The Most Popular News Headlines This Week

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Happy Friday! It’s that time of the week again, where we share all of the leading headlines that have impacted a variety of industries including marketing, retail, security, and financial services.

This week, let’s start with all of the latest healthcare news.

HEALTHCARE

New Study Reveals Privacy Risk In Paper Records

HealthcareDive revealed a new report this week about the risk of paper records in the healthcare scope. EHR has been a growing trend in this industry, with multiple hospitals investing in this innovative tool. With this new report, it is clear as to why electronic records are growing more popular.

“Despite strict laws requiring healthcare providers to secure patients’ personal information, some organizations risk privacy breaches by disposing of paper-based records in garbage and recycling bins, according to a research letter published this week in JAMA.” Healthcare Dive reports.

Lifepoint Health Sells To Allegiance Health Management

Lifepoint Health this week has signed an agreement that indicates the sale of three Louisiana hospitals: Minden Medical Center, Mercy Regional Medical Center, Acadian Medical Center, to Allegiance Health Management of Shreveport, per a report Minden Press-Herald. This would mean that after the completion of the sale, Lifepoint will only own one hospital in Louisiana.

MARKETING

The NBA & Headspace Join Forces

Basketball players will now be more relaxed. Headspace, the meditation app that has emerged on the app scene not too long ago, has partnered with the NBA to deliver players with a subscription to the service. In this partnership, the NBA will be featured on the app and all platforms.

Overall, there will be 7,000 annual subscriptions to the app, throughout the league, employees, and players involved. This will hopefully increase the number of subscribers this has received, which has been more than 25 million users in 190 countries.

Former Taco Bell CMO Moves To Chipotle

Chipotle has gained a new CMO, and he comes from a competitor. Chris Brandt will be the new CMO of Chipotle, coming from Taco Bell. This comes after Mark Crumpacker, former CMO of Chiptole announced his resignation this week.

Chipotle wasted no time while deciding on a new CMO, and from the looks of  Brandt’s past career roles, he is a good fit. He once lead the branding initiatives of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s.

RETAIL

Say Goodbye To Toys R Us

Toys R Us announced this week that the toy store will be shutting down all U.S. operations. A few days later, the founder of the retailer passed away at the age of 94 years old.

Walmart Furthers Relations With CarSaver Pilot

CarSaver, an auto sales middleman is expanding their auto-selling partnership with Walmart that launched throughout 14 stores throughout Dallas, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City. The program works as a bridge between Walmart customers and a network of dealers certified through CarSaver.com. It can be accessed through kiosks in 250 U.S. Walmart stores.

SECURITY & ENTERPRISE

Google Pushes Blockchain Intiatives

A new report reveals that Google is working with blockchain solutions in order to create solutions for its cloud business.

“On Wednesday, Sridhar Ramaswamy, senior VP of ads and commerce, said that the company has a “small team” researching the promising technology but does not have any product announcements at this time, reports CNBC. Ramaswany called out the technology’s potential for money transfer.” CIO Dive reports

Salesforce Acquires MuleSoft

This week, Salesforce announced that it will acquire MuleSoft in order to push cloud integrations further. This opens access to data in order to drive business insight.

“MuleSoft is a software services company that integrates enterprise applications, devices, and data across business platforms. It already counts companies such as Unilever, Coca-Cola, Barclays and Mount Sinai among its 1,200-strong clientele. The application of its Anypoint Platform to Salesforce’s much larger customer base will expand its enterprise reach significantly.” CIO Dive reports.

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