The New Risks Facing Healthcare Providers

In a clip from the session “Beyond Med Mal: The New Risks Facing Healthcare Providers” from the 2012 PLUS International Conference, panelists Genevieve Alexander (NAS Insurance Services, Inc.) and Kieran Dempsey (Sapphire Blue, Ryan Specialty Group, LLC)  discuss the costs of a data security breach in the healthcare industry.

For more on the big issues in medical professional lines, don’t miss the PLUS Medical PL Symposium, April 10 & 11 in Chicago.

PLUS members can view this entire session in the multimedia library on the PLUS website.

Session panelists not featured in this clip: Paul Greve, Jr., RPLU (Willis Healthcare Practice) and moderator Hal E. Kinsey (Lockton Companies)

Private Equity in Healthcare: What’s the Attraction?

In this clip from the 2012 PLUS Medical PL Symposium session entitled “Private Equity in Healthcare: What’s the Attraction?” moderator James J. Kennedy III (Carlton Fields, P.A.) and Todd Rudsenske (Cain Brothers & Co.) answer audience questions.

PLUS members can view this entire educational session by visiting You must be a member and logged-in to the website to view the multimedia content.

Session panelist not featured in this clip: John E. Telenko, RPLU (Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd.).

15-Year-Old Creates Better Way to Detect Cancer

Sometimes on Fall Through the Cracks Friday we try to feature funny or quirky news. This week we’re going a different direction by featuring 15-year-old Maryland student Jack Andraka. He’s passionate about science, and recently won the $75,000 grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. He claimed the prize for his work on paper filters and carbon nanotubes, which he used to create a better test for cancer. A full article on Andraka, and the science at play, is available on the Forbes website. From that article, to highlight what is so cool about this discovery…

Andraka’s sensor is 168 times faster, 26,667 times less expensive, and 400 times more sensitive. It can spot the presence of the cancer-linked protein well before the cancer itself becomes invasive. This could save the lives of thousands of pancreatic cancer victims each year. The sensor costs $3 (ELISA can cost up to $800) and ten tests can be performed per strip, with each test taking five minutes. It can be used also to monitor resistance to antibiotics and follow the progression of treatment of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.


Well done Jack.