News Feed Item
Enguity Commends Cigna After Shocking Special Needs Family, Commits to Global Change
|By Marketwired .
|July 10, 2014 04:55 AM EDT
BLOOMFIELD, CT -- (Marketwired) -- 07/10/14 -- Enguity commends Cigna, a globally recognized health insurer, after it shocked special needs family Kraig and Jennipher Beahn by referring to their newborn, Kennedi Beahn, as "mentally retarded." The family immediately sprang into action, advocating on behalf of their own daughter as well as all other special needs families. Cigna's response to such advocacy, potentially affecting millions of their own policyholders worldwide, was immediate and almost as shocking to the Beahns as its original letter had been.
"We agree with you," Cigna's written response to the Beahn family read, "that 'intellectual disability' is much better terminology than 'mental retardation.'" Just days later, Cigna followed up with a second communication explaining the steps they had already taken and those that they intended to take on behalf of "all families that have a loved one with an intellectual disability."
Cigna representative Mark Slitt referred to the term "mental retardation" as both "outdated" and "hurtful," conceding that the only appropriate action would be for the company to abandon the usage altogether in favor of a less derogatory term.
Cigna has shown a commitment to making the change. As Slitt has publicly stated, "It's the right thing to do."
The Beahns, for their part, are hopeful that this trail-blazing initiative on Cigna's part will encourage others in the industry to follow suit. As they watch their daughter, Kennedi, continue to make strides, the couple remain deeply grateful to Cigna for taking the time to hear them out.
"We cannot begin to express how deep our gratitude reaches for simply taking the time to review our request," said Kraig. Considering themselves part of the Cigna family, they are equally appreciative that Cigna "took the criticality of our request seriously and committed to making a change."
Also appreciative of Cigna's efforts is Progressive Pediatric Development Center founder Tammy McKenzie, who said, "Individuals and health care entities need to appreciate the connotation of those words. They wrongly assume these children cannot learn, nor should they be given the chance. As we have demonstrated repeatedly, these children do learn while becoming productive, happy, healthy human beings. Commitments like that of Cigna's denote change, understanding and the intellectual provision of societal opportunity to those who might not otherwise be afforded a chance."
About Kennedi Beahn:
Against all odds and under some of the most extenuating and unusual circumstances, Kennedi entered the world diagnosed with Trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, as well as a congenital heart defect that mandated open-heart surgery at the tender age of 76 days. Throughout the first ten months of her life, however, none of the couple's friends, family or health care providers had ever used the words "mental retardation" in reference to Kennedi.
About Enguity Technology Corp.:
Enguity Technology Corp., d/b/a Enguity HealthCare was recently created out of necessity to help engineer and manufacture high-tech "out of the box" solutions for special needs healthcare providers and individuals, while also assisting in the creation of the FearlessFighterNetwork a "Follow the movement" based advocacy group.
About The Happy Soul Project:
The family was truly inspired to act by the recent success of globally recognized blogger Tara McCallan of The Happy Soul Project. Happy Soul Project is on a mission to break down the unnecessary negativity surrounding the diagnosis of Down Syndrome, while showing that different can be beautiful. Working with schools, hospitals, the Special Olympics and others, Happy Soul Project has spread its mission through ABCNews, The Huffington Post, FoxNews, MSN Canada, and many other global news and Media outlets.
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2636141
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2636198
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Isomorphic Software provides the SmartClient HTML5/AJAX platform, the most advanced technology for building rich, cutting-edge enterprise web applications for desktop and mobile. SmartClient combines the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simp...
Aug. 25, 2016 03:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,091
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Aug. 25, 2016 02:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,134
Is the ongoing quest for agility in the data center forcing you to evaluate how to be a part of infrastructure automation efforts?
As organizations evolve toward bimodal IT operations, they are embracing new service delivery models and leveraging virtualization to increase infrastructure agility. Therefore, the network must evolve in parallel to become equally agile. Read this essential piece of Gartner research for recommendations on achieving greater agility.
Aug. 25, 2016 02:15 AM EDT Reads: 436
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
Aug. 25, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,772
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abil...
Aug. 25, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,889
With so much going on in this space you could be forgiven for thinking you were always working with yesterday’s technologies. So much change, so quickly. What do you do if you have to build a solution from the ground up that is expected to live in the field for at least 5-10 years?
This is the challenge we faced when we looked to refresh our existing 10-year-old custom hardware stack to measure the fullness of trash cans and compactors.
Aug. 25, 2016 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,597
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions.
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
Aug. 25, 2016 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,956
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions wi...
Aug. 25, 2016 12:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,901
With over 720 million Internet users and 40–50% CAGR, the Chinese Cloud Computing market has been booming. When talking about cloud computing, what are the Chinese users of cloud thinking about? What is the most powerful force that can push them to make the buying decision? How to tap into them?
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yu Hao, CEO and co-founder of SpeedyCloud, answered these questions and discussed the results of SpeedyCloud’s survey.
Aug. 25, 2016 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,065
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
Aug. 25, 2016 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,970
To leverage Continuous Delivery, enterprises must consider impacts that span functional silos, as well as applications that touch older, slower moving components. Managing the many dependencies can cause slowdowns. See how to achieve continuous delivery in the enterprise.
Aug. 24, 2016 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,454
Actian Corporation has announced the latest version of the Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) database, generally available at the end of July. VectorH is based on the same query engine that powers Actian Vector, which recently doubled the TPC-H benchmark record for non-clustered systems at the 3000GB scale factor (see tpc.org/3323).
The ability to easily ingest information from different data sources and rapidly develop queries to make better business decisions is becoming increasingly importan...
Aug. 24, 2016 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,012
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Aug. 24, 2016 09:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,667
Kubernetes, Docker and containers are changing the world, and how companies are deploying their software and running their infrastructure. With the shift in how applications are built and deployed, new challenges must be solved.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, will discuss the implications of containerized applications/infrastructures and their impact on the enterprise. In a real world example based on Kubernetes, he will show how to ...
Aug. 24, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,319
SYS-CON Events announced today that Venafi, the Immune System for the Internet™ and the leading provider of Next Generation Trust Protection, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Venafi is the Immune System for the Internet™ that protects the foundation of all cybersecurity – cryptographic keys and digital certificates – so they can’t be misused by bad guys in attacks...
Aug. 24, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,559