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Technology Every Salesperson Needs in Their Arsenal

Modern technology has made it much easier for the on the road salesperson to stay connected with their home office.  It ensures that your virtual office has the same kind of access that your main office does.   Soft Phones softphones are the new office phone.  when you hit the road selling, it pays to…
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IT Consulting Companies Can Shrink Your Small Business Costs

Hiring an IT consulting company as a small business can seem like an expensive option, but a good Tech company can help you reduce your expenses, and drive more profits your way.  Technology is rapidly growing in complexity and managing the whole system from phone systems to automated backups can be a time consuming affair, and every hour a small business spends on supportings it’s own computers and networks, is a hour it’s people aren’t spending on their customers.  TIme is valuable, and so is a system that works for you.

Does HIPAA require encryption? Yes… No… Kinda?

Hipaa is about as confusing as things can get.  Things you must do. Things you should do but are not explicitly required to do.  Things you really want to do but don’t really need to…  Encryption falls into a gray area between these things.  You must decide if it is required. Lets get some definitions…
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Small Business Technology Trends for the Next 12 Months

If you run a small business, now is the right time to assess your technology needs. Forward-thinking small business owners know they need to stay on top of new technologies to stay competitive. We will look at 3 technologies that are making there way into the small bussness – employee-owned mobile devices, cloud storage and big data marketing – and explore how they can have an impact on your business in over the next year.

Instead of conceptualizing IT as an independent business necessity, more executives will begin to see the value of using IT as an integrated, strategic business driver. Leadership will ask more thoughtful questions about their IT function: What are we doing? Why are we doing it? What is working? Why? What is not? Why? As the IT industry continues to mature and evolve, this business segment will join operations, human resources, sales, marketing, finance and administration as a core business function.

Secure Email, The Who and The What

Secure e-mail, encrypted so no one out side the intended recipient can read it, has been strictly the stuff of big companies for many years. But just like everything else these days, e-mail security has become simpler, more Web-based. Dozens of firms are offering options for sending and receiving secure messages.

Encrypted e-mail will almost certainly never replace open e-mail, it is too cumbersome and expensive. But even tiny companies need to protect critical info like tax returns, independent contractor IRS 1099-Misc forms, and human resources data, and personal health information. This security burden will only grow. Not only are federal security officials requiring stringent new rules for sending and receiving employee information, but Hipaa also requires healthcare providers to secure all personal health information.

Click the link to see a list of some of the secure email providers.

Remote desktop is, by default, not HIPAA compliant

With today’s workload, long hours, and pressure to get more done in less time, remote access to your work computer can be a life saver. The remote access we will be discussing in this article is accessing your work desktop, files, printers, and applications. There are a number of options, some are better than others.…
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Are your mobile devices HIPAA compliant?

Mobile device use is becoming more commonplace in health care. With the increased use of mobile devices comes increased opportunity for HIPAA compliance issues. In the recently launched initiative, Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information, provide tips on ways to safeguard protected health information (PHI) when using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones.

HIPAA Compliant Online Backup

There are so many choices to make these days – Meaningful Use certified EHRs, a capable practice management system, and even what computers you want your practice using. Taking HIPAA on top of all this can seem like a daunting task.

On of the most important technology tasks left out by many companies these days in a good data backup plan. Most of us associate data backup with an external hard drive, tape system, or maybe even some flash external storage. But remember, you’re dealing with both vital information to your practice as well as sensitive personal health information. Ensuring this information is secure and available in the event of an emergency are top priorities. 

Perhaps it’s time to turn to a data backup service, you know, since HIPAA deemed secure data backup not optional. Check out the rest of the article after the link.