This Week’s News Stories Featuring Blue Apron, The FDA, Cisco, And Many More…


Happy Friday! As Friday rolls around, we collect the top news stories that have disrupted all the leading industries we work with on a daily basis. Whether you are in retail, marketing, healthcare, finance, or security, the news is constantly in flux and can affect business operations at any given time.

With our Digital Healthcare Transformation Assembly taking place on December 5 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville next week, let’s reveal the top news stories in the healthcare industry.


Cigna-Health Spring & Lyft’s New Partnership

Cigna-Health Spring and Lyft have announced a new partnership that will bring customers in select Medicare Advantage plans to and from doctors and pharmacies. This service is offered in non-emergency instances, and customers plans must include medical transport in their insurance plan, which has no additional cost.

This move comes after 92% of Medicare Advantage members use Lyft as their preferred means of transportation. This partnership will help people make it to hospital visits, which is an issue, as about 3.6 million people in the U.S put off medical care because of lack of transportation. With Lyft’s services, that number is likely to decrease, which helps the revenue of hospitals go up.

The FDA Approves First Accessory For Apple Watch

AliveCor’s KardiaBand app has been approved for use with the Apple Watch, according to a new announcement this week. The app works with Apple Watch users, allowing them to detect heart rhythms and atrial fibrillation, displaying the results on the Apple Watch. AliveCor works to help customers monitor heart activity as well as physical activity.

This approval means that the healthcare industry is taking more steps to integrate more digital tools to assist consumers with monitoring and preventing illness.


Snapchat Debuts A New Design

Snapchat, the visually-focused social media platform, has announced new features that will debut on the app by releasing a video of CEO Evan Spiegel. The video is only 60 seconds long, where Evan discusses all of the new features that the app will possess. The new features focus on a more social component and separate friends apart from influencers, celebrities, and business ads.

“Snapchat will still use machine learning technology to offer relevant content in a style similar to how the streaming service Netflix recommends movies and TV shows.” MarketingDive reports. 

Amazon Uses AR & VR In New Web Application

It would not be a news segment without mentioning Amazon, right? This week, Amazon announced a new web application that uses artificial intelligence and virtual reality to allow people to develop 3-D experiences throughout different platforms. This move shows that AR and VR are constantly being integrated into tech platforms, which will also open the opportunity for brands to start to use these tools as well.


Wal-Mart Receives Backlash

This week, Wal-Mart has received intense flashback after a third party sold a shirt that customers referred to as “threatening.” The shirt was sold on Wal-Mart’s website, with the words:  “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED” displayed.

“This item was sold by a third-party seller on our marketplace and clearly violates our policy,” Walmart said. “We removed it as soon as it was brought to our attention, and are conducting a thorough review of the seller’s assortment,” Fortune reports.

The third-party is called Teespring, a website that allows customers to design products. Since Wal-Mart has been alerted of the shirt, it has been pulled by all parties, and TeeSpring stated that they will work on an appropriate filter for their website, so this does not happen again.

In-N-Out Is Moving To Colorado

Burger lovers, unite! In-N-Out, a west coast L.A. stape, is opening a new location in Colorado Springs. The news was reported on Twitter, by Denver city council president Albus Brooks. This moves the chain into further out-of-state operations.

Blue Apron Loses CEO

The meal-delivery kit service, Blue Apron, is stepping down, we learned from an announcement made on Thursday. Matt Salzberg, who is the co-founder and CEO, will be replaced by Chief financial officer Brad Dickerson. The reasons why Matt Salzberg stepped down is unknown. Blue Apron has reported having tumbling shares in the third quarter.


American Airlines Recovers From A Glitch

American Airlines reported this week that its system experienced a glitch that disrupted pilot’s scheduling. There are about 200,000 flights booked with American Airlines for the month of December, and 15,000 of those flights have been affected scheduled between December 17 to December 31, the busiest holiday travel time.

Since the glitch, the airline has scrambled to schedule pilots with the flawed flights, some of which were offered overtime compensation, 150% of their hourly rate, to be exact. So far, the airline has not canceled any flights. This IT glitch is threatening the American Airlines brand, and affecting customers worldwide.

A New Secured Data Marketplace Emerges

Cisco, Samsung, Volkswagen, and Huawei have announced a new partnership with Blockchain company IOTA. This collaboration will create a secure data marketplace that will debut in January, which will allow stakeholders to use it in order to share data and monetize data securely.

People other than the stakeholders will also have the ability to use the marketplace, to connect IoT devices.


Mastercard Expands Tech Hub

Mastercard reported this week that the world’s second-largest payment network will be hiring 470 people, as it expands a technology hub in New York City.

“New York is an exceptional gateway for talent, innovation and collaboration,” Ed McLaughlin, president of operations and technology at Mastercard, said in the statement. “The activities in New York are a natural complement and expansion of our global effort to deliver the digital future today.” Bloomberg reports.


The Millennium Alliance is pleased to announce that application for our bi-annual Digital Healthcare Transformation Assembly is now open! Seats are reserved for the C-Level executives leading the digital healthcare revolution to come together on December 5-6, 2017.

With the failure of Trumpcare, the start of the Obamacare repeal process has been delayed, making the future of healthcare hard to predict. What is clear is that we are entering a time of uncertainty for both the industry and the patient. The need for customer-centric transformation is more vital than ever, to be open and transparent to patients as they navigate new policies. Healthcare systems and insurance carriers are being forced to respond to new demand rapidly.

We are thrilled to announce that joining us for this edition will be Keynote Speaker Karen B. DeSalvo Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The Digital Healthcare Transformation Assembly has been designed for all of our partners, affiliates, and members to once again gather in our unique format to develop new relationships, collaborate with like-minded peers, and learn cutting-edge intelligence to take back home and help tackle the biggest business issues of today.

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