Nemaura Medical Launches Metabolic Health Program for Employers and Insurers

Nemaura Medical, Inc | January 14, 2022

Nemaura Medical, Inc.(“Nemaura” or the “Company”), a medical technology company focused on developing and commercializing non-invasive wearable diagnostic devices and supporting personalized lifestyle coaching programs, announces the launch for employers and insurers of Miboko, a new metabolic health program using a non-invasive glucose sensor along with an AI mobile application. The Company’s goal is to achieve broad adoption of Miboko as a form of preventative medicine for a wide user base through these commercial channels and is aligned with the general trend in consumer digital healthcare. “Introducing Miboko to the population at-large through employers and insurers will allow Nemaura to reach a much wider audience in much faster fashion than solely relying on a direct-to-consumer campaign, and in the Western world, these institutions are the most reliable gateway toward wider adoption of preventative health maintenance practices. Being aware of one’s metabolic health and how the body uniquely regulates sugar is key to one’s health. Patients, of course, want to be as informed as possible about their health, and employers and insurers are also aligned with patients in that regard, given the massive productivity losses and healthcare costs at stake on a larger scale across their employee and insured base, respectively. Miboko can help address this substantial market opportunity through our non-invasive, revolutionary approach to healthcare.” Nemaura CEO Dr. Faz Chowdhury Nemaura has also submitted a Premarket Approval (PMA) to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of its glucose monitoring device as a Class 3 medical device. The Company’s PMA was the subject an on-site FDA bioresearch monitoring (BIMO) audit that generated a single Form 483 observation, for which the Company has committed to a full response this quarter. A follow-up BIMO audit of the clinical investigator site has also been scheduled for the current financial quarter. Miboko has been in development for nearly two years and addresses a significant mass market opportunity that the Company believes could benefit roughly a third to half of the population by using a non-invasive glucose sensor to measure and monitor a user’s metabolic health score, which is based on glucose tolerance or insulin resistance. Those with prediabetes or obesity concerns -- or even those looking to maintain better health through more careful glucose control -- may benefit from such a metabolic health program. How one’s body metabolizes sugar is the main influencer of one’s appetite, weight, sleep quality, and energy and mood levels and even plays a critical factor in chronic diseases (beyond just diabetes), such as heart disease and dementia. At the heart of the Miboko offering is Nemaura’s non-invasive glucose sensor that is designed to measure insulin resistance, reported as a metabolic health score, and priced to be highly affordable with the program running for an initial two-year period. The program also uses a mobile app to provide users with personalized information by tracking their metabolism. A user can find out how well their body responds to sugar through their metabolic health score — and how what they eat and what they do every day uniquely affects their metabolic health. Along with the capability to follow metabolic health progress on the app, Miboko users receive weekly and monthly reports that show and explain their body’s unique metabolic health score and a breakdown of how each of their habits are impacting their overall health and wellbeing. 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The Company sits at the intersection of the global Type 2 diabetes market that is expected to reach nearly $59 billion by 2025, the $50+ billion pre-diabetic market, and the wearable health-tech sector for weight loss and wellness applications that is estimated to reach $60 billion by 2023.

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Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is also known as Gwinnett Hospital System, Inc. (GHS) is a not-for-profit and tax-exempt organization that operates exclusively to serve the community. Our mission is to meet the healthcare needs of the community by providing quality health services. For more than 65 years, we have been committed to the underserved, uninsured and indigent populations. We are diligent in our efforts to join with physicians, community and other healthcare organizations to provide health services.

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