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Company gets new name after protests by Hawaiians

HONOLULU – A company aiming to provide easier access to sexually transmitted disease test results and other medical records has found a new name after facing protests by Native Hawaiians for using the word hula.

Founder and CEO Ramin Bastani said Wednesday the Los Angeles-based company will now be called Healthvana Inc. ...

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HONOLULU – A company aiming to provide easier access to sexually transmitted disease test results and other medical records has found a new name after facing protests by Native Hawaiians for using the word hula.

Founder and CEO Ramin Bastani said Wednesday the Los Angeles-based company will now be called Healthvana Inc.

The previous name Hula drew complaints that it was culturally insensitive.

Bastani says the new name combines the words health and nirvana while matching the company’s goal of enlightened health care.

The company helps patients get instant electronic access to their medical records and test results. A key function involves acquiring and sharing with partners or health providers through a mobile app the results of STD tests.

“We think patients should be empowered to get their records every single time,” instead of relying on the belief that “no news is good news,” Bastani said.