Semantix Announces the Acquisition of Zetta Health Analytics

Semantix, Inc. (NASDAQ: STIX), a leading Latin American end-to-end data platform provider (“Semantix”), today announces the acquisition of Zetta Health Analytics S.A. (“Zetta”), a Brazilian health tech company focused on data analytics, with the strategic objective to further expand Semantix’s presence and capabilities in serving healthcare clients through proprietary SaaS data solutions.

Founded in March 2019, Zetta has a robust variety of SaaS data solutions to enhance data-driven decision-making, leveraging client insights to improve care and costs and deepen value-based healthcare (VBHC) approach enriched by market analysis. In particular, Zetta provides to clients embedded dashboards utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) tools that help manage claims and improve assertiveness through the display of key indicators to optimize selection of providers and health outcomes. Currently, Zetta caters to a portfolio of more than 640 companies, including pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, health insurance brokers, hospitals and large companies in various sectors. In recognition of the powerful capabilities of Zetta’s data solutions, Zetta was named the number one tech company in the Brazilian healthcare market, according to the Ranking 100 Open Startups 2021. read more


One Medical: Why Amazon’s acquiring this health care company for $3.9 billion

Amazon (AMZN) announced today that it would acquire subscription health care provider One Medical for $3.9 billion.

The deal marks one of Amazon’s most high-profile pushes into health care to date. So, why One Medical? To start, One Medical — which was founded in 2007 and focuses on so-called concierge primary care — was on the market. The company had reportedly been fielding takeover interest from giants like CVS (CVS). read more


Schneck Foundation invites businesses to join employee health business roundtable

Businesses are invited to join the Schneck Foundation’s virtual employee health business roundtable at noon Sept. 6.

The importance of employee health cannot be overstated, according to a news release from the foundation. It goes beyond day-to-day operations. A healthy, dedicated workforce is essential to a company’s business, and Schneck Medical Center would like to be their partner in employee health and wellness. read more


3M will spin off its health-care business into a new public company

3M announced Tuesday it will spin off its health-care business into a separate publicly traded company.

The new business will focus on wound and oral care, health-care IT and biopharma filtration, the material science company said in a release. That includes products like its bandages, skin adhesives, oral aligners, air purifiers and optical lenses.

The company’s health-care products also include the Bair Hugger surgical warming system, which is currently the subject of nearly 6,000 lawsuits. 3M maintains that the product has no relation to surgical-site infections. read more


Healthy Business Challenge expands to Upstate

An organization focused on the wellbeing of South Carolina’s workforce has expanded to the Upstate.

The South Carolina Healthy Business Challenge officially launched the Upstate Region of a statewide program developed to assist businesses and organizations in establishing work environments that promote a culture of wellbeing and support a healthy, thriving workforce, an SCHBC news release stated.

Over 100 participants representing businesses of all sectors and sizes located in or near the Upstate gathered recently at the Commerce Club in Greenville to learn about the free program, according to the release.

Featured speaker Lt. Governor Pamela Evette discussed organization wellbeing as an economic driver for the state of South Carolina and congratulated SCHBC and attendees for their commitment to prioritizing health at work, the release stated. read more


Walmart bringing more emerging brands to its shelves

BENTONVILLE, ARK. — Hundreds of entrepreneurs met with merchants in June during Walmart’s largest annual sourcing event. More than 330 pitches resulted in a business deal, and an additional 280 products may eventually land on shelves at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores or online at

Walmart’s Open Call event is part of the retailer’s commitment to invest $250 billion over 10 years on products made, grown or assembled in the United States, a milestone already reached since announcing the effort in 2013. Last year, Walmart pledged to spend an additional $350 billion on such products by 2031. read more


Target will cover employees’ travel to other states for abortions, company memo says

Target will cover employees’ travel if they live in a state where abortion is banned, according to a company memo obtained by CNBC.

The new policy will take effect in July, according to the email, which was sent to employees Monday from Target’s Chief Human Resources Officer Melissa Kremer.

“For years, our healthcare benefits have included some financial support for travel, when team members needed select healthcare procedures that weren’t available where they live,” Kremer said in the memo. “A few months ago, we started re-evaluating our benefits with the goal of understanding what it would look like if we broadened the travel reimbursement to any care that’s needed and covered – but not available in the team member’s community. This effort became even more relevant as we learned about the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion, given that it would impact access to healthcare in some states.” read more

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Free school lunches for all set to end, creating ‘perfect storm’ amid high inflation

A federal waiver that made school breakfasts and lunches free to students regardless of their family’s income is set to expire June 30, eliminating a benefit that has helped millions of schoolchildren at a time when they need it more than ever, anti-hunger advocates say.

The free school meals program began in March 2020 when Congress authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue dozens of child nutrition waivers, including ones that expanded summer food programs, to provide a lifeline during the pandemic. read more

Privacy laws need updating after Google deal with HCA Healthcare, medical ethics professor says

Privacy laws in the U.S. need to be updated, especially after Google struck a deal with a major hospital chain, medical ethics expert Arthur Kaplan said Wednesday. On Wednesday, Google’s cloud unit and hospital chain HCA Healthcare announced a deal that — according to The Wall Street Journal — gives Google access to patient records. The tech giant said it will use that to make algorithms to monitor patients and help doctors make better decisions.

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How This Apron Maven Built Her Business At The Age Of 24

When I was 24 years old, my life goal was planning the following weekend, and I certainly didn’t have my life together enough to be building a business, but this is precisely what Ellen Bennett set out to do at the age of 24. Working in the food industry and fed up with the quality of aprons available for her to wear, Ellen noticed a need in the market for good quality and lovely fitting aprons. And so her journey began in 2015.

Years later, Ellen Bennett went from being a line-cook to building a multimillion-dollar apron empire called Hedley & Bennett. Ellen came from a Latinx single-parent household and didn’t have experience in design or manufacturing, yet she made Hedley & Bennett into today’s success. Ellen’s colorful aprons have amassed a vast following, including David Chang, Martha Stewart, Jessica Alba, Zoey Deschanel, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more.

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