Connected Cars Dominate CES

At the CES conference in Las Vegas this year, Gary Smyth, the director of General Motors’ Powertrain Systems Research Lab, commented on how the auto industry is headed towards driverless cars. The technology for autonomous vehicles is years away, but in-car technology can help address the issue of distracted driving. The conference demonstrated how automakers are embracing connectivity and appealing to consumers with vehicles that are packed with new technology.

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Modifying Airline Loyalty Programs

American Airlines recently announced new changes are coming to its AAdvantage loyalty program. The airline will now be rewarding customers with frequent flier miles based on how much they spend, instead of on how far they travel. When airlines first came out with loyalty programs, the prices of flights were based on distance.

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Number of Homebound Patients Expected to Rise

In 2011, a study found that two million elderly Americans were homebound. According to the Journal of the American Medicine Association, these Americans leave their homes on the rarest occasions, and can spend at least a month in their home without leaving. According to the study, 5.6% of the senior Medicare population was completely or mostly homebound in 2011. Only 12% of homebound Americans said they received primary care services in their homes, even though many need them.

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Looking To The Cloud For Better Credential Capture, Verification and Collaboration

Earlier this summer, we published ‘Acuant Survey: Companies Look to the Cloud for Better Information Capture, Verification and Collaboration.’ Some results came as no surprise – for example, 84 percent of respondents said identity verification is either “critical’ or “very important.” But some responses made us look twice. Because afterall, we are doing business in … Continue reading “Looking To The Cloud For Better Credential Capture, Verification and Collaboration”

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Retail Clinics Offer Accessibility to Patients

Healthcare professionals are noticing that retail clinics are offering patients convenient and low-cost primary healthcare. The convenience and accessibility of retail clinics, according to a report by consulting firm Manatt Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, can help build a culture of health in the US.

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Airports Plan to Invest in Self-Service Kiosks

According to the 2014 SITA/ACI Airport IT Trends Survey, airports will be investing in more technology to improve the passenger processes. The researchers surveyed IT executives from 106 of the top 200 airport operators around the world. Around 86% of airports said that they were planning on investing in the self-service processes in the next three years.

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Help Prevent Medical Fraud with ID Verification

Healthcare computer networks have become big targets for hackers because they hold a lot of personal information about patients. In the past year, health insurance companies like Anthem, Premera Blue Cross, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield experienced data breaches that affected millions of customers.

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Retail Clinics Appeal to Consumers

CVS recently announced that it’s planning on buying Target’s pharmacies and retail clinics for $1.9 billion. If CVS buys Target’s 1,660 pharmacies and 80 retail clinics, it will be the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain.

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