As a society, there are several issue areas that we take very seriously and have allocated resources, time, and legislative power to assure these remain intact. These issues include, but are not limited to, military spending, public infrastructure, and healthcare. It doesn’t take a political scientist to understand that we spend billions to fund our nation’s armed forces.
In fact, in the U.S. fiscal year 2015, military spending accounted for 54% of all federal discretionary spending, totaling $598 billion. Without diving into the can of worms that is defense budgets, we can discern that America cares about maintaining a strong, well-funded military, but the inconvenient truth is that in placing priority on one aspect of American life, we’ve disregarded countless others, namely mental health.
When you hear the phrase “mental health,” you almost immediately scan the room to seek out the suspicious character who uttered those words because this concept has become so taboo that we are fearful of even mentioning it. If we’re not walking on egg shells when discussing mental wellness, we’re judging individuals for sharing with us, or others, that they struggle with their own mental health.
It’s strange and upsetting that because we cannot see someone suffering, i.e. sitting in a wheelchair or exhibiting other external symptoms, we assume that everything is perfectly fine. We couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately one in five adults in the U.S. — 43.8 million, or 18.5%, experiences mental illness in a given year, and the statistics are even more prevalent in children aged 13-18 (21.4%).
Whether we realize it, or we’ve elected to remain blind to the facts, it changes nothing. People struggling mental illness need to be afforded the same rights and access to resources and treatment as an individual diagnoses with any other disease or ailment. It does not matter how severe one’s diagnosis may be, we deserve to live happy, healthy lives, and America’s current infrastructure is not meeting the demands of individuals in need of support.
According to NAMI statistics, serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year, which should serve as a wake up call to business owners that if they want to maintain profit margins, they should take care of their staff.
Luckily, there are companies, albeit few, in the healthcare industry that take mental illness seriously and are taking the necessary steps to give their patients access to affordable, qualitative mental healthcare.
Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) is a Canadian publicly traded company focused on developing innovative approaches that combine human skill-based expertise with emerging technologies to provide the best possible care options for their patients. The Company announced earlier this week the launch of a
The initiative will focus on providing
Following the announcement, Dr. Essam Hamza, CEO of Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F), commented, “Having the ability to offer virtual mental health counselling services is pivotal to our patient-centric app. Through my own practice I have encountered a significant number of teens and young adults who would much rather use virtual services from the comfort of their home than come in person and wait in a busy waiting room to talk about their mental health. The need is there, and Premier Health, working alongside Dr. Ali and Dr. McKenzie, will develop the tools and framework to be able to overcome the barriers associated with mental health treatment.”
Through the use of Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F)‘s private and secure online video platform, patients will now be able to book sessions with experienced mental health professionals and be seen from anywhere in the world. The Company will also be focusing on providing access to mental health to underserved and under privileged communities, which due to geography and the scarcity of mental health professionals, have previously been overlooked
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Facebook Gives User Passwords Out Like Candy
We’ve all become slaves to our social media accounts, there’s truly no denying of this fact. I know people, who will remain anonymous at the risk of any one of you going to their house and judging them publicly, who care more about the amount of followers they have on Instagram (FB) than the amount of credit card debt they’re currently drowning in. For one reason or another, we are enamored with the vanity that is social networking. Sticking with the Insta example for a moment, if someone posts a perfectly edited photo of themselves sipping on a glass of rose in Europe, we automatically assume they have it all, but, in actuality, this person may be severely depressed. Also, its likely that their “perfect photo” took twenty minutes to get just right.
Though humanity is truly addicted to various social platforms, it’s not the fault of the consumer, but more so the companies responsible for creating sites and applications that are so captivating. Not only are they fun to use, but these applications require our personal information, so its only natural that we’re constantly checking our profiles to see what’s being done with our data. Having said that, tech companies do a pretty solid job of convincing us that our information is completely safe, without any possibility of a breach, that is, until a data breach takes place.
Facebook (FB) is one such social media company that just cannot seem to catch a break, whether it’s their own fault or otherwise. To be fair, you, as the largest social media platform in the universe, partner up with consulting firm who lied about their intentions to perform psychological research on 270,000 but ended up selling user data from 50 million profiles to help the Republican Party take the 2016 election, it’s completely justifiable that you catch flack from the media.
After months of silence, it would seem that Facebook (FB) needs to tear down their “days since last incident” counter and start all over. The Company confirmed Thursday in a blog post, that during a routine security review in January, they found “that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within their own internal data storage systems.”
In an attempt to dissuade the likely onslaught of internet rage from angry Facebook (FB) users, and other callous trolls, the Company tried to explain themselves.
“To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them. We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users…”
–Facebook official statement regarding recent password breach
According to recent statistics regarding Facebook’s (FB) password announcement, as many as 600 million users could be affected — roughly 20% of Facebook’s user base, but Facebook (FB) has yet to confirm these numbers.
Putting it as plainly as can be, data breaches are not an attractive look for any company, especially one that has been in the spotlight for potentially helping foreign entities interfere with domestic politics. One would think that Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Facebook (FB), would guide his company in a safer direction, and tighten up the loose screws. Nevertheless, he is one of the richest people on the planet and I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.
Virtual Care Will Improve Patient Access
The global healthcare industry is changing faster than most of us can keep track, but the bright side is that these changes are meant to improve our quality of life. Over time, healthcare providers have worked with in collaboration with the tech industry to incorporate technological advancements to allow for medical practices to keep up with the times. While many of these medical innovations are exciting and demonstrate that the healthcare industry will progress into the future, the issue is that inequities exist amid the global healthcare system.
According to recent statistics, as many as 57 million Americans live in a rural location, resulting in decreased access to primary care physicians and hospitals. Given that domestic population numbers increase on a daily basis, we are seeing a drastic clinician shortage across the nation, and patients in rural regions suffer even greater consequences because of this. The data suggests that the patient-to-physician ratio in rural areas is roughly 39 physicians per 100,000 people, according to statistics from the National Rural Health Association.
In an effort to close care gaps caused by geographical obstacles, healthcare providers are investing in telemedical technologies to allow patients to connect with doctors without the need for traveling a far distance to a clinic or hospital. Companies in the healthcare sector have focused their resources on implementing virtual healthcare into their care offerings. What’s astounding about virtual health tech is that it allows providers to broadly expand their ability to treat more patients, allowing for a more connected, coordinated care framework.
Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F), a company focused on developing innovative approaches that combine human skill-based expertise with emerging technologies to provide the best possible care solutions for their patients, yesterday announced that the Company will be launching a range of virtual and remote services to be offered to its network of primary clinics, including nurses, medical office assistants and office managers. Per the details of the announcement, the initial launch will focus on current Juno EMR clients in British Columbia with plans to roll out to other provinces by the end of Q2 2019.
Considering the amount of family physicians retiring and/or burning out, high-fixed overhead and a dwindling amount of business support represent major deterrents to recruiting young doctors to take over private practices. Through Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F)‘s implementation of virtual care and remote services will increase the clinics billings revenue by allowing physicians to be dedicated to seeing patients while reducing the clinic’s fixed labor cost. In some cases, where smaller clinics don’t have the resources for adequate patient follow-up, implementing an automatically-prompted and systematic process could significantly improve the quality of care and improve patient health outcomes.
Following the announcement, Dr. Essam Hamza, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F), said, “from my own clinical experience, I see the benefit of offering these services to other privately-owned clinics. We have successfully integrated shared resources across our four HealthVue Medical clinics. With rising labour costs, many clinics simply cannot afford dedicated staffing. With our recent acquisition of Cloud Practice, we have the opportunity to provide virtual and remote services to the 287 clinics currently using Juno EMR.”
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Google Fined $1.7 Billion By European Commision
You know that shady character that lives down the street from your apartment, and every time you see him, you give him the change in your pocket, but you always question what he’s really up to? Well, that may be due to a number of reasons, namely that something may have occurred in your childhood which has subsequently caused you to either fear the homeless or have trust issues. In some scenarios, an individual could have both fear and mistrust in their hearts.
As time has progressed and technological advancements have followed suit, societal trust in tech companies has dwindled. Though we expect the brilliant minds of this generation and the next to pioneer technologies to improve our lives for the better, secretly, like the man down the street, we question what they’re really up to.
Back in December, just before the strike of the new year, Google (GOOGL), the Company heralded for providing the world with access to information in less time than it takes America to forget about a natural disaster, shared with the world that the personal data of 52.5 million Google + users was comprised due to a bug discovered in connection with a Google + API. Suffice to say, the search engine-backed tech behemoth quickly addressed the issue, especially given the rising fears of consumers in regards to what websites do with their personal data.
It seemed, at least for the last few months, that Google (GOOGL) was in the clear. The Company yesterday made headlines with its announcement
Per the details of the official announcement, with Stadia, YouTube watchers will be able to click “Play now” at the end of a video and their game will start within five seconds. Perhaps the craziest part about Stadia is that the “data center is the platform,” meaning that players can start at one platform and continue where they left off on any advice capable of connecting to Google.
However, we’ve come to learn that behind all the glitz and glamor, some tech companies are always up to no good. On Wednesday, the European Commission slapped Google (GOOGL) with a fine for breaching EU antitrust rules. According to the official press release regarding the matter, Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which hinders any rival of the Company from placing their own ads on these sites.
In other words, Google (GOOGL) has structured the online advertising playing field in their favor.
“Today the commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for illegal misuse of its dominant position in the market for the brokering of online search adverts. Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. The misconduct lasted over 10 years and denied other companies the possibility to compete on the merits and to innovate – and consumers the benefits of competition…”
–Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner, European Commission
The European Commission shared that over the course of the last few years, through AdSense for Search, Google (GOOGL) has held market shared above 90% in the national markets for general search, making it near impossible for competitors in online search advertising to sell ad space within Google’s search engine results pages.
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