Duck Creek Technologies élève expert.ai et Cognizant au rang de figures de proue de l’innovation à l’occasion de son Hatch-a-Thon dans le cadre de son événement Formation ’24

Parmi les 40 participants, les partenaires solutions expert.ai, Glia et Milliman, ainsi que les intégrateurs de systèmes Cognizant, Coforge et Capgemini, tous finalistes, ont présenté leurs solutions innovantes visant à simplifier le secteur de l’assurance.

BOSTON, 24 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui dessine les futurs contours du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD (incendies, accidents et risques divers), révèle fièrement les lauréats de son « Hatch-a-Thon » annuel, sorte d’expérience collaborative inspirée des incubateurs d’entreprises, à l’occasion de sa conférence Formation ’24. Le partenaire en plateforme d’IA expert.ai et l’intégrateur de systèmes Cognizant se sont distingués vainqueurs des nombreux participants en présentant leurs solutions révolutionnaires visant la simplification du secteur de l’assurance.

En ouvrant la participation à la troisième édition de son fameux Hatch-a-Thon et à son écosystème à des entités externes, Duck Creek Technologies a constaté une impressionnante variété de candidatures. L’événement a réuni ses équipes internes et la communauté des développeurs autour de la table pour faire éclore de nouvelles idées, simplifier encore davantage l’univers complexe de l’assurance et encourager l’innovation. Les partenaires de l’écosystème ont été invités à présenter des idées axées sur la préservation d’une touche d’humanité dans les métiers du secteur, la recherche de synergies au cœur des opérations d’assurance et l’intégration de technologies en vue d’améliorer l’expérience client.

Le Hatch-a-Thon a enregistré quelque 40 candidatures, un quota non anodin. Les membres du comité d’innovation de Duck Creek, Innovation Anywhere (ou l’innovation tous azimuts) les a toutes soigneusement analysées. L’évaluation s’est fondée sur des critères tels que l’innovation, l’impact des produits, l’impact commercial et l’exécution. Trois finalistes parmi les partenaires solutions, expert.ai, Glia et Milliman, et trois autres parmi les intégrateurs de systèmes, Capgemini, Coforge et Cognizant, tous particulièrement méritants, ont été sélectionnés et ont eu le privilège de présenter leurs idées en public lors de l’événement Formation ’24. À cette occasion, les participants ont pu assister à la présentation des finalistes et voter en faveur de la solution la plus innovante.

Les grands gagnants du Hatch-a-Thon de l’événement Formation ’24 sont, dans la catégorie des partenaires solutions, expert.ai et Cognizant, qui remporte la victoire dans la catégorie des intégrateurs de systèmes. L’équipe lauréate de la catégorie des partenaires solutions de cette édition, expert.ai, a présenté Medical Treatment Compliance with Q&A, sa solution révolutionnaire axée sur l’observance des traitements médicaux via un système de questions-réponses. Ce concept aide les équipes médicales à améliorer le traitement des patients atteints de lésions tout en réduisant les frais à engager auprès des assureurs et en identifiant les plans des prestataires non conformes aux directives. Chez les lauréats de la catégorie des intégrateurs de systèmes, celle de Cognizant a présenté Nextgen Claim Assistant, sa remarquable invention permettant aux experts en sinistres de générer des réponses contextuelles à la lumière d’une expertise significative pour accélérer la prise de décision et le règlement rapide des sinistres.

Pour Luis Amadeo, vice-président directeur de la stratégie produit et de l’innovation chez Duck Creek Technologies, « La détermination sans faille de Duck Creek à encourager les progrès et à simplifier l’univers complexe du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD à l’échelle internationale se reflète dans son engagement envers l’innovation et la collaboration. En se reposant sur des événements tels que le Hatch-a-Thon et un solide écosystème de partenaires, Duck Creek est en mesure de piloter encore plus d’avancées pour ses clients. »

À propos de Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies est le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui trace les futurs contours du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD (incendies, accidents et risques divers). Les systèmes d’assurance modernes se reposent sur nos solutions et capitalisent sur le potentiel du cloud pour mener des opérations agiles, intelligentes et pérennes. Authenticité, détermination et transparence, voilà les maîtres-mots de la philosophie de Duck Creek. Pour nous, l’assurance est au service des particuliers et des entreprises, n’importe quand, où, et comment ils en ressentent le plus le besoin. Nos solutions, leaders du marché, sont commercialisées à l’unité ou sous forme de suite packagée, et sont toutes disponibles sur la page : Duck Creek OnDemand. Rendez-vous sur www.duckcreek.com pour en savoir plus. Suivez-nous sur les réseaux pour découvrir nos dernières informations : LinkedIn et X.

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Duck Creek Technologies Homenageia os Campeões da Inovação expert.ai e Cognizant no Formation ’24 Hatch-a-Thon

Dos 40 participantes, os finalistas do parceiro de solução expert.ai, Glia e Milliman e os finalistas do integrador de sistemas Cognizant, Coforge e Capgemini apresentaram suas soluções inovadoras com o objetivo de simplificar o setor de seguros

BOSTON, May 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hoje, a Duck Creek Technologies, fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do seguro de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral, anunciou os vencedores da sua anual Hatch-a-Thon no Formation ’24. Entre os inúmeros participantes, o parceiro de soluções expert.ai e a integradora de sistemas Cognizant emergiram como campeões, apresentando suas soluções inovadoras dedicadas a simplificar o setor de seguros.

A Duck Creek Technologies contou com uma impressionante variedade de inscrições no seu terceiro ano, com participantes externos do ecossistema e participantes da conferência no Hatch-a-Thon. O evento reuniu suas equipes internas e a comunidade de desenvolvedores para criar novas ideias para simplificar ainda mais a complexidade e promover a inovação no setor de seguros. Ele incentivou os parceiros do ecossistema a apresentar ideias focadas na manutenção do toque humano no setor, explorando a sinergia nas operações de seguros e integrando tecnologias para uma melhor experiência do cliente.

A maratona Hatch-a-Thon recebeu 40 inscrições importantes, todas avaliadas de perto pelo comitê Innovation Anywhere da Duck Creek. As inscrições foram avaliadas com base em critérios como inovação, impacto no produto, impacto nos negócios e execução. Três excelentes finalistas de parceiros de soluções, expert.ai, Glia e Milliman, e três finalistas de integradores de sistemas notáveis, Capgemini, Coforge e Cognizant, foram selecionados para mostrar suas ideias no palco do Formation ’24, onde os participantes tiveram a oportunidade de ver as apresentações dos finalistas e votar na solução mais inovadora.

Os campeões finais do Formation ’24 Hatch-a-Thon foram a expert.ai na categoria de parceiro de solução e a Cognizant na categoria de integrador de sistemas. A equipe de parceiros de solução vencedora deste ano da expert.ai apresentou sua solução inovadora, Conformidade de Tratamento Médico com Reivindicações de Perguntas e Respostas, que ajuda as equipes a aprimorar o tratamento de pacientes feridos e reduzir os custos das seguradoras ao sinalizar planos de provedores não conformes em relação às diretrizes, enquanto a equipe de integradores de sistemas vitoriosos da Cognizant apresentou sua impressionante criação, o Nextgen Claim Assistant, que capacita os avaliadores de sinistros a gerar respostas contextuais com insights significativos para acelerar decisões e rápida liquidação de sinistros.

“O compromisso inabalável da Duck Creek em impulsionar avanços e simplificar a complexidade no setor global de seguros de propriedade, acidentes e geral se reflete na sua dedicação em promover a inovação e a colaboração”, disse Luis Amadeo, Vice-Presidente Sênior de Estratégia e Inovação de Produtos da Duck Creek Technologies. “Por meio de eventos como o Hatch-a-Thon e nosso robusto ecossistema de parceiros, a Duck Creek pode incentivar novos avanços para nossos clientes.”

Sobre a Duck Creek Technologies

A Duck Creek Technologies é fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do setor de seguros de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral. Somos a plataforma utilizadas como base dos sistemas de seguros modernos, permitindo que a indústria capitalize o poder da nuvem para executar operações ágeis, inteligentes e perenes. Autenticidade, propósito e transparência são fundamentais para a Duck Creek, e acreditamos que o seguro deve estar disponível para indivíduos e empresas quando, onde e como eles mais precisarem. Nossas soluções líderes do mercado estão disponíveis de forma independente ou como um pacote completo disponíveis em Duck Creek OnDemand. Visite www.duckcreek.com para obter mais informação. Siga a Duck Creek nos nossos canais sociais para obter as mais recentes informações – LinkedIn e X.

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SEND Ghana calls for improved WASH facilities in basic schools


SEND Ghana, a subsidiary of SEND WEST Africa, has called on the Ministries of Education and Sanitation and Water Resource to improve Water, Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) facilities, especially in basic and secondary schools.

It said most schools, especially at the basic level, had inadequate sanitation facilities to promote good hygiene and sanitation practices, including menstrual hygiene management (MHM).

The School Health Education Programme (GESS-SHEP) of the Ghana Education Service recognises the provision of a friendly, physical, psychosocial, and conducive learning environment to enhance school retention and academic competence while preventing ill-related absenteeism.

However, schools do not have separate washrooms and toilet facilities for boys and girls, as well as male and female teachers.

The call was made at the launch of a report on ‘Period Poverty’ on some selected regions in Ghana. It was on the theme: ‘Breaking Menstrual Silence: Unveiling the Hidden Struggles Among Adolescent Girls in Gh
ana.’

The report indicated that adolescents’ knowledge on menstruation and menstrual related issues was limited, with many acceding to the misconceptions and cultural taboos around menstruation.

It said 60.3 per cent of young girls found it difficult to buy sanitary pads because it was expensive and not accessible.

The report showed that 63 percent of most schools did not have adequate WASH facilities and friendly environments to enable girls menstruate freely.

Miss Ihlass Issah, Lead Youth Advocate, SEND Ghana, speaking on the report, said there must be changing rooms with adequate water for hand washing with soap and proper bins for collecting and disposing of menstrual waste.

She said these mechanisms would allow girls to have safe and dignified period free from stigma, thus increasing their school attendance, promoting effective learning, and reducing the risk of infectious diseases and early drop-outs.

She called on the Ministry of Education to implement comprehensive menstrual health education pro
grammes , increase public awareness and sensitisation drive.

‘This education would help in breaking the myths and reducing discrimination and stigma surrounding menstruation in schools and the wider community,’ she said.

Miss Issah said such education would be crucial in fostering open conversation about menstruation, promote empathy and create mutually supportive environment, to allow girls to navigate their menstrual cycles with dignity.

She recommended specific community programmes, involving the participation of parents, opinion leaders, boys and girls, and other relevant stakeholders to deepen understanding and engender equitable development.

She said the government through the Ministry of Finance must scrap taxes on sanitary pads and reclassify them as ‘essential medical necessities’, which should have zero tax rating.

This action would be the first important step in ensuring that prices on menstrual products are lowered making them affordable to girls and women from low-income households.

‘Other
support systems could include targeting deprived schools and distributing pads to deserving students monthly.’

Miss Issah said such initiatives could be included in existing education-related interventions packages, such as the capitation grant, the school feeding and the free SHS programmes.

She said these would reduce the vulnerabilities associated with challenges of access to sanitary pads and would enhance the prospects of girls to attain higher education and guarantee their socio-economic wellbeing in the future.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Electrochem Ghana Limited creates flood channels for Lolonya community


Electrochem Ghana Limited (EGL), a subsidiary of the McDan Group, an industrial salt production company in Ada, has created water passageways to minimise flooding in the Lolonya community in the Ada West District.

The community, which was hit by tidal waves a few days ago, became flooded with water that had no channels to flow out, leaving residents devastated.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) observed that the flood affected homes and the basic school in the community.

The heavy waves from the sea deposited sand at the outlets of the Lolo stream, which links the drains in the community to the Songor Lagoon, leading to its silting, and blocking the excess water from getting out of the community, leading to flooding.

Mr Rockson Ahuakese, assembly member for the area, said he, together with the chief and elders of the community, contacted the company to intervene as the situation was becoming dire.

He said Electrochem helped them with its machinery and fuel to create channels, adding that the water was now rece
ding into the sea.

He commended the company for being helpful to the community, indicating that they had already constructed gutters along major stretches of the community, and adding that he has even written again to them to help desilt the drains.

He said there was a need to improve sanitation in the community, stating that there are currently no refuse dumping sites, which leads to indiscriminate disposal of refuse.

‘We are in dire need of tools like rakes, shovels, wheel barrels, safety boots, gloves, and the rest for frequent clean-up exercises. We are pleading with the public, NGOs, and agencies to assist us in protecting the community,’ he appealed.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Vaccine uptake barriers putting children at health risk


Mavis Mensah (not her real name) is a physically challenged young lady who lives in Amasaman in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

Although she was not born with a disability, Mary became paralyzed, due to polio, when she was about to be enrolled in school at age four.

Her mother, Alice Asare, said her daughter was looking healthy and bouncy as a child, she felt it was not necessary to continue with the rest of the immunization package, so, she did not avail her daughter to the child welfare clinics nor any form of immunization against the six childhood killer diseases.

Mavis has never stepped foot in a classroom and has no vocational training for her future. Her mother could not sustain her trading activities any longer, she is always busy caring for her daughter and life has been unbearable, living on the benevolence of society.

Mavis, who is now an adult, is facing mobility issues and is unable to work for a livelihood.

Many other children like Mavis have missed the routine immuniza
tion package.

Vaccines, when administered to persons, provide resistance against infectious diseases, and boost the body’s immune system to protect an individual from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD).

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), vaccination is one of the best ways to prevent infectious diseases, which saves 3.5 to 5 million lives every year.

Poliomyelitis is one of the six childhood killer diseases instituted as part of Ghana’s primary healthcare programme, including Diphtheria, measles, pertussis, tetanus, and Tuberculosis.

Ghana has increased its routine vaccine coverage from six childhood killer diseases to 11, targeting 14 VPDs, while the integration process for COVID-19 vaccines are currently ongoing.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), fresh babies from day one to five years old are expected to go through the routine vaccination procedure as prescribed by the WHO to protect children from paralysis and in times of outbreaks.

This is necessary as the vaccines prevent
the spread of infectious diseases, and reduce the risk of serious illness, complications, and deaths among Children, who are unable to get up-to-date vaccines as prescribed and either become paralyzed or suffer preventable deaths.

Immunization again, lowers healthcare costs by reducing the burden of treating preventable diseases and increases overall community and global health well-being.

Globally in 2021, more than 13 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered, 14.4 million lives were estimated to have been saved and had reduced the likelihood of new variants from emerging.

Sustainable Development Goal three ensures the promotion of health for all people of all ages, therefore the advocacy to get everyone to accept immunization is necessary in order not to leave anyone behind.

As part of the many efforts to address the issue of vaccine hesitancy, the GHS in collaboration with UNICEF has launched a new mobile application, the ‘Cranky Uncle Game,’ a Global App which was adapted to suit the Ghanaian
situation.

The digital technology has been designed to equip persons with tools to learn, identify and debunk the myriad tricks and tactics employed by the public on vaccination, using the conspiracy theory.

It is a user-friendly and interactive game for everyone, made available in text and six local languages (audio) and to help dispel vaccine hesitancy in the country.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General, GHS, who expressed worry about the continued phenomenon, which was affecting the sector, indicated that the App had been introduced at the right time and would help address the situation.

He urged everyone to embrace the App, learn about the tricks of misinforming the public, change their perception and enable them to have confidence in accepting the vaccines, particularly the COVID-19 vaccines.

Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, Programme Manager, Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), GHS said despite significant achievement, there are pockets of children out there with zero immunity and when not cap
tured could affect their growth or lose their lives.

He expressed concern that some mothers fail to avail their children of vaccination while others refuse it to be administered to their children due to religious beliefs, a situation which was hampering the efforts of the sector.

Mr Amponsa-Achiano said despite Ghana’s progress in vaccination coverage, especially with childhood immunizations the little left out when not captured could accumulate outbreaks.

He said, ‘that is why it is so important that we capture everyone so that we leave no one behind, we noticed that most of the childhood killer diseases are almost becoming a thing of the past and we need to rally more partnerships to achieve desired results.’

He said the GHS would continue to focus attention on urban and Peri-urban areas due to high population size, saying ‘We are going all out until we get to the last child by providing interventions such as market clinics right in the middle of the markets and other services to help achieve the target
.’

The Programme Manager identified media engagement as one of the important interventions to achieve coverage, being the gateway to the public, adding that people tend to believe any information from radio and television, hence, feeding them with the right information was crucial.

Mr Joel Abekuliya, Head, Health Education Unit, GHS Health Promotion Division, said for a long time the public has been fed with misinformation on social media and some media houses that wanted to be the first to break the news without fact-checking.

Mr Abekuliya described such a situation as unfortunate, which had caused hesitancy and had compelled individuals to be reluctant, disbelieved and refused to take the vaccines, causing so much harm to the sector.

He said journalists have the responsibility to shape the narrative on vaccine uptake with compelling storytelling, fact-based reporting, engaging experts in interviews, verifying information and dispelling myths.

The Head of Education Unit said that the media Editors were
change agents and the success of vaccination lies with the media playing its gatekeeping role effectively, hence effective collaboration with experts and promoting positive stories of successful vaccination experiences would go a long way to change the narrative.

The African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN), a non-governmental organisation in controlling and eliminating malaria and other diseases in Africa, is leading an advocacy on vaccine uptake in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service.

Dr Charity Binka, Executive Secretary of the Organization said vaccine hesitancy in the country continued to worry and could be detrimental should any disease outbreak occur.

She stressed that immunization had become an important component of the country’s healthcare system, which had saved the lives of many, however, not everyone had accepted to take the vaccines, particularly, the COVID-19 vaccines adding that, without herd immunity, everyone would be in trouble.

It is for this reason that AMMREN is un
dertaking a project with journalists across the country to equip them with the necessary information to help push the agenda forward.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Tema West Municipal Assembly disburses funds to 167 persons with disabilities


One hundred and sixty-seven persons with disabilities have received various forms of support from the disability common fund disbursed by the Tema West Municipal Assembly (TWMA).

The disbursed fund, which is to help alleviate poverty among beneficiaries, is funded with three percent of the District Assembly Common Fund.

Miss Felicia Edem Attipoe, the Tema West Municipal Chief Executive, said the beneficiaries were drawn from four disability groups in the district, which included the blind and albinos.

Miss Attipoe said the disbursement of the funds was in the form of support for their businesses, medical care, and education, indicating that they applied for what they needed, after which they were vetted and selected.

She noted that the Assembly was working on bringing out a policy to ensure that the beneficiaries received the needed training to help their businesses grow and expand.

She further said persons with disabilities would be trained and used to impart the knowledge to their colleagues.

The MCE
stated that they would also help identify persons with disabilities in the municipality and encourage them to join the various groups and take advantage of such services to make a meaningful income.

She said that to ensure that the funds disbursed would yield the needed result, a monitoring mechanism had been put in place.

Mr Charles Nartei, the Chairperson of the Tema West Persons with Disabilities Common Fund, said the disbursement was done every quarter of the year to empower persons with disabilities to create a living for themselves instead of becoming a burden on their families and society.

He encouraged the beneficiaries to use the money for its intended purpose to ensure that others could also benefit and to pave the way for them to access more in the future.

Source: Ghana News Agency