Innovations in Healthcare

by RaeAnne Marsh

Remote patient monitoring allows patients to securely transmit health information electronically to healthcare providers, and wearable devices can collect and transmit useful information that includes heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and blood glucose levels. Following up on these general observations, Glenn Dean, president and CFO of MeMD, adds, “As technology is … [More]

Pam Kehaly, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

by Pam Kehaly

Healthcare is changing rapidly, and many of the innovators pushing the boundaries of how patients access care and what kinds of care they receive are making breakthroughs right here in our community. With medical costs trending 6 to 7 percent higher each year, business owners are looking for new ways to contain costs while improving the health and productivity of their … [More]

Chat Bots Are the New HR Managers

by Beerud Sheth

Chat bots will continue to transform virtually every business function, from marketing to sales to customer support. One of the other areas where we’ll see a major transformation is Human Resources. HR teams have a very challenging job with seemingly conflicting objectives: keeping employees focused and working hard while also keeping them happy and satisfied. HR teams are … [More]

Capitalize on New Facebook News Feed Algorithm

by Alexis Krisay

Recently, Facebook announced some significant changes to its news feed algorithm that will, ultimately, affect both users and businesses. According to reports, Facebook’s executive team saw that news articles and marketing ads were creating an imbalance in the platform, drowning out all the personal moments people had to share. The new algorithm aims to correct this imbalance, … [More]

Workers Comp Damage Control

by Robert Vaught

Arizona’s workers compensation system helps employees who are injured on the job receive necessary medical care and treatment. Injured workers’ claims are processed through the Arizona Industrial Commission. The ICA not only processes claims, but also resolves legal disputes that may arise concerning issues of compensability, continuing benefits, loss of earning capacity and … [More]

Alexi Venneri: From Kitchen Table to Enterprise

by Steven G. Zylstra

Alexi Venneri was born an entrepreneur. She lost her mother at a very young age, so she took the lead with her younger brothers while her father worked long hours as a doctor. Inspired by the stories she’d grown up hearing of the businesses her grandfather built and how depressions and wars didn’t deter him, she set up lemonade stands, built her own board games and wrote plays … [More]

Making Wait Time Engagement Time

by RaeAnne Marsh

A mobile messaging and marketing automation technology that delivers dynamic mobile pages through text messaging, BrightGuest is a local startup founded by Ryan Quinn in August 2014. Quinn came up with the idea for BrightGuest some years ago waiting for dinner at a restaurant that had a long wait. The restaurant gave him a coaster pager that he stared at for far too long, … [More]

Champion for the State’s Tech & Innovation Community

by RaeAnne Marsh

The purpose of recently launched invisionAZ is to help the state’s technology and innovation community grow. Its three-part goal is to help early-stage and startup businesses gain access to capital; enhance the technology ecosystem with the right technical workforce through mentoring, accelerators and education; and to raise Arizona’s profile as a welcoming environment for … [More]

Medical Marijuana: Establishing Standards

by Jeff Hunter

With bipartisan support in place, Arizona Senate Bill 1420 should end up as law, and while this paves the way for medicinal use of marijuana in the state, healthcare providers — and dispensaries — will have strict regulations to follow. SB 1420 passed the Arizona State Senate by a vote of 27–3 in late February, and the Arizona State House of Representatives held a hearing … [More]

Hereditary Cancer Gene Testing

by Mike Hunter

Of the new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in 2018, as many as 10 percent will be the result of an inherited gene mutation. Insight into hereditary risk would enable an individual to consider steps, such as more frequent screening, to potentially detect cancer in an earlier, more treatable stage. Sonora Quest Laboratories, Arizona’s leading provider of diagnostic … [More]

F.I.T. for an Apple Watch

by Mike Hunter

UnitedHealthcare is adding a new incentive to its popular UnitedHealthcare Motion, a digital wellness program that provides people with access to activity trackers that can enable them to earn up to $1,000 per year by meeting certain daily F.I.T. (measurement of frequency, intensity and tenacity) walking goals. To date, participants have collectively walked more than 180 … [More]

Broadband Carriers: Making Smart Connections?

by Melissa Simpler

Today’s consumer is increasingly connected. Credible analysts report that there are now an average of 10 connected devices per home — and there will be more than 50 by 2020. It’s not just smartphones that are connected: it’s tablets, TVs, smart locks, smart lights, Web cams, environment sensors, security systems, fitness bands, smart thermostats, robotic floor cleaners, video … [More]

2018 Self-Storage Investment Forecast

by John Chang

Nationally, the self-storage industry is entering a period of maturity as supply-side pressure begins to impact fundamentals. Underlying demand for storage space remains strong; however, aggressive development activity over the past two years is starting to overtake absorption. Moving forward, nationwide vacancy and rent growth may soften amid greater competition, particularly … [More]

White Horse Accents the Outdoors

by Mike Hunter

Camelot Homes, a third-generation homebuilder in Scottsdale, has opened three models for White Horse, an iconic new, gated community of 50 half-acre lots representing the pinnacle of Camelot’s 45-plus years of experience in luxury homes. The light, bright and modern homes reflect a true paradigm shift in new home design with more outdoor space, options and flexibility to raise … [More]

Downtown Tempe Gains Lifestyle Hotel

by Mike Hunter

The Westin Tempe, being developed by Las Vegas-based CAI Investments, has broken ground in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Eighteen stories, with 290 rooms, the multi-million-dollar hotel is planned to feature state-of-the-art guest rooms and corridors, with custom-designed elements and artwork, as well as energy conservation practices. Its more than 14,000 square feet of … [More]

Major National Tenant Space for SW Phoenix

by Mike Hunter

With demand for premier, modern industrial space continuing to rise, the Southwest division of Graycor Construction Company has completed 710,000 square feet of shell and tenant improvement space for Prologis Inc., a global leader in logistics real estate. The new space, located within Prologis Riverside Distribution Center and Prologis Park Riverside, paves the way for three … [More]

Middle Market: Economic Clout

By Geri Stengel

There is a reciprocal relationship between middle market firms (businesses generating between $10 million and $1 billion in revenues) and the metropolitan areas in which they operate, as uncovered by the Middle Market Power Index: Best U.S. Metropolitan Areas for Middle Market Firms from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet. Metro areas provide infrastructure and talent … [More]

Silent Office Productivity Killer: Indoor Air Quality

by Oyvind Birkenes

Employee productivity can make or break a company. Outside distractions like social media and cell phone use instantly come to mind, but there’s an enormous threat inside the office that’s often misunderstood and overlooked: indoor air quality (IAQ). In fact, poor air quality is so detrimental to employee performance that a recent Harvard study found cognitive function greatly … [More]

Ancient Healing Form Now Health & Beauty Mega Brand

by Mike Hunter

Modern Acupuncture™, a Scottsdale-based franchise concept transforming the alternative medicine market and acupuncture industry, has opened eight locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, North Carolina and Texas since its official launch in August 2016. Seven more locations are currently under construction and scheduled to open in the first quarter of this year, with a total … [More]

Hot Brick-and-Mortar Franchise: Tech Repair

by Mike Hunter

The uBreakiFix location recently opened in Mesa is the 13th in Arizona for the company and the first for franchisee Shane Sizemore, who plans to open eight additional uBreakiFix locations throughout the area. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and former engineer and corporate pilot, Sizemore opened the store with the help of friend Tyler Logsdon. “I love that uBreakiFix … [More]