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APMP-NCA DC Chapter Celebrates Success at the APMP Awards Dinner in New Orleans, Announces Multiple Chapter and Member Award Winners

Written by admin on Jun 22nd, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lisa Pafe, CPP APMP Fellow, PMI PMP

President, APMP-NCA

E-mail: Lisa@apmpnca.org 


Washington, DC, June 22, 2017
– Leading proposal management professionals came together for an evening of celebration at the annual International Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) Bid and Proposal Con Future of the Industry Celebration in New Orleans on June 14, 2017. Participation was a record-setting 920 attendees from 22 countries who represented every part of the proposal, capture and business development lifecycle.

“I am so proud of our Chapter’s great success. This year’s APMP awards reflect the hard work and dedication of our volunteer Board and committee members,” said Lisa Pafe, President, APMP-NCA.  

The APMP National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter, the largest Chapter in the U.S., had an incredible week and walked away from New Orleans winning two Chapter awards and multiple member awards.

 The Chapter 2016 – 2017 awards include:

  • 2016 APMP International Chapter Communications Award
  • 2016 APMP International Chapter with the Highest Membership Growth (currently, 1,383 Chapter members)
  • 2017 APMP Fellows Award – Hélène Courard, NCA Chapter Vice President and Unisys Director, Global Proposal Center; Suzanne Jones, Senior Manager, Proposal Operations, Northrop Grumman
  • 40 Under 40 – Class of 2017 Award Recipients – Briana Coleman, Carmen Singleton, Colleen A. Jolly, Constance Dyson, Jeremy Arensdorf, Julia Quigley, Justin Greene, Kathleen Voigt, Michael A. McDermott, Nicole Tripodi, Rebecca Link, Stephen Yuter, and Suzanne Jones

“Through our events and outreach, the NCA Chapter board and volunteers strive to help our members advance their careers and win more business.  The Communications Award reflects the effort we put forward to keep our membership informed and engaged, and the award for chapter growth indicates the success we’ve had at reaching out and supporting proposal professionals in the National Capital Area. I’m proud of what our Board and volunteers have helped us accomplish in 2016,” said Hélène Courard, Vice President, APMP-NCA.“Kudos to our 40 under 40 winners – you represent the NCA Chapter’s great talents, and truly the future of the industry! We look forward to seeing you grow as leaders in our profession,” said Ms. Pafe.

Throughout the entire conference, which ran from June 13-15, the Chapter was well represented, with 38 NCA Chapter members giving presentations and/or participating in 22 individual sessions.

All are invited to attend APMP-NCA’s 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference & Expo. October 13, 2017, at Tysons Corner, VA, USA. With a membership of 1,383, affiliation with NCA extends numerous benefits to its members both on the knowledge and networking side but also the gain of many professional development opportunities.

“We have tremendous talent in the NCA Chapter membership! I’m thrilled to see the international recognition of some of our rising stars and excited to see how they will further our industry as they progress in their careers,” said Ms. Courard.

The Association of Proposal Management Professionals – National Capital Area (APMP-NCA) is the authority for professionals dedicated to the process of winning business. Membership includes proposal and business development professionals who are engaged in a wide range of activities including business development and acquisition, proposal management, strategic planning, business capture, sales, competitive intelligence, writing, editing, graphic design, desktop publishing, document production, and proposal consulting. The DC metro area Chapter hosts speaker series breakfast and dinner events as well as an annual conference and expo. The conference is the largest gathering of industry professionals in the region. For more information and to learn about upcoming events visit the website at: www.apmpnca.org.


Prime Minister Modi asked to Compensate Rs 3,500 Crores for Victims of Operation Bluestar-BC Peoples Party

Written by admin on Jun 21st, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases
Vancouver BC. Canada. Saamir Sinha. Prime Minister of India Narender Modi will meet President of USA Donald Trump on June 26,amidst Russia’s Investigation into the US Presidential Elections, taking a new climax for US-Russia Relations, including the Security Council expansion, for including India and Pakistan, in the coming 2 years of Modi Government in India and Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan.

Shrimonai Gurudwara Prabhandakh Committee (SGPC), which is controlled by the Akali Dal ( Badal), had withdrawn Rs. 1,000 Crore Law suit in India’s Supreme Court, due to not approving the Rs. 10 Crore Fee required to pursue the case of Compensation of Operation Blue Star 1984. Historians and scholars cite many other reasons for SGPC, withdrawal of this “Operation Blue Star”, compensation case, one including witness of Former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal.

Non Resident Indian’s while preparing a Memorandum for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to be presented in Washington DC, on June 26,2017, also highlight the importance of granting Compensation to families of 3,800 Pilgrimage Devotees, who were killed on June 4-6, 1984,in Golden Temple,

 

Amritsar Punjab, India. British Columbia Peoples Party, Canada, predominantly of NRI’s have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Capt.Amarinder Singh to grant Compensation to the victims families, in Punjab India, Canada, United States and U.K., where some of the Families Migrated in 1980’s after Operation Blue Star. BCPP President Vikram JS Bajwa, will present the Memorandum to PM.Modi in Washington on June 26, 2017.


Universal Media Group Inc. (UMGP:OTC) Signs Program Distribution Agreement With Luken Communications LLC.

Written by admin on Jun 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Boca Raton FL / Access Wire / June 19, 2017 /

Universal Media Group Inc. (UMGP:OTC) is pleased to announce that it has signed a program distribution agreement with Luken Communications for the distribution of one hundred episodes of “On the Mike”  television shows.

Mike Sherman, President of Universal Media Group, is honored to be part of the Luken family of broadcasting and states,  “this  will give our company major eyeballs and extensive exposure on our program nationwide  with the opportunity to capitalize on more advertisers for the company. This is just the beginning of great things to come between Universal Media Group Inc. and Luken Communications. LLC..

They are a first class organization and have a variety of entertaining programs on their network.”

Updates will be forthcoming.

Universal Media Group Inc. (UMGP:OTC) www.umediagroupinc.com is a world-renowned media company that focuses on the implementation of celebrity based programming, social media and interactive television. UMGP focuses on cutting edge technology through music, sports and entertainment for engagement with the millennial generation.

Luken Communications LLC is a privately owned American broadcast holding company, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which owns or operates around 80 television stations in the United States and six digital television multicast networks. http://www.luken.tv

Luken Communications is a national multicast television network provider offering affiliates and viewers a diverse range of programming choices. Retro Television Network was one of the first digital broadcast networks launched. Today, Luken Communications has six networks, with a combined reach of 80% of the country, each targeting a unique segment of consumers.

Our variety of family friendly networks includes:

  • Retro TV – Simply the best in classic television
    • Heartland – America’s home for country music and lifestyle programming
    • The Family Channel – Fun, exciting and informative programs for the whole family
    • Rev’n – TV geared toward the automotive enthusiast, featuring cars, trucks, motorcycles and more
    • Frost Great Outdoors – Hunting, camping, fishing and great outdoor entertainment
    • Action – Action, adventure and outdoor pursuits appealing to both men and women

Advertising with Luken Communications provides the following unique advantages:

  • Multicast networks, offering a unique combination of over-the-air, cable and satellite viewers
    • Brand association with beloved TV classics and strong family-friendly programming
    • Customized sponsorship opportunities including family friendly programming
    • National commercials for a fraction of traditional advertising investments
    • Multiple networks to target specific audiences

 

About Universal Media Group Inc.

Universal Media Group Inc. symbol UMGP (The Company) is a world-renowned media conglomerate whose focus is the implementation of celebrity based programming, social media and interactive TV. UMGP employs cutting edge technology through music, sports and entertainment targeting the millennial generation. For more information visit our website at:www.umediagroupinc.com

 

About Luken Communications:

Luken Communications (LC) was formed in 2008 by Henry Luken III, formerly president and CEO of Equity Media Holdings. Luken Communications agreed to purchase six TV stations from Equity Media for $17.5 million and paid a $5 million installment with the rest pending on regulatory approval. In June 2008, Equity sold to Luken Retro Television Network for $18.5 million and $8.05 million Equity warrants for $1.5 million.[1

 

Forward Looking Statements and Disclaimer

Statements made in this press release that express the Company or management’s intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of future events, are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “will” and similar expressions are intended to further identify such forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Those statements are based on many assumptions and are subject to many known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the Company’s actual activities, results or performance to differ materially from those anticipated or projected in such forward-looking statements. The Company cannot guarantee future financial results; levels of activity, performance or achievements and investors should not place undue reliance on the Company’s forward-looking statements. No information contained in this press release should be construed as any indication whatsoever of the Company’s future financial performance, future revenues or its future stock price. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent the judgment of the Company as of the date of this press release, and the Company expressly disclaims any intent, obligation or undertaking to update or revise such forward-looking statements to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based. No information in this press release should be construed as any indication whatsoever of the Company’s future revenues or results of operations.


AxxiTRIALS announces the launch of AxxCELA™ and AxxCELA SEND™ at DIA 2017

Written by admin on Jun 16th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases


AxxiTRIALS announces the launch of AxxCELA™ and AxxCELA SEND™ at DIA 2017
The regulatory document exchange solution for sites who are “log in averse.”

MCLEANSVILLE, North Carolina – June 16, 2017 – AxxiTRIALS, a secure portal solution designed to expedite clinical trial operations, is pleased to announce the launch of AxxCELA™ and AxxCELA SENDTM, tools to enable sites to submit their regulatory documents securely, efficiently and directly into the AxxiTRIALS automated workflow system without ever having to log in.

“With its customizable workflow engine, AxxiTRIALS is known for accelerating the regulatory document exchange process,” says Karen Massand, Managing Director of AxxiTRIALS. “Now, with AxxCELA, we make it even easier for sites to kick off that process by submitting their documents directly into the system, further reducing costs and raising efficiencies for Sites, CROs and Sponsors.” 

AxxCELA SEND leverages industry-leading security technology to evaluate inbound email and process it through established security protocols. Files are then loaded into the AxxiTRIALS portal, metadata added and the assigned CRO/Sponsor staff member notified that the file is ready for their review.

The staff member simply clicks a link that takes them to the AxxCELA Matchmaker™ tool, where they can quickly and easily drag-to-match the file to an open action item. This kicks off the AxxiTRIALS workflow process, which automatically routes the document to appropriate people at the CRO and/or sponsor for approvals, tracks the document’s progress, updates reports, stores the document in the site’s eBinder and tags it for eTMF filing.

AxxCELA’s site-friendly approach significantly increases site adoption and speeds processing, resulting in reduced time to initiation and reduced costs.

AxxiTRIALS will officially launch AxxCELA at DIA 2017, June 18-22 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  Come see AxxCELA in action at booth #2623. 

About AxxiTRIALS
AxxiTRIALS speeds clinical trial operations from Feasibility to Close-out, allowing studies to complete on time and on budget with the required quality of data. As a secure portal, AxxiTRIALS reduces trial start-up and operations management time throughout an entire project by automating tasks such as reports, alerts and archiving processes. AxxiTRIALS reduces time spent at clinical research sites by PIs and study site coordinators by simplifying their technology experience with a single solution for all trial content and systems. With leaderboards, community tools, and live access to CRO staff, AxxiTRIALS increases site engagement for internal staff. AxxiTRIALS is the only portal to deliver real-time reporting of all KPIs, including a snapshot view of all leading and lagging indicators for full transparency into the status of sponsored trials.

 Media Contact:
Tom Teoli
tteoli@litera.com
+1 336-375-2991


Salme Geransar Gets Quirky in Upcoming Comedy ‘Izzy Gets the F– Across Town’

Written by admin on Jun 15th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

LOS ANGELES, Calif. –  Known for her dramatic roles in her native Australia, Salme Geransar, gets her comedic side on by portraying a quirky gypsy in the new indie comedy “Izzy Gets the F– Across Town.”

“When I auditioned for the role, I wasn’t sure I was right for it since I’m always doing drama,” said the Australian actress. “I had so much fun playing around with the character on set. I love doing comedy and portraying unusual characters”.

“Izzy Gets the F– Across Town,” stars Mackenzie Davis (“The Martian”) as a woman at rock bottom who must find her way across Los Angeles in order to crash her ex-boyfriend’s engagement party. The film, which also stars Carrie Coon (“The Leftovers”) and Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”), is headlining both the L.A. Times and Variety and is deemed the hottest ticket at the festival, the film has sold out in just five minutes.

Geransar’s comedic performance in this role is a change for the actress who is known for portraying dramatic characters back in Australia.

“That is the strangest character I’ve ever played. I loved that I was able to play around with an accent and have fun with this role,” she said.

Working with director Christian Papierniak and alongside Mackenzie Davis, Geransar is making a name for herself in the U.S. Film Industry, after appearing in the pilot “The Picture”, and her recent booking on the feature “The Mandela Effect”.

Growing up with a family of doctors and lawyers, Geransar pursued the academic route, which led her to study Biotechnology at the University of Newcastle. However, after taking a few acting classes to satisfy her curiosity, she became hooked, and went on to study at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art in Sydney, which very soon led to roles in commercials and TV shows.

Already, the actress has been featured in the drama “Before you Can Blink,” and won best supporting actress for the 2016 comedy “The Short Short” at the Toscars. The short has since been garnering recognition in film festivals; with its most recent screenings at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, The Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival, and the Laugh or Die Comedy Fest this year.

For more, visit http://salme.geransar.com and @salmegeransar on Instagram.


Universal Media Group Inc. (OTC Pink UMGP) is pleased to announce that company President & CEO Mike Sherman will be a panelist on one of Music & Fashions most prolific Gala’s.

Written by admin on Jun 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

The First Annual Music, Tech, Fashion & Art Conference,  “Impact 17”

 

BOCA RATON, FL / June 14, 2017 / Universal Media Group Inc. (OTC PINK: UMGP) www.umediagroupinc.com is a world-renowned media company that focuses on the implementation of celebrity based programming, social media and interactive television. UMGP focuses on cutting edge technology through music, sports and entertainment for engagement with the millennial generation.

Mike will join a panel of A list celebrity’s such as social media phenomenon YesJulz who will be hosting the event as well as Mike’s long time friend and music producer “ DJ Khaled “who has frequently been a guest on Mike’s ever so popular television show “On the Mike”.

MPACT ‘17 will be coming to the University of Miami’s Watsco Center on June 29th. Deemed “The Essential Music, Tech, Fashion & Art Conference,” the inaugural event aims to provide a platform for industry leaders and influencers to share their stories with young spirited entrepreneurs of tomorrow. With a jam packed itinerary, attendees ​can expect to gain valuable insight and learn techniques that can be implemented into their respective fields!

The conference will feature a FREE event portion for the general public, a pop-up station from 1 PM to 6 PM that will include an art gallery, local indie artists, DJ performances, and exclusive vendors. All this will go down at the fieldhouse at the Watsco Center.

The day will advance to the conference portion, starting promptly at 4 PM, inside the arena at the Watsco Center, which you’ll need your ticket to access! There attendees will get a chance to listen to roundtable discussions and Q&A’s with art, tech, fashion, and music industry leaders. With over 40 panelists, special guests include pop culture sensation YesJulz, Rico Love, DJ LAZ, actor comedian Tonio Skits, Platinum recording artist Lunch Money Lewis, ​Cocaine Cowboys director Billy Corben, and lots more. The event will also feature a fashion show from Mint Swim, the popular swimwear line founded by former ​Basketball Wives star Draya Michele. Attendees will get a chance to catch over 13 performance acts, with the event closing out with a special live performance by the man with the keys–DJ Khaled! His performance comes just six days after the release of his album ​Grateful​.

Universal Media Group Inc. is honored to be part of this extravaganza and looks forward in working with Pivotal Key LLC & Myami Music LLC.to partner up with on more music conference’s, concerts and entertainment events in the near future.

Get ready to experience a day filled with great vibes, culture, and discovery. If you have an interest in music, tech, fashion or art this event is for you! General Admission is $39, $79, $99 and Swarmer Lounge VIP Tickets are $249. In addition to a star-studded lineup, this year’s conference will be live streamed in HD.

Tickets and the full panelist schedule are available at ​impact17mia.com​. Additions are being added daily so be sure to keep checking in on ​impact17mia.com for all the updates.

IMPACT ‘17 is partnering with the ride-sharing app Lyft in an effort to impact lives in the Miami community. From June 1​st to the 29​th​, for every Lyft rider who participates in the ​Ride to Impact campaign, $1 will go towards The Make A Wish Southern Florida and Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital. The camalign has raised $2,000 so far in its first week.  Use promo code ​IMPACT2017​ to participate!

Media Inquiries: 
media@impactmia17.com
Vendor Opportunities: ​Suki@impactmia17.com
Sponsorship Opportunities: ​nasha@impactmia17.com

General Inquiries:
Info@impactmia17.com

 

 

About Universal Media Group Inc.

Universal Media Group Inc. symbol UMGP (The Company) is a world-renowned media conglomerate whose focus is the implementation of celebrity based programming, social media and interactive TV. UMGP employs cutting edge technology through music, sports and entertainment targeting the millennial generation. For more information visit our website at:www.umediagroupinc.com

 

About Pivotal Key LLC & Myami Music LLC.

Pivotal Key LLC. Was founded by Da Vid Abellard Jr. who’s’ passion for music & Fashion decided him to create affordable, educational and entertaining music & fashion events for the millennial generation all over the world. With the implementation of social media and the web, Pivotal Key is a primary player in the entertainment arena.

 

Myami Music LLC. Was founded by Matthew Krane who is known for creating social media optimization for some of the most successful companies in entertainment.

 

Pivotal Key LLC.

Oakland Park FL

​3350 NE 12th Ave., Suite 23032

Oakland Park, FL 33334

 

Forward Looking Statements and Disclaimer

Statements made in this press release that express the Company or management’s intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of future events, are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “will” and similar expressions are intended to further identify such forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Those statements are based on many assumptions and are subject to many known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the Company’s actual activities, results or performance to differ materially from those anticipated or projected in such forward-looking statements. The Company cannot guarantee future financial results; levels of activity, performance or achievements and investors should not place undue reliance on the Company’s forward-looking statements. No information contained in this press release should be construed as any indication whatsoever of the Company’s future financial performance, future revenues or its future stock price. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent the judgment of the Company as of the date of this press release, and the Company expressly disclaims any intent, obligation or undertaking to update or revise such forward-looking statements to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based. No information in this press release should be construed as any indication whatsoever of the Company’s future revenues or results of operations.

 


French-Made World’s First Universal Modular Mobile Lighting Solution

Written by admin on Jun 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

The creators of Liggoo have announced that they are seeking community support for their all new mobile lightingsolution. Liggoo is much more than just a lamp and has several amazing applications at home, in car, while travelling or even when at work. In addition, it is an excellent and illuminating solution for bicycle riders, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

For the first time in the world,Liggoo create many accessories and Liggoo will soon become 100% compatible with GOPRO accessories.

Liggoo is a powerful, autonomous, light, and compact led module and comes with four lighting modes. These are 25%, 50%, 100% and Flashing Mode. Moreover, the light has very low environmental impact with a rechargeable LiPo battery and reduced weight of raw materials. Furthermore, these raw materials are recyclable and the light has high performance LEDs with 90% of the nominal luminous flux after 9000 hours of use.

The Indiegogo Campaign is located on the web at:

www.indiegogo.com/projects/liggoo-experience-the-light-mobile and it offers several pledges ranging from $38 to $1750 with rewards ranging from one outdoor pack of Liggoo to a pro pack of 50x Liggoo with 42% discount.

About Liggoo

. It is much more than a flashlight and has several amazing features and benefits. The creators of this amazing light are now seeking community support via Indiegogo and they are welcoming everyone to generously back this remarkable project. 


PDF Days Europe underscores the importance of PDF as a key component of business processes

Written by admin on Jun 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

2017 marks a record number of attendees / Experts shared fully-grounded wisdom on PDF standards across the two-day event

Berlin. With over 200 attendees, this year’s PDF Days Europe in Berlin was a significant success with the largest attendance of any PDF Days event to-date. The agenda of 35 specialist presentations, user reports and discussions illuminated all aspects of PDF technology. Both the forward-looking presentations on PDF 2.0 and Next-Generation PDF, as well as the practical presentations on current applications of the PDF standard, drew significant interest.

Attendees praised the leading PDF event for its up-to-date information and cutting-edge expertise. Aside from the knowledge transfer from stage to audience, attendees also indicated that they saw great value in the opportunities for networking during breaks and at the evening event.

Forward-looking keynotes
The keynote speeches focused on Next-Generation PDF and PDF 2.0. Leonard Rosenthol, PDF Architect at Adobe, explained that the PDF format first developed by his company 25 years ago now requires new functionality in order to display structured PDF content on all devices – from large-scale wall projectors to smartphones and even smart watches. Over the course of the two-day event, the PDF experts discussed ideas and approaches for enhancing PDF to meet the needs of our increasingly mobile world.

The subject of the keynote presented by Peter Wyatt, one of the project leaders for ISO 32000, was the latest version of the PDF specification: PDF 2.0, the first update to PDF developed exclusively within the responsible ISO Working Group. In comparison with PDF 1.7, PDF 2.0 adds many new features and improvements to interoperability while preserving the technical foundation of PDF. According to Peter Wyatt, PDF 2.0 is ready for publication and can be expected this summer. “PDF 2.0 is an evolution, not a revolution” was his summary. In addition to the keynote, experts demonstrated – among other subjects – the influence that PDF 2.0 will have on PDF/A and the printing industry.

Concrete application scenarios
PDF Days Europe presentations were not only about the future – they also provided food for thought for using and working with PDF today. For example, discussions included the use of PDF/A services as a cloud solution, new options for collaboration, central platforms for standardized conversion to PDF and PDF/A, replacement scanning in line with TR-Resiscan and converting Office documents to PDF/A-2, and using PDF/A-3. The creation of universally accessible documents, and especially PDF/UA the ISO-standardized PDF subset for Universal Accessibility, also received significant attention.

Matt Kuznicki, Chairman of the PDF Association, summarized the event: “PDF is not just a format – it is the world’s leading business document solution ecosystem.” This year’s PDF Days Europe once again proved this in impressive fashion. We look forward to future events to showcase everything we have achieved together with our members.”

Video recordings and presentations for the PDF Days Europe 2017 can be found at the following link:
https://www.pdfa.org/slides-and-video-recordings-of-the-pdf-days-europe-2017/


Air vs Sea: Is there a modal shift in cold chain logistics?

Written by admin on Jun 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

 

  • There are numerous reports of cargo switching to ocean freight from air cargo, including certain pharmaceutical products, flowers and fruit.
  • Overall the global cold chain market remains highly competitive and fragmented.
  • Innovations in big data and the Internet of Things could transform asset utilisation and the protection of sensitive cargo across the supply chains.

05 June 2017, Bath, UK: Ti is pleased to announce that its latest report, Cold Chain Logistics 2017, is now available to download.

Cold Chain Logistics 2017 offers insight into the complex, but potentially lucrative, nature of temperature-controlled supply chains.

The market continues to grow as new cold chains are created as a result of the buying power of rising middle classes in China and other developing countries, and by new demands for healthier and higher quality products. At the same time, however, restrictions on pharmaceutical production and growing consumer awareness of food safety is pushing the tightening of government regulations on temperature-controlled supply chains.

As a result, reefer container technology has seen improvements in recent years. Not only can reefers control temperature more accurately, but they also monitor humidity, light and shocks. The visibility this provides has helped improve the quality of the reefers by encouraging further innovation. This allows newer reefers to keep perishable goods for longer, meaning a shorter travel time is a less important factor.

Shipping lines with a stake in cold chain logistics are undoubtedly benefiting from breakthrough capabilities in reefer container technology. There are numerous anecdotal reports of cargo switching to ocean freight from air cargo, including certain pharmaceutical products, flowers and fruit.

Ti’s Quantitative Analyst, Andrew Ralls, however explained, “Air freight carriers will need to innovate in the same way ocean freight carriers have done, though strong global trade of agricultural products such as trees & flowers, vegetables and fruits, is set to continue and this will aid volumes for both modes of transport.

Cold Chain Logistics 2017 is a 50 page report that provides analysis of the market and commentary around the future prospects of the industry as a whole, as well as from a logistics market, vertical sector and geographical perspective.

To find out more about Cold Chain Logistics 2017, or Ti’s expertise in logistics technology, visit the Ti website, or contact Ti’s Sales Consultant, Charlie Holden.


The Growing Role of Chatbots in Healthcare

Written by admin on Jun 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

They are not doctors (yet), but well-trained bots can get patients to engage more in their care, helping to close the $300 billion ‘adherence gap’ in taking pills and following orders, say experts at Earley Information Science roundtable

No one would confuse them with young interns or seasoned surgeons, but chatbots are becoming the newest addition to medical teams. Hospitals and other providers, as well as insurers, are starting to employ these digital workers to remind patients to take their medicine, to monitor life signs and to track mountains of data across patient groups that could produce breakthrough insights about diseases and treatments. Already, consumers can choose from among dozens of bots that provide “care” as soon as they are downloaded.  

Help from the bots is critically needed – the lack of patient adherence to prescribed medications and to post-procedure instructions is putting tremendous strains on both providers and payers. Avoidable medical spending exceeds $300 billion a year, according to a recent study by CapGemini.

But for bots to become major players in closing the adherence gap, and to deliver on other health-care and cost-saving fronts, their human bosses have to understand their capabilities while also appreciating their limitations, according to a panel of artificial intelligence (AI) and knowledge management experts at an Executive Roundtable discussion hosted on April 12 by Earley Information Science Corp. (EIS), a leading consulting firm focused on organizing information for business impact.

The bots can greatly improve patient experience, the panelists said, and in the process improve adherence and outcomes. But the spread and acceptance of bots has been slowed by regulatory restrictions, insurance rules and privacy concerns that still have to be addressed, the experts added. And, they noted, because of AI’s limitations in understanding human language, the bots have to be seen as very junior members of the team, and a long way, if ever, from hanging out their own shingles.

Bots can enable meaningful conversations with the care team and with patients, and encourage better patient behavior, “but they can’t provide medical advice and they can’t prescribe possible treatments,” said one of the panelists, Henry Truong, Chief Technology Officer, Teletech Holdings. Even the data that they provide about a patient’s condition, as rich as it is, can be missing the crucial nuances that a doctor’s eye, or touch, can add. 

The roundtable discussion, “The Role of Intelligent Virtual Assistants in Healthcare: How virtual assistants can help solve the ‘adherence gap’ and more,” was led by David Hatch, Senior Vice President for Marketing at EIS. Besides Henry Truong, the panel included Dr. Bruce Metz, Managing Partner, Bruce Metz & Associates; Michael Flammer, Partner, Life Sciences and Healthcare Customer Strategy Services, Teletech Consulting; and Richard Lynch, Vice President and Managing Consultant, Accelare Inc.  

The discussion was the second in a four-part EIS series, “The Age of the Chatbot Is Coming: Are You Ready?” The first roundtable, “Digital Workers, Chatbots and Customer Service: Reality Versus Aspiration,” was held on March 29. EIS held a related roundtable in January, “Virtual Assistants and Chatbots: The Next Big Thing in Customer Experience.” 

Bots are already a key part of the evolution of the digital healthcare ecosystem, said Dr. Metz. “Providers are increasingly getting paid on the quality of outcomes. Meanwhile, consumers are becoming more demanding and discerning. As they pay more, they want more convenient and transparent care.” Enter technology, and with it, “new directions for wellness and disease detection.”

Where bots can be most usefully deployed is in the treatment of chronic illness, which consumes roughly 75% of the $3 trillion spent each year in the United States on healthcare. The next generation of bots, Dr. Metz said, will more fully interact with patients in their homes, featuring such new tools as wifi-enabled pill bottle caps to track the intake of medications. This larger role, akin to “a virtual physician’s assistant,” will result in better chronic disease management.    

The bots also provide extraordinary scaling opportunities, Henry Truong noted, allowing providers and payers “in non-homogeneous delivery networks” to share knowledge and increasing the ratio of patients to care-team members “without sacrificing the quality of care.” Bots can’t work alone, however, but rather in “orchestration” with the care team, extending its reach (not just geographically but also into patient lifestyle by monitoring many new things) and increasing its efficiency.  

But there are obstacles in the way. For one thing, said Teletech Consulting’s Michael Flammer, 75% of patients are very or somewhat concerned about the privacy of their health records. And those records will be exploding in size. The amount of quantitative data that will be collected by bots is going to be “overwhelming,” Flammer said. Yet from a qualitative standpoint, there will actually be a dearth of information. Is a patient’s skin coloring good? Is the patient depressed? How do those “data points” get collected? Are photos needed, for instance?  

From the provider’s point of view, “bots help to close capability gaps,” said Accelare’s Richard Lynch. “They provide new services along the care continuum,” including proactive education and support with financial questions. “They simplify the complexity, and help patients navigate the system.” In fact, he said, “chatbots are not a technology play but rather a business capability tool.”

The challenge, Dr. Metz added, is for regulators and insurers to revise their rules on compliance and reimbursement. They have to catch up to the bots, he said, which are now “way out in front.” 

The roundtable featured a real-time survey of the webinar attendees:  

  • Nearly a fifth of the respondents, or 17%, said that bots are a major priority (supported by funding and executive buy-in) and 50% said they are important but still require a business case. The remaining 33% said bots are not a priority at this time.
  • None of the attendees has been using bots for more than a year, but 14% have recently launched their first wave, another 14% have begun testing in one area, and nearly three-quarters, or 71%, are just starting to investigate how bots can be used.
  • When asked where they would deploy their first bots, 100% of the participants chose extending patient care remotely. Sixty percent also identified patient or member services.   

Please use these links to access the roundtable and EIS resources about chatbots and AI.