HealthlinkNY, HealtheConnections Announce Merger, Will Become Largest Health Improvement Org. in New

Rob Hack, CEO of HealtheConnections and Staci Romeo, Executive Director, HealthlinkNY. HealtheConnections and HealthlinkNY announced today they will merge together into HealtheConnections to create the largest health improvement organization in New York State. The new entity will operate a Health Information Exchange that spans 26 counties in the Central New York, Southern Tier, and Hudson Valley regions, with 8,700 participating providers at 2,800 locations, and the medical records of 5 million patients. The new HealtheConnections will play a leading role in health improvement because HealtheConnections and HealthlinkNY are the only New York State HIE Qualified Entities that support the Dep

Knight to Moderate 'Tipping Point' at Broadband Communities 2019 Summit

Are 2019 and 2020 game-changing years for community broadband deployment? All signs point to "YES!" New funding mechanism for Open Access networks are hitting the market now, opening up economic and community development opportunities for municipalities throughout America. Bob Knight, EVP, Broadband and Chief Operating Office of Harrison Edwards will moderate "Tipping Point: The Disruptive Model That's Bringing Funding and Fiber to American Communities" on Tuesday, April 9 at the Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas. Panelists also include: Lindsey Brannon, Head of Public Finance, Neighborly Isak Finér, Chief Marketing Officer, COS Systems Shawn Parker, Community Broadband, North Am

LaGuardia: I Just Witnessed Fake News With My Own Eyes and I'm Pretty Angry.

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800 parked at LaGuardia Airport. I was with a client on Long Island Friday when a news alert flashed across my phone from the Wall Street Journal: "BREAKING NEWS: FAA issues ground stop for flights arriving at New York's LaGuardia Airport, citing staffing issues. Flights also delayed at Newark, Philadelphia." "Wow!' exclaimed a man in the room. "The air traffic controllers finally stopped coming to work, I'll bet this ends the [government] shutdown." We all agreed. An hour later, and dutifully following Waze's commands, I was heading northbound across the Whitestone Bridge puzzled as to why airplanes were taking off and landing in quick succession. First, an A

Study: Iona College Pumps $284.4 Million Into Region's Economy

You don’t need an economics degree to know that Iona College is a big-time contributor to the regional economy. A new study by the Albany-based Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities says that Iona pumped $284.4 million to the economy in 2017, a $26 million increase from the previous year. The study also said Iona was responsible for the creation of 1,930 (930 are directly employed by the College). Iona's New Rochelle campus has undergone recent improvements that include new residence halls, and a business school. The Commission's study looked at New York State’s more than 100-plus private, not-for-profit colleges and universities and found that Iona's presence translated into s

Warm Coats, Warm Hearts

We love stories like this one! We’ve been working with our client Rising Ground to put a face to the hugely successful Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive, which collects and donates winter coats to families who can’t afford to buy their own. The drive is sponsored by Burlington, Delivering Good, and GMA, and they wanted to feature one of those families on the show. The call went out to all of the coat drive’s community partners—527 of them nationwide! Rising Ground was one of those partners and with some hard work and a great strategy by the Harrison Edwards team, one lucky Rising Ground-supported family was head to Times Square and appear live on GMA! Pricilla (the family's a

In Memphis on Martin Luther King Day

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel Here at our Memphis office, we walk by the Lorraine Motel often. We never fail to look up at the balcony where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life ended. We don’t always stop, but whatever is occupying our thoughts recedes to the back of our minds. We remember a man who challenged the nation and began the transformation of America not with violence, but with the power of his words. Dr. King used simple imagery, repetition, and phrasing to reach both the hearts and minds of Americans. Today we celebrate his life on his 70th birthday. Thousands of Memphians are participating in day-of-service events. Across America, many of us will re-l

The Ethics of AI, Big Data, and Analytics

The New York region has been abuzz since Amazon's announcement that it was siting it's highly-sought after HQ2 in Long Island City. The region is positioned to benefit from 25,000 new tech jobs, and advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), big data collection, and more. All this tech talk provides a good opportunity to re-examine business ethics, especially when it comes to data collection. In this week's Westchester County Business Journal, Lendynette Pacheo-Jorge, the assistant director, curricular and co-curricular programming at the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Iona College, explains how ethical decision making plays an important role in the entrepreneurial

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