Latin America’s largest managed healthcare provider partners with GlobalMed

GlobalMed, an international provider of virtual care solutions, announces a strategic partnership with Meditar, the premier healthcare network in Argentina and Latin America’s largest managed healthcare company. Under the partnership, Meditar will adopt GlobalMed’s industry-leading, evidence-based eNcounter® platform and GlobalMed will help Meditar market direct-to-consumer virtual health—a relatively new concept in South America. Providers on Meditar’s network will use a Meditar-branded version of eNcounter, and patients can download Apps from the Apple Store and Google Play Store for direct access on their mobile devices for remote audio-video consults with Meditar’s doctors.

Meditar provides healthcare throughout Argentina, the eighth-largest country in the world, as well as neighboring countries, and is the medical services provider to the American Foreign Service Protective Association and the U.S. Embassy in Argentina. Its network includes hospitals, healthcare centers, outpatient offices, diagnostic imaging centers, labs, medical suppliers, and other standalone providers. Encompassing most medical and surgical specialties, the 28-year-old company offers cutting-edge care to people from around the world, including patients from Europe and the U.S. Through its partnership with GlobalMed, Meditar’s network of providers will expand their reach to include patients in remote parts of Argentina, thus expanding their access to care via the convenience of virtual visits.

“We researched the right global solution to extend healthcare across Argentina. Like GlobalMed, we believe virtual care is far more than a simple video call and requires the ability to incorporate biometric and clinical evidence into each virtual consultation,” said Erwin Padinger, CEO of Meditar. “GlobalMed’s eNcounter platform has a proven track record in a variety of challenging environments and can bring our world-class primary and specialty care to more Argentinians no matter where they are.”

“We welcome our new alliance with Meditar, which will help push direct-to-consumer virtual care across South America where it can have a major positive impact,” said Joel E. Barthelemy, founder and CEO of GlobalMed.

Phoenix-based direct mail leader wins Stevie Award, a leading direct mail provider, received a Bronze Stevie Award recognizing its front-line customer service team last week.

The 13th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service were presented during a gala event at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on Friday, February 22, 2019. Judges evaluated more than 2,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes in virtually every industry in 45 nations for this year’s competition.

“We built our business by treating customers like family,” said CEO Craig Hauer. “Receiving this award is a huge honor and confirms what I already knew: our customer service team is top-notch. I couldn’t be more proud of the team.”

The Stevie Awards organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows, recognizing excellence in disciplines crucial to business success.

Award finalists were selected by more than 150 professionals on seven specialized juries. Past Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service recipients include American Express, Delta Airlines and Marriott International, Inc.

ICE acquires AI technology from Lateral

International Cruise & Excursions Gallery, Inc. (ICE) announced today that it has acquired specific assets from Lateral, Inc., a global technology company, including key personnel and intellectual property related to artificial intelligence in travel and mobile software development.

With this acquisition, ICE adds deep industry expertise to its platform development that complements the company’s core discipline of innovative travel and leisure technology. The additional team will facilitate the faster delivery of new products, features and functionality while introducing speed and efficiencies. The acquisition will also accelerate the development of international solutions, mobile and AI-based technology as part of its offering to its customers. In connection with this relationship, Ciprian Morar, Lateral’s Founder and CEO, will take on a new role of Chief Design & Technology Officer at ICE. 

“We are delighted to partner with Lateral and Ciprian,’ said John Rowley, CEO and Co-founder of ICE. ‘With this acquisition and strategic partnership, we’re well positioned to accelerate the expansion of our platform and ecosystem globally and continue to innovate in creating the best of breed travel and leisure technology.”

ICE provides travel-based benefit programs to tens of millions of consumers through scalable travel and loyalty solutions for some of the world’s most respected global brands. Unmatched in delivering travel and leisure products and services through powerful marketing and technology solutions, ICE creates and manages customized B2B2C and B2C vacation and leisure-centric programs. Backed by robust proprietary technology and strategic marketing and product offerings, ICE leverages its buying power and its global state-of-the-art call center fulfillment and service operations to create custom-branded travel and lifestyle solutions that are proven to be consistently unrivaled in today’s global travel market.

Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital hosts national cardiovascular symposium

Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital took center stage during American Heart Month by hosting physicians and health professionals for a national symposium on advances in cardiovascular care, as well as presenting the “Embrace Your Heart” community health education event.

The Innovations in Cardiovascular Care symposium highlighted advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease including groundbreaking scientific advances, clinical practice applications and how the future of CV medicine will improve patient care.  

Attendees learned about the latest research and developments in treating aortic and mitral valve insufficiencies, cardiovascular disease, heart failure, arrhythmias and peripheral vascular disease. Four heart procedures were broadcast live from Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital. 

“Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital has a longstanding tradition of innovation and education. We are honored and proud of what we were able to showcase at the Tenet cardiovascular symposium,” said Jeff Patterson, CEO of Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital and Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. 

More than 200 community members attended Abrazo’s “Embrace Your Heart” public forum to hear patient and physician storytelling, watch a live broadcast of a leadless pacemaker placement, and participate in a Q&A session with cardiovascular specialists from Abrazo Community Health Network.

CORE Institute bicycle racing team shines at Valley of the Sun race

The CORE Racing team, representing Arizona’s top-ranked orthopedic practice The CORE Institute, just peddled their way to an impressive showing at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in downtown Phoenix.

CORE riders Steve Cullinan, Tom Gates, and Cyril Hunte took third, fourth, and fifth in Sunday’s men’s 55-plus Criterium race, a fast-paced, elbow-to-elbow competition that took riders through a half-hour of twisting laps on city streets lined with spectators but cleared of cars.      

Other team members also made strong showings, in both the 55-plus and 45-plus races, finishing just a few seconds off the pace.

“The ‘Blue Train’ had a big impact on the race”, said Dr. Rene Lucas, referring to his teammates and their signature blue helmets and blue-trimmed uniforms. Dr. Lucas practices Interventional Spine and Pain Medicine at The CORE Institute and has been a driving force behind the CORE Racing Team.

“Keep Life in Motion is The CORE Institute’s motto,” said Dr. Lucas, “and that’s exactly what we do. It’s an honor to carry the CORE name into competition.”