Paving the Way for a Smooth Value Based Transition

MIAMI, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Spurred by government regulatory guidelines, pushed by the need for a better way to take care of patients, and accelerated by the COVID19 pandemic, value based care is on the rise. Effective and profitable value based care depends on efficient and extensive use of copious amount of data. Alternative payment models in their various forms shift risk from the insurer to the provider, so mastering that data and using it to improve care, increase reimbursements, mitigate risk, and monitor utilization is critical.

But getting to value based care is not easy.

Healthcare organizations are awash in data sitting in servers, on shelves, and in spreadsheets. CareOptimize, a healthcare consultancy firm based in Miami, found a unique way to harness it.

“Our team saw the need to create technology that would directly help providers in the value based care world,” said Ben Quirk, Chief Strategy

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Scientists warn of the social and environmental risks tied to the energy transition

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To meet the most ambitious 1.5º C climate goal requires a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels and mass use of renewables. However, new international research by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that green energy projects can be as socially and environmentally conflictive as fossil fuel projects. While renewable energies are often portrayed as being environmentally sustainable, this new study cautions about the risks associated with the green energy transition, arguing for an integrated approach that redesigns energy systems in favor of social equity and environmental sustainability. The research, which analyzes protests over 649 energy projects, has been recently published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

The study, authored by an international group of researchers with a large presence of the ICTA-UAB and led by Dr. Leah Temper, from McGill University, draws on data from the

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Who Will Fund The Energy Transition?


Serious momentum is building to address climate change. China’s net-zero commitment by 2060 was a big moment, Japan and South Korea followed suit with net-zero 2050 targets. The UK’s 10-point plan last week precedes legislation on the EU’s Green Deal, expected by end Q1 2021, while re-joining the Paris Agreement will be one of the Biden administration’s first initiatives.

Biden’s own Green Deal may even be ratified in 2021, before COP26 in November 2021 in Glasgow – assuming he can get it passed by a divided Senate. The delay of COP26 by a year because of Covid-19 now looks serendipitous, allowing time for better alignment than had it gone ahead this very month.

If ambitions on climate change are high, so, too, will be the cost. We reckon a bare minimum of US$30 trillion

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Biden’s transition team has more Big Tech executives than critics

Tech companies have been trying to strengthen their relationship with a future Biden administration to ensure they have a voice in an onslaught of federal and state investigations of their business practices.

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Far more executives from technology companies than outspoken tech critics were named to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team on Tuesday, offering clues on who will decide on filling key roles and ultimately influence his administration’s thinking in coming years.

Tech companies have been trying to strengthen their relationship with a future Biden administration to ensure they have a voice in an onslaught of federal and state investigations of their business practices.

The Biden transition team released a list of agency review teams on Tuesday. Inc’s Tom Sullivan, an executive on the public policy team, will

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Faraday Future Joins Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) Calling for an Accelerated Transition to Electric Vehicles

  • Faraday Future Joins 29 Others as a Founding Member of New Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) in the US
  • Coalition Aims to Push for 100 Percent Electric Vehicle Sales by 2030 and Will Help Secure a Path for the Future of Electric Mobility
  • As a Forward-thinking Leader in the Electric Vehicle Space, Faraday Future Is Committed to Clean Energy EV Technology

Faraday Future (FF), a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, today announced that it has joined a coalition made up of 30 companies to launch the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), an organization dedicated to achieving 100% electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States by 2030. Founding members are industry leaders in the EV space including Tesla, Uber and EVgo whose values and strategic interests support ZETA’s principles of EV adoption and growth in the US.

ZETA is the first coalition of its kind advocating for 100%

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Biden taps Facebook executive for White House role as big tech infiltrates transition

President-elect Joe Biden is busy hiring staffers for his transition team and his administration, including some individuals with ties to the country’s largest technology companies.

Biden named Louisa Terrell the White House director of legislative affairs Friday. Terrell is a former member of the Obama administration, though she also served in a senior position at Facebook.

Biden last week announced members of the agency review teams, which include a number of individuals who worked for big technology companies ranging from Uber to Amazon.

Former Apple lobbyist Cynthia Hogan is working full-time for the administration, as is Jessica Hertz, who worked for Facebook.


Lawmakers, especially the more progressive members of the Democratic Party, have criticized the country’s largest technology companies throughout recent years, over concerns ranging from anticompetitive behaviors to censorship.

Progressives including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,

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Consequences of decades of global nutrition transition — ScienceDaily

Just a handful of rice and beans — a part of our world is starved. Hawaiian Pizza and ice-cream — another part of our world is stuffed, throwing away food every day. This gap is likely to worsen, while food waste will increase and pressure on the environment will go up, a new study shows. Researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) assessed the consequences if the current nutrition transition, from scarce starch-based diets towards processed foods and animal products, continues — the calculations combine, for the first time, estimates for under- and overweight, food composition and waste. Their findings provide a startling look ahead: By 2050, more than 4 billion people could be overweight, 1.5 billion of them obese, while 500 million people continue to be underweight.

“If the observed nutrition transition continues, we will not achieve the United Nations goal of eradicating hunger worldwide,” explains

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Here’s All the Big Tech-Linked Advisors on Biden’s Transition Team

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On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden announced his administration’s transition team, including the list of agency review team members that will help his White House “hit the ground running on Day One.” It also, by all indications, includes a deeper bench of big tech figures than any transition team prior.

Biden’s list is also a mix of the usual rabble, including former federal officials, nonprofit player, professors, lawyers, and a heck of a lot of corporate executives—including players from big banking, investing, consulting, and think tanks. But major tech firms managed to score a number of slots on the transition team, among them Airbnb, Alphabet, Amazon, Dell, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Lyft, Salesforce, Stripe, and Uber.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his spouse Priscilla Chan’s charitable foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is represented on three separate transition teams (the Executive Office of the President,

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Microchip Technology Announces CEO Transition

CHANDLER, Ariz., Nov. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (NASDAQ: MCHP) – Microchip Technology Incorporated, a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions, today announced that its long serving CEO Steve Sanghi will transition to an Executive Chair role effective March 1, 2021. Microchip’s current President, Ganesh Moorthy, will step into the role of President and CEO effective March 1, 2021. Mr. Moorthy will also join the Board of Directors effective January 4, 2021.

“Leading Microchip for the last 30 years has been the greatest privilege of my 42 years in the semiconductor industry” said Mr. Sanghi. “I believe that now is the time to hand over the reins to Ganesh as my successor. I will continue in the role of Executive Chair and continue to participate in the strategic direction and growth of Microchip. At the same time, I will create more time to spend with my

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Fortune 500 Companies Turning to Smarten Spaces’ AI Technology for a Seamless Transition Back-to-Work

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Smarten Spaces, an innovative AI/ IOT company, today announced the growth of their technology platform, Jumpree 3.0, being used by Fortune 500 companies globally. As more employers consider returning to the workplace, many businesses are turning to technology to adopt simple steps to make the process contactless and convenient while shifting to a Hybrid and flexible workplace.

The technology is trusted by Fortune 500 companies in over 120 locations including New York, Chicago, London, Sydney, Helsinki, Moscow and Singapore. The Smarten Spaces platform is fully integrated with Microsoft, Kone and 45 other global solution providers.

“Smarten Spaces is a leading ISV in the Microsoft for Start Ups Scale Up program. Their solution Jumpree is a critical need of the hour platform built on Azure AI with a mobile app for helping employees come back to work and the workplace in the new

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