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Hub International Acquires Certain Assets of Ontario-Based Mumby Insurance Brokers Inc

Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading global insurance brokerage, announced today that it has acquired the property and casualty and employee benefits businesses of Mumby Insurance Brokers Incorporated (Mumby Insurance). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Mumby Insurance has decades of expertise in working with professionals throughout Canada, with special focus on architects, landscape architects, engineers and specification writers. Douglas Pinnell, Vice President of Mumby Insurance, will join Hub International Ontario Limited (Hub Ontario) and report to Matt Lievers, President of Employee Benefits in the region. Anthea Mumby, President of Mumby Insurance, will remain directly involved in the business as a consultant and will report to Gerry De Lauro, President of Personal Insurance, Hub Ontario.

About Hub’s M&A Activities
Hub International Limited is committed to growing organically and through acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint and strengthen industry and product expertise.  For more information on the Hub M&A experience, visit WeAreHub.com.

About Hub International
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading full-service global insurance broker providing property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services. With more than 12,000 employees in offices located throughout North America, Hub’s vast network of specialists provides peace of mind on what matters most by protecting clients through unrelenting advocacy and tailored insurance solutions. For more information, please visit www.hubinternational.com.

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Toronto hospital network says 150 patients affected by data breach

By Denise Paglinawan

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO _ A Toronto hospital network says about 150 patients have been affected by a data breach in which their medical records were allegedly used in an extortion attempt involving a third-party provider.

Unity Health Toronto said the incident involved a former employee with Nuance Communications, a company that transcribes clinical notes dictated by doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital.

The hospital network said it learned of the matter in May and notified patients last week.

“We take this matter seriously and have notified all impacted patients,” Unity Health Toronto said in a statement.  “We apologize for any distress this may cause to the roughly 150 patients affected.”

The worker with Nuance Communications allegedly held on to patient records after leaving the company, Unity Health said.

In March, that person then allegedly attempted to use the records to get Nuance to pay him money, the health network said.

The records contained patient names, medical history, diagnoses and treatments, according to the network. It noted that no financial or health insurance information was included.

Nuance reported the matter to police in India, where the alleged incident is believed to have taken place, Unity Health said. Officers seized a computer believed to contain the patient information, the network said.

A court injunction was also issued to prevent the former employee from further accessing or sharing any information from the patient reports, the health network said.

Unity Health added that Nuance Communications had said it took steps to improve their information security practices.

St. Michael’s Hospital said it was conducting its own investigation and had reported the matter to Ontario’s privacy commissioner. It also said it was working with Nuance Communications.

Nuance Communications did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

 

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Benefits By Design (BBD) Inc. partners with PocketPills to provide digital pharmacy services to CDN businesses

SURREY, BCOct. 5, 2020 /CNW/ – PocketPills, Canada’s leading digital pharmacy, today announced their partnership with Benefits by Design (BBD) Inc., to provide cost-effective benefit plans to its members by leveraging PocketPills digital pharmacy platform. Through the partnership, members filling their prescriptions at PocketPills will get higher coverage and their copay will be lower than going to a traditional pharmacy.

“We’re thrilled to bring convenience and affordable medication to Canadians across the country with BBD,” said Harj Samra, COO of PocketPills. “The devastating impact of COVID-19 has demonstrated a great need for safe and affordable access to medication. PocketPills has never been prouder to provide free doorstep delivery of medication and virtual access to pharmacists throughout all of Canada.”

Through digital collaboration between both partners, members are able to share their medication and insurance information with PocketPills for a seamless experience. BBD members can then instantly connect with pharmacists and manage their medications online. In addition to free medication delivery Canada wide, PocketPills sorts members’ medications by dose into easy-to-open PocketPacks. Each PocketPack includes the date and time, making it easier to take medications as prescribed. Automation technology improves the pharmacy workflow, making pharmacists more accessible to patients via phone or live chat, 7 days a week.

“After receiving positive feedback from our staff on their use of PocketPills, we are excited to bring that same experience to our customers,” said Mike McClenahan, Managing Partner at BBD. “PocketPills provides plan members with a unique combination of convenience and prescription medication management at an extremely affordable price. Their digital service is especially valuable during a time like COVID-19, allowing for the ordering and delivery of prescriptions to the plan member’s home.”

About PocketPills:
PocketPills is Canada’s first digital pharmacy, using state of the art technology to save time and provide convenience to the patients, allowing them to fill prescriptions online and get their medications delivered for free. Established in 2018 by two pharmacists and an engineer, PocketPills was formed with the vision that medication should be managed in a simplified, safer and more cost-effective way. A low $7 dispensing fee and free delivery make medications affordable, and the PocketPacks system and app help patients manage their medications and take them on time as prescribed.
For more information, please visit  www.pocketpills.com

About BBD:
Benefits by Design (BBD) Inc. is a proud Canadian success story. Established in 1996, we are on a mission to help working Canadians promote and protect their health, wealth, and happiness by delivering employee benefits by design.

Follow us on social media @bbdcanada, or visit www.bbd.ca for more information.

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For further information: Media Contact: Nik De Sequera, media@pocketpills.com

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