Jun 5, 2014

TOP 10: Global Health Insurance Providers

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Top 10 Global Health Insurance Providers
With healthcare costs going up every year, it is imperative that every citizen have health insurance. Here are the biggest and the most well known he...

With healthcare costs going up every year, it is imperative that every citizen have health insurance. Here are the biggest and the most well known health insurance providers from across the world.

10. Humana- It is one of the biggest healthcare insurance providers in USA, with more than 11 million members. Humana enjoys a sterling reputation among customers, and provides health insurance services in all 50 U.S. states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Humana also has international business interests in Western Europe and Asia.

9. Allianz- One of the biggest insurance providers in the world, Allianz is a Germany company. It is well known for its international reach, and for providing international health insurance for employees. The company says that claims are processed within 48 hours, and that 95% of their clients renew with them.

8. AIA Insurance Group- This Hong Kong based pan-Asian group is offers a comprehensive range of health insurance plans ranging from medical, hospitalisation and long term care to critical illness.  Basic critical illness plans in the market provide coverage for 30 common critical illnesses such as cancer, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease, and usually terminate after the first claim is made. The company also has plans that help compensate for lost income.

7. Aetna Foundation- USA’s Aetna Foundation is one of the most prominent healthcare insurance providers in the country. Aetna offers health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, disability, and long-term care insurance and employee benefits, primarily through employer-paid (fully or partly) insurance and benefit programs, and through Medicare. 

6. Blue Cross Blue Shield- The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) is a federation of 37 separate health insurance organizations and companies in the United States. Combined, they directly or indirectly provide health insurance to over 100 million Americans. In terms of number of people covered, BCBSA is one of biggest health insurance providers in the world, and also act as administrators of Medicare in many states or regions of the US.

5.  Axa- Axa is one of the most well known and biggest health insurance providers working in the UK. The company provides a wide range of private medical insurance plans for individuals, families and businesses.  Axa PPP Healthcare caters to the international market, and was the winner of best international private medical insurance provider in the UK’s 2012 health insurance awards. Axa is also well known in the Gulf region and has a strong presence in Asia.

4. Aviva- A British multinational, Aviva is the sixth-largest insurance company in the world measured by net premium income and has around 43 million customers across 21 countries. Aviva provides health insurance in countries like Ireland and India, and offers a number of unique benefits to its members like nurse on call, treatment of back and neck injuries and screening for various diseases.

3. United Healthcare- United Healthcare is an operating division of UnitedHealth Group, the largest single health carrier in the United States; and covers more than 7 million people. Apart from personal health insurance, United Healthcare also offers programmes for employers, and manages and facilitates UnitedHealthcare healthcare services for state-sponsored public and Medicaid programs and their beneficiaries.

2.Express Scripts-  Express Scripts is an American company which provides integrated pharmacy benefit management service,  benefit-design consultation; drug-utilization review; formulary management; and medical and drug data analysis services to manage drug plans for health plans, self-insured employers and government agencies; including the Department of Defence.

1. Zurich Insurance Group- As of 2013, Zurich Insurance Group was ranked as the 75th largest company in the world. Zurich Insurance Group is the biggest company working in Switzerland, and is well known for providing insurance for healthcare organizations; apart from personal healthcare for various demographic segments. Their plans vary around the world; and they also offer lifestyle plans, coverage for broken bones and fractures for seniors, holiday travel insurance, safeguard plans and ‘peace of mind’ plans, which safeguards a policyholder's current standard of living in case of redundancy, disability or Accident Death & Disability. Zurich Insurance Group also provides coverage for families; safeguarding them from financial difficulties caused by accidents, as well as Accident Death & Disability, accidental hospital income (senior care) and accidental medical expenses.

 

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Dec 10, 2018

Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019

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Catherine Sturman
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We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

10. Telehealth

The telehealth market is booming. Consumers are leading increasingly busy lifestyles, with up to 60% favouring digitally-led services. Providing clinical care at a distance, increasing accessibility and eradicating potential delays has given patients greater control, boosting patient satisfaction and overall engagement. Such is its exponential growth, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the US has recently released its proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Programme updates for 2019, where telehealth services has been heavily featured, in order to deliver ‘different access points’ for patients.  

9. Mobile technology

Consumers have become accustomed to accessing their data through the use of various digital tools, where the use of mobile and tablet health apps has tripled from 13% in 2014 to 48% today. Catering to this growing market, British based start-up Babylon Health is making waves on a global scale. Partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and private health provider, Bupa, it has also cemented its presence across the flourishing Chinese market, with a membership base exceeding 1.4mn citizens across Europe, Asia and Africa. By partnering with global juggernaut Tencent, Babylon’s artificial intelligence system has enabled both parties to interact directly with users, identify specific illnesses, deliver health status assessments, and triage necessary actions. The mobile app is available to over a billion users and linked to more than 38,000 medical facilities in China alone.

8. Artificial intelligence 

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications, such as predictive analytics for patient monitoring has provided significant financial savings. Applications that target hospitals and medical institutions include patient monitoring and transcribing notes for electronic health records (EHRs). The European Union is set to invest $24bn into artificial intelligence (AI) by 2020 in a bid to catch up with Asia and the US, who have invested heavily in AI and cloud services. This year, Google revealed its plans to harness AI and machine learning across a multitude of consumer technologies, particularly in healthcare. “If AI can shape healthcare, it has to work through the regulations of healthcare. In fact, I see that as one of the biggest areas where the benefits will play out for the next 10-20 years,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated.

7. Blockchain

Blockchain is estimated to reach over $5.61bn by the end of 2025, even though it remains dependent on the ability to record and store information conveniently, economically and securely amongst different applications and systems. Providing transparency and eliminating third-party intermediaries, processes are streamlined, reducing healthcare costs exponentially. Unlocking the ability for providers to deliver a value-based healthcare system and enhance patient engagement, blockchain could save the industry up to $100-$150bn per year by 2025 in data breach-related costs, IT costs, operations costs, support function costs and personnel costs, according to BIS Research. Partnering with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ethereum blockchain-based supply chain platform, Viant sought to accelerate the pace of blockchain-based supply chain systems. Accenture and supply chain giant DHL have also developed a blockchain-based serialisation prototype which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer.

6. Health wearables

With the rise of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, more consumers are turning to health wearables that monitor glucose, heart rate, physical activity and sleep to gain a greater understanding of their health conditions. Following on from the release of the first Bluetooth headset back in 2000, the growing interest in wearables has seen monitoring our health and data become standardised. This data can be analysed by sophisticated algorithms to drive long-term diagnosis and support. Partnering with Google, health wearables company Fitbit is exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Its acquisition of HIPAA-compliant health platform, Twine Health has seen the business enhance its clinical services by bringing on board a coaching platform, empowering people to seek better health outcomes.

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5. Electronic health records tools

From 2018-2022, the electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to grow at a compound average rate of 6% per year Providers and organisations continue to house fragmented technologies which create barriers towards collaboration and data sharing opportunities. This is further exacerbated if a patient straddles both public and private healthcare. Technology giant Apple has integrated patients’ medical records into its Health App as part of its iOS 11.3 beta. The data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode. Partnering with hospital providers and clinics, patients are now able to view their medical records from multiple providers within one platform. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, UC San Diego Health and even the Cleveland Clinic have implemented this technology.

4. Healthcare transportation 

Non-emergency health transportation remains a key issue worldwide, preventing patients from getting to or from a doctor’s appointment. 25% of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled appointments due to lack of transportation, costing US health systems up to $150bn each year. Transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber have therefore entered the market by partnering with state governments to reduce these costs and deliver personalised patient care.

3. 3D Printing 

Healthcare providers are set to represent the second largest industry sector in 3D manufacturing. The Food & Drug Administration’s decision to release its first comprehensive framework advising manufacturers of 3D medical products highlights its growing impact where more than 100,000 knee replacement surgeries are completed each year using 3D-printed, patient-matched surgical guides, for example. Through this process, surfaces and structures can be optimised for strength, weight and material use. Consultation between surgeons and patients has also been bolstered, where patients can better understand the complexity of his or her specific needs.

2. Genomics

As consumers get more involved in the management of their health, consumer genetics and research companies have grown in popularity and scale. People want to further understand their genetic makeup, leading personal genomics and biotech company 23andMe to become one of the largest consumer-based organisations worldwide. Interestingly, this year, the company has entered a four-year collaboration with GSK to develop new treatments, but using human genetics as the basis for discovery.

Not only looking to develop treatments by analysing human genetics, pharmaceutical companies are looking to even remove hereditary genes which pass diseases down generations. In 2017, human embryos were successfully ‘edited’ through gene editing tool, CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats), eradicating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy within 42 embryos.

1. Vertical integrations

As healthcare providers aim to provide greater transparency, promote collaboration and lower escalating patient costs, 2018 has been the year for a significant number of vertical integrations. CVS Health’s $68mn takeover of health insurer Aetna is a case in point. By influencing more of the supply chain, it will gain significant negotiating power to reduce costs for payers and patients, develop personalised solutions and improve overall outcomes. It will also promote the eradication of delays in process by removing any third parties within traditional business models. Other notable integrations are Optum’s acquisition of the DaVita Medical GroupHumana and Kindred Healthcare and Cigna and Express Scripts.

Reports have indicated that not only has the number of healthcare deals more than doubled in the last five years, the size of deals has also grown as a result of repeat investor interest, highlighting that this trend is here to stay.

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