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NTT DATA and Oracle Insurance to Offer End-to-End Solution for Government Payers and Health Plans

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  • Clients can benefit from lower administrative costs through improved efficiencies

NTT DATA Services, a recognized leader in global technology services and a Platinum Cloud Standard member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced a new end-to-end solution in collaboration with Oracle Insurance designed to improve operational efficiencies for government payers and health plans.

The new payment and benefits solution will manage all aspects of health insurance membership, claims payment and benefits operations. The flexibility and scalability it affords will help to lower administrative costs and streamline processes for both government payers and health plans.

“Oracle is a long-term partner of ours and their end-to-end technology is a preferred platform for health insurance plans in the international market,” said Dan Allison, president, healthcare and life sciences, NTT DATA Services. “This new offering will feature a flexible, open architecture. This will allow our current and future clients to provide innovative, market-specific solutions in the ever-evolving health insurance arena.”

Customers will be able to use the solution for enrollment, premium calculation, claims processing, capitation, benefits adjudication and billing. The solution can be deployed on premise and in a securely-featured private cloud and supports compliance and regulatory demands.

“Pairing NTT DATA Services’ broad expertise in the health plan industry with our proven insurance solutions offers payers and health plans the opportunity to reduce complexity, risk and cost,” said Dave Shively, general manager, Oracle Insurance. “Our collaborative product development will also enable our clients to bring new products to market faster in support of the members they serve.”

Additional benefits customers can experience include:

  • Scalability for tens of millions of citizens or members
  • Customization for policy nuances, including disability programs and veterans benefit programs
  • Opportunity to leverage Oracle’s global technology talent pool
  • Reduction in risk with modern, modular commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS)
  • Seamless, whole-government approach
  • Option of a Build-Operate-Transfer model or a fully-supported model
  • 360-degree approach to customer and provider experience
  • Omni-channel capabilities, which broaden reach and accessibility for all stakeholders
  • Proven global collaboration between Oracle and NTT DATA Services


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Vibe Fitness brings a new vision to the Dubai fitness scene

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  • Multi-workout fitness studio, Vibe Fitness, recently opened its doors in DIP

Adding to Dubai’s buzzing fitness scene, Vibe Fitness is a boutique studio boasting 14 versatile workouts in the DIP’s Market Mall.

From high-energy combat classes to relaxing LunarFlowYoga sessions – the studio has something for everyone (including pre-natal classes for expectant mommies). Vibe Fitness’ current workout selection includes BodySculpt, RhythmRide, PartyAtTheBarre, BootyBootcamp, CardioCombat, bodyART, FightFit, Zumba, Pilates, PiYo, BodyBlast, and LunarFlowYoga.

Three highlights from the schedule include:

  • BootyBootcamp is a mixture of strength and conditioning workouts that focus on tightening and lifting the booty to bass-pumping Latin and reggaeton beats. Leg weights provided
  • bodyART is a unique holistic functional training. Set to deep house music, this Asian inspired tribal flowing yoga combines Pilates and dance movements to improve core stability and flexibility. Children aged 12+ are welcome with a parent
  • PartyAtTheBarre is not your average barre class! Come dance, sculpt, and stretch your entire body on our LED ballet barre to energetic hip hop and house beats

Using an addictive combination of energetic music and charismatic instructors, visitors are guaranteed to leave the studio buzzing with endorphins.

Talking of her vision for Vibe Fitness, Shay Ashfield, Studio owner and fitness instructor commented, “Most of the time you only find trendy boutique studios in the heart of a city. Vibe Fitness came about because I felt our community was missing that cool, fun and motivating place to workout. Working out can get monotonous so my goal was to create a welcoming space that was nightlife inspired and gets people moving. An atmosphere where the lights and inhibitions are low but the adrenaline runs high.”

When she isn’t managing the business, Shay is instructing the Rhythm Ride (indoor cycling) and BootyBootcamp classes. Having performed as a dancer in David Guetta’s and Roger Sanchez’s productions, she is no stranger to intense physical activity and is a natural fitness enthusiast.

Vibe Fitness doesn’t tie customers down to an annual membership. They can either opt for an individual class or a reasonably priced package. Encouraging its guests to step out of their comfort zone and try something new, the first class at Vibe Fitness is complimentary. With a vision to become the go-to fitness destination in the area, Shay hopes to spark an appetite for fitness in DIP and its neighboring districts.

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Coral Beach Resort Team Shaves off their head on World’s Cancer day

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There is nothing more important than your hair when it comes to your looks, and a Cancer patient knows the emotional impact of hair loss that relates to their self-esteem.

There is nothing more important than your hair when it comes to your looks, and a Cancer patient knows the emotional impact of hair loss that relates to their self-esteem. In order to show support to those went through such ordeal, the Executive team of the Coral Beach Resort has taken a daring move to shave off their head. The activity will commence on the 4thof February at 4pm followed “A day out for survivors and their families”. With hair donation campaign, sports activities for adults and children.

“Shave your hair, show your care”, said Mr. Haytham Aziz the general Manager, the idea behind the initiative is to feel the moment and stay united with patients and their families, he added.

The event is organized in conjunction with the world’s cancer day and gulf cancer week, in cooperation with “Friend’s of cancer patients” a non-profit organization under the directive and patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi is a member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, the Ruler of Sharjah.

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Blogger sheds 22 kg in less than 12 weeks thanks to CosmeSurge

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  • Dina, 39, struggled with weight gain for 7 years, said, “I went from a size 20 to a size 16”

In 2017, an estimated 70 per cent of men and 67 per cent of women in the UAE aged 15 years are considered overweight. Dina, a 39-year-old blogger, was among them and struggled with weight gain for seven years. In less than twelve weeks, Dina has shed 22 kg in a transformation that began with a visit to CosmeSurge and Emirates Hospitals Wellness & Obesity Centre, a member of NMC Health.

“I’ve tried many different diets and exercises but it seems like nothing is working for me. It takes such a long time to lose weight and after so much effort, not even one per cent of it was gone,” Dina explained. “My friend had recommended a very good place called Emirates Hospitals Wellness & Obesity Centre, who referred her to CosmeSurge. After I saw the amazing results, I decided to do a consultation.”

CosmeSurge, which is also a member of NMC Health, provides the most modern and highest-quality, aesthetic derma and plastic treatments. “During my visit with the general surgeon, I was convinced of the benefits for receiving a mini-gastric bypass. I was very impressed with the all the steps taken before my operation. Now, I’m ready to start my journey,” added Dina.

Emirates Hospitals Wellness & Obesity Centre promotes a healthy lifestyle for people like Dina through a multidisciplinary approach, rather than depending entirely on surgical procedures. The centre’s comprehensive and focused approach, which includes the expertise of CosmeSurge’s surgeons, along with in-house dieticians and fitness specialists, ensure that every patient achieves the best possible results.

Dr Roger Batrouni, CosmeSurge’s Specialist General Surgeon, explained, “Dina weighed 120 kgs and had a BMI of 42.5, so I suggested a mini-gastric bypass. This is a laparoscopic surgery and it is bypass with two parts. The first part is restrictive, so we reduce the amount of food that she can intake and the second part is reducing the absorption of certain food elements.”

This procedure helps eaters who have a ‘sweet tooth’ as sugars are not absorbed by the intestines. Usually, the patient loses weight quickly within the first 6 months and this slows down but continues until a year has passed, explained Dr Batrouni. Other than losing weight, this procedure helps reduce or cure other conditions like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and others.

“After a mini-gastric bypass, you can start work after one week and begin to eat normally as well as exercise after one month. I’m excited to see Dina after three months as it always brings me joy to see how happy my patients are with the results,” Dr Batrouni concluded, prior to the surgery.

Haig Balekian, Exercise Therapist, helped Dina with exercise routines that are critically important both before and after the surgery. Simultaneously, Dina was referred to Dr Nadine Andari, Senior Dietician, in order to help Dina lose weight and reduce the size of her liver to facilitate the operation. After the surgery, Dr Andari provided Dina with a liquid food plan for two weeks, followed by a mashed food plan for two weeks.

In less than three months, the results of the procedure combined with a fitness programme and diet plan has been transformational.

“I already lost 22 kilograms and I went from a size 20 to a size 16.  I am so happy. I live very normally and I don’t need to worry about anything.  I’ve started exercising and doing a variety of activities without any hesitation,” exclaimed Dina. “I should thank Dr Roger and the entire team at CosmeSurge and Emirates Hospitals Wellness & Obesity Centre for their professionalism and constant support throughout this entire process. I feel very confident about myself and this is only the beginning. I can’t wait to see what will happen in a year’s time.”

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