Aetna International appoints new CEO for EMEA region
Following the decision to merge its European and Middle East, and Africa divisions, Aetna International – a health insurance company – have appointed a new CEO to the newly create EMEA region.
David Healy joined the company in 2012 and became General Manager for the Europe Division, as well as the Vice President Head of Global Operations.
Aetna International have more than 900,000 members across the world, and Healy will be responsible for expanding international business, offering health benefits and health management solutions.
The CEO will have a team of more than 500 individuals within EMEA and will be responsible for working with the region’s strategic partners, governments, and health officials.
Healy has more than 30 years of experience working with International Insurance and Employee Benefits Industries.
“In order to support our strategy to scale-up our capabilities, work with stakeholders on further developing healthcare infrastructure and create greater access to the right healthcare solutions, we have implemented a new structure by creating an EMEA region,” stated Mr Healy.
“Not only will this allow us to leverage our strengths and give our people the best environment to contribute and develop, it will also allow faster decision-making, more regional empowerment and accountability and put our customer groups at the heart of everything we do – including brokers.”
Prior to his current role, Healy worked for AEGON Ireland as Managing Director for life.
COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift
A new app has launched today to support UK hospital staff who have been redeployed to care for COVID-19 patients.
The Acute COVID app has been co-developed by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity CW+, along with health tech company Imagineear Health.
It provides information to healthcare staff via a step-by-step guide, aimed at both doctors and nurses. This includes the different stages of COVID-19 so they have guidance around triage at A&E, hospital admission, in-hospital treatments, and advanced care management.
The app also provides training on non-invasive ventilation. In the first wave of the pandemic the numbers of patients needing this type of ventilation led to staff who would not normally administer this to patients having to do so.
Additionally the app signposts staff to where they can access mental and physical wellbeing support, acknowledging the levels of staff burnout, particularly among frontline staff, the pandemic has created.
The launch of the app comes on the same day England lifts its COVID-19 restrictions, labelled "freedom day" by some. However infection rates have soared in recent weeks and the move has been fiercely opposed by scientists and doctors, both in the UK and abroad.
In a letter published in medical journal The Lancet backed by 1,200 international scientists, experts called the unlocking "a threat to the world", as allowing infection rates to rise enables the virus to mutate and potentially become resistant to the vaccination.
At the weekend the newly appointed health secretary Sajid Javid announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, and both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating.
Meanwhile in the first week of July more than 500,000 alerts were issued by the NHS Covid-19 app telling people they had been exposed to the virus. As a result businesses are considering cutting their opening hours while staff are self-isolating at home. The government has issued guidance saying that fully vaccinated frontline NHS staff in England will be allowed to carry on working even if they've come into contact with someone with COVID-19.