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Digital Opportunities Increase as Healthcare Plans to Spend Additional $750 Billion by 2020

Vlad Poptamas




Increasing prevalence of chronic disease, rapidly aging populations, and huge middle-class growth in developing economies are combining to push the growth in global healthcare expenditure from 2.4% in 2015 to an estimated 7.5% by 2020, making next year’s growth alone an additional $750 billion. For many countries, this growth in healthcare expenditure will exceed annual GDP growth, making it challenging to support national health budgets. New ways to manage this unsustainable growth are needed. Digital technologies can offer ways to tackle this challenge, and in fact, a wide range of digital technologies are already being deployed today. The team at Lux Research, a leading provider of tech-enabled research and advisory services for technology innovation, applied a digital framework to identify core outcomes and digital use cases impacting major stakeholders in their new report, “The Digital Transformation of Healthcare.

Lux’s new report analyzes how digital technologies are being used by the major stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem today, namely healthcare providers, solutions providers, payers, and patients, to not only reduce healthcare costs but also improve health outcomes.

“The healthcare industry today is more challenged than ever before,” said Nardev Ramanathan, Ph.D., analyst at Lux Research and lead author of the new report. “Healthcare costs are becoming unsustainable, developed economies are facing rapidly aging societies, and developing economies are seeing a rapidly growing middle class and subsequently shifting expectations of the healthcare system.”

Individuals over 65 years of age will increase from 0.5 billion in 2010 to 1.5 billion by 2050, putting pressure on a system already spending $3 trillion annually on chronic disease. Additionally, the global middle-class segment is expected to increase from 27% in 2009 to 59% in 2030, with 90% of that growth coming from ChinaIndia, and Southeast Asia alone. The report analyzes the impact digital tools have on the different stakeholders today to reduce the cost of conditions like diabetes, which already has a global cost of $1.3 trillion and is expected to double over the coming decade. The report finds that digital transformation has the greatest impact on areas like clinical trial management within R&D and decision support within provision of care today. However, other areas, such as digital therapeutics for the provision of care and interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) for hospital operations, while seeing a relatively low impact today, will play a bigger role in the near future.

“New and innovative approaches are needed to rein in costs and scale the provision of care to keep pace with globally changing healthcare demands. Technologies like health IoT, blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality will all impact the healthcare ecosystem,” said Ramanathan. “Today the right technologies are in place, such as smartphones and the internet of things, to meet those demands.” Through the application of Lux’s digital framework, the Lux team highlights the nine key digital use cases within healthcare.

“Digital transformation is poised to transform the way the entire healthcare industry operates. The role of the patient or consumer becomes more than just a passive recipient of care but rather an active player whose decisions and quality of life influence product development,” Ramanathan explains. “The healthcare system is shifting toward a more patient-centric decentralized model, where the healthcare provider’s role is shifting toward more of a control center, deploying resources as needed to optimize models rather than being the central node of care.”


SOURCE Lux Research

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New Switch Fabric Module Boosts Data Center Processing Capability for Aerospace and Defense Applications




ANDOVER, Mass., Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY,, a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, today announced the EnsembleSeries SFM6126 OpenVPX PCI Express (PCIe) gen 3 switch with innovative capabilities for creating a true composable data center edge processing architecture for aerospace and defense applications. This represents a critical data distribution building block for Mercury’s comprehensive embedded data center compute architecture, ensuring availability in space-constrained, harsh environments. The rugged 6U modules are unique in their ability to switch both the control and expansion planes to support the inter-module data distribution architecture required by high-performance OpenVPX high-performance embedded edge computing (HPEEC) subsystems.

“One of the latest trends in commercial data centers is to use a composable infrastructure which allows the computing, storage, and switch fabric resources to be individually changed – aggregated, disaggregated, and composed – based on an application’s precise needs, giving system architects much greater flexibility in deploying and reconfiguring resources as needed,” said Joe Plunkett, Mercury’s Vice President and General Manager for Sensor Processing Solutions. “We have applied that approach with our new EnsembleSeries SFM6126 switch, using PCIe switching to embed a composable data center ‘I/O distribution architecture’ in size, weight and power (SWaP)-constrained harsh environments. This fundamental capability enables our customers to equip our military with the smarter, more capable platforms and systems they need to detect and defeat emerging threats from adversaries, and once again showcases the power of Mercury to make commercial technology profoundly more accessible to aerospace and defense.”

Why they matter:
Artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous platforms, cognitive electronic warfare (EW) and sensor fusion demand huge processing resources that can be well served by leveraging a composable data center architecture. The hardware challenge for deploying these applications at the tactical edge pivots around making data center technology sufficiently small, lightweight and power-efficient. Additionally, these processing resources should be rugged for survivability and run cool for reliability. An embedded composable architecture is ideally suited to demanding processing-intensive applications, giving warfighters greater situational awareness to counter sophisticated threats.

What they deliver:
EnsembleSeries SFM6126 switches are a key component of a truly composable HPEEC solution, which include EnsembleSeries HDS6605 server blades and streaming IOM-400 I/O modules. Collectively, these modules leverage and scale the latest data center processing technologies to accelerate demanding workloads in the harshest, most SWaP-constrained environments.

Customer benefits include the ability to:

  • Get data center-level performance without the data center – Deploy next-generation autonomous platforms, cognitive electronic warfare (EW) systems, compute-intensive electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR), active electronically scanned array (AESA) Radar, artificial intelligence (AI) and sensor fusion applications that require data center-class capabilities closer to the source of data origin – at the edge.
  • Increase data throughput – Process and distribute massive amounts of streaming sensor I/O data over a distributed heterogeneous PCIe-enabled architecture.
  • Scale and leverage data center IP from the cloud to the edge with a seamless and common compute architecture that integrates the latest commercial capabilities for affordability and low program risk.
  • Deliver more processing power by pre-integrating other EnsembleSeries HPEEC building blocks including server-class processing blades (EnsembleSeries HDS6605), FPGA and NVIDIA® GPU co-processing engines with a wideband, low-latency and universal PCIe HPEEC architecture.

EnsembleSeries HPEEC Solutions – Embedding the Data Center Anywhere
EnsembleSeries OpenVPX modules and related pre-integrated subsystems are protected with Mercury’s proven fifth generation of advanced packaging, cooling and interconnects. Collectively, these technologies shield electronics from the harshest environments, keeping them cool for long, reliable service lives while enabling consistent switch fabric performance across a broad temperature range. For extreme environmental protection, optional modified-off-the-shelf (MOTS)+ technologies are available. These technologies leverage enhanced commercial components, board fabrication rules, and subsystem design techniques for extra durability and the ability to withstand extreme temperature cycles and mechanical excitation better than other rugged designs.

Designed, manufactured, coded and supported in the USA from DMEA-certified facilities, EnsembleSeries SFM6126 switches are expected to be available in the first quarter of CY2020 in conduction-cooled, Air Flow-Byand Liquid Flow Through options.

Mercury is accelerating innovation for our customers as we bridge the gap between commercial technology and defense applications to meet the industry’s current and emerging needs. For more information, visit or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or
Mercury Systems – Innovation That Matters®
Mercury Systems is the leader in making trusted, secure mission-critical technologies profoundly more accessible to the aerospace and defense industries. Optimized for customer and mission success, our innovative solutions power more than 300 critical aerospace and defense programs. Headquartered in Andover, Mass., and with manufacturing and design facilities around the world, Mercury specializes in engineering, adapting and manufacturing new solutions purpose-built to meet the industry’s current and emerging high-tech needs. Our employees are committed to Innovation that Matters®. To learn more, visit, or follow us on Twitter.

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Mercury Systems, Inc.
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North America’s Leading Design and Manufacturing Event to Host Extensive Show Floor Composed of Prominent Companies Shaping the Future of Industry 4.0




SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — North America’s leading exhibitionsAutomation Technology Expo West (ATX), Design & Manufacturing (D&M) Pacific, PLASTEC West, and WestPack – are set to welcome key players within the advanced manufacturing sector to present the most advanced show floor yet. Companies spanning automation, design engineering, packaging, and plastics will convene at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, February 11 – 13, to display breakthrough technologies and novel advances pushing the industry forward. To register as press for the show please visit:

The shift toward Industry 4.0 is estimated to be valued at $3.7 trillion by 2025. “Throughout history technological advances have revolutionized the face and nature of the advanced manufacturing industry” said Hayley Haggarty, general manager, Advanced Manufacturing Group. “Those seeking solutions for their business should come prepared to meet with thousands of suppliers and brands across an array of industries to gain valuable knowledge and insights that can optimize their processes and ultimately move the needle towards a smarter future.”

In addition to products and technologies on display, the floor will feature a number of product demonstrations providing attendees an intimate look at the industry’s advanced offerings. Automation Technology West (ATX) the nation’s largest automation technology event, will feature live demos of groundbreaking pick-and-place robots, cobots, artificial intelligence (AI), and much more from today’s leading automation brands.

Leading ATX West exhibitors include:

  • ABB
  • Arthur G. Russell
  • ATS Automation
  • BOSCH Rexroth
  • DENSO Robotics
  • EPSON Robots
  • HIWIN Corp.
  • Kawasaki Robotics
  • Universal Robots

Design & Manufacturing Pacific (D&M), the nation’s leading design engineer event, will highlight smarter manufacturing by design through its esteemed exhibitors and free educational sessions at the Design Dome. A main area of focus by D&M exhibitors include 3D printing technology to streamline manufacturing processes to help businesses perform at a higher level, among much more.

Leading D&M Pacific exhibitors include:

  • Altech Corporation
  • Caplugs
  • Flow International Corporation
  • Formlabs Inc.
  • GF Machining Solutions, LLC
  • Igus
  • KMT Waterjet Systems
  • Onshape
  • Protolabs
  • Stratasys Inc.

The plastics industry, which has witnessed no signs of slowing, is expected to worth $721 billion by 2025. PLASTEC West, the nation’s largest annual plastics event will provide attendees the opportunity to meet with the leading companies enhancing the plastics and polymers market through live demonstrations of new materials and additives as well as services such as rapid prototyping and injection molding.

Leading PLASTEC West exhibitors include:

  • Absolute Haitian
  • Arburg
  • Canon Virginia
  • Conair
  • Progressive Components
  • Maruka
  • Progressive Components
  • Shibaura Machine (Toshiba Machine)
  • Sumitomo SHI Demag
  • Wittmann Battenfeld

WestPack, the West Coast’s largest packaging event, is set to feature the top businesses that are producing convenient, eco-friendly, and dynamic packaging on the market today. Packaging brands will highlight the latest technological advances and solutions in packaging for several industries including pharmaceuticals, cannabis, pet food, among many more.

Leading WestPack exhibitors include:

  • AstroNova Product Identification
  • Capmatic
  • CVC Technologies, Inc.
  • Inline Filling Systems LLC
  • Multivac, Inc.
  • Packline USA
  • ProMach
  • Reiser
  • Sunoco Alloyd
  • VC999 Packaging Systems

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About Advanced Manufacturing Expos & Conferences:
Informa Market’s
 Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is the leading B2B event producer, publisher, and digital media business for the world’s $3-trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry. Our print and electronic products deliver trusted information to the advanced manufacturing market and leverage our proprietary 1.3-million-name database to connect suppliers with buyers and purchase influencers. We produce more than 50 events and conferences in a dozen countries, connecting manufacturing professionals from around the globe. The Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is organized by Informa, which recently acquired UBM to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B events and exhibitions organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit

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Inuvo Issues Comments on Upcoming Browser Cookie Changes




LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Inuvo, Inc. (NYSE American: INUV), a leading provider of marketing technology, powered by IntentKey™ artificial intelligence that serves brands and agencies, today issued IntentKey updates in light of recently announced changes to browser functionality that could impact the future of online marketing over the next 24 months.

“Browser developers are struggling to balance how to provide enhanced consumer privacy without damaging the content providers and advertisers that fund and/or contribute to the online experience,” commented Richard Howe, Inuvo CEO. “At Inuvo, we advocate for responsible marketing and the anonymization of consumer information. These are principles our technologies have always been designed to meet. The browser changes announced last week do not appear to require any significant adaptation of our core technologies nor corporate strategy.”

Why the IntentKey works?

The patents behind the artificial intelligence (AI) technology of the IntentKey are rooted in the ability, both contextually and linguistically, to understand the written word in a similar manner to the way the AI assistance technologies used in mobile phones and home devices derive meaning from the spoken word. If you ask your phone “What is Yoga?”, it is likely to respond with something along the lines that Yoga is a group of physical, meditative and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated in India. This is a very broad answer, in part because the advantage of the spoken word is the ability to engage in a manner that narrows down the possibilities. We can, if we do not like the response, be more specific about what we are asking, “Assistant, please tell me more about yoga poses”, which then ultimately leads, iteratively, to a better response from the assistant.

The objective of AI based technologies is to become as good as the human brain is at discerning the unknown. For a machine, Yoga by itself has many possible contexts and as a result, is difficult to understand absent some qualifier like meditation or spirituality or India. Yoga in the context of posing, for example, would greatly narrow down the intent possibilities and ultimately yield a better consumer experience from the assistant. The question then becomes, in the absence of a qualifier like “posing”, how does a machine decide what the user really wants when they simply ask for Yoga?

Inuvo does not believe marketing should be any different. By definition the objective is to find a match between a product or service and a consumer need or intent. The difference is consumers do not engage with websites or apps in the same manner they engage with these home or phone assistants and as a result, the technologies developed to match marketer to website and consumer to website are forced to have to do the best job they can to predict the intent of the consumer, using the information and technology available to do so. This is fundamentally what the IntentKey AI was designed to do. At its core it is a map of probabilities between concepts. It knows that the probability that a consumer’s intent associated with a Yoga website is 75% likely to be about Yoga poses, even if Yoga posing is not explicitly discussed within the content. It would equally know that Yoga and India have only a 9.5% probability and it would equally know the probability associations of the other thousands of possible Yoga connections. Now consider that the IntentKey knows these same associations for every important concept in the English lexicon. This fundamentally is the patented technology that underpins the IntentKey.

Inuvo’s IntentKey lead, Amir Bakhshaie, added, “The IntentKey has been designed to work without individual profiles. Rather, the technology is designed to reach relevant audiences based both on its advanced and unstructured contextual understanding of content and how audiences behave in aggregate by leveraging Inuvo’s proprietary contextual data. Consumer anonymity is already incorporated into the IntentKey design and as such we believe we are in a good position to thrive if and when the industry moves away from the ability to target individuals.”

Inuvo’s IntentKey™ fuels a broad range of media services that deliver optimal performance from capitalizing on audiences’ early signs of in-market interests.

About Inuvo
Inuvo®, Inc. (NYSE American: INUV) is a market leader in artificial intelligence, aligning and delivering consumer-oriented product & brand messaging strategies online based on powerful, anonymous and proprietary consumer intent data for agencies, advertisers and partners. To learn more, visit

About the IntentKey™
Inuvo®’s IntentKey™ is a patented, machine-learning technology designed to mirror the manner in which the human brain instantly associates ideas, emotions, places, people, and objects. It creates an accurate, high-definition picture of consumer intent and sentiment related to a particular topic or item. Inuvo harnesses the power of the IntentKey™ to discover and reach high volumes of incremental in-market and relevant audiences that are hidden from typical marketing approaches. The IntentKey™ enables pinpoint media execution reaching consumers throughout the purchasing funnel all the way to conversion.

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Inuvo Company Contact:
Wally Ruiz 
Chief Financial Officer
Tel (501) 205-8397

Investor Relations:
KCSA Strategic Communications
Valter Pinto, Managing Director
Tel (212) 896-1254 

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