Doctor Claims Apple Watch Infringes His Heart Monitoring Technology Patent

Insurance Journal | December 30, 2019

A New York University cardiologist claims Apple Inc.’s Watch uses his patented heartbeat-monitoring invention and he wants compensation. Dr. Joseph Wiesel, who teaches at NYU School of Medicine, filed a suit Friday against the tech giant, in federal court in Brooklyn. Wiesel claims the Apple Watch infringes his patent for a method to detect an irregular heartbeat. Apple promotes a feature in the watch that can measure the wearer’s heart rate and can provide notifications of an irregular pulse. The business segment that includes the Apple Watch, Apple TV and Beats headphones is the company’s fastest-growing category and generated more than $24 billion in sales in the fiscal year that ended in September. Wiesel said his invention covered “pioneering steps” in atrial fibrillation detection by monitoring “irregular pulse rhythms from a succession of time intervals.” He said he first contacted Apple in September 2017, giving the Cupertino, California-based company detailed information about the patent.

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A third-party contractor, a young man in the prime of his life with a wife and several minor children, is injured while unloading a piece of heavy equipment from the insured’s trailer. Initially, the injury appeared to be a straightforward back injury until the individual suffered a stroke while in the hospital. Now the claim is much more than a back injury. The fact that the contractor was in a restricted area and was not following procedure will not reduce the overall settlement value of the claim. The injured worker’s age and extent of his disability impact the settlement evaluation. What was thought to be a loss with a settlement value less than $1 million could potentially be valued in excess of $5 million.

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A third-party contractor, a young man in the prime of his life with a wife and several minor children, is injured while unloading a piece of heavy equipment from the insured’s trailer. Initially, the injury appeared to be a straightforward back injury until the individual suffered a stroke while in the hospital. Now the claim is much more than a back injury. The fact that the contractor was in a restricted area and was not following procedure will not reduce the overall settlement value of the claim. The injured worker’s age and extent of his disability impact the settlement evaluation. What was thought to be a loss with a settlement value less than $1 million could potentially be valued in excess of $5 million.

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USAA Life Insurance Company Partners with Human API to Transform Life Insurance Buying Process

USAA and Human API | August 17, 2022

USAA Life Insurance Company (USAA Life) announces the next step in the evolution of their life insurance offering by partnering with Human API, the leading health data platform. Pairing USAA Life’s rich experience with digital health data and Human API’s industry-leading technology will drive transformation in the life insurance buying process to create an unmatched member experience. USAA Life will continue to expand the use of digital health data in the life insurance underwriting process through its implementation of Human API’s Health Intelligence Platform, including its vast patient portal network, HIPAA-authorized networks, and APS retrieval services, all powered by Human API’s smart order orchestration. The Human API platform connects to 30,000+ data sources in the US, including EHR networks, HIEs, provider networks and more, providing widespread digital health data access for over 13 million USAA members. Prioritizing digital health data will improve the USAA member experience and help members acquire important life insurance coverage faster and easier. Human API’s proprietary data normalization engine expands the utility of digital health data, delivers deeper data insights, and unlocks exciting new opportunities through the development of this unique data asset. As USAA Life continues to drive towards the future of automated underwriting, the partnership with Human API will ensure that USAA will deliver the best experience to its members today and in the future. “Human API’s platform further expands our ability to provide our members the best experience buying life insurance, We were the first company to use digital health data and are continually looking for ways to improve our processes—including increasing the percentage of medical records we can receive digitally, which cuts down on the time that it takes to get life insurance coverage.” -Chris Flint, senior vice president and general manager, life insurance at USAA Life We are thrilled to be working with USAA. Human API is excited to assist USAA in continuing to deliver the best in services and experience to their members and we look forward to helping USAA power the future of digital health data and underwriting automation, says Andrei Pop, CEO of Human API. About USAA Founded in 1922 by a group of military officers, USAA is among the leading providers of insurance, banking, and investment and retirement solutions to more than 13 million members of the U.S. military, veterans who have honorably served and their families. Headquartered in San Antonio, USAA has offices in eight U.S. cities and three overseas locations and employs more than 38,000 people worldwide. Each year, the company contributes to national and local nonprofits in support of military families and communities where employees live and work. About Human API Human API’s Health Intelligence Platform connects and converts health data into actionable intelligence that accelerates underwriting, improves placement rates, and creates better customer experiences. The company’s platform is powered by a robust and comprehensive data network which includes access to electronic health records (EHR) networks, health information exchanges (HIEs), patient portals, and traditional APS retrieval partners. Coupled with smart evidence orchestration capabilities that optimize for the best data retrieval paths and a reporting engine that presents useful information to underwriters at the right time, Human API’s solution is helping leading carriers easily access and use health data to transform underwriting and customer experiences.

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BDA Participates in 60th Annual Florida Insurance Council Summer Symposium

BDA | July 25, 2022

The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) is proud to support the 60th annual Florida Insurance Council (FIC) Summer Symposium on July 26-28, in Orlando, Florida. The FIC programme will include state legislators, the Office of Insurance Regulation and other industry speakers including BDA Chair, Stephen Weinstein and BDA CEO, David Hart. Mr. Weinstein said, “Since Hurricane Andrew, Bermuda’s (re)insurance market has been the preeminent partner to Florida insurers, supporting the market with capital, risk expertise, and an ethos of collaboration." Mr. Weinstein said, “Since Hurricane Andrew, Bermuda’s (re)insurance market has been the preeminent partner to Florida insurers, supporting the market with capital, risk expertise, and an ethos of collaboration. Today, Bermuda (re)insurers provide over 60% of the hurricane reinsurance in Florida, support efforts to reform and strengthen Florida’s insurance market, and invest in and share cutting edge science to boost hurricane resilience and promote mitigation. Over 30 years, the Bermuda and Florida markets have tackled many challenges together and shared many successes. We look forward to seeing so many business, legislative, and regulatory leaders in person over the course of FIC’s outstanding programme, and exploring the next cycle of growth in our partnership.” Mr. Hart said, “As a sixth generation Floridian, I have seen first-hand the benefits that Bermuda’s (re)insurance market offers Florida’s economy, and I am proud to represent Bermuda and the BDA at the FIC’s Summer Symposium. As we enter peak hurricane season, our Chair and I will highlight Bermuda’s continued value proposition as the world’s risk capital to the largest gathering of Florida’s domestic insurers. We thank FIC President, Cecil Pearce, for the speaking invitation and look forward to a large gathering of Florida-based companies and executives visiting us for our second annual Bermuda Risk Summit being held at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club on March 6-8, 2023.” CONNECTING BUSINESS The BDA encourages direct investment and helps companies start up, re-locate, or expand their operations in our premier jurisdiction. An independent, public-private partnership, we connect you to industry professionals, regulatory officials, and key contacts in the Bermuda government to assist domicile decisions. Our goal? To make doing business in Bermuda smooth and beneficial.

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Chubb Acquires Cigna’s Life and Non-Life Insurance Companies in Asia Pacific

Chubb | July 04, 2022

The personal accident, supplemental health, and life insurance businesses of Cigna (NYSE: CI) in six Asia-Pacific markets are housed in the life and non-life insurance firms that Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB) has completed its acquisition of. The businesses, which include Cigna's accident and health (A&H) and life business in Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, were purchased by Chubb for $5.36 billion. The final acquisition price was less than the first announcement, which takes into account several small modifications as well as the effects of rising interest rates and currency exchange rates on the acquired book value. By increasing its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, a long-term development area for the company, this complementing strategic purchase helps Chubb. With the addition of Cigna's business, Chubb's global portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region will increase from $4 billion to about $7 billion in premiums, or about 18% of the company's total premiums, with roughly 95 percent of the acquired business going to its life insurance segment and the remaining going to its overseas general insurance segment. The company's global A&H writings will grow to a premium amount of around $6 billion, up from $3.7 billion, and its life insurance section will grow to a $5.4 billion enterprise. "Cigna's business, which is approximately 80% A&H, adds significantly to our business in Asia. The Asia-Pacific region offers great potential for long-term growth and wealth creation. The Cigna businesses have favorable underwriting margins, produce high-quality earnings, and are not exposed to the P&C cycle. Chubb is so well positioned to capitalize on market and product opportunities, including the cross-selling of Chubb's non-life products to life customers, with a strong brand, technology, and complementary direct marketing skills and partnerships. At the same time, I am also pleased to welcome nearly 3,000 new colleagues to Chubb. Together, the leadership and talented professionals of Chubb and Cigna will enable us to provide greater value to our customers, distribution partners, and shareholders." -Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Chubb.

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