Healthcare and Insurance News Headline Updated on 18 Feb 2020

The headline on 18 Feb 2020

The Nevada caucuses are the next step in the ongoing Democratic primary. Here’s what you need to know from USA Today. Source: What you need to know about the Nevada Democratic caucuses

Humana CEO Bruce Broussard discussed the insurer’s new primary care venture at a conference last week. Tina Reed has more on what he had to say about how company officials think when it comes to building up the healthcare — rather than the insurance — side of their business.

Will surprise billing solutions be more provider- or payer-friendly? Robert King dove into three possible paths under consideration in Congress.

The Nevada caucuses are the next step in the ongoing Democratic primary. Here’s what you need to know from USA Today.

Hospitals that are financially better off spend proportionally less — way less — than their peers on charity care, according to a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine. Take a look at their numbers. Source: JAMA Network > Charity Care Provision by US Nonprofit Hospitals

A new study in JAMA finds private equity firms are buying up more physician practices. Find out which specialties generated the most interest. Source: JAMA Network > Private Equity Acquisitions of Physician Medical Groups Across Specialties, 2013-2016

A Georgia doctor is going to prison for 20 years after being found guilty of dispensing controlled substances, sometimes in exchange for cash or sex. Source: DoJ > Pill-mill doctor gets decades in prison for healthcare fraud, illegally dispensing massive amounts of drugs

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In Florida, Walgreens and CVS filed a third-party complaint that says that 500 anonymous physicians are responsible for fueling the opioid crisis — not the pharmacies that filled the prescriptions for the pain drugs. Source: Ohio Court > In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation

As politicians in Washington look at how to address the problem of surprise bills, researchers examined claims data from a large health insurer to examine how often patients unexpectedly received out-of-network bills after having in-network elective surgery. Source: JAMA Network > Out-of-Network Bills for Privately Insured Patients Undergoing Elective Surgery With In-Network Primary Surgeons and Facilities

Researchers at Florida International University (FIU) compared compensation packages before and after the 2008 financial collapse for executives in different sectors of insurance—including health plans. There were some big changes. Source: > Insurance industry CEO pay tied more closely to firm performance following the financial crisis.

The Health Care Cost Institute released its annual look at costs and utilization in employer-sponsored plans, and found price growth is starting to slow. Source: HCCI > Health Care Cost and Utilization Report (HCCUR)

Research from the CDC found that 14% of Americans struggle to pay their medical bills. Robert King has more from the study. Source: NCHF Data Brief > Problems Paying Medical Bills, 2018

A survey of U.S. physicians finds they aren’t confident about the country’s preparedness to cope with the novel coronavirus. See what else they are saying. Docs don’t feel the U.S. is prepared to contain a large coronavirus outbreak, Joanne Finnegan reports. Source: InCrowd > US Physicians Aren’t Confident About US Coronavirus Preparedness, According to InCrowd Data

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CMS proposed a slew of changes in Part D and Medicare Advantage in a rule last week, and experts say the regs could offer new negotiation tools for Part D plans. Robert King has more. Source: Annual Advance Notice governing Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans

The recession led insurance companies to rethink their approach to how they pay executives. A new study digs into how—and why. Source: > Insurance industry CEO pay tied more closely to firm performance following the financial crisis.

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CVS’ reported big jumps in its earnings and revenue last year. Here’s more on what CEO Larry Merlo had to say about the company’s turnabout. CVS Health pulled a 180 on profit last year, bouncing back from losses in 2018. We dig further into their financial results. CVS bounced back in 2019, reporting on Wednesday healthy earnings for the fourth quarter and the year after posting losses a year prior. Paige Minemyer has more. Source: CVS Health > CVS Health Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Results, Reflecting Strong Execution Across the Enterprise

National Coordinator for Health IT Donald Rucker pushed back on industry opposition to an upcoming data-sharing rule. He said lawsuits against patients to collect unpaid bills prove that hospitals don’t care about privacy. Source: CNBC > Epic and about 60 hospital chains come out against rules that would make it easier to share medical info

Technology startups are jumping into the social determinants of health space. Read more about how these companies are coming up with innovative solutions to address patients’ social needs. Source: Academy Health > Health Datapalooza

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A new study in JAMA puts a number on just how many patients receive surprise medical bills after elective surgery. See how painful the average bill is. Source: JAMA Network > Out-of-Network Bills for Privately Insured Patients Undergoing Elective Surgery With In-Network Primary Surgeons and Facilities

Physical therapists are supposed to take a major cut to Medicare reimbursements in 2021 under the physician fee schedule. They hope to convince CMS officials to reconsider.

An Alabama hospital is the latest health system identified in the U.S. to have a track record of suing hundreds of its own patients — including some that owed just $150, reports. Source: This Alabama hospital sued more than 1,000 patients last year. Some owed just $150

Anthem has several pilots using blockchain technology in the works. Heather Landi takes a deep dive into their plans. Source: Anthem Will Use Blockchain To Secure Medical Data For Its 40 Million Members In Three Years

The Trump administration finalized a survey of hospitals to acquire the payment rates for drugs purchased under the 340B discount program, much to the dismay of the hospital industry. Source: Notice from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Consumer DNA testing companies 23andMe and Ancestry have laid off employees amid a sales slump. CNBC’s Chrissy Farr looks at how the companies can survive. Source: CNBC > Consumer DNA testing is a bust: Here’s how companies like Ancestry and 23andMe can survive

There’s been an uptick in interest by hospitals on addressing issues like food or housing among their patients. A new study took a look at just how much spending health systems are actually putting in to address those social factors. Source: Health Affairs > Quantifying Health Systems’ Investment In Social Determinants Of Health, By Sector, 2017–19

NYC Health + Hospitals is teaming up with a startup to use an e-prescribing platform to tackle food and housing insecurities among millions of patients. With the help of a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, University of Chicago physician Stacy Lindau developed a technology tool to link patients to community services. It was the seed that led to the startup NowPow, which has commercialized the e-prescribing tool she developed and most recently built a partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals. Source: NYC Health + Hospitals > OneCity Health Awards Community Partners $4.3M to Address Food and Housing Insecurities Among NYC Health + Hospitals’ Patients

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As competition from digital rivals continues to grow, CVS and Walgreens are fast expanding their strategies to win healthcare customers. A new report examines how. Source: Coresight Research > US Drugstores Adapt to a Digital Age within Healthcare and Beauty

The number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. more than doubled in just seven years and that’s creating a problem for hospitals, according to a new study. Source: Health Affairs > Implications Of The Rapid Growth Of The Nurse Practitioner Workforce In The US

Anthem has several pilots using blockchain technology in the works. Heather Landi takes a deep dive into their plans. Source: Forbes > Anthem Will Use Blockchain To Secure Medical Data For Its 40 Million Members In Three Years

Anthony Fauci, M.D., has some simple advice for clinicians faced with a patient with respiratory symptoms and a fever—the signs of coronavirus. Joanne Finnegan has more on the one question NIH’s Anthony Fauci, M.D., says docs should be asking patients about coronavirus. Source: JAMA Network > The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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The number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. more than doubled in just seven years — and that’s creating a big problem for hospitals. Joanne Finnegan has more. Source: Health Affairs > Implications Of The Rapid Growth Of The Nurse Practitioner Workforce In The US

Cigna’s profits nearly doubled last year, hitting $5.1 billion, and you can probably guess what’s behind it. (Hint: It’s Express Scripts). Source: Express Scripts and Prime Therapeutics Collaborate to Deliver More Affordable Care to More Than 100 Million Americans

The Bipartisan Policy Center wants to chart a conciliatory path forward for health reform. Robert King picks out the parts of their plan you’ll hate. Source: Bipartisan Rx for America’s Health Care

The NIAID’s Anthony Fauci offers advice to physicians faced with a patient worried about exposure to coronavirus. Source: The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Some horrifying new details emerge at the trial of four Detroit-area physicians found guilty of healthcare fraud. Source: DoJ > Four Detroit-Area Physicians Found Guilty of Health Care Fraud Charges for Role in Over $150 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

More doctors are using digital health tools, according to an AMA survey. Find out which are most popular. Source: American Medical Association > Digital health tools gain momentum among physicians

The headline on 05 Feb 2020

Check out health IT funding deals in January, including Virta Health landing a $93 million in Series C funding and Komodo Health closing a $50 million funding round, led by Andreessen Horowitz.

A study in the latest issue of Health Affairs found that nearly half of antibiotics dispensed to Medicaid recipients are missed by existing US antibiotic stewardship policies. Source: Health Affairs > Non-Infection-Related And Non-Visit-Based Antibiotic Prescribing Is Common Among Medicaid Patients

Humana released its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings Wednesday morning. Robert King dives into the trends driving the insurer’s financial performance. Source: Humana Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results; Provides Full Year 2020 Financial Guidance

As Cerner reported year-end earnings, executives took some time to discuss the company’s partnership with Amazon and why they see it as key to Cerner’s future growth. As Cerner reported year-end earnings, officials took some time to describe their plans to leverage Amazon’s “deep competencies around the consumer” and “strong interest in being a part of the healthcare ecosystem.” Heather Landi has more. Cerner sees its partnership with Amazon as an opportunity for more than simply moving its services to the cloud. Heather Landi has more on why. Source: Cerner Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results

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Former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini says he’s being pushed out of his role on CVS Health’s board of directors. Source: CVS Health Announces Upcoming Changes to Board of Directors

Help may be on the way for physicians and patients when it comes to the time it takes to get a prior authorization from a health insurer. Source: CAQH CORE Approves Two-Day Rule to Accelerate Prior Authorization Process

It sounds like all good news that the number of nurse practitioners has more than doubled in a seven-year period. But, find out the problem it raises for hospitals. Source: Health Affairs > Implications Of The Rapid Growth Of The Nurse Practitioner Workforce In The US

A federal court lifts a limit on fees physician practices can charge for third-party access to patient records. Heather Landi has the story. Source: Memorandum Opinion (PDF) by U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta

Former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini says he’s being pushed out of his role on CVS Health’s board of directors. Source: CSVHealth > CVS Health Announces Upcoming Changes to Board of Directors

Centene saw significant revenue growth in 2019. Here’s what the company attributes that revenue growth to. (Hint: It’s not its latest acquisition of WellCare Health Plans.) Source: Centene Corporation Reports 2019 Results

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CMS unveiled policy proposals Friday seeking to curb ACA tax credits. Paige Minemyer has more. Source: > CMS Releases Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Rule for 2021

The novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China — and which prompted U.S. officials to declare a public health emergency — seems to be impacting more adults than children. Source: Time > Why Coronavirus Seems to Be Striking More Adults Than Kids

OptumRx released its latest look at the drug development pipeline. Find out why its experts are warning payers to pay close attention to the growing wave of orphan drug approvals. Source: Optum > Trends to watch in 2020

How bad could the ongoing coronavirus outbreak get? The New York Times examines six critical factors. Source: The New York Times > How Bad Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Get? Here Are 6 Key Factors

Meditech is taking steps to grow its sales even as it faces strong headwinds from hospital consolidation and competition from the likes of Cerner and Epic. Source: Meditech year-end financials report

Despite objections from companies like Epic, more than a few dozen organizations are ramping up pressure for the federal officials to finalize proposed data-sharing regulations. Source: Multistakeholder letter to OMB and HHS on API Access

There’s a deadly virus spreading from state to state, preying on the most vulnerable, striking the sick and the old without mercy. The virus is influenza, and it poses a far greater threat to Americans than the coronavirus currently grabbing headlines around the world. Source: KHN > Something Far Deadlier Than The Wuhan Virus Lurks Near You

Internet of Things News Headline Updated on 30 Jan 2020

The headline on 30 Jan 2020

Cisco increases security for IoT. At this week’s Cisco Live in Barcelona, the tech giant launched a comprehensive security architecture for the IoT that converges IT with OT to provide anomaly detection. Source: Internet of Things – Cisco Live EMEA 2020 – Cisco

Iridium extends IoT on AWS globally. Iridium CloudConnect has gone live, extending the IoT on Amazon Web Services (AWS) globally. Source: telecompaper > Iridium CloudConnect extends IoT on AWS globally

MultiTech partners Trilliant for IoT and smart cities. Smart communications firm Trilliant Networks is working with MultiTech to deliver easy-to-deploy, end-to-end products, and services optimized to drive business outcomes in the industrial IoT, smart energy and smart city markets. Source: Trilliant and MultiTech to Deliver Transformative Solutions for Industrial Internet of Things and Smart Cities

Sigfox reaches 90% of population coverage in the UK. WND, the UK’s Sigfox network operator, has achieved over 90% population coverage in 18 months since it deployed the UK’s first wireless public network for secure sensor data. Source: WND Group > Sigfox operator WND UK exceeds 90% coverage for secure sensor data network

Intel and Atos start second phase of AI and ML supercomputer. Intel, Atos and the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) have started the second phase of building the HLRN-IV supercomputer system at the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) to run compute-intensive projects involving mathematical simulations, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). Source: HPC wire > Lise Supercomputer, Part of HLRN-IV, Begins Operations

Vodafone launches the NB-IoT network in Ukraine. Vodafone has launched a commercial NB-IoT network in Ukraine. Source: telecompaper > Vodafone Ukraine launches services over NB-IoT network

MachNation software verifies IoT platforms. IoT testing and benchmarking firm MachNation has launched MIT-E Performance (MIT-E Pf) software built exclusively for performance and scalability testing of IoT platforms. It can verify platform performance for up to ten million IoT devices and one million IoT messages per second. Source: MachNation Launches MIT-E Pf, Performance Testing Software for IoT solutions

MachNation software verifies IoT platforms
MachNation software verifies IoT platforms

Tuya toolkit accelerates IoT prototype development. California-based Tuya Smart’s sandwich board development kit is available for IoT and connected device developers. The platform includes a collection of 19 integrated development modules, which can be layer stacked like a sandwich to create a complete IoT prototype in less than an hour. Source: Tuya Smart Unveils Developer Toolkit to Accelerate IoT Prototype Creation

The headline on 23 Jan 2020

AWS scores with machine learning in Bundesliga. Germany’s Bundesliga football league has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deploy artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, compute, database and storage services to deliver real-time statistics to predict future plays and game outcomes. Source: Bundesliga > Amazon Web Services becomes Bundesliga’s new technology provider: new opportunities for fans

AWS scores with machine learning in Bundesliga
AWS scores with machine learning in Bundesliga

Wind River acquires Star Labs. Wind River has acquired Washington DC-based Star Lab, a specialist in cybersecurity for IoT and embedded systems. The acquisition broadens the California company’s software portfolio with a system protection and anti-tamper toolset for Linux, an open source-based hypervisor, and a secure boot option. Source: ZDNet > Wind River acquires Star Lab to improve its Linux security

Aeris mobility suite accelerates connected car development. IoT technology provider Aeris has launched a mobility suite to help automotive OEMs accelerate the development and deployment of connected vehicle programs. German carmaker Volkswagen has already begun to roll-out the suite across its development organization. Source: Aeris > Aeris Mobility Platform: End-to-End IoT Platform

IoT pavilion at CES to see explosive growth in 2021. The IoT Infrastructure Pavilion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, organized by the IoT M2M Council (IMC) trade group, will increase by well over 65% for the 2021 event. Source: IoT M2M Council > IoT pavilion at CES to see explosive growth in 2021

Secure Channels chooses Thales for IoT protection. California-based Secure Channels has picked encryption key management and software licensing platforms from French multinational Thales to protect its quantum-resilient encryption keys for its IoT-enabled devices. Source: Thales eSecurity News Release > Data security innovator, Secure Channels, chooses Thales to provide key management and software licensing platform for IoT security solution

U-Blox brings cm-level accuracy to GNSS. Swiss firm U-Blox has announced an affordable approach to bringing centimeter-level accuracy to GNSS receivers. Source: u-blox press release > u-blox brings centimeter-level precision GNSS technology to the mass market

U-Blox brings cm-level accuracy to GNSS.
U-Blox brings cm-level accuracy to GNSS.

Telefónica certifies Quectel module for subscription swap use. Telefónica has certified Chinese firm Quectel Wireless’ BC95-G NB-IoT module that provides subscription swap capabilities. Source: Quectel InfoCenter > Telefónica Certifies Quectel’s NB-IoT Module with Subscription Swap Capabilities

Telefónica certifies Quectel module for subscription swap use.
Telefónica certifies Quectel module for subscription swap use.

Kerlink expands into South Africa. French IoT firm Kerlink is expanding into South Africa with the appointment of IoTdc, a distributor of connected hardware and device-related applications for the IoT. Source: Kerlink begins expansion into South Africa via a distribution agreement with the Internet of Things solutions distributor, IoTdc

Mercedes-Benz unveils smart home on wheels. Being described as a smart home on wheels, a connected compact Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo camper van made its show debut this month at the Caravan, Motor & Tourism exhibition in Stuttgart. Source: CNBC make it > This Mercedes-Benz camper van is a ‘smart home’ on wheels—take a look inside

Mercedes-Benz unveils smart home on wheels.
Mercedes-Benz unveils smart home on wheels.

Panasonic Bluetooth module suits long-range IoT use. Panasonic has introduced a long-range Bluetooth 5.0 module for industrial IoT and smart home applications. The Japanese company’s Pan 1780 Bluetooth LE module is based on the Nordic nRF52840 SoC single-chip controller. Source: NORDIC Semiconductor > Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth LE module allows Panasonic Industry customers to develop applications for use in high RF interference environments

Panasonic Bluetooth module suits long-range IoT use.
Panasonic Bluetooth module suits long-range IoT use.

Retail IT Networks Under Stress: When Digital Transformation Equals Digital Disruption

What is SD-Branch? and How a software-defined branch network (SD-Branch) helps retailers innovate without business interruption.

Within the retail industry, Point-of-Sale (POS) technology is being pressured to constantly innovate, as people become more hyper-connected as they shop.


Retail IT Networks Under Stress: When Digital Transformation Equals Digital Disruption
Retail IT Networks Under Stress: When Digital Transformation Equals Digital Disruption

The retail industry has come a long way during the last decade in its efforts to overcome the challenges of generational and technological shifts that have been disruptive to the business. To stay competitive while catering to new generations of hyper-connected shoppers, Point-of-Sale (POS) technology is being pressured to constantly innovate. Online ordering, in-store beacon technology, cloud POS, omnichannel retail platforms, and digital menus and signage, are part of the evidence of those innovations taking place.

We’ve seen the advent of self check-out, RFID technology, and digital wallets, plus we’ve got accustomed to guest Wi-Fi at pretty much every retail shop. Those risks are not to be underestimated by the tech-savvy retailer. A heavily leveraged store network that is increasingly reliant on optimal network performance and uptime is a disaster waiting to happen if it is not properly secured and monitored. The impact of complacency can seriously damage short term revenue and also brand reputation (long term revenue).

Read this article and discover four key challenges facing retail in the age of digital transformation and learn how to overcome them. You will learn about the four key challenges facing a retail digital transformation in the areas of security, business continuity, agility, versatility, and compliance management.

Find out why a software-defined branch network (SD-Branch) is the future of retail network management and how it can help retailers overcome the above challenges, encouraging them to innovate without business interruption. Continue reading “Retail IT Networks Under Stress: When Digital Transformation Equals Digital Disruption”

Gaming News Headline Updated on 22 Jan 2020

The headline on 22 Jan 2020

CAPTAIN TSUBASA: Rise of New Champions – Announcement Trailer. Arriving in 2020.

Gamecard-Installer-NX v1.0.1 released.
What’s next?

  • Option to lower keygen of games.
  • Option to disable music/sound effects in-app.
  • Option overlay that shows these options.
  • Improve gfx efficiency (cache everything as textures as much as possible to reduce constantly creating a surface and then converting it to a texture every frame, this is pretty much done anyway, but in a few cases it is not).

What’s fixed?

  • Incorrectly returned the sys version number (fw 8.1.0 would be returned as 8.0.1).
  • The bug that would cause the installed game to sometimes appear as a gamecard, even with the gamecard removed.
  • Fixed bug that would make it so that it would sometimes not push the correct application record which caused game updates that were previously installed to say that it was not.

Black Corporation has launched the first chapter of The Peephole’s Chronicles: Weird John for PC and Mac, now available for free on and IndieExpo.

Skybound Games announced that the complete series, episodes one through four, of Telltale’s The Walking Dead will be available for both Nintendo Switch and Steam starting this week. Wishlist on Steam or pre-order.

Mutazione Adds New Garden Mode Along with Six Additional Languages. Garden Mode allows the player to access a stand-alone magical musical garden, available on PS4, PC, and coming soon to Apple Arcade.

SQUARE ENIX® revealed the final character introduction trailer for Trials of Mana™, the anticipated upcoming entry in the beloved Mana series, showcasing two more of its playable cast of six unique heroes. Trials of Mana will be available for Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM® on April 24, 2020.

Media and Video News Headline Updated on 31 Jan 2020

The headline on 31 Jan 2020

Google launched Dataset Search. It’s a wonderful rabbit hole where you can find 25 million datasets to lose yourself in. Source: Google > Discovering millions of datasets on the web

Google launched Tangi, a short-video platform focused on how-to videos. “We only focus on DIY and creativity content… Our platform’s goal is to help people learn to craft, cook and create with quick one-minute videos.” Source: TechCrunch > Google’s Area 120 launches Tangi, a short-form video app focused on creativity and DIY

Filmic launched DoubleTake, which allows you to use all three cameras on your iPhone 11 at the same time for video recordings. Imagine being able to use the front- and rear-facing cameras simultaneously to record a 2-person interview. Source: TechCrunch > Filmic’s DoubleTake app brings simultaneous camera shooting to the iPhone 11

The BBC is cutting 450 jobs from its news operations. It’ll also be covering fewer stories to save about $1.8 million. It’s restructuring the org so that people are working in centralized teams, rather than specific programs. In an interesting admission, the company said it’s been producing too many stories that were “overwhelming” the public, while many stories weren’t reaching their intended audiences. Source: The Guardian > BBC announces 450 jobs will go in newsroom shake-up

Frontier Myanmar launched their membership program. This is an important effort to support independent journalism in Myanmar. It’s also a big test of the market’s appetite for a membership product like this. Sign up and support their journalism.

Facebook is reportedly cutting back on originals for Watch. It’s also holding off from bidding for rights to stream live sporting events. It’s not pulling back on formats like talk shows and buying clips from TV networks; it’s actually spending more — around $1.4 billion this year. Source: The Information > Facebook Cuts Back on Original Programming for Watch Video

Facebook will launch its oversight board this summer. This independent body is meant to handle some of the toughest moderation/censorship decisions, and will function as its own corporate entity. Board members to this “supreme court” will be announced in coming months. Source: The Verge > Facebook expects to launch oversight board this summer

Google stepped back from a controversial desktop search redesign that people hated. It took away color overlays from its search results, added favicons, and confused the hell out of everyone who could no longer distinguish paid from organic search results. Source: The Verge > Google is backtracking on its controversial desktop search results redesign

You’re going to see a lot more about the death of cookies and third-party data. A chance for publishers to be relevant to advertisers once more. “Rather than mourning the demise of the third-party cookie, publishers should instead be looking at how the industry can re-architect ad technologies to make first-party data the new currency and to rebuild the digital industry.” You have two years to do it. Source: WNIP > The death of the cookie signals a new golden age for publishers

The Guardian says it will no longer take ads from oil and gas companies. It’s the first global news org to impose an outright ban as it takes a stand on the climate crisis. “Our decision is based on the decades-long efforts by many in that industry to prevent meaningful climate action by governments around the world.” Source: The Guardian > Guardian to ban advertising from fossil fuel firms

Even Buffett has lost faith in newspapers. Berkshire Hathaway is selling its entire newspaper assets to Lee Enterprises for $140 million. So much for this being a long-term play. Source: NiemanLab > Turns out Warren Buffett won’t be the billionaire who saves newspapers either

George Cheeks is officially taking over as CEO of CBS on March 23. Source: ViacomCBS To Transition Leadership of CBS to George Cheeks from Joe Ianniello

Amazon said Prime members watched double the hours of original movies and TV shows on Prime Video this quarter compared to last year. Source: Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 21% to $87.4 Billion

The headline on 30 Jan 2020

Comcast Technology Solutions launched a new technology solution tailored specifically to the requirements and priorities of political advertising clients. Source: Comcast > COMCAST TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR POLITICAL ADVERTISERS

The headline on 29 Jan 2020

Netflix is reportedly laying off at least 15 people as it shifts its marketing strategy. Source: Hollywood Reporter > Netflix to Lay Off Employees as It Shifts Marketing Strategy (Exclusive)

A new Roku OS software update will enable surround sound expansion in its Roku Smart Soundbars. Source: Roku Adds Surround Sound Expandability to Roku Smart Soundbars; Walmart and Roku Introduce onn.™ ∙ Roku Wireless Surround Speakers

The headline on 28 Jan 2020

ABI Research said the OTT video market will surpass $200 billion by 2024, with 90% of that value fueled by subscription and advertising revenue. Source: Subscription Services and Advertising to Push OTT Video Revenue Over US$200 Billion by 2024

Virtual MVPD Vidgo now has an app for Apple TV. Source: Cord Cutters News > Vidgo is Now Available on Apple TV

The headline on 27 Jan 2020

Comcast plans to open six new Xfinity stores in the Twin Cities by the end of 2020. Source: Comcast Announces Plans to Open Six New Xfinity Stores in the Twin Cities

VideoAmp appointed Andrew Gaudin as chief legal and privacy officer. Source: VideoAmp Appoints Andrew Gaudin as Chief Privacy and Legal Officer

The headline on 24 Jan 2020

MediaMath said Milena Alberti-Perez has joined the company as chief financial officer. Source: MediaMath Bolsters Leadership with Appointment of CFO, Milena Alberti-Perez

Amazon has green-lit four new local original series from Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Source: Amazon Prime Video Expands Local Original Content to Argentina, Chile and Colombia with Four New Amazon Original Series Iosi, El Espía Arrepentido, La Jauría, Colonia Dignidad and Noticia de un Secuestro

Subscription-based sports media startup The Athletic has reportedly raised $50 million in a Series D funding round. The company is now valued at half a billion. Source: AXIOS > Exclusive: The Athletic raises $50 million

The headline on 23 Jan 2020

Carol Hinnant, a 15-year Comscore executive, has been promoted to Chief Revenue Officer. Source: Comscore Executive Carol Hinnant Promoted to Chief Revenue Officer

DirecTV is racing to move its Spaceway-1 satellite out of the geostationary arc after the 15-year-old satellite suffered a crippling battery malfunction that the company fears could cause it to explode. Source: Space News > DirecTV fears explosion risk from satellite with damaged battery

The headline on 22 Jan 2020

Tubi announced it will expand its service into Mexico later this year in collaboration with TV Azteca. TV Azteca will offer advertising sales for Tubi in Mexico and promote the service to its massive audience via online and other platforms in return. Source: Tubi to Launch in Mexico With Strategic Partner TV Azteca

Netflix says it hasn’t seen a measurable impact from “Friends” leaving the platform. Source: Deadline > Netflix Executive Team Shrugs Off ‘Friends’ Exit: Impact Is “Nothing We Can See”

Synamedia announced that it has entered into an international strategic partnership with technology and supply chain service provider World Wide Technology (WWT). Source: Synamedia Unveils International Partnership with World Wide Technology

Syncbak has integrated adSync, the company’s dynamic ad insertion technology with MarketSync, their OTT syndication marketplace. Source: Syncbak To Debut Simplified OTT Syndication and Monetization Tools at NATPE 2020

Healthcare and Insurance News Headline Updated on 31 Jan 2020

The headline on 31 Jan 2020

Health agencies don’t typically weigh in on Netflix programming but NHS’ chief exec Simon Stevens spoke out this week saying a series on Gwyneth Paltrow’s The Goop Lab poses “considerable risks to health,”. Source: BBC > Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop series on Netflix slammed by NHS chief

Stores are selling out of medical face masks in the wake of the coronavirus, posing a risk to providers. Source: New York Times > Mask Hoarders May Raise Risk of a Coronavirus Outbreak in the U.S.

The headline on 30 Jan 2020

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement that AI “represents one of technology’s most important priorities, and healthcare is perhaps AI’s most urgent application” as the company made a $40 million announcement. Source: Microsoft > AI for Health

A number of women suffered major complications from “a five minute fix that was anything but,” according to an investigation by MedPage Today into a procedure meant to help women suffering from heavy periods. Source: MEDPAGE TODAY > Women Burned by Quick Fix for Heavy Periods

CVS’ Caremark is launching a new plan design that would eliminate member cost-sharing for diabetes drugs. Source: CVSHealth > CVS Health RxZERO Solution Eliminates Member Out-of-Pocket Costs for Diabetes Medications

CMS has released the latest Hospital Compare data, to the ire of providers. Source: > CMS Announces Updated Quality Information Including Star Ratings on Hospital Compare

The federal government isn’t doing a good job of stopping drug companies from doling out duplicate 340B and Medicaid discounts, a federal watchdog said. Source: Government Accountability Office (GAO) > Oversight of the Intersection with the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Needs Improvement

The headline on 29 Jan 2020

And, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine warns the opioid epidemic is driving a simultaneous epidemic of infectious diseases. Source: Opportunities to Improve Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Services

It’s been a rough week for EHR vendors. Federal policy leaders continue to take shots at industry giant Epic and its opposition to proposed data-sharing regulations. And, Practice Fusion will pay $145 million to resolve charges it took kickbacks aimed at increasing opioid prescriptions. Source: DoJ > ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS VENDOR TO PAY LARGEST CRIMINAL FINE IN VERMONT HISTORY AND A TOTAL OF $145 MILLION TO RESOLVE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL INVESTIGATIONS

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is teaming up with New York City startup Quartet to roll out a value-based payment model for mental health care. Source: Milliman Research Report > Addiction and mental health vs. physical health: Widening disparities in network use and provider reimbursement

Weather-prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might lose his job to artificial intelligence, if PETA has it their way. Source: The Washington Post > No more Punxsutawney Phil? It’s ‘long overdue’ for an AI groundhog instead, PETA says.

Practice Fusion will pay $145 million to resolve kickback allegations in a federal opioid case, representing the Department of Justice’s first criminal case against an electronic health records vendor.

The headline on 28 Jan 2020

As employers take steps to curb health spending by offering more chronic condition resources or help for quitting smoking, they might also want to shift their focus to another insidious cost driver among younger workers: social isolation. Paige Minemyer has more. Source: Cigna > Loneliness is at Epidemic Levels in America

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association raises questions about the impact of “free samples” on doctor relationships with pharma companies. Source: JAMA Internal Medicine > A National Survey of the Frequency of Drug Company Detailing Visits and Free Sample Closets in Practices Delivering Primary Care

As the world races to respond to the coronavirus emergency which originated in China, FiercePharma reports that officials there are publicly backing off-label use of an HIV drug to help. Source: 艾伯维将捐赠价值千万的抗病毒药物 助力抗击新型冠状病毒

Practice Fusion will pay $145 million to resolve kickback allegations in a federal opioid case, representing the Department of Justice’s first criminal case against an electronic health records vendor. Source: DoJ > ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS VENDOR TO PAY LARGEST CRIMINAL FINE IN VERMONT HISTORY AND A TOTAL OF $145 MILLION TO RESOLVE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL INVESTIGATIONS

The headline on 27 Jan 2020

Interest in artificial intelligence in healthcare soared in 2019 with investment in the sector jumping 48% over 2018. Source: CB Insights > AI In Numbers Q1’20: Global Funding, Corporate Activity, Partnerships, And R&D Trends

Alphabet’s life sciences research arm Verily received FDA clearance for its Study Watch to offer an irregular pulse monitor feature. Source: verily > Verily receives FDA 510(k) clearance for Study Watch with Irregular Pulse Monitor

The headline on 24 Jan 2020

CMS is planning to launch a slew of updates to later this year, with the goal of making it easier for beneficiaries to compare providers. Source: > Making it Easier to Compare Providers and Care Settings on

An email from Epic CEO Judy Faulkner to CEOs and presidents of hospital systems, urged recipients to speak out against the ONC’s proposed interoperability rules. Source: CNBC > Epic’s CEO is urging hospital customers to oppose rules that would make it easier to share medical info

But in an earnings call on Wednesday, a health tech CEO was calling the move out. Source: NextGen Healthcare, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter

When it comes to physician salaries, men starting their careers are paid an average of $36,600 more than their female colleagues, according to a new study. Source: Health Affairs > A Persisting Gender Gap For Starting Physicians’ Compensation

The headline on 23 Jan 2020

Centene and WellCare announced that their merger has cleared its final regulatory hurdles, including a DOJ review, and is set to close as early as today. Source: WellCare Press Release > Centene and WellCare Have Now Satisfied All Regulatory Approvals for Acquisition

Humana unveiled a plan that would allow members to connect hundreds of wearable devices to its Go365 wellness program. Source: Validic, Humana Collaboration Targets Growing Accessibility, Connectivity of Health Incentive Programs

A group of major conservative organizations has formed the Coalition Against Rate Setting to push back on proposals to address surprise medical bills.

Competition from companies like CVS Health, UnitedHealth Group and Walmart—all of which are pushing into the provider space—are shaping how hospitals are approaching growth. Source: KaufmanHall > 2019 Healthcare M&A in Review: In Pursuit of the New Bases of Competition

If they’re being honest, healthcare CEOs admit they thought they’d be further along in the transition to value-based care than they are today, a new survey shows. Source: Deloitte > Findings from the Deloitte 2019 Health Care CEO Perspectives Study

The cost of prior authorizations, which physician practice leaders already say is their most burdensome regulatory issue, continue to increase, a new study found. Source: CAQH 2019 Index: $13.3 Billion, 33 Percent of Healthcare Administrative Spend, can be Saved Annually Through Automation

CMS will have to decide on a complicated issue that could save Medicare billions but will have a major impact on physician revenue. Source: The New England Journal of Medicine > Payment for Services Rendered — Updating Medicare’s Valuation of Procedures

Hospitals need to patch a critical vulnerability and beef up their cybersecurity defenses in the face of several new cyber risks, security experts say. Heather Landi has more. Healthcare organizations need to patch a critical vulnerability and beef up their cybersecurity defenses in the face of several new cyber risks, security experts say. Source: CISA Releases Emergency Directive and Activity Alert on Critical Microsoft Vulnerabilities

The headline on 22 Jan 2020

Competition from companies like CVS Health, UnitedHealth Group and Walmart—all of which are pushing into the provider space—are shaping how the industry approaches growth through mergers and acquisitions. Source: KaufmanHall > 2019 Healthcare M&A in Review: In Pursuit of the New Bases of Competition

CVS Health released a look at six trends to watch this year, and a peek behind the curtain on how it’s working to solve them. Source: CVSHealth > Health Trend 2020

Amazon may be looking to expand its prescription drug delivery business overseas based on more than a dozen international trademarks it filed for Amazon Pharmacy. Source: CNBC > Amazon just filed a bunch of international trademarks for ‘Amazon Pharmacy’

Healthcare is facing a double-barreled threat with the expiration of Windows 7 support and a warning about a major flaw in Windows 10, cybersecurity experts say. Source: CISA Releases Emergency Directive and Activity Alert on Critical Microsoft Vulnerabilities

90% of surgeons in countries like the U.S. use safety checklists in the operating room, a new report found. Source: Lifebox safety checklist > Checking in on the Checklist

Investors expect there to be plenty of dealmaking in health IT this year, though the upcoming election could dampen those prospects, but the upcoming election threatens to disrupt market activity. Source: KPMG US > 2020 healthcare and life sciences investment outlook

A new survey from Deloitte shows that hospital and payer CEOs expected the industry to have made greater progress on value-based care by now. Source: Deloitte Insights > Findings from the Deloitte 2019 Health Care CEO Perspectives Study

American College of Physicians, the second-largest physician group in the U.S., is pushing for universal coverage by endorsing either single-payer or a public option solution. The country’s second-largest medical association has endorsed universal healthcare coverage with either a single-payer system or public option. In a first, the second-largest physician group in the U.S. has called for a transition to a healthcare system that achieves universal coverage through a single-payer system or public option. Source: Annals of Internal Medicine > Envisioning a Better U.S. Health Care System for All: A Call to Action by the American College of Physicians

Wrong electronic drug orders is on the list of the top 10 medication hazards in 2019, released by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Source: ISMP Publishes Top 10 List of Medication Errors and Hazards Covered in Newsletter

Mobile Technology and Wireless Communication News Headline Updated on 31 Jan 2020

The headline on 31 Jan 2020

Huawei overtook Apple as the second-largest smartphone maker in 2019. Source: Verge > Huawei overtakes Apple in annual race to Samsung’s smartphone crown

The EU has voted in favor of setting a standard for universal charging cables, which is likely to mostly impact Apple’s proprietary Lightning Cable. Source: Vice > Europe Just Voted in Favor of Making iPhone and Android Use the Same Charger

EU industry chief Thierry Breton on Friday welcomed U.S. comments on the bloc’s decision not to issue an outright ban on Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei while showing no signs of any change in the EU’s stance. Source: Reuters > EU welcomes Pompeo’s 5G comments, no sign of change to Huawei stance

The headline on 30 Jan 2020

BT is expecting a $650 million hit over the next five years from the U.K.’s decision to restrict Huawei in the nation’s broadband infrastructure. Source: Yahoo Finance > BT Sees $650 Million Hit from Britain’s New Limits on Huawei

Semtech Corporation announced the release of its Asset Tracking Reference Kit to accelerate the adoption of asset tracking solutions based on LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol. Source: Semtech Releases Reference Kit to Simplify Adoption of LoRa®-based Asset Tracking Solutions

The headline on 29 Jan 2020

Automation vendor Itential announced the availability of its Automation Studio, which is a low-code environment for rapid development of end-to-end automations across multi-vendor and multi-domain networks. Source: > Itential Democratizes Network Automation with Release of Automation Studio

NJFX announced that Telenor Maritime has expanded its U.S presence at its NJFX CLS campus to enable a direct connection to Norway. Source: Telenor Maritime To Establish Direct Connect From NJFX Cable Landing Station Campus to Norway

Analysts say Apple’s iPhone strength is back and sticking. Source: Reuters > Apple’s iPhone strength is back and analysts say it is here to stay

The European Union is following Britain’s lead and has recommended allowing Huawei to have a limited role in members’ 5G networks. Source: NYT > E.U. Recommends Limiting, but Not Banning, Huawei in 5G Rollout

Samsung announced the first 5G tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 5G. Source: The Verge > Samsung’s upgraded Galaxy Tab S6 5G is the world’s first 5G tablet

The headline on 28 Jan 2020

Cisco announced the appointment of Dr. Lisa T. Su, AMD president and CEO, to its board of directors effective Monday. Source: Cisco Newsroom > Cisco Appoints AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa T. Su to Board of Directors

ServiceNow announced its new industry solutions strategy to deliver workflows that help companies in specific industries address their digital transformation challenges. Source: ServiceNow Introduces New Industry Solutions Strategy

Cisco has launched a new Internet of Things security architecture for Industrial IoT. Source: Cisco Launches a Comprehensive Security Architecture for Industrial IoT

A new report from Dell’Oro Group forecasts 5G mobile backhaul transport equipment revenue will hit $3 billion by 2024. Source: 5G Mobile Backhaul Transport Equipment Revenue Will Reach $3 Billion by 2024, According to Dell’Oro Group

The headline on 27 Jan 2020

AT&T is bringing interactive 5G experiences to Miami this weekend at its AT&T TV Super Saturday Night. Source: AT&T Technology Blog > AT&T Unlocks 5G in Miami for “Little Monsters” at AT&T TV Super Saturday Night

U.K. faces a critical choice this week in whether to allow China’s Huawei into the country’s next-generation wireless networks. Source: AP > UK faces choice on Huawei with global implications

Japan-based NEC is collaborating with Altiostar Networks to advance 5G-ready open virtualized RAN deployments for 4G and 5G. Source: NEC and Altiostar Collaborate to Advance Open vRAN Deployments for 4G and 5G

MWC Barcelona 2020 attendees will experience Cisco’s Wi-Fi 6 connectivity at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via. Source: Interesting Engineering > Fira Barcelona Gran Via Venue at the Forefront of Wi-Fi 6 Deployment in Europe

Mexican cable operator Megacable has joined the SCTE•ISBE Corporate Alliance Partner (CAP) program. Source: Megacable Becomes Newest SCTE•ISBE Corporate Alliance Partner

The headline on 24 Jan 2020

Broadcom has struck a new pact to supply Apple with chip components through mid-2023, in a deal worth $15 billion. Source: Bloomberg > Apple, Broadcom Strike $15 Billion Worth of Chip-Supply Deals

Verizon is partnering with Dignitas to launch the nation’s first 5G esports training facility, located at the carrier’s 5G Lab in Los Angeles. Source: Verizon and Dignitas partner to launch nation’s first 5G esports training facility

Following pushback from the Pentagon, U.S. Commerce Department officials have withdrawn proposed regulations that would have made it harder for U.S. companies to sell to Huawei. (WSJ > Pentagon Blocks Clampdown on Huawei Sales

Swisscom has signed a partnership agreement with FreeMove, an alliance of tier one operators in Europe that includes Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and Telia Company. Source: Swisscom Joins FreeMove

New draft rules say smartphones and other devices sold in Russia must come pre-installed with software that promotes ‘traditional Russian values.’ Source: Reuters > Coming soon – the smartphone that promotes ‘Russian values’

Criterion Networks announced the availability of its Criterion SDCloud platform for service providers and managed service providers. Source: Criterion Networks Drives Network Transformation with On-demand SD-WAN Solution Environments

The headline on 23 Jan 2020

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced the approval of a new Release 2 specification defining enhancements to the baseline CBRS Operational and Functional Requirements. Source: Wireless Innovation Forum Issues Next-Generation CBRS Standard

Verizon and Synchrony are launching a co-branded consumer credit card specifically for Verizon customers. Source: Verizon to offer new credit card in partnership with Synchrony

Pluribus Networks, along with Celestica, announced several new enhancements for telco and cloud customers who are building smaller data centers in order to deliver new services. Source: Yahoo Finance > Pluribus Networks Expands Distributed Cloud Portfolio with Support for Industry’s First Central Office Edge Compute Switch

The headline on 21 Jan 2020

Sprint announced a carrier agreement with Detroit’s Rocket Fiber to expand enterprise connectivity across Southeast Michigan. Source: Seeking Alpha > Sprint Teams Up With Rocket Fiber To Expand Connected Infrastructure For Tech-Centric Southeast Michigan

EU lawmakers call for rules to establish a common charger for all mobile device makers across Europe. Source: Reuters > EU lawmakers, with eye on Apple, call for common mobile charger

The headline on 21 Jan 2020

Apple expected to unveil a new low-cost iPhone as early as March, as the company looks to address a wider swath of the global smartphone market ahead of its 5G handsets later this year. Source: Bloomberg Technology > New Low-Cost iPhone to Enter Mass Production in February

Lawmakers Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the U.S. from sharing intelligence with any countries that use Huawei gear for 5G networks. Source: The Hill > GOP rep introduces bill to block intelligence sharing with countries using Huawei for 5G

Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Glasfaser will jointly use a single fiber-optic network in Lüdinghausen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Coesfeld district) for a FTTH pilot project. Source: Deutsche Telekom to use Deutsche Glasfaser’s open network

Adtran, Inc. announced on that Zzoomm is now delivering multi-gigabit services in the U.K. by using its 10G XGS PON gear. Source: Yahoo Finance > Zzoomm and ADTRAN Light a Bright Full Fibre Future for the UK

Chayora Holdings Limited (“Chayora”) and Telstra International (“Telstra”) formed a strategic partnership to deliver world-class colocation services and network connectivity in China. Source: Chayora > Telstra International and Chayora enter into strategic partnership to deliver world-class colocation and network connectivity services in China

Samsung Electronics Co. has appointed Taemoon Roh as the head of its smartphone division to oversight the world’s largest mobile devices business. Source: Bloomberg Technology > Samsung Engineering Maven to Lead World’s Top Phone Business

The extradition hearing for Huawei’s finance chief Meng Wanzhou begins in Canada. Lawyers for Huawei Technologies Co. executive Meng Wanzhou argued in a Canadian court against her extradition to the U.S., saying the sanctions against Iran that she is accused of violating aren’t enforced in Canada. Source: WSJ World > Huawei Executive’s Extradition Hearing in Canada Begins

Verizon has reaffirmed its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2035, demonstrates one way the private sector can address risks posed by climate change. Verizon Corporate Responsibility > Verizon reaffirms commitment to be carbon neutral by 2035

[Solved] How to fix “OneDrive Cannot Connect to Windows” error on Windows 10 when accessing Files On-Demand

The “OneDrive Cannot Connect to Windows” error message shown when the user trying to access files in the OneDrive folder if the user has previously enabled Files On-Demand in OneDrive settings.

[Solved] How to Fix "OneDrive Cannot Connect to Windows" Error
[Solved] How to Fix “OneDrive Cannot Connect to Windows” Error
The detail error message as below:

OneDrive cannot connect to Windows. Files On-Demand requires a connection to Windows in order to show your files without taking up space on this device. OneDrive can keep trying to connect to Windows or you can choose to download all your files. You won't be able to use online-only files until this is fixed.

Follow the below steps to resolve this error.
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The Art of Cybersecurity through the eyes of the Security teams

What if you could turn ugly into beautiful, complex into clear, and risk into revenue? What if you no longer saw threats as a burden, but as an opportunity? An opportunity to gain a competitive advantage by earning trust, increasing productivity, and driving transformation.

The Art of Cybersecurity through the eyes of the Security teams
The Art of Cybersecurity through the eyes of the Security teams

Depending on your role, that may mean delivering new digital products, services, and business models. Or gaining freedom from compliance headaches, allowing you to focus on getting things done. Or perhaps helping your workforce be more productive, cutting the number of interfaces and alerts you need to monitor so you can focus on the bigger picture.

In an increasingly connected and complex world, the combination of proven foresight, a cross-generational security strategy, and passionate people can help organizations remain resilient in the face of advanced threats, allowing you to focus on expanding your business and increasing revenue.

Read this article to discover how The Art of Cybersecurity can help you achieve something that adds value and learn how you can transform the chaos of cybercrime into something much more beautiful.
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