May 17, 2020

MedLife remains set to acquire Polisano Medical Services

Europe
Private Hospital
Patient Care
Europe
Catherine Sturman
2 min
Romanian currency
It has been reported that one of the largest private Romanian healthcare companies, MedLife, is set to acquire Polisano Medical Services for an undisclo...

It has been reported that one of the largest private Romanian healthcare companies, MedLife, is set to acquire Polisano Medical Services for an undisclosed sum, subject to approval.

Situated in Romania for nearly 20 years, MedLife has been slowly diversifying and growing its portfolio to become one of the most well renowned private healthcare companies in the country. Since 2010, the company has completed over 15 acquisitions to further its dominance within the Romanian market.

“By joining the MedLife Group, Polisano will bring added value and, at the same time, it will help us sustain our commitment to continuously deliver premium services and an outstanding medical team, to all patients, both in retail zone, as well as the corporate,” explained Ovidiu Gligor, Administrator of Polisano Clinics.

MedLife strenuously works to deliver patient-centric care, and will house over 6,000 employees across its operations if a deal is finalised. It’s €17 million turnover in 2016 will also increase upon the completion of the reported acquisition.

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MedLife General Manager Mihai Marcu has said: “If all conditions are met and the acquisition of Polisano Clinics is completed, MedLife will have 6,300 employees and will be the employer of approximately 5% of doctors with Free Practice Authorisation in Romania and probably a similar percentage of nurses.”

“For us, Polisano becomes an important strategic partnership and, at the same time, a proof of our long-term commitment to expand medical excellence services to the benefit of patients in all regions of the country,” he added.

“We have a special respect for the quality of medical services and the operational functioning of Polisano. These are the values that bring us together and I am confident that Polisano will strengthen our position as a national leader in high performance medical services.”

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

HOOPP
Checkpoint
3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data

 

However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”

 

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