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DavidShield App Awarded Winner of "Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility" at the Forum of Expatriate Management APAC Summit 2016

DavidShield won the prestigious Expatriate Management and Mobility Award (EMMA), recognizing best practice and outstanding contribution in global mobility, at the FEM APAC Summit held at the Orchard Hotel in Singapore on September 8, 2016.

DavidShield, a privately-held Managing General Underwriter and Administrator (MGU/MGA) and a leader in expatriate health insurance, announced today that its DavidShield App – the only health insurance application to authorize prepaid medical expenses and within a minute – won the award for "Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility" at the FEM APAC 2016 Summit. 

The DavidShield App, used in conjunction with the DavidCard, a personal magnetic card linked to a Visa or MasterCard infrastructure, provides members with a unique platform for obtaining a wide range of medical services, including receiving prepaid funds for medical needs. The technology eliminates the need for PPO/network arrangements, claims for reimbursements, multiple receipts and all the other inconveniences associated with current global health care delivery systems. It is a cashless and borderless solution used for accessing medical services in over 95 countries worldwide.

The revolutionary app also utilizes Big-Data and analytics tools to produce a ranking based search engine, providing members with access to a social review and rating system of medical providers across the globe. The system's analytic tools also allow for advanced detection of claim fraud.

"We are honoured to receive the EMMA award. The acknowledgement validates our concept of delivering hassle-free healthcare through innovative technology solutions," said Ilan Gat, CEO of DavidShield. "With the DavidShield App, our members receive prepaid medical funds within one minute and are given full autonomy in making informed decisions about their healthcare. The app's integration of a social rating system sets precedent in our field by providing members with real-time knowledge to assist in their selection of a medical provider."  

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Healix Win ‘Employee Benefits And Services Provider Of The Year Award’ At APAC Expatriate Management And Mobility Awards (EMMAs)

Shortlisted in both the Americas and EMEA regions, Healix are delighted to have lifted the trophy as winners of the Employee Benefits and Services Provider of the Year Award in the APAC region.

Healix International is a global provider of international medical case management; medical, security and travel assistance services; and international occupational health services. They work on behalf of multinational corporations, governments, NGOs and insurers to look after the welfare of expatriates, travellers, offshore workers and local nationals in every country of the world, 24 hours a day

To help employers fulfil their duty of care towards staff travelling and working abroad, they developed an integrated Global Travel Risk Management service providing an exceptional level of care for employees and an effective solution for employers. 

By co-ordinating all services needed for travel, health and security risk management through one central point, Healix is able to ensure that all employees get the most appropriate support and protection whilst working abroad. Their unique nurse-led service model ensures the highest quality of service from the moment the first call is received, with all security issues immediately transferred to their specialist security teams.

Communication is improved, employee compliance with policies and procedures can be monitored and employers have a central record evidencing duty of care for each employee. Furthermore, employees have the benefit of liaising with just one central access point.

Healix work closely with employers to understand their business needs and offer flexibility in tailoring bespoke solutions to meet their specific requirements.

With direct access to a global network of providers and agents, Healix are able to provide a quality service for employees wherever they are located around the world. Their completely independent network means they are not tied to any affiliated clinics or air ambulances, ensuring employees are always treated in the most appropriate facilities for fast, high quality treatment. 

Their commitment to an open partnership also means that clients benefit from full transparency on services provided and costs incurred.

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Allianz Worldwide Care Scoops Most Professional Insurance Supplier Award

Carlos de la Cruz, Regional Manager of Iberia & Latin America for Allianz Worldwide Care, has won ‘Most Professional Insurance Supplier’ at the Red Expat Awards, which were held in Spain.  The Red Expat Awards honour individuals, multidisciplinary teams and suppliers in HR Global Mobility Management. Winners are selected by almost 200 industry professionals who vote for their most impressive peers in terms of service excellence in the expat community.

Allianz Worldwide Care is the international health and life insurance division of Allianz Worldwide Partners, providing health, life and disability insurance on a global scale.  Corporate clients include small, medium-sized and large companies operating on a multi-national basis who require insurance and corporate assistance services as part of their employee benefits package.

Carlos de la Cruz, who has been with Allianz Worldwide Care for over 10 years, was recognised for his expert knowledge and professionalism within the international health insurance sector.

Commenting on the award, Carlos said, ‘It is a huge honour to be  recognised by my industry peers. I believe that this award tells a wider story about the work Allianz Worldwide Care is doing within international health and life and its ongoing focus on the current and longer term needs of its clients.

Red Expat is an established professional community specialising in expatriation HR and global mobility management. Now in their third year, the Red Expat awards are considered to be amongst the most prestigious in the expat insurance industry.



InterGlobal Wins Two Major Counter-Fraud Awards

International health insurer InterGlobal won two major industry awards at the annual Health Industry Counter Fraud Group (HICFG) annual conference held in November 2013 – the International PMI Company of the Year and Scott Doyle Award for the HICFG Personality of the Year.

The awards recognise InterGlobal’s commitment to preventing and detecting fraud within the health insurance industry.

The International PMI Company of the Year is awarded to the company that has contributed the most to preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse within the industry. The judges recognised InterGlobal’s contribution and its support for other leading insurers through training and development. “The award was well deserved in that it went to a company that has been at the forefront of industry prevention, innovation and detection” said the judges.

The inaugural Scott Doyle Award for the HICFG Personality of the Year was won by Jim Stedall, InterGlobal’s Group Head of Claims & Service. “Jim has had an enormous impact on the insurance industry’s fight against fraud and waste. He is a natural leader and has fantastic vision” said the judges. The award was created in memory of Scott Doyle, a much admired and loved HICFG colleague from Cigna USA.

HICFG is an industry initiative to prevent and detect fraud, supported by around 30 leading UK health insurers. InterGlobal has taken a leadership position in the group. Jim Stedall is a member of the steering group, helping to set HICFG’s strategy and direction.

Stephen Hartigan, Chief Executive, InterGlobal said “These two prestigious awards recognised the commitment and efforts of Jim Stedall and his team in combating fraud for the benefit of all our members. At InterGlobal we are committed to paying every legitimate claim as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately all insurers find there are some cases of deliberate fraud. We are extremely vigilant in cracking down on these as dishonest claims and overcharging hurt all our members through increased premiums. Our success in combating fraud and containing costs has made an important contribution to our ability to announce premium increases well below the prevailing level of medical cost inflation.”


MSH INTERNATIONAL Acclaimed “Service Provider Of The Year 2013” At The Asia Insurance Industry Awards

MSH INTERNATIONAL was awarded the “Service Provider of the Year 2013” prize on November 6 in Singapore for its Chinese subsidiary by Asia Insurance Review, the leading regional magazine for insurance professionals.

This award rewards the high-end and innovative range of services provided by MSH INTERNATIONAL’s Chinese subsidiary to support the significant development of healthcare insurance for local high-net-worth individuals. The group has set up a global network of more than 1,000 healthcare providers in Mainland China to be the healthcare partner of its 800 client companies, including the regional subsidiaries of Google, Microsoft, Intel and General Electric. MSH INTERNATIONAL also successfully stands out from competition by offering entirely tailor-made services to all its insured members, with the creation in particular of the “Concierge Service”.

This service allows insured members who are not from the region to benefit from the local presence of MSH INTERNATIONAL’s bilingual staff in case of hospitalization, from admission to discharge from the hospital. The jury also highlighted the innovative nature of the drug home delivery service and the direct billing system implemented with partner pharmacies for members suffering from chronic diseases. As a pioneering company in the field of healthcare innovation, MSH INTERNATIONAL is also the first international healthcare insurance provider in China to be ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified, which attests to the high-quality security level of its administration IT system.


CEGA Wins 2013 ITIJ 'Assistance / Claims Handler of the Year' Award

CEGA Group has won the title of 'Assistance/Claims Handler of the Year' at the independently judged 2013 ITIJ Awards; recently held in Vienna to honor companies that have made an outstanding contribution to the global travel and health insurance industry over the past year.

The award follows a raft of new measures undertaken by CEGA in the last year to continually improve customer service; most significant among them a substantial investment in state of the art claims handling software.

“Everyone appreciates recognition for a job well done, especially when it comes from peers within your industry,” says CEGA’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Rob Upton. “This award recognises the efforts and dedication of all CEGA’s staff, who provide world-class service to our clients and their customers, wherever they are in the world, 24/7.”

In arriving at their decision, the ITIJ Award judges acknowledged that: “CEGA has now reached a standard which sets the norm for the market to aspire to - and some of the brand names within its clientele are testament to its success.”

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