HeraldPR Named Agency of Record for Todos Medical Ltd. and CrowdProtocol to assist Public Relations Campaign to Help Spread Awareness of COVID-19 Testing and Research Efforts

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HeraldPR, a full service public relations, crisis communications and digital marketing agency with offices in New York and New Orleans announced today that they have been named Agency of Record for Todos Medical Ltd. and CrowdProtocol, two organizations dedicated to helping COVID-19 relief efforts.

Todos Medical is an in vitro diagnostics company focused on the distribution of a comprehensive suite of solutions for the screening and diagnosis of COVID-19 and the development of blood tests for the early detection of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. CrowdProtocol is a platform created to enable the discovery of effective therapeutic treatment protocols utilizing real world evidence and, together, both organizations are making significant contributions to combat the impacts of COVID-19.

“The Coronavirus has embedded itself deep in our society, daily lives, and news-cycle, so to have the opportunity to work with two great companies making innovative strides to help fight against the virus is a tremendous experience. We’re excited to get their messages out and share their knowledge to help beat this virus” Warren Cohn, CEO of HeraldPR said.

Recently launched, CrowdProtocol.com offers a space for medical professionals to stay updated with the latest treatments, studies and papers from doctors around the world. Its aim is to aggregate conversations and allow for the exchange of ideas with the goal of crowd-sourcing a treatment and protocol that works to defeat all kinds of illnesses, both common and rare, via a methodology and protocol utilizing data.

On the testing front, Todos Medical is involved in developing tests that detect cancer, Alzheimer’s, and viruses through the biochemical changes in saliva and blood. They have recently joined the fight against the coronavirus, partnering with Meridian Health Services Network to deploy COVID-19 testing programs throughout the United States.

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Strategy Analytics: AR/VR Outlook: Painful 2020 but Bright Future Ahead in New Normal

Smartphone Tethered AR and VR use for collaboration, education, and training drive growth.

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Strategy Analytics predicts a strong recovery for the global AR/VR markets in 2021 after COVID-19 driven contraction in 2020. Strategy Analytics released its latest report entitled “Short and Long Term Impacts of COVID-19 on the AR and VR Market”.


Key findings from the research include:

  • Total XR shipments (the combined VR Headset Forecast and Dedicated AR Headset Forecast) will increase 6 fold through 2025.
  • XR hardware revenues will surpass $28B annually in 2025.
  • Samsung and start-up Nreal and other vendors will commercialize lightweight, consumer friendly AR headsets to drive strong growth in from the mid and low tier once these smartphone tethered devices reach the market.
  • At the lower end of the market, we anticipate 2021-22 seeing a slight comeback of smartphone-tethered VR headsets as a result of 5G launches by mobile operators.
  • Although we have increased our overall forecast for VR headsets, we have decreased slightly our anticipated shipments of console-tethered VR as a result of Microsoft’s decision not to support VR in the next generation Xbox.

David MacQueen, Director of the Virtual and Augmented Reality service at Strategy Analytics noted, “We expect that the launch of smartphone-tethered AR headsets, such as those from Nreal and Samsung seen at CES at the start of the year to ramp up in late 2020/early 2021. We have raised our longer term forecast for XR hardware as a result of new work and life patterns in the ‘new normal.’ Work at home, training, education, and collaboration will all benefit from AR/VR.”

David Kerr, VP at Strategy Analytics added, “Initially attracting a ‘hardcore’ gaming audience willing to spend for a good quality experience, the audience for these devices has since broadened to include enterprises as well. The use of a fully immersive 3D environment started to prove its worth in design, particularly in the fields of engineering, automotive and architecture. Training and education are other verticals where VR has found a home.”

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AM Best Comments on Credit Ratings of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited and Its Subsidiaries Following Acquisition Announcement

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has commented that the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a” of the members of the Global Atlantic Group (Global Atlantic) remain unchanged after the announcement of a definitive agreement by KKR & Co. (KKR) to acquire a controlling interest in these companies. The group members are Commonwealth Annuity and Life Insurance Company (Brighton, MA), its subsidiaries, First Allmerica Financial Life Insurance Company (Brighton, MA), Forethought Life Insurance Company (Indianapolis, IN), Accordia Life and Annuity Company (Des Moines, IA), and its affiliates, Global Atlantic Re Limited and Global Atlantic Assurance Limited. AM Best also comments that the Long-Term ICRs of “bbb” of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited, the ultimate parent holding company, and its wholly owned subsidiaries Global Atlantic Financial Life Limited and Global Atlantic (Fin) Company (Finco) remain unchanged. All companies are domiciled in Bermuda unless otherwise specified. Additionally, AM Best is taking no rating action on the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “bbb” on the $150 million 8.625% senior unsecured notes, due 2021, initially issued by Forethought Financial Group, Inc. and assumed by Finco. The outlook for these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. The ratings of Global Atlantic were affirmed on Feb. 26, 2020 (see related press release).

KKR is a leading global investment management firm that was founded in 1976 as Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. To date, KKR has completed over 280 private equity transactions. Global Atlantic is expected to continue to operate under its existing structure as a subsidiary of KKR with the management team and all legal entities intact. AM Best expects that Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited may benefit from enhanced financial flexibility and access to new sources of capital under KKR. Total consideration will be 100% of book value at the time of close. The acquisition is all cash and the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, pending required regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media – Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in New York, London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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Research Report with COVID-19 Forecasts – Global Digital Content Market 2020-2024 | Increasing Number of Smart Connected Devices to Boost Market Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DigitalContentMarket–The global digital content market size is expected to grow by USD 519.83 billion during 2020-2024. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect the impact to be significant in the first quarter but gradually lessen in subsequent quarters – with a limited impact on the full-year economic growth.


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The use of smart connected devices has enabled people to access online content across various devices. This has led to higher demand for digital content as it offers the flexibility of place and time. Innovations in devices have further led to higher demand for digital content platforms. This has increased data traffic, and the variety of content consumed online. Today digital content includes content that is produced for commercial purposes and tailored to users’ preferences. Such content is developed based on data collected from smart devices. These factors will drive the demand for digital content, and the market is expected to grow substantially during the forecast period.

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As per Technavio, the high utilization of social media will have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth significantly over the forecast period. This research report also analyzes other significant trends and market drivers that will influence market growth over 2020-2024.

Digital Content Market: Increasing Utilization of Social Media

The high utilization of social media is one of the major trends being witnessed in the global digital content market. Social media has become a major source of data for many organizations because of their ability to provide instant feedback through blogs and social networking sites. Content developers and advertisers are tapping social computing tools for branding, marketing, broad-based knowledge management initiatives, and recruitment, which will drive cost-efficient collaborations across the global workforce. By registering on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, vendors explore new platforms to market their latest services, products, and solutions to gain public feedback and opinions. The increased importance of sentiment analysis and the advances in text analytics are also encouraging organizations to include social media in their business processes.

“Factors such as the growing popularity of 360-degree content, and the proliferation of mobile apps will have a significant impact on the growth of the digital content market value during the forecast period,” says a senior analyst at Technavio.

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This market research report segments the digital content market by geography (APAC, North America, Europe, South America, and MEA), device (mobile and non-mobile), and type (digital video content, digital game content, digital text content, and digital audio content).

The APAC region led the digital content market share in 2019, followed by North America, Europe, South America, and MEA respectively. During the forecast period, the APAC region is expected to register the highest incremental growth due to the rising disposable income, and the growing consumption of online content.

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Market Drivers

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Market Trends

Vendor Landscape

  • Vendors covered
  • Vendor classification
  • Market positioning of vendors
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COVID-19 Impact & Recovery Analysis – Global Algorithmic Trading Market 2020-2024 | High Demand for Market Surveillance to Boost Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AlgorithmicTradingMarket–Technavio has been monitoring the global algorithmic trading market size and it is poised to grow by USD 4.27 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.


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The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. AlgoTrader AG, Argo SE, Citadel Enterprise Americas LLC, InfoReach Inc., Optiver VOF, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., Thomson Reuters Corp., Tower Research Capital LLC, uTrade, and VIRTU Financial Inc. are some of the major market participants. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

The high demand for market surveillance has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market. However, the limitations associated with algorithmic trading might hamper market growth.

Algorithmic Trading Market 2020-2024 : Segmentation

Algorithmic Trading Market is segmented as below:

  • Component

    • Solutions
    • Services
  • Geographic Landscape

    • North America
    • Europe
    • APAC
    • South America
    • MEA

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We provide a detailed analysis of around 25 vendors operating in the algorithmic trading market, including some of the vendors such as AlgoTrader AG, Argo SE, Citadel Enterprise Americas LLC, InfoReach Inc., Optiver VOF, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., Thomson Reuters Corp., Tower Research Capital LLC, uTrade, and VIRTU Financial Inc. Backed with competitive intelligence and benchmarking, our research reports on the algorithmic trading market are designed to provide entry support, customer profile and M&As as well as go-to-market strategy support.

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  • CAGR of the market during the forecast period 2020-2024
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  • Estimation of the algorithmic trading market size and its contribution to the parent market
  • Predictions on upcoming trends and changes in consumer behavior
  • The growth of the algorithmic trading market
  • Analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and detailed information on vendors
  • Comprehensive details of factors that will challenge the growth of algorithmic trading market vendors

Table Of Contents :

Executive Summary

Market Landscape

  • Market ecosystem
  • Value chain analysis

Market Sizing

  • Market definition
  • Market segment analysis
  • Market size 2019
  • Market outlook: Forecast for 2019 – 2024
  • Algorithmic trading strategies

Five Forces Analysis

  • Five Forces Summary
  • Bargaining power of buyers
  • Bargaining power of suppliers
  • Threat of new entrants
  • Threat of substitutes
  • Threat of rivalry
  • Market condition

Market Segmentation by Component

  • Market segments
  • Comparison by Component
  • Solutions – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Services – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Market opportunity by Component

Customer Landscape

Geographic Landscape

  • Geographic segmentation
  • Geographic comparison
  • North America – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Europe – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • APAC – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • South America – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • MEA – Market size and forecast 2019-2024
  • Key leading countries
  • Market opportunity by geography

Market Drivers

Market Challenges

Market Trends

Vendor Landscape

  • Overview
  • Vendor landscape
  • Landscape disruption

Vendor Analysis

  • Vendors covered
  • Market positioning of vendors
  • AlgoTrader AG
  • Argo SE
  • Citadel Enterprise Americas LLC
  • InfoReach Inc.
  • Optiver VOF
  • Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
  • Thomson Reuters Corp.
  • Tower Research Capital LLC
  • uTrade
  • VIRTU Financial Inc.

Appendix

  • Scope of the report
  • Currency conversion rates for US$
  • Research methodology
  • List of abbreviations

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CORRECTING and REPLACING KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to FHF Trust 2020-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the fifth paragraph of release it should read: FHF’s historical static pool data (instead of Byrider’s historical static pool data).

The corrected release reads:

KBRA ASSIGNS PRELIMINARY RATINGS TO FHF TRUST 2020-1

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by FHF Trust 2020-1 (“FHF 2020-1” or the “Issuer”), a subprime auto loan asset-backed securities transaction.

The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in an economic slowdown and high unemployment, which is expected to adversely impact the performance of auto loans, including those supporting the subject transaction. Owing to this risk, KBRA increased its base case default assumptions for the subject pool in a manner that was consistent with a recent portfolio review of the sector detailed in the following report: U.S. Auto Loan and Auto Lease ABS Securities on Watch Report in addition to assuming a lower recovery rate on defaulted loans.

FHF 2020-1 represents the first rated term ABS securitization for the First Help Financial, LLC (“FHF” or the “Company”). FHF 2020-1 will issue three classes of notes totaling $143.24 million that are collateralized by a pool of retail automobile contracts, made to subprime obligors and secured by new (77%) and used (23%) automobiles and trucks. The transaction is expected to be collateralized by approximately $149.99 million of fixed rate installment loans, made to subprime borrowers. The ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels ranging from 30.00% for the Class A notes to 6.50% for the Class C notes.

FHF is a subprime auto finance company with headquarters in Newton, Massachusetts and a satellite office in Phoenix Arizona. FHF was founded in 2006 and currently offers loans in 20 states. FHF is an indirect auto lender and purchases receivables from franchise and independent dealers. FHF serves consumers who are typically unable to obtain financing from traditional lending sources such as credit unions, banks, and captive auto finance companies.

KBRA applied its Global Auto Loan ABS Methodology and its Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and FHF’s historical static pool data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of the Company, as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.

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Further disclosures relating to this rating action are available in the U.S. Information Disclosure Form referenced above. Additional information regarding KBRA policies, methodologies, rating scales and disclosures are available at www.kbra.com.

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AM Best Maintains Under Review With Negative Implications Status for Credit Ratings of Weston Insurance Company

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has maintained the under review with negative implications status for the Financial Strength Rating of B (Fair) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bb” of Weston Insurance Company (Weston) (Coral Gables, FL).

Weston remaining under review with negative implications is reflective of the execution risk associated with management’s revised plans to reduce financial leverage at the ultimate parent, Weston Insurance Holdings Corporation. Weston’s Credit Ratings (ratings) were placed under review with negative implications on Nov. 19, 2019, after management had communicated plans to reduce elevated pressure from increased financial leverage at the holding company, which is embedded in AM Best’s overall balance sheet assessment of Weston. While plans have been revised, due in part by the decision to purchase Anchor Specialty Insurance Company that required issuing additional debt during the under review timeframe, management remains committed to reducing financial leverage. The planned reduction of preferred shares via conversion into common equity carries significant execution risk for completion given the impending hurricane season and deviation from original deadlines. As a result, AM Best’s timeline regarding resolution of the under review status is now short term in nature. Should the conversion not be completed within the timeframe, as communicated by management, and financial leverage fail to be reduced to a level in line with revised plans, the ratings will be downgraded accordingly.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media – Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

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Assurant Board of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividends on its Common and Preferred Stock

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ), a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases, announced that its Board of Directors declared dividends on its common and preferred stock as follows:

Common – a quarterly dividend of $0.63 per share of common stock. The dividend will be payable on September 22, 2020 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 31, 2020.

Preferred – a quarterly dividend of $1.6250 per share of 6.50% mandatory convertible preferred stock. The dividend will be payable on September 15, 2020 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on September 1, 2020.

Future dividend declarations will be made at the discretion of the Assurant Board of Directors and will be dependent upon the company’s earnings, financial condition, capital requirements, future prospects, regulatory and other restrictions, among other factors.

About Assurant

Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) is a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases. Anticipating the evolving needs of consumers, Assurant partners with the world’s leading brands to develop innovative products and services and to deliver an enhanced customer experience. A Fortune 500 company with a presence in 21 countries, Assurant offers mobile device solutions; extended service contracts; vehicle protection services; pre-funded funeral insurance; renters insurance; lender-placed insurance products; and other specialty products. The Assurant Foundation strengthens communities by supporting charitable partners that help protect where people live and can thrive, connect with local resources, inspire inclusion and prepare leaders of the future.

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Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium™ Wins Hybrid Advice Category in Aite Group 2020 Digital Wealth Management Impact Innovation Awards

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of Aite Group’s recently announced 2020 Digital Wealth Management Impact Innovation Awards, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium has been named the winner in the Hybrid Advice Offering category. Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium is a subscription-based digital advisory service that combines automated investing with unlimited guidance from a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. The Digital Wealth Management Impact Innovation Awards recognize and honor innovation achieved by financial institutions leveraging technology to surpass the status quo.


“Whether they’re self-directed or seeking advice, the majority of our clients want investment services that combine the best of what technology and humans can provide,” said Cynthia Loh, Charles Schwab vice president of digital advice. “We know from experience that access to professional guidance is especially important when the market is volatile and things are uncertain – as we’re seeing right now. Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium is designed to break down barriers with a more accessible financial planning service that meets consumers’ expectations for simplicity, transparency and value.”

Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium provides investors with:

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Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium has a $25,000 minimum and charges an initial one-time $300 fee for planning and a $30 monthly subscription ($90 billed quarterly).

Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium also features a Satisfaction Guarantee, which states that if a client is not completely satisfied for any reason, Schwab will refund any related fee or commission and work with the client to make things right.

More information about Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium is available here.

Aite Group Innovation Award Qualification and Methodology

Aite Group’s Impact Innovation Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate innovation achieved by financial institutions leveraging technology to surpass the status quo. Award recipients are leading the industry by identifying and implementing new products, capabilities, and/or levels of automation and effectiveness that are bringing our industry one step closer to next-generation financial services. They are the financial institutions, regardless of size, that others will follow.

Aite Group solicited nominations for its Impact Innovation Awards in Digital Wealth Management from January to March 2020. All nominated initiatives were required to be in production within financial institutions.

Aite Group analysts reviewed all nominations and narrowed the field to the top three to four submissions in each of the following six categories (Figure 1).

A panel of external judges representing leading financial institutions, industry thought leaders, and consultants/implementers along with Aite Group analysts determined the winners. Each nomination was evaluated based on eight attributes (Figure 2).

About Charles Schwab

At Charles Schwab we believe in the power of investing to help individuals create a better tomorrow. We have a history of challenging the status quo in our industry, innovating in ways that benefit investors and the advisors and employers who serve them, and championing our clients’ goals with passion and integrity.

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Press Ganey Releases Milestone Study Defining the New Consumerism in the COVID-19 Era

New report reveals that building patient–provider trust through continuous data collection and analytics is key to driving care improvement amid change and uncertainty.

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Announcing its latest research into the evolving concerns and needs of the health care consumer, Press Ganey today released a pioneering report, COVID-19 and the New Consumerism: The Critical Importance of Humanity and Building Trust. Based on analyses of data from millions of patients during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and more than 3.5 million telemedicine visits, the paper outlines how the pandemic has altered patients’ perceptions of high-quality care and identifies immediate actions providers can take to reestablish the foundation of trust with their patients and caregivers to enable optimal care. Using insights derived from artificial intelligence (AI) analyses of patient comments, the report provides specific recommendations for measuring and building trust using an approach grounded in high reliability operating principles with a strategy for collecting, integrating, and analyzing data to provide actionable insights to drive improvement.

“This pandemic has tested every aspect of the care delivery system, yet the true mission of health care—to deliver reliably safe, high-quality, patient-centered care—remains the same,” said Patrick T. Ryan, Chairman and CEO, Press Ganey. “Health care will continue be a human-to-human endeavor, and with the rapid pace of change in the era of coronavirus, patients are seeking assurances from their providers now more than ever. The focus on shiny apps and convenience that started the year has rapidly evolved to the overwhelming need by patients to trust that they can safely seek care. Earning and building that trust requires more than good intentions. It requires an effective and comprehensive data strategy that produces insights that can drive better performance.”

The report highlights the data considerations that most directly impact the ability to build trust in the COVID-19 era.

  • Continued surveying of patients and caregivers remains critical. This is a time when capturing regular feedback is essential to guide the creation of evolving care models. Seeking input from patients and caregivers is perceived as a measure of respect and is a meaningful demonstration of leadership’s genuine commitment to their values.
  • Robust analyses of patient comments provide a valuable window through which to uncover deeper insights. Giving patients and caregivers the opportunity to make comments provides the raw material for Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing (AI/NLP) analysis to extract insights on issues that are not the direct focus of survey questions yet provide more pointed feedback to complement survey data.
  • Point-of-care and pulse surveying helps create a virtuous cycle of trust. Capturing point-of-care feedback by utilizing rounding tools provides an element of real-time performance assessment across a patient population, enabling teams to identify and address critical issues in real time. Similarly, regular caregiver pulse surveys help organizations quickly understand and resolve concerns, which drives trust in managers and senior leadership.

“For most people, health care is usually a low-frequency, high-stakes interaction,” said Dr. Thomas H. Lee, Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey. “When people need care, they are intently focused on knowing that the quality is excellent and that it is safe. To achieve these goals, leaders should commit to using a data-driven approach to guide actions, responding to insights derived from feedback, and integrating high reliability operating principles across their organizations.”

A copy of the white paper, COVID-19 and the New Consumerism: The Critical Importance of Humanity and Building Trust, is available for download.

About Press Ganey

Press Ganey pioneered the health care performance improvement movement 35 years ago. Today Press Ganey offers an integrated suite of solutions that enable enterprise transformation across the patient journey. Delivered through a cutting-edge digital platform built on a foundation of data security, Press Ganey solutions address safety, clinical excellence, patient experience, and workforce engagement. The company works with more than 41,000 health care facilities in its mission to reduce patient suffering and enhance caregiver resilience to improve the overall safety, quality, and experience of care.

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