It is the dream of every business owner to become bigger, better, and to become a necessary staple in the mind and lives of customers. However, some might not consider the changes that go into accommodating this new and improved status. One of these changes will be the management of your phone system and the way your calls are handled. Once a business rises to a certain size, there has to either be an in-house call center or an outsourcing of these customer service calls to another location, preferably within the geographic area. Why is this? When a business receives a rise in their customer base numbers and want to continue this trend, there will have to be adjustments made to better serve this growing demographic by answering their questions and quelling their concerns. This is when either an evolved help desk system or call center implementation becomes necessary.
Do you feel uneasy writing out all of your personal information in a hospital waiting room? You are not alone and your worry is not without reason. Data breaches are becoming more and more frequent, and identity theft has become a sustainable business that will not be eradicated at any time in the near future.
In Giva's recent article, "Healthcare Data Breaches on the Rise: Implications and Solutions" published by Becker's Health IT & CIO Review, a new solution is proposed in a way which renders the data "valueless" to hackers. The article explains a new system that, once implemented fully, would provide aliases for each patient so that hospitals and healthcare workers can focus on their already-challenging jobs instead of worrying about also protecting vast amounts of Protected Health Information (PHI).
Fueled by a goal to encourage education in the essential fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the Motorola Solutions Foundation will grant $3.35 million in grants to women and minority students. The Motorola Solutions Foundation seeks to make education better accessible for everyone, especially demographics that lack representation in the STEM fields.
Is your company HIPAA compliant? If you work for a hospital, health care provider, health plan or related business associate, and if your answer is no or unsure, then it is time to get on board because compliance audits are already underway this year. Although there are currently no official HIPAA compliance certifications or programs, there are training companies that offer certification credentials ensuring your company's thorough awareness of the contents of the policies.
Does your department need a new software product? Are you a project manager in charge of finding the latest technology for your people? Giva offers insight on the importance of appealing to senior management so as to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes in an article entitled, "Building Buy In: How to Get Senior Leaders On Board with Purchasing New Software," recently published on Business.com.
Opening meaningful dialogue with senior leaders sets a platform for effective communication. Giva's article outlines the four crucial components of conversation when seeking approval for a new product so that you, too, find success for management, you and your group.
At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!
Today, Giva salutes a national nonprofit dedicated to higher education and space exploration. The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), founded in 2002 as a project partner of the NASA Langley Research Center, works with more than nine different member universities, and is sponsored by NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation. This nonprofit works to engage young scholars in conducting aerospace research, developing the world's newest technology, and inspiring innovation for the future.
In June 2016, a Canadian university found itself the victim of a ransomware attack. The malware encrypted all of the school's files as well as their email system, affecting professors, students, and administration. As a result of the widespread and urgent need to access the school's files and email system, the University paid the bitcoin ransom of $20,000 in exchange for the decryption keys in order to gain access once again.
If you are one of the thousands striving to improve themselves, look no further! Before you search through a chaotic maze of solutions, know that introspection and mindfulness can save you the hassle.
Giva's recent business.com article 5 Ways Meditation and Mindfulness Can Impact Your Career lists five novel ways you can improve yourself and your leadership skills. It guides you through simple and concise tasks you can do at your convenience to ease yourself into a more mindful being.
The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) first began conducting HIPAA audits in 2014 and is continuing with phase two this year. The purpose of these audits is to ensure the protection of each individual's personal information. The second phase examines decryption and encryption, facility access controls, and additional high risk areas that have yet to be specified. If your company is being audited, it will receive an audit notification letter from the OCR and should plan for an estimated 30 to 90 day procedure.
With this knowledge, your company can begin to prepare for the assessments to make certain that you are ready.