Healthcare PF InstaMed Connects Payers, Providers and Patients

Healthcare in the U.S. is a complicated mix of people and organizations both large and small. Patients navigate through small practices and large healthcare systems as well as individual and employer-provided insurance. Further adding to the complications are very specific regulations protecting patient data and the need to protect the patients’ payment information.

As a payment facilitator, InstaMed strives to connect those disparate parts through a single network. The company claims to connect more than two-thirds of the healthcare market and process tens of billions of dollars a year in healthcare payments.

How High Could Payment Facilitator Market Go? New Research Ventures an Estimate

A new white paper that will be released by Double Diamond Group on Thursday (Oct. 20) argues that the payment facilitator market holds significant potential for independent software vendors looking to generate new revenue.

The big names operating as payment facilitators already have used the PF model to garner a significant chunk of payment processing volume. According to the paper, large companies such as PayPal. Stripe and Square already collectively process hundreds of billions of dollars a year in gross payment volume. This number has the potential to go much higher as other companies enter the market.

Podcast: Comprehensive Resources for PFs in New Guidelines from ETA

In this week’s podcast, we talk to Jason Oxman, CEO of the Electronic Transactions Association. On Thursday (Oct. 20), the organization is releasing its new payment facilitator guidelines at its 2016 Strategic Leadership Forum in Palm Beach, Fla.

The document is intended to serve as a toolkit for best practices related to fraud detection and prevention, Oxman said.

Rising Media Launches the Frontier Tech Forum to Drive Business Innovation with Emerging Technologies – 3D Printing, Robotics, and Virtual Reality; To Debut in San Diego on December 14-15, 2016

Rising Media announced the launch of the Frontier Tech Forum, an umbrella brand encompassing the Inside 3D Printing, RoboUniverse, and Virtual Reality Summit global conference and expo series. The Frontier Tech Forum is set to debut in San Diego on December 14-15, 2016.

(San Diego, California – October 18, 2016) – Rising Media announced the launch of the Frontier Tech Forum, a new worldwide event series dedicated to accelerating frontier tech innovation to enhance business success across a variety of sectors.

The Frontier Tech Forum is comprised of three existing global conference series that focus on the next frontier of innovation – Inside 3D Printing, RoboUniverse, and the Virtual Reality Summit.

Launched in 2013, Inside 3D Printing is the largest professional 3D printing and additive manufacturing event worldwide. Inside 3D Printing is hosted in more than 10 countries annually, including Germany, Japan, China, India, the United States, Australia, France, Brazil, South Korea, and more.

RoboUniverse debuted in 2015 as the premier professional robotics conference and tradeshow series dedicated to innovation in service robotics and has hosted events in New York, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, San Diego, Singapore, and Berlin.

Launched in April 2016 in New York City, the Virtual Reality Summit is the newest event in the Frontier Tech Forum portfolio and focuses on leveraging VR/AR technology to enhance branded experiences and creative opportunities in entertainment, marketing & advertising, media, education, healthcare, and more.

“With the launch of the Frontier Tech Forum brand, we’re excited to offer innovators across a myriad of industries the opportunity to exchange ideas and establish powerful strategic alliances that will contribute deeply to the future of technology,” said Adam Kahn, Chief Operating Officer, Rising Media.

“By offering attendees the opportunity to seamlessly explore 3D printing, robotics, and virtual reality at one event, we aim to break down barriers and encourage invention and innovation that highlights these industries’ synergies. We look forward to seeing what the next frontier of innovation brings,” he continued.

The Frontier Tech Forum launch event in San Diego features two days of conference sessions across five simultaneous tracks; keynotes from Amazon, Samsung, Columbia University, Wohlers Associates, Inc., and more; a robust expo hall; plus a full day of pre-conference workshops on December 13. The event is aimed at facilitating relevant training and industry updates, as well as critical connection building and networking opportunities among innovators, investors, business leaders, practitioners, and more.

The Frontier Tech Forum also features the Frontier Tech Showdown, a pitch competition which brings together early-stage startups in 3D printing, robotics, and virtual reality. The winner of the competition will be awarded a $15,000 Uncapped SAFE courtesy of Asimov Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in 3D printing and robotics. The competition takes place on December 14 and is sponsored by Asimov Ventures. For more information and to apply to compete in the Frontier Tech Showdown, visit

Rising Media also announced the Frontier Tech Hackathon, a multi-platform hackathon hosted by Paul Cutsinger of Amazon Alexa, which will focus on building voice-enabled technology. If your company is interested in participating in the hackathon alongside Amazon, contact

Prices for Frontier Tech Forum San Diego increase on October 28, so register before to save. For more information and to register, visit

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UNDP Launches Sustainable Cities Program

Cities A Massive Problem, Opportunity

By Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

On behalf of UNDP, welcome to the launch of the UNDP Sustainable Urbanization Strategy. As we meet here in Quito today for the Habitat III conference, we are also celebrating the International Day for Poverty Eradication.

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Many of the world’s poor now live in cities where the most pressing development challenges are found. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need to ensure that the urban poor are not left behind.

The New Urban Agenda, which is due to be adopted here at Habitat III, aims to ensure that the cities of today and tomorrow offer an inclusive and sustainable future for all. The UNDP Sustainable Urbanization Strategy lays out the support which UNDP as a global development organization can provide to help achieve that.

Around our world, people are moving to cities in very large numbers.  Cities are seen as places of opportunity and hope, where hard work and determination can transform lives.

UNDP has developed its sustainable urbanization strategy to support cities to deliver on the hopes of their citizens and to implement the New Urban Agenda.  Many people in cities, particularly young people, lack work and say they currently feel excluded from opportunities. For women and girls, cities can be dangerous places where they cannot walk in safety and may risk exploitation in dangerous and demeaning jobs.  Natural disasters – including those exacerbated by climate change – and conflict and citizen insecurity can turn back the clock on hard won development gains.

UNDP’s experiences of working in towns and cities around the world have shaped this first UNDP sustainable urbanization strategy, and will guide our efforts beyond Quito.  Allow me to share three of our lessons learned:

  1. For cities to be succeed, they need to meet the needs of all their residents. Truly dynamic cities make space for all, and serve the needs of all.  Inclusivity is one of the main principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in which UN Member States pledged to leave no one behind. The needs and aspirations of poor and marginalized people in the world’s cities must be addressed to fulfill that ambition.
  2. Cities must be resilient to natural and man-made disasters and crises. Urban areas are now home to more than half the world’s people, and they also host most of the world’s critical infrastructure, key development assets, political institutions, and major socio-economic architecture. If disasters and crises rock cities, the spillover effects are great. In the first half of 2016 alone, natural disasters caused US$71 billion in damages worldwide, with most economic loss concentrated in cities. Political instability and conflict also have major costs.
  3. Cities are at the forefront of the battle against climate change and environmental degradation. They produce more than seventy percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and use eighty per cent of the world’s energy. How cities grow and develop in the coming decades will play a significant part in determining whether the world can live within its planetary boundaries.

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Delivering the sustainable, inclusive, and resilient cities of the future requires that we work together in partnership, as UNDP is committed to doing. Our partnerships are diverse:

  • Here in Ecuador, we have been part of the efforts to help local communities recover and rebuild in Manabí province following the 16 April earthquake this year.
  • In Soacha, Colombia, a town close to Bogota, UNDP and UNCHR have been working together on a programme called Building Sustainable Solutions. It supports the local municipality with land registration and title, promoting economic development with the support of the private sector, and with community and institutional strengthening.
  • In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, UNDP has worked with local community groups to improve access to municipal services.
  • In Bangladesh, UNDP has supported municipal leaders to improve the livelihoods of millions of urban dwellers through our large scale Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction programme.
  • Initiatives like these, taken to scale through partnerships and strong urban leadership, will be critical to implementing the New Urban Agenda and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Helen Clark is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. She also chairs the United Nations Development Group.