Daily Archives: October 14, 2014

Mindray to Report Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results on Nov 3, 2014

SHENZHEN, China, October 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mindray Medical International Limited (“Mindray”, NYSE: MR), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices worldwide, today announced that it will report its finan…

Frost & Sullivan Commends Validic for Delivering Superior Customer Value through its mHealth Interoperability Technology Platform

— Validic adds industry Best Practices Award to new client wins and significant growth

LONDON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan recognized Validic with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for Customer Value Leadership. The Validic mHealth interoperability solution is a cloud-based platform that connects digital health application developers, medical devices and healthcare organizations, which includes providers, pharmaceutical companies, and wellness companies.

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Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that improve the return on the investment customers make in its services or products. This award recognizes Validic’s exemplary focus on enhancing the value its customers receive, delivering exceptional customer service, customer retention and customer base expansion. The award was presented at Frost and Sullivan’s Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership conference.

“On analysis of the market landscape for healthcare interoperability solutions, Validic clearly stood out as generating the best value,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Shruthi Parakkal. “One of the things that set Validic apart is the company’s focus on customers throughout the entire process,” noted Parakkal. “Furthermore, Validic’s mHealth interoperability platform is a unique technological solution with a quick deployment time of a few hours, and is 90 percent cheaper than a healthcare company trying to build a comparable mHealth solution internally. Validic is a great value to healthcare companies looking to accelerate their digital health strategies.”

Validic has the industry’s largest ecosystem of over 150 mobile health apps, wearable devices and in-home medical devices. By collaborating with mHealth companies of all sizes, its vast repertoire of mobile integrations makes Validic’s digital health platform a great solution for enterprises, as well as emerging companies. As a result of Validic’s advanced technology, healthcare companies have convenient and quick access to healthcare patient data from a variety of devices and applications with one simple connection.

Validic Co-founder and CEO Ryan Beckland stated, “We are truly honored to be recognized by Frost & Sullivan, who is a global industry leader in analyzing markets, industry trends and best practices. This Best Practices Award reinforces our solid results in digital health data interoperability. We have recently added new device integration partners and new healthcare organizations as clients. Ultimately, our growing leadership position is a great testament to our proven technology success, and supports how our work ultimately drives value for our customers”.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

To view the report, visit https://validic.com/frostsullivanaward

About Validic

Validic is the healthcare industry’s leading technology platform for convenient, easy data access to a world of mobile health and in-home devices, wearables and patient healthcare applications. By connecting its growing base of customers (that includes providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, wellness companies and health IT vendors) to the continuously expanding list of digital health technologies, Validic enables healthcare companies to better coordinate care across their communities, improve their patient engagement strategies, enhance their remote patient monitoring capabilities, and more efficiently manage their patient populations. Validic’s scalable, reliable and FDA Class I MDDS technology delivers actionable, standardized, HIPAA-compliant consumer health data from best in-class health devices and applications. Validic’s leading global digital health ecosystem reaches over 72 million lives and continues to grow daily. To learn more about Validic, please follow us on Twitter at @validic or visit www.validic.com.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

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Clean Hands, Healthy Kids!

SAFEGUARD EDUCATES & INSPIRES FAMILIES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES ‘AROUND THE CLOCK’ ON THE 7TH GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY

CINCINNATI, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — For the seventh consecutive year, leading health and hygiene brand, Safeguard, is partnering with Ministries of Health and Education around the world to capitalize on Global Handwashing Day, October 15, as the perfect opportunity to educate and inspire kids to wash their hands. Almost a decade has passed since published research identified hand washing with soap as ‘the most important medical remedy for children in developing countries’1 and today this finding is more pertinent than ever. That’s why teaching children how to eradicate disease-causing germs through proper hand washing is a key component of Safeguard’s mission to help people protect the health and development of loved ones.

A proud partner of the Global PPPHW (Public-Private Partnership for Hand Washing), Safeguard has always been a prominent supporter of Global Handwashing Day, donating $140,000 since its inception in 2008. Each year the brand employs a comprehensive communications campaign encompassing media relations, social engagement, consumer events, celebrity endorsements, and government and NGO partnerships.  

Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to save lives by preventing the spread of disease-causing germs” says Janet Allgaier, Vice-President P&G Global Personal Care, “and Safeguard is committed to Global Handwashing Day as a key strategy for instilling this positive habit in children all over the world.”

This year, the brand’s super-hero, Commander Safeguard, will play a central role in engaging and inspiring kids. The iconic character features in a range of ‘Around The Clock’ themed content highlighting key moments during a school-kid’s typical day when they are most vulnerable to germs, helping them remember the vital role hand washing plays in keeping them healthy. Learn more at: www.safeguardsoap.com

In Mexico, a short film will be released on social media, featuring the Safeguard Clean Hand Shake – a fun take on the global ‘secret handshake’ craze so often referenced in pop culture. The film ends with a call-to-action to ‘Share the love. Not the germs’ by practicing the handshake with friends and family – after washing their hands, of course! View the film at: http://youtu.be/GMeRWumOKjw

In China, Safeguard is partnering with the Ministry of Health and key retail partners to help reinforce the ‘Around The Clock’ message. Additionally, a partnership with the charity One Foundation will supply Safeguard liquid hand soap to hand washing stations set up following the 6.1 earthquake that struck South-West China’s Yunan province in August.

On October 15th, protect yourself and your loved ones by helping Safeguard promote proper hand washing Around The Clock. Share the love. Not the germs!

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Notes to Editors

As well as supporting Global Handwashing Day, Safeguard conducts health and hygiene research with organizations such as the Infectious Disease Society of Pakistan and Association of Medical Technologies in the Philippines, and offers disaster relief through NGOs including Save the Children, the Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About Safeguard

Safeguard launched as a bar soap in the USA in 1963, it is now available in other product forms including Bodywash, Liquid hand soap and Hand sanitizer. Safeguard is currently sold in over 50 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America with leadership market share in China and the Philippines.

Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water Cause Consumer Health Concerns

— NSF International survey findings reinforce the need for NSF International water quality standard

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A vast majority (82 percent) of consumers report they are concerned about trace levels of emerging contaminants in drinking water, such as pesticides and herbicides (87 percent), prescription drugs (34 percent) and detergents (24 percent), according to a new survey from NSF International, a global public health and safety organization.

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Emerging contaminants include some prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, flame retardants, detergents and new types of herbicides and pesticides, which have been detected at trace levels in drinking water. Although the health risks associated with trace levels of emerging contaminants are not yet well understood, their presence in drinking water at even low levels has many consumers concerned.

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The survey also indicated that despite these concerns, most consumers still improperly dispose of some of these emerging contaminants by throwing unused prescription and OTC drugs in the garbage (34 percent) or flushing them down the toilet (19 percent). Only 28 percent said they correctly bring them to a pharmacist or clinic for disposal.

“NSF International’s survey results clearly show that consumers are very aware of and concerned about emerging contaminants in drinking water. While the industry isn’t currently aware of negative health effects associated with trace levels of these contaminants, many consumers understandably want to have the highest quality drinking water possible for themselves and their family. NSF International has developed a standard that tests the ability of home water treatment devices to reduce some of these emerging contaminants in drinking water,” said Rick Andrew, NSF International Drinking Water Treatment Expert.

The standard, NSF/ANSI 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants, evaluates the ability of water treatment devices to reduce up to 15 emerging contaminants in drinking water, including some prescription/OTC drugs, some new types of herbicides and pesticides and chemicals used as flame retardants and detergents.

More than 56 products have already been certified to the standard by major manufacturers including 3M Purification Inc., Access Business Group LLC, Amway China Co., Aquasana Inc., Electrolux Home Products, Everpure LLC, General Electric Company, Kaz USA Inc., Kemflo / Filbur and Whirlpool Corporation. Visit NSF’s certified product listings to find home water treatment devices that address selected emerging contaminants.

“NSF International’s mission is to protect and improve public health which is why we developed the NSF/ANSI 401 standard as a solution for consumers worried about emerging contaminants in their drinking water,” said Andrew. “There is still so much we don’t know about the effects of long-term exposure to these contaminants. While science and industry work to better understand emerging contaminants, consumers can rely on the certified treatment products available.”

Survey Methodology: NSF International’s Water Quality Insight Survey was conducted by telephone among two national probability samples, which, when combined, consists of 1,014 adults, 509 men and 505 women 18 years of age and older, living in the continental United States. Interviewing for this CARAVAN® Survey was completed on August 21-24, 2014. 400 interviews were from the landline sample and 614 interviews from the cell phone sample.

About NSF International: Founded in 1944, NSF International is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 155 countries, NSF is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org).

NSF led the development of the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, all major plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings. As an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited organization, NSF continues its 43-year leadership in developing water standards with the development of NSF/ANSI 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants.

CONTACT: Kelly Ingerly, +1-734-827-6850, media@nsf.org 

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