Ed Asner’s 1st Hand Experiences with Autism

The Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament is just around the corner coming up on Sept. 9th, 2017 at the Haworth Showroom in DTLA.  It is shaping up to be a doozy.  Why? It could be the growing list of celebrity guests.  Confirmed so far are Dylan McDermott, Lou Diamond Philips, Rosie O’Donnell, Eric Roberts, Thomas Gibson, Michael McKean, Elizabeth J. Carlisle, Holly Robinson Peete, Mathew Modine, Randy Rainbow, Sebastian Bach, Patricia Heaton, Greg Grunberg, Ivy Teves, Eric Handler, Maureen McCormick, Roger Cross, Jay Flats, Leyna Nguyen, Mark Thompson and Andy Dick.

It could be that it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert poker player or whether you win or lose because you’re having fun for a good cause.  For those that don’t care to play poker you can still have gaming pleasure from pai-gow poker as long as you know the difference between an ace and a deuce. 

It could be that your mouth is watering from the delectable appetizers provided by David’s Catering or the tantalizing aromas from the expresso and dessert bar. 

If wine is your thing, it could be the Wine Pull where for $20 you will get a bottle of wine.  Among others, the wine you pull could be the 1 of the 6 donated by wineLA.com including their signature BeeKeeper Zin.  WineLA hosts the most upscale wine events in the L.A. area and you could bid for one of their Wine tasting classes.  A wine class can only be win-win.  The friendly Friends of the Vine in Redondo Beach has donated 5 bottles ranging from $25-$55.  The wines from Total Wines are all discounted 30%.  Winemaker Michelle Lafond from the Santa Barbara Winery and her own Lafond Winery has donated a bottle from each label.  DirectCellars.com/AlcoholGSH.com  will also be donating bottles. 

It could be the hosted AlcoholGSH.com Lounge. Their Brand Ambassadors will not only be serving alcoholic beverages but enlighten you to their proprietary scientific breakthrough supplement which when taken during imbibing will enable you to feel better and be healthier.  Their MaxVodka is a healthier cocktail although that may sound like an oxymoron.  

It could be that tequila aficionados will be treated to tasting Oro Imperial, the Gold Medal Winner of the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

It could be that 1st place is a stay at the Pumpjack in Palm Springs and 2 round-trip domestic tickets on Southwest Airlines or the Opportunity drawings for a variety of products and services ranging from VIP concert tickets to a $2500 broche.  It could be the priceless signed 2010 Championship photo of Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant donated by Dr. Jerry Buss’ lifelong business partner Frank Mariani.

It could be one or more of the above but those are all frills.  This event is going to be a doozy because of you.  Whether you play poker, attend, donate, or just read this article, you are going to be enriched by learning or being just a little bit more aware of autism and the work of Autism Society. 

Winner of 7 prime-time Emmys, Ed Asner told me that autism entered his into life at a later age with a second family.  Not knowing what it was caused him misunderstanding, concern, mistrust, anger, and legal battles with his son Charlie’s mother.  It wasn’t until his son was 7 before he was diagnosed to be on the Autism Spectrum.  We now know that early diagnosis and treatment can lead to much better results for those in the Spectrum.  

One day while Ed was driving with his son in the passenger seat, he was pulled over for a traffic infraction.  While looking for his license and registration, his son blurted out loudly, “Do you know who this is?” Ed apologized and explained his son was autistic. The officer moved on and he later explained to his son about the appropriateness of remarks. Not every person exhibiting a lack of social skills is autistic but Ed feels it is important to be aware of  the characteristics of autism and not to over react but to exercise patience and understanding. Ed admits that patience is not one of his virtues much like life imitating a television character.  Watch the video

You can still sign up at www.playwithEd.com .

Trinity Exteriors, Inc Named 2017 Finalist for BBB Torch Award For Ethics

Eden Prairie, MN — Restoration contractor Trinity Exteriors, Inc has been named a 2017 Finalist for the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) presents Torch Awards for Ethics each year to for-profit companies owned or operated in Minnesota and North Dakota that display integrity in all aspects of their operations. Nominees are offered the opportunity to submit an entry to BBB, where a panel of independent volunteer business and community leaders review the entries and choose the winners. Nominees must be in good standing with BBB; however accreditation is not a requirement to compete for the award.

“It is an honor to be named a finalist. We have a great group of people that work day in and day out to ensure our customers have a great experience,” says Ted Swanson, owner of Trinity Exteriors.

Ethical business practices and integrity are the pillars of Trinity Exteriors’ success. The company’s structure for employees means salespeople have the time to listen to homeowners and help them, rather than using high-pressure techniques to push sales, and all employees have the health and retirement benefits.

Team Trinity furthers its reach and impact in the community by donating a portion of every sale to the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities, as well as the Toys For Tots. On company-wide community outreach days, employees volunteer together for causes such as the Salvation Army, People Reaching Out to People (PROP), and Household & Outdoor Maintenance for the Elderly (HOME). Additionally, Trinity Exteriors, in partnership with Owens Corning and Roof Depot, donated a roof to the Veterans Rest Camp in Marine on St. Croix in 2015.

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‘President Trump, May I ask you a question’ is the Must Read Book for 2017 where “We the People” question the president.

President Donald J. Trump has demonstrated over and over how far he is willing to go to control the narrative around the performance of his presidency and administration for consumption by the American people.  Take this journey with the American people through this first ever of its kind book of questions with over 100 thought provoking images and over 500 questions that allows the reader to develop their own narrative.

This book is sure to be on the “required reading” list across college campuses and a “must read” for political, social media and news groups as an innovative way of engaging an audience of readers to experience a book through a journey of questions rather than a journey of narratives.

For the first time in book format readers will be able to assemble their own facts, thoughts, opinions, information and experience in a way that allows them to create their own narrative page after thought-provoking page which by default becomes to a degree unquestionable because it is the reader’s narrative.

Join millions of Americans as they take the journey along with President Donald J. Trump through over 100 thought provoking images and more than 500 questions examining the performance of his presidency and administration in a first ever of its kind Book of Questions.

The American people have exhausted attempt after attempt to appeal to the compassion and decency in President Trump and his administration on key decisions like healthcare, immigration, border wall, global warming and living wage and encountered a brick wall at every turn.  He has been effective in using his Brand (Trump), the Brand of office (President) and the strength of the party (Republican) to dominate and control the narrative communicated to the American people and conveniently dismiss requests for reconsideration.

Mr. President, May I ask you a question’ is a voice of the American people taking a stand and asking the tough questions of the President.

Take the journey with us as we exercise our “We the People” voice in requesting that President Donald J. Trump confront the optics and questions that he has placed on the minds of many Americans.

Get your copy now and join the voice of “We The People.”

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Say Hello To The Ultimate Multi-Functional Sterilizing Toothbrush Station

The design team at Puretta Technology Co., LTD is excited to share the news of their official release of the Puretta Multifunctional Toothbrush Station. Bathrooms are a scary place to keep your toothbrush, even though that’s where everyone is prone to keep them. Every day our toothbrushes are exposed to invisible germs and bacteria that fill every corner and are continually exposed to the splash zone, which in turn can be downright disgusting and harmful to you and your loved ones health. That’s why the creators of Puretta chose to design a new modern, eco-friendly technology for improving both your bathroom cleanliness and personal health and hygiene.

 

Say Hello to the Puretta. This smart toothbrush station brings a new level of clean, both certified and tested to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria via UV light; The light is powered by a solar panel, which removes the need for those unsightly and potentially hazardous cables around your bathroom sink and wall outlet. Also the station provides room for up to 4 toothbrushes, and a back rack area for razors, dental floss, and teeth cleaning utensils of choice. The station offers a universal toothpaste insert to fit every shape and size of toothpaste out there, along with a smart infrared light that will automatically shut off the UV cleaning process whenever someone enters its proximity.

 

As toothbrushes advance, with more designs now on the market shelves than one can count, it only makes sense that our ability to keep our toothbrushes and bathrooms clean would be the next big priority. The Puretta has you covered.

 

The Puretta will officially launch on Kickstarter on August 15th, 9AM PST. To receive a sample of the toothbrush station for review and more details, please contact John Messier of the Puretta design team.

 

 

Contact Information:

 

Name: John Messier

Email: hello@purettadesign.com

Phone: 1 (512) 333-2950

Facebook: @purettadesign

Website: www.purettadesign.com

On Kickstarter:  August 15th, 9AM PST

General Press Kit: http://bit.ly/PurettaPressKit

Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors Youth Mentoring Forum

Lake Forest, California – July 31, 2017 – Green Power Partners is pleased to co-sponsor the Youth Mentoring Forum, taking place at the University of Southern California (USC) college campus in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, August 3rd. The event, co-founded by established motivational speaker and author, Henning Morales and co-produced by Professor Alejandro Ruiz, admissions counselor of USC, celebrates initiatives undertaken by the ten noted speakers.  Each one will be delivering unique, practical tools for dealing with specific challenges facing today’s young people.

The Youth Mentorship Forum was founded to bring together experienced, successful leaders who have committed to support their communities by mentoring young people looking for small steps they can take to overcome the challenges they face.  Today’s youth are commonly referred to with one of two names, Millennials, who are young adults in their twenties, and Generation Z which refers to today’s teens. For each segment, the rapid advancement of technology has brought about many benefits in terms of accessibility and social awareness, but it has also brought to light social issues that have skyrocketed in the last few years. Issues such as teen suicide, cyber bullying and violence have become alarmingly common occurrences within this group.  This Forum recognizes the need for teaching and coaching strategies that demonstrate how to grow in a healthy, safe, and successful manner.  This August 3rd event showcases ten highly respected keynote speakers who work directly with today’s young people, dealing with many issues pertinent to their specific challenges.  These speakers will share valuable insight into the topics at hand and offer their “tried and true” strategies to overcome obstacles.

Highly accredited motivational speaker, best-selling author, and co-founder of this event, Henning Morales will speak on his own experiences. Morales has a deep-rooted passion for motivating, mentoring, and guiding young people.  Morales has undertaken many projects: writing books, films, event production, but throughout all these the direct coaching of ’kids’ is prominent.  Dr. Suzette Febre-Hart, a co-founder of the event, and an acclaimed educator and mentor will be sharing her experiences as she paves a path of success and support for society’s youth. 

Also present will be acclaimed multi-platinum music producer, Andrew Lane, whose work includes Hannah Montana, Disneymania and High School Musical.  Actor, ambassador, and activist, Mike C. Manning, will be speaking on behalf of Boo2Bullying, an anti-bullying outreach which provides mentorship and support for both youth and their families.  Renee Piane is a renowned relationship expert, who counsels couples to help build and mend relationships, through love and understanding.  She provides valuable insight on perhaps one of the most difficult topics to broach with young people.  Also on the panel – Lissette Alvarez, a mentor and motivational speaker, Priscilla Lopez, a successful entrepreneur and Pamela Gregory who specializes as a forgiveness therapist.  Lastly, Dr. Meredith Sagan, a holistic psychiatrist and addiction specialist will be sharing her expertise on addiction and healing, a common struggle dealt with by many.  With these prominent figures sharing firsthand experiences and years-worth of observations, attendees are guaranteed an evening sure to instill hope for the future of this generation.

The Youth Mentorship Forum has experienced a great response to their two previous events due, primarily, to the environment of love and support offered to our young people, their families and friends.  Because of the dedication of those driving this wonderful event, The Youth Mentorship Forum is holding its first international event in Mexico on the 26th of August.  The event will feature Henning Morales, Manuel Sotomayor, and Tony FigueroaManuel Sotomayor is known also as “Shark”, the reputable author of Shark Mentality.  His mission is to help others expand and release the power of their minds so every challenge is overcome and life can be lived to its fullest regardless of any hindrances.  With the struggles of today’s young people, this is a refreshing and encouraging approach. Tony Figueroa is a human behavior psychologist and the founder of the Tony Figueroa Institute.  He will share unique concepts for understanding young minds and how to use that to drive them toward success.

Green Power Partners is pleased to be a co-sponsor for this incredible event.  According to Allan Parent, the company’s CEO, “It is only with effort and united purpose that great things are achieved. These events align with our corporate philosophy of giving back to the community through the development of mentorship, practical training, and opportunities for our young leaders.  We commend the many volunteers and the founders of this initiative on their foresight and dedication”.  Leading the way in the production of renewable energy, Green Power Partners is committed to the community and believes investing in our youth is the greatest opportunity for success in the future.         

 

 For more about Green Power Partners go to gpp.energy       

 

USC Event info:    aug3usc.eventbrite.com               

 

Mexico Event info: excelenciamx.eventbrite.com

 

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Dais Analytic Corporation Featured on PBS

PBS’s Quest Program Highlights Dais’s Products, Technologies and Their Environmental Impact

ODESSA, FL–(Marketwired – June 18,  2017) – Dais Analytic Corporation (OTCQB: DLYT), a commercial nanotechnology materials business selling its industry-changing nanomaterial technology into the worldwide water, air and energy markets, announced today that the Company and its key products were recently featured in a segment of the Public Broadcasting System’s “Quest” program. 

Quest is a nationwide monthly PBS program capturing the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and education.  Quest’s segment on Dais covered the company’s disruptive Aqualyte™ Moisture Transfer Membrane, and showcased two products: ConsERV™: a Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (“HVAC”) product, and NanoClear™: a nanomaterial based process able to produce high quality potable water from severely contaminated industrial wastewater.

 “PBS used the power of television to reach a key target audience for Dais’s products at work and at home. Products which have unparalleled energy efficiency, lower environmental impact(s), and generally greater lifetime(s). The segment was clear – Dais is selling products thought to have efficiencies and other market benefits often not possible with products using today’s latest technologies and architecture”, said Brian C. Johnson, Chief Technology Officer of Dais.

Quest highlighted the company’s ConsERV product that captures energy found in a building’s exhaust air using it to precondition the incoming fresh air before it reaches the heating and/or cooling system.  In its class, ConsERV offers some of the highest energy savings, a lower emissions profile, and healthier and more productive indoor environment. There are more than 25,000 ConsERV units installed world-wide in diverse uses such as 42 of Florida’s 67 county’s school districts, and in the larger homes found in a 20,000 Passive Home project in Anhui Province, China.

NanoClear was highlighted next showing how the Aqualyte material selectively transfers water molecules through a solid membrane from one side of the membrane to the other: no high pressure, no costly stainless-steel piping, etc.  The segment went on to show how Aqualyte functions and how this leads to the benefits or higher purity and lower cost, and to water nearly 1,000 times higher in quality than required by the World Health Organization (WHO).

After viewing the Quest Episode Dais’s President and CEO Tim Tangredi said “The WEDU – PBS segment showcased – with integrity and charm – our exciting technology, dedicated team, and products. We are mobilized to aggressively sell Aqualyte ‘smart plastic’ based products into waiting energy and water markets. We are generating revenue while improving people’s lives”.

Dais has a link to the WEDU segment on its website at https://daisanalytic.com/press-release/.

About Quest

This new monthly series from WEDU PBS captures the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and education. Join host Dr. Shannon McQuaig to discover innovative techniques educators are using in the classroom and the latest developments in technology, such as 3D printing, drones and mobile devices. Support for Quest is made by the Helios Educational Foundation, and by S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at the Community Foundation, Inland California. To find out more about Quest please visit http://video.wedu.org/show/wedu-quest/

About Dais Analytic Corporation

Dais Analytic Corporation (OTCQB: DLYT) is a nanotechnology business producing a versatile family of membrane materials — called Aqualyte — focusing on evolutionary or disruptive air, energy and water applications. The uses include:

  • NanoClear™, a commercialized system treating contaminated water (notably most all forms of industrial waste), to provide pure potable water;
  • ConsERV™, a commercially available engineered energy recovery ventilator (an HVAC product) useful for efficient management of ventilation air’s temperature and moisture content using the energy found in the outgoing ‘stale’ air stream to pre-condition the incoming fresh air often saving energy, CO2, and allowing for equipment downsizing;
  • NanoAir™, an early beta-stage water-based, no fluorocarbon producing refrigerant cooling cycle which can replace the existing gas based compression cooling cycle in most all forms of air-conditioning and refrigeration saving a projected 50% in energy and CO2;

Each use demonstrates the diversity of Dais’ core product — Aqualyte™ — the family of Nano-structured polymers and engineered processes having a focus on minimizing consumption of irreplaceable natural resources, and ending the degradation of our environment. To find out more about Dais please visit www.daisanalytic.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes statements that may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” and similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. For example, statements about future revenues and the Company’s ability to fund its operations and contractual obligations are forward looking and subject to risks. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks outlined in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

PR Contact: Peter DiChiara, 212 658 0458 

TITAN foundation accepts engangement to raise $9 billion for Latin America.

The TITAN foundation for sustainable growth announced today that has accepted an engagement to raise USD $9 billion in investments for Latin America countries.  The main areas of investment are mining, renewable energies, agriculture and health as part of a 10 years development plan. The investments will be backed up by local regional tangible assets, sovereign bonds, sovereign guarantees.

This opportunity, an accolade for the foundation, solidifies its position as a true aid in the pursuit of financial and social equality.  “We have always maintained that the financial well being is keen for happiness and prosperity.  The foundation has maintained its focus on building bridges between governments and corporations, both economic and intellectual.  We are now going to contribute building literal ones also.  This agreement, exemplifies what the foundation is capable of doing and how practicality can be a powerful tool when promoting progress” commented Mr. Jorge Frenk, Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the foundation.

For the last two years, the foundation has been using its human and financial resources to aid resolving financial problems on disadvantaged economies.  Its success is drawing the attention of Latin America where the foundation members have a constructed a solid business reputation in a wide array of industries.  This opportunity at government level, expands the reach of the TITAN foundation for sustainable growth and pushes it forward toward equalizing the economic playfield for more countries, more economies and more people.

Interested institutional investment firms are encouraged to contact latinamerica@titan.foundation to receive more information.

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

 

  • 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

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.

Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors The Youth Mentoring Forum

Lake Forest, California – June 2, 2017 – Green Power Partners will be co-sponsoring the upcoming Youth Mentoring Forum, taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey on the 3rd of this month. The event, co-founded by established motivational speaker and author, Henning Morales, provides a panel which will identify key challenges facing today’s youth and present strategies for moving youth forward into a healthy and beneficial future.

 The Youth Mentoring Forum was founded as an event that caters directly to the youth and specific challenges they face.  The young people of today are commonly referred to as one of two names, Millennials, which refers to young adults primarily in their twenties and Generation Z which simply refers to today’s teens.  These groups are unique and are quite unlike any previous generations the world has seen.  Growing up in a world where technology has advanced at staggering rates, youth have had instant access to news, trends, events from all around the world via devices such as TV, cellphones and computers.  As a result, they are without a doubt, the most technologically advanced, and socially aware generation yet.   However, with these rapid advancements and the instant access to information, certain problems have begun to arise.  Issues such as teen suicide, cyber bullying and violence has become an alarmingly common theme throughout this group.  This event recognizes the need to address these issues but also wishes to come up solutions and strategies to continue moving youth forward in a healthy, safe and successful manner.  On the forums panel, are six highly respected key note speakers with firsthand experience working with today’s young society.  These speakers will share valuable insight on the topic and offer opportunities and strategies for progression.

The evening will highlight six Keynote speakers, each of who have valuable insight and experience working with modern youth.  Highly accredited motivational speaker, best-selling author, and co-founder of this event, Henning Morales will be featured as one of these speakers.  Through his own personal experiences, Morales has a deep-rooted passion for motivating, mentoring, and guiding young people.  Morales has taken on many projects, writing books, films, event production, but throughout all these the direct coaching of ’kids’ is a prominent theme.  Dr. Suzette Febre-Hart is another co-founder of the event and she will be speaking as well.  With over 26 years of experience in elementary, intermediate and high school education, Febre-Hart is not only a recognized educator but also a mentor and mother.  Suzette has involved herself in many media projects, including The Dirt Merchants Film, a film adaptation of Henning’s newest book.  Through these projects, she strives to expand her message and positively influence more lives throughout the world.

In addition to the Forum co-founders, several other highly acclaimed educators and mentors will be present to share their knowledge.  Brittany O’Donnell is a math teacher who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a certification in Students with Disabilities, amongst many other achievements.  She will be sharing insight which comes first hand from her experience working with youth.  Millennial Mindset coach, Marcel Petitpas, recognizes the millions of people throughout the world who are unfulfilled in the workplace and never end up reaching their potential.  He will be speaking on how he works to change this through letting go of fear and focusing on individual purpose.  Wendy Lamparelli, an experienced nurse and important member of the Hacksenback School District, has been a key piece in development in the area.  She implemented a Code Blue Plan which saved at least four lives in the Hacksenabck District alone.  She is extremely passionate about health and wellness for children and believes strongly that they must thrive to learn. Melanie Alston-Balaputra, Vice Principle of Barrington High School, will also be speaking at the event offering experience, insight and guidance youth and youth culture. With all of these prominent figures, sharing firsthand experience and years-worth of observation and education, attendees are guaranteed an insightful evening sure to instill hope for the future of this generation.

Green Power Partners is fortunate to co-sponsor this incredible event.  Leading the way in the production of renewable energy, Green Power Partners cares strongly for the community and believes investing in our youth is the greatest opportunity for success in the future.  Green Power Partners is proud to sponsor events and organizations that share these important ideals. Using highly advanced technology and unbridled innovation, GPP is paving the way for the next evolution of power throughout the world.

According to Green Power Partners’ CEO Allan Parent, “We are excited about being one of the sponsors of this event as it completely aligns with our corporate philosophy regarding mentoring, training and equipping our youth for a bright future in business and success.”

                                                        

For more about Green Power Partners go to gpp.energy

For more about the Event go to njyouthforum.eventbrite

 

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