CCHR Led Hundreds of Protestors Outside Psychiatric Convention Demanding a Ban on Electroshock Treatment

CCHR spokesperson for the march, Rev. Frederick Shaw said the protest was needed given the fact that pregnant women, children and the elderly are being electroshocked.

CCHR spokesperson for the march, Rev. Frederick Shaw said the protest was needed given the fact that pregnant women, children and the elderly are being electroshocked.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

Human rights group loudly speaks out for nationwide ban on “torturous” electroshock treatment given 0-5 year olds, pregnant women, elderly, veterans…

Electroshock causes harm, creates brain damage and ruins lives. CCHR has been documenting this for 50 years and we want to see an end to physically damaging practices in the field of mental health.”

— Jan Eastgate, President of CCHR International

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2019 / — Members of the mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and others concerned about the continuing use of electroshock treatment on 100,000 Americans each year—some aged five or younger [1] marched through the streets of San Francisco on Saturday, May 18, to the Moscone convention center where the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) was held. They loudly chanted for the end of electroshock—the passage of up to 460 volts of electricity through the brain causing a grand mal seizure that can result in permanent memory loss and brain damage. CCHR reports that several psychiatrists crossed sides to join the protest, giving a “thumbs up” for a ban and agreeing with placards saying electroshock is “torture, not therapy.”

CCHR spokesperson for the march, Rev. Frederick Shaw, a former Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy and current Executive Director of the Inglewood South Bay branch of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said the protest was needed given the fact that pregnant women, children and the elderly are being electroshocked. He specified that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never demanded shock device manufacturers provide clinical studies to prove the device is safe and effective, and have left them on the market despite one of the manufacturers conceding last year that ECT could cause permanent brain damage. [2]

Following the protest and addressing the opening of CCHR’s world acclaimed Traveling Exhibit on the history of psychiatry’s harmful treatments and abuses, Shaw spoke of a national NAACP Resolution obtained in 2017 that is critical of ECT’s use, especially in children, adolescents and young adults. Jan Eastgate, President of CCHR International spoke of how CCHR helped obtain the precedent California law in 1976 that bans electroshock treatment on children and adolescents. “This ban needs to be expanded to all age groups and worldwide,” Eastgate added, “because electroshock causes harm, electroshock creates brain damage and electroshock ruins lives. CCHR has been documenting this for 50 years. We are the voice of patients and families who want to see an end to physically damaging practices in the field of mental health.”

CCHR has already collected more than 68,600 signatures on a petition supporting a ban.

Other speakers included James Sweeney, Political Liaison for the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) and Founder and Managing General Partner of Sweeney and Associates, an advocacy and consulting firm. He also supported a ban on ECT and talked about the history of psychiatry’s racism. Emceeing the Exhibit opening was Fran Andrews, the executive director of CCHR International, joined by Lee Spiller, the head of CCHR Texas, which has the strongest law to date providing protections against ECT, including a report system that records deaths during and up to 14 days of receiving electroshock.

CCHR draws attention to little known facts about ECT:

• Pregnant women, even in their third trimester, are electroshocked despite adverse events that include miscarriage, premature labor, stillbirth, fetal heart problems and malformations. [3]

• Women are 2-3 times more likely than men to receive ECT. Approximately 70% of shock survivors are women and 45-50% are over 60 years old, with 10-15% being 80 years and older. [4]

• Hundreds of U.S. veterans are given electroshock treatment every year, according Veteran Administration statistics. [5]

• ECT adverse effects include cardiovascular complications, stroke, cognitive and memory impairment, prolonged seizures; worsening of psychiatric symptoms and death. [6]

• A July 2018 United Nations Human Rights Council report on “Mental health and human rights,” called on governments to recognize that forced psychiatric treatment, including ECT, are “practices constituting torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment….” [7] A February 16, 2013, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment report defined procedures such as electroshock without the consent of the patient as a form of torture. [8]

• Australian psychiatrist, Niall McLaren wrote that any psychiatrist who says, ‘You need ECT’ is really only saying, ‘I don’t know what else to do.’ I will repeat: No psychiatrist needs to use ECT.” [9]

CCHR is a mental health watchdog group established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and the late professor of psychiatry, Dr. Thomas Szasz from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. CCHR has been instrumental in obtaining informed consent rights for patients and a prohibition of ECT on children and adolescents in California, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and in Western Australia—the latter enforcing criminal penalties, including jail, if electroshock is administered to anyone younger than 14. [10]

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit,


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Jay Bansal Supports the Community Through the Indo-American Cultural and Religious Foundation of Arizona

PARADISE VALLEY, ARIZONA, USA, May 21, 2019 / — PARADISE VALLEY, AZ— For the past 15 years, former attorney, Jay Ankur Bansal has made an indelible mark on the business world. From owning gas station convenience stores, real estate, hotel and apartment projects, medical-legal funding, and medical software companies, Jay Bansal is a steadfast, loyal entrepreneur who takes great pride in helping others. He and his wife of 25 years, Rajani Bansal are heavily involved in the community and giving back.

One of his commitments is to the well-established Indo-American Cultural and Religious Foundation of Arizona in Phoenix. The organization was founded in 1987 by a group of visionary community leaders, which included Jay Bansal’s parents, with the goal of keeping the community united. The Foundation helps support and lead the Indo-American community’s social, cultural, and religious activities in the metro Phoenix area.

Jay Bansal has been extremely active in the Foundation, serving as its President in 2003, as well as various other positions over the years. He has served on the Board of Directors for upwards of 12 years. Jay Bansal also served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for two years after serving as its co-Chair for four years prior. Jay takes great pride in helping fundraise for many projects including renovation of the Foundation’s community center, acquisition of land to build a unity temple, and the eventual construction of the religious campus in Phoenix. Jay and Rajani have donated over $100,000 to this organization over the years and are honored to be recognized for this charitable act on a “Wall of Donors” displayed in the temple.

Jay Bansal went to UC Berkeley and graduated in 1991 with a BA degree in Economics. Like much of his successful history, Jay Bansal accomplished graduating from Berkeley in just three years. On the heels of this achievement, Jay went straight to law school at the University of Michigan Law School from 1991 to 1994. After graduating, Jay Bansal came to Arizona and quickly passed the bar in July 1994. He worked for a law firm for about a year and then being the high-achieving entrepreneur that he is, Jay Bansal opened his own practice in October 1995, where he practiced personal injury law primarily but also immigration and business law for 20 years.

Currently, Jay Bansal is thankful for his talents and drive and has more plans to contribute to the business world through his judicious acumen, in-depth network, and entrepreneurial spirit, which he hopes to use as an example and as a way to pass on his skill sets to future generations.

Jay Bansal grew up in the Tempe/Phoenix area and is proud to give back to his state and local communities. He’s been extremely active in several non-profit organizations and donates to many worthy charitable causes that he can stand behind and support with honor. Jay has been married to Rajani Bansal for 25 years, and together they are grateful to be able to take part in entrepreneurial partnerships as well as in supporting and promoting roles for their communities.

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What does Comfort Keepers Incidental Transportation Services Offer?

Do you have an elderly loved one who isn’t quite ready for daily in home care but still needs minimal help, specifically in the area of transportation?


Do you have an elderly loved one who isn’t quite ready for daily in-home care but still needs minimal help, specifically in the area of transportation? If you are considering transportation for your loved one who needs assistance, look no further than Comfort Keepers Incidental Transportation Services! Here at Comfort Keepers, we provide transportation services for the incidental needs of our clients. If you would like to know more about what the Incidental Transportation Service offers, then we would like to take a moment of your time to tell you about it.

What Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Services Has to Offer

Comfort Keepers offers transportation services for needs such as shopping, medical/hair appointments, taking mail to the post office and any other daily incidental activity a senior might need. However, we provide more than just transportation. We also will help your loved one to the vehicle, help with things like unloading and putting away groceries and even things like showering and housekeeping. Our transportation services are a great option for your loved one who may need partial assistance but is not quite ready for a full-time caregiver.

Examples of “incidental” transportation services:

-helping a client with morning activities such as showering, dressing and making breakfast
-transportation to Adult Day Center and around while at Day Center
-help with simple tasks like getting a snack or using the toilet
-assist in the community at places like the grocery store or post office
-help with unloading groceries and housekeeping
-help a client with dressing for special events such as a wedding or graduation
-help a client with banking responsibilities
-help with grocery shopping tasks such as gathering coupons and making a shopping list
-assistance when being discharged from hospital with gathering belonging and transportation home
-help a client with meal preparation
-assist the client during the holidays with such tasks as gift shopping and wrapping, writing holiday cards and writing out gift tags

What are the benefits of “incidental” transportation services?

Community interaction and involvement is good for everyone and your elderly loved one is not an exception. Giving your senior access to the community will be good for their mental health and well-being. We know your loved one’s happiness is important to you and giving them access to transportation is a great way of making sure they are getting out regularly, which will result in living a happier, more fulfilling life. Having access to the community to do regular activities will provide a way of giving your loved one a feeling of still having some control over their lives. We know that you care about your elderly loved one being able to do the things they need to do but that you aren’t always able to help them do everything. Our transportation services help you with this need.

Comfort Keepers recognizes the needs of your elderly loved one. We would love to help you provide a better quality of life for your family member. There are many opportunities offered through our transportation services and taking advantage of it would be of great benefit for you and your loved one. If you have any questions concerning our “Incidental” Transportation Services or any of the other services we offer, be sure to contact us. Also, be sure to check out the National Institute of Health and AARP for any other questions you might have concerning elder care.

Contact our courteous professional caregivers in the Philadelphia area now at 215-885-9140.

About Comfort Keepers Philadelphia:
Owners Michele Berman and her brother, Marc Reisman, took over Huntington Valley Comfort Keepers in 2000, when their father, Richard Reisman, was diagnosed with lung cancer and became increasingly ill. They experienced firsthand the care and comfort provided by Comfort Keepers. In fact, Richard Reisman originally started the business when his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. At that time, there weren’t many options for those in need of additional support and quality care. Today, the owners are proud to carry on the legacy of their father, but they are even more proud of the difference Comfort Keepers is making to those who need their help the most.

To find out more about Comfort Keepers' commitment to excellence, please call 215.885.9140.

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Wynnewood, PA.

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Intellisys™ Offers Automated Modernization of ColdFusion Applications


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Modernize your ColdFusion applications to Java Spring Boot framework. Reduce your technical debt and remove application vulnerabilities.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, USA, May 21, 2019 / — EvolveWare Inc. today announced the availability of its Intellisys Platform to modernize ColdFusion applications to a 3-tier Java architecture, thereby reducing technical debt and removing existing vulnerabilities.

The technical debt build-up and vulnerabilities in ColdFusion applications can be attributed to a variety of reasons:
• Lack of expert resources that are available to maintain ColdFusion applications
• On-going maintenance without access to current and necessary supporting documentation
• Lack of optimization over the years where applications have been patched up without taking the time and effort to review and edit code that may have become inefficient or obsolete.

Up until now, owners have had no options other than to manually re-write these applications or accept the growing technical debt and potential security issues that are inherent in all legacy applications. Unfortunately, re-writing these applications from scratch would be no easy task. This is because, in most likelihood, no current documentation exists for these applications that would allow developers to clearly understand the functions and logic they need to replicate.

The Intellisys Platform allows customers to automatically extract meta-data from their ColdFusion applications, generate current documentation for review, re-factor the meta-data to make it more efficient, and re-generate the application in a 3-tier Java architecture using the Spring Boot Framework.

“Using EvolveWare’s automated platform, we were able to modernize and migrate a critical Department of Defence’s recruitment system in record time. We were astonished to find out how fast we were able to transform an old undocumented system into a modern multi-tiered architecture in Java” – Project Lead – U.S. DOD

For more information about Intellisys, visit our website

Try Intellisys Lite at no cost. Intellisys Lite Intellisys Lite collects the company’s inventory of applications and provides a comprehensive analysis of their entire portfolio in terms of ease of maintenance and their candidacy for modernization.

EvolveWare was founded in 2001 with a mission to automate IT Services using machine learning and artificial intelligence. It launched its first product, Legacy Modernizer, in 2007 and extended its reach to both legacy and modern applications in 2016 with the launch of its new flagship product, Intellisys. The goal – automated documentation, analysis, maintenance, rationalization, optimization and modernization of software applications.

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Sagenext Introduces Upgraded Cloud Hosting Platform with On-Demand Resource Customization Facility

Multiple options for resource customization along with the company’s pay-per-use pricing model are going to make hosting more convenient and pocket-friendly.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2019 / — Sagenext Infotech, a frontrunner in the field of QuickBooks hosting, is proud to announce that they have successfully upgraded their cloud platform to provide more flexibility and freedom for resource customization to the users. The newly reformed cloud architecture with high-performance servers backed by multiple customization options empower the clients to include or remove the number of users along with the cloud resources like virtual CPUs, RAMs, and SSD storage as per their specific requirement. It has been developed to help modern CPAs, accountants, bookkeepers, startups, and owners of SMBs save more money while making the most of their tax and accounting hosting plans by spending only on the obvious cloud resources instead of choosing from fixed plans with predetermined processors, RAMs, and data storage options.

The Augusta-based IT hosting provider has been at the forefront of cloud innovation. Powered by state-of-the-art, SSAE-16 (SOC-1/SOC-2) audited and HIPAA compliant data centers, Sagenext specializes in a comprehensive range of shared and dedicated hosting for QuickBooks, Sage Products and other major tax software. And now, with rapid provisioning of custom cloud server options, the company furthers their approach to ensuring the best QuickBooks hosting experience to the clients at the most competitive prices.

Addressing a company event, Mr. Ehtesham Haque said, “Customers have become smarter than ever before. Besides looking for more flexibility, convenience, and security, they want complete solutions for managing the cloud resources so that they can turn their focus entirely on their core competencies Customizable hosting solutions for accounting and tax applications lie at the focal point of our services. Having that said, this new technological advancement in our architecture is going to provide the required freedom to add or remove the resources as per the demand. Moreover, our revised pay-per-use model allows users to pay only for the resources and services they use and nothing more”.

The Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Jack Jasteen said, “Cloud technology has come a long way from being an alternative to data storage to standalone solution for virtual computing. Customized cloud hosting solutions powered by our hi-tech platform is going to revolutionize the way our clients utilize this technology. It will empower our users to harness all the facilities of the cloud technology – high availability, scalability, mobility, workload management, and rapid provisioning with enhanced data security”.

All-in-all, the company has been working hard to utilize the cloud technology to the fullest and deliver the most outstanding hosting experience to the users while keeping the cost as minimum as possible.

About Sagenext Infotech LLC

One of the most prominent names in the world of smart cloud accounting, SageNext is globally recognized for providing world-class tax and accounting application hosting services. The company specializes in hosting all versions and editions of QuickBooks, Sage Products and major tax software including ProSeries, Lacerte, UltraTax, Drake, and Taxwise, among others.

Winner of Premium Usability 2019 and Rising Star 2019 awards from FinancesOnline, Sagenext has enterprise-level cloud architecture with SSAE-16 certification and top-end security practices. The company offers shared and dedicated hosting plans along with fully customizable cloud solutions to meet the ever-growing demands of the modern CPAs, accountant, and small and mid-sized enterprises.

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US Financial Wellness Benefits Market Research Report 2024 | Size, Share, Trends, Forecast, Industry Analysis | Arizton

US Financial Wellness Benefits Market Overview, Growth 2024

US Financial Wellness Benefits Market Overview, Growth 2024

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US Financial Wellness Benefits Market Report Details

US Financial Wellness Benefits Market Report Details

The US financial wellness benefits market is expected to cross $825 million by 2024, growing at a CAGR close to 13% during the forecast period.

Several prominent and established players are introducing new models in the US financial wellness benefits market”

— Adil , Sr Analyst

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2019 / — This market research report on the US financial wellness benefits market offers analysis on market sizing and forecast, market share, industry trends, growth drivers, and vendor analysis. The market study also includes insights on segmentation by types (financial planning, financial education and counseling, retirement planning, debt management, and others), end-users (large business, medium-sized business, and small-sized business), and delivery (one-on-one, online/digital, and group).

The US financial wellness benefits market is driven by the surge in the number of vendors introducing the latest financial wellness awareness programs. The boom of one-on-one and digital assistance will fuel the growth of the market. Large-sized companies are pro-actively introducing employee beneficiary financial programs. The market research report provides an in-depth market and segmental analysis of the US financial wellness benefits market. The US financial wellness benefits market is evolving with a new-generation of employees (Millennials) entering workplaces.

The report considers the present scenario of the US financial wellness benefits market and its market dynamics for the period 2019−2024. It covers a detailed overview of several market growth enablers, restraints, and trends. The study covers both the demand and supply sides of the market. It profiles and analyzes leading companies and several other prominent companies operating in the market.

This market research report on the US financial wellness benefits market offers analysis on market sizing and forecast, market share, industry trends, growth drivers, and vendor analysis. The market study also includes insights on segmentation by types (financial planning, financial education and counseling, retirement planning, debt management, and others), end-users (large business, medium-sized business, and small-sized business), and delivery (one-on-one, online/digital, and group).

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US Financial Wellness Benefits Market: Dynamics

The US financial wellness benefits market is becoming increasingly data-driven. Organizations are investing in technology and expanding HR capabilities to measure financial initiatives. The vendors in the market are reviewing the employee’s information and productivity data to get insights about their finance management. Wearables, onsite program delivery, software platforms, employee feedback, online screening and surveys, and other data sources are being used to garner insights into the programs and help employees to understand more about financial wellness. Several new and established players such as Hellowallet, LearnVest, SmartDollar along with non-profit providers such as Enrich and GreenPath Financial Wellness are introducing new models in the US financial wellness benefits market. Also, Google offers several resources along with access to financial planning services and financial advisers.

US Financial Wellness Benefits Market: Segmentation

This market research report includes a detailed segmentation of the market by types, end-users, and delivery. Financial planning, financial education and counseling, retirement planning, debt management, and others are the major segments of the US financial wellness benefits market. The financial planning segment has dominated the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 12% during the forecast period. It includes assistance and advice on budgeting, devising investment strategies, and long-term planning of finances. A larger part of the workforce is looking at their long-term financial future as opposed to focusing on short-term stressors and seeking for the tools such as budgeting applications and action plans for a better financial outcome. Companies are onboarding financial planning advisors and asset managers, which is boosting the growth of the segment. Nowadays, vendors are launching several financial plans and offers. For instance, Korving & Co. offers a CFP-provided series of programs that are designed to educate participants about investing, debt, and retirement income planning.

Large, medium-sized, and small-sized business are the major end-users of the US financial wellness benefits market. Large companies have invested more in the financial wellness program, and the segment is expected to growing at a CAGR of around 13% during the forecast period. Recently, large companies have started offering voluntary financial benefits to employees, occasionally with cash incentives in order to aid the employee's money management. The offerings are designed based on Fortune 1000 companies and comprise online tools, personalized financial counseling, and a routine check on personal financial metrics.

The US financial wellness benefits market by delivery is divided into one-on-one, online/digital, and group. One-on-one assistance is gaining popularity and is growing at a CAGR of around 13%. Employees are seeking one-on-one interaction as it provides clarity about financial terms. Hence, advisors are catching up with employees at regular intervals via phone or personal meetings, which includes web-based platforms or classroom sessions.

Market Segmentation by Type
• Financial Planning
• Financial Education and Counseling
• Retirement Planning
• Debt Management
• Others
Market Segmentation by End-user
• Large Business
• Medium-sized Business
• Small-sized Business
Market Segmentation by Delivery
• One-on-one
• Online/digital
• Group

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The US financial wellness benefits market is characterized by several startup and employee benefits providers. Majority of new ones and do not necessarily have a sufficient track record. However, they are the ones that are fueling innovation and re-imagining the financial services space. Further, the market in US is highly fragmented, and employers are keen to provide solutions to employees. Several vendors have introduced platforms to interact with consumers. The future of financial benefits is expected to be governed by targeted communication, integrated, multichannel approach, accessibility to reliable resources, and personalized learning paths for exponential engagement.

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Leading Vendors in Market are:
• Prudential Financial
• Bank of America
• Fidelity
• Mercer
• Financial Finesse

Other prominent vendors are Aduro, Ayco, Beacon Health Options, Best Money Moves, BrightDime, DHS Group, Edukate, Enrich Financial Wellness, Even, Financial Fitness Group, HealthCheck360, Health Advocate, Money Starts Here, PayActive, Purchasing Power, Ramsey Solutions, Sum180, and Transamerica.

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New Computer-Based Tool Helps Doctors More Accurately Predict Outcomes for Patients with COPD, Study Finds

Traditionally, patients with COPD have had the severity of their disease rated by scores that are easy for busy clinicians to calculate, even if those scores aren’t optimal at accurately predicting the likely outcome of a patient’s disease.

About 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD.

The benefit of a calculated, objective score for physicians is that they can look at the score and get a quantified, repeatable value that will indicate where the patient is as far as their health”

— Dr. Benjamin Horne, Intermountain Healthcare

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA , May 21, 2019 / — Are electronic health records and computer calculations a better, more accurate way to predict clinical outcomes for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

According to the results of a new study by researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, the answer is yes.

Traditionally, patients with COPD have had the severity of their disease rated by scores that are easy for busy clinicians to calculate, even if those scores aren’t optimal at accurately predicting the likely outcome of a patient’s disease.

About 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe millions more have it but haven’t yet been diagnosed. It’s a leading cause of death in the U.S., and 3.2 million people die of COPD worldwide every year.

“The benefit of a calculated, objective score for physicians is that they can look at the score and get a quantified, repeatable value that will indicate where the patient is as far as their health,” said Benjamin D. Horne, PhD, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at Intermountain Healthcare. “That can help indicate to a clinician whether they should give the standard of care or if they need to be a little bit more aggressive.”

“Current risk scores help guide care, but the scores that are typically used are easy to remember and based on simple, often inexact calculations you can do in your head,” Horne said. “They’re not terribly useful and they don’t do all that well at predicting a prognosis.”

The Summit Score, the name of the electronically-calculated system evaluated in the study, uses patients’ electronic medical records to take a range of risk factors into account, including age, body mass index, smoking history, prior COPD hospitalization, history of heart attack, history of heart failure, diagnosis of diabetes, and use of antithrombotic medications such as clopidogrel, prasugrel, or ticagrelor and antiarrhythmic medications such as flecanide, sotalol, or procainamide.

The Summit Score predicts patients’ risk for things like a sudden exacerbation of COPD symptoms, repeat hospital visits, and mortality on a scale of 0 to 30. On the scale, 0 to 13 is low risk, 14 to 19 is moderate risk, and 20 to 30 is high risk. The score was validated twice: first from a set over 16,000 patients enrolled in the SUMMIT trial; and second on three different groups of patients (totaling almost 44,000 people) at Intermountain Healthcare.

Results of the study will be presented at the American Thoracic Society’s international conference in Dallas on Monday, May 20.

Dr. Horne believes the Summit Score will help doctors better know how to plan and administer patient care. “Instead of using a risk score that doesn’t work all that well, you can use a risk score that’s consistently better at predicting outcomes where the computer does the work for you,” he said.


Jess C. Gomez
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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Move to New Offices to Support Growth and Enhance Client Service

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)

Global background screening firm ESR announces relocation of Sacramento office to new building accommodating company’s rapid growth and future expansion plans.

We attribute our rapid growth to the response from the market related to ESR’s compliance technology, relentless client focus, and ability to serve our multi-national clients.”

— ESR President Brad Landin

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 20, 2019 / — Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global provider of background screening services, today announced the relocation of its Sacramento, California office to a new building intended to enhance the client experience and accommodate their continuous business growth.

“We are delighted to announce the opening of our new office,” said President Brad Landin. “We attribute our rapid growth to the response from the market related to ESR’s compliance technology, relentless client focus, and ability to serve our multi-national clients.”

A significant catalyst contributing to their expansion can be attributed to their award-winning ESR Assured Compliance® Program, which helps U.S. employers manage their compliance obligations under local, state, and federal laws, and now General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance as well for compliant screening programs in the European Union (EU).

“I’m grateful ESR can take this step forward and look to the many ways having such a space can help us better support our clients as well as our continued growth. We look forward to hosting visits, meetings, prospects, and clients,” said Kirk Bogue, Vice President of Operations.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background screening provider – is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and undergoes annual SSAE 18 Service Organization Control SOC 2® Type 2 audits to ensure information security. They were also named 2018 HRO Today Magazine’s Baker’s Dozen for Top Pre-Employment Screening Service and won the 2018 Tektonic Award for innovative and disruptive background screening technology.

ESR believes companies deserve a partner who consistently delivers fast, accurate, affordable, and compliant information through an innovative solution that supports compliance with ever-changing laws. They are the only background screening firm providing real-time compliance. To learn more about ESR, visit

Dawn Standerwick
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The Official Release of Insider Secrets to Insurance B2B Marketing

Insider Secrets to insurance marketing

Insider Secrets to insurance marketing

Published by b2b marketing specialists The Lead Agency, the book comprises of over 40 actionable tips to boost the effectiveness of your insurance marketing.

AUSTRALIA, May 21, 2019 / — The Lead Agency has officially released their guide to insurance marketing. Published by Andrew Silcox and Kim McNeil, the book comprises of over 40 actionable tips that are key if you want to boost the effectiveness of your promotional efforts in the insurance sector. With eight comprehensive chapters covering everything from digital to branding, this book acts as an important reference tool for your insurance business.

Having worked in the insurance sector for more than 15 years, Director of The Lead Agency, Andrew Silcox, understands what it takes to truly optimise a business’ insurance marketing efforts. The strategies shared in Insider Secrets to Insurance B2B Marketing have been tried and tested by real businesses, and can be applied organisation-wide. This reliable resource provides you with access to the valuable insurance specific information needed to confidently pursue your marketing goals.

Regardless of whether you read the book in full or skip right to the chapters that interest you most, these key tips can help to refine and enhance your current insurance marketing approach. The strategies shared have been clearly explained without the use of confusing jargon, and can be tailored to meet your distinct needs as a business in the insurance sector. Each of the 40 actionable tips revealed can be implemented together or in isolation, depending on your business’ personal preference.

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mobilityView To Deliver Mobile Cost Management (MCM) Solution to Customers Powered by Microsoft Azure

Microsoft promotes mobilityView’s MCM Platform to all Business Customers Globally via Microsoft’s Direct and Indirect Sales Teams

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, May 20, 2019 / — Toronto, 20th May 2019 – mobilityView – a leading provider of mobile data platforms for mobile smart devices (smartphones and tablets), announced today that the MCM (Mobile Cost Management) Platform would be launched on Microsoft Azure.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be announcing that mobilityView’s MCM platform will be powered by Microsoft Azure. We are a global leader in Mobile Cost Management for wireless device fleets. MCM Platform has the ability to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership of a mobile fleet by 70% with no change in telecom provider, contract, or the way in which an employee uses their existing device and wireless plan. Global tax authorities have recognized that the vast majority of usage of a smartphone and plan is personal usage and now mandate MCM Platform to be used for tax compliancy purposes, including, but not limited to, Canada (CRA), the USA (IRS) and Germany (BMF).”

Rick Lievano, WW Media & Communications Director at Microsoft said, “Microsoft is pleased to announce our relationship with mobilityView. Their solutions provide insights allowing customers & partners to accelerate their digital transformation journey with demonstrable and quantifiable ROI. mobilityView is the automated mileage book for your phone. mobilityView will be globally available for sale to all Microsoft customers and channel partners via Microsoft’s direct and indirect sales channels.”

The solution is perfect for both BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and traditional corporate paid scenarios. In a BYOD environment, it allows an employee to be reimbursed for the legitimate business usage and, in a traditional corporate paid/provided scenario, it separates business from personal usage, allowing companies to make more informed decisions on their mobile fleet. MCM Platform drives major productivity improvements (including cost reductions) and keeps both the employee and employer tax compliant given major changes to the tax codes globally.

“Effective January 1st 2018 there have been significant changes to the Tax Code in the USA that affect every employee and employer in the country. A solution like mobilityView is the best tool that can keep employers and employees tax compliant as it pertains to the specific changes in the Tax Code around cell phone and portable computer deductions. I was so impressed that they are featured in the 36th edition of my best selling book ‘How to Pay Zero Taxes’,” said Jeff Schnepper, America’s leading, if not number one, tax planning expert for the last 35 years.

The MCM Platform enables any business to automate the separation of voice, data and texting consumption, for any wireless device, into business and personal – isolating business use is the only way for any company to remain tax complaint. United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires all companies and workers to demonstrate business use of wireless devices and subscription plans since January 1st 2018, see here. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) has also issued an advisory notice to this effect in November 2018, see here.

The MCM (Mobile Cost Management) solution, which is an enterprise cloud service for mobile smart device fleets, enabling enterprises to only pay for business usage of mobile assets. All mobile fleet configurations (COPE, CYOD, BYOD, Stipend, etc.) are supported, resolves taxable-benefit-use associated with personal use and requires no wireless operator integration (OTT). “We put at customers’ fingertips more information about usage of their mobile devices than even their Telecom Operators can provide them. We are also the first solution that can determine business from personal use across all usage types (voice, SMS/MMS and data) and regardless of whether it is Wi-Fi or a wireless network. In fact, we work on every Wireless Operator’s network in the world – we are completely Operator agnostic,” says mobilityView CEO, Thom Damstra.

The MCM Platform is a business solution with some big wins for customers:
• Reduce mobile costs by as much as 70%
• Provide greater usage detail and analysis than ever before – ever second, every SMS, and every byte of data
• No more bill shocks – real time data and analytics with next generation alerting
• Reduce the costs of managing mobile device fleets, both capital and manpower
• Future proof a company, and their employees, against tax compliancy
• Provide next generation insights to create new mobile policies that drive significant ROI

“Real-time mobile smart device based data is always 100% useful, applicable and relevant to business problem solving. mobilityView implements and adheres to Privacy by Design (PbD) principals, which has been adopted at the core of the European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) legislation. This changes the current privacy paradigm, by empowering the users of the system to be in control of their own personal privacy. Ask any CIO or corporate IT department and they will tell you their current IT systems do not deliver this today,” said Thom Damstra, CEO of mobilityView.

About mobilityView

mobilityView’s Smart Business Insight (SBI) Platform drives a series of solutions, such as the MCM Platform, which all deliver quantifiable and unambiguous digital transformation. The solutions are applicable for businesses of all sizes, as a function of data-driven insights from mobile smart devices (smart phones, phablets, tablets, etc.). mobilityView exists to drive business process change that results in accelerating the achievement of business goals and objectives, and profitability.

mobilityView enables any business to align mobile smart devices to business goals and objectives, to drive efficiency and profitability, an increased measurable sales and marketing engagement effectiveness with customers. mobilityView transforms mobile smart devices into powerful strategic assets driving measurable productivity improvements and lower costs for a leaner, more competitive, business.

mobilityView enables businesses to gain insight, understand mobile spend, reduce mobile costs and simplify mobile expenses, to ensure tax compliance, while putting end users in control of their own privacy. For enterprises to be data-driven, customer centric, have the right ideas and make the right decisions.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, mobilityView was incorporated in 2014, with an impressive Board of Directors, very knowledgeable of enterprise mobility, focused on growth and good governance. To find out more, please visit our website at


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