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Privacy Measures for Healthcare HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA Compliance

Being HIPAA compliant is a must for companies involved in healthcare. In 2009 the U.S. government passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) specifically requiring audits by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. There are many ways to ensure that your business is HIPAA compliant, such as having secure software. To do that, raising privacy and security standards is of the utmost importance. Here are a couple of steps you can take to keep your protected health information secure and ready yourself for HIPAA audits.

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The Origins of Agile Software Development Methodology

Origins of Agile Software Development

In 1970, Doctor Winston W. Royce published a paper entitled "Managing the Development of Large Software Systems" that challenged sequential development of software. He felt that the method of developing large software systems, which resembled an assembly line, was inadequate due to a lack of communication between groups.

Royce had spent nine years developing software for spacecraft mission planning, commanding and post-flight analysis. He found through experience that agreeing upon a final product and then creating it was ineffective in developing quality software. By the time the product was built, it was no longer a viable option.

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YourCause Takes the Greed Out of Profit

YourCause

How can a for-profit philanthropic company be more beneficial to a cause than a nonprofit? YourCause, an online platform for corporate social responsibility, answers this question with a guarantee held strongly from its creation: all donation funds are transferred directly to the charity organizations intended to receive them, with no money taken out to support the company itself. While most nonprofits subtract a fraction of their user's contributions to keep their business afloat, YourCause makes sure that the causes to which their users contribute are not denied a cent of what was intended for them. The program gains financial means instead through company memberships and investors that see promise in their purity.

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Giva Expands with First Distribution Partner in Canada, Solantus

Solantus

Giva continues to expand its global presence as a premier SaaS cloud provider by entering into a new distribution partnership with Solantus, Inc. With its headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Solantus Inc. has earned a stellar reputation as a non-traditional distributor by seeking out and aligning with industry leading visionaries and innovators in various fields of technology.

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The Importance of Challenging Yourself Daily

Challenging Yourself for Business Success

Success is a future for only those able to see the value in facing challenges. Many companies focus on creating a positive environment to increase workplace productivity, but few seem to view being regularly challenged as a positive thing. Keeping your mind working daily to overcome obstacles encourages new ways of thinking and creative solutions. Embracing challenge allows you to become the best version of yourself in all facets of your life and makes you an invaluable asset in any field of work.

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Giva Salutes: Greyston Bakery

Greyston Bakery

In the early 1980s, Bernie Glassman saw a need among individuals in the Yonkers community for a second chance at life. Yonkers has the highest concentration of poverty in Westchester County, with 18.5% of Southwest Yonkers residents living below the poverty line and 11% being unemployed. When Glassman opened Greyston Bakery in 1982, he made it his mission to give the hard-to-employ a way out of poverty.

Greyston Bakery employs an Open Hiring™ Model. Anyone who comes to the bakery is given a chance to work, no questions asked. The bakery uses a waiting list, and as soon as a job becomes available, it is given to the next person on the list. Because the bakery trains its employees in baking and employment readiness skills during an apprenticeship period, any individual can work, regardless of background or work history.

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Blockchain Startup Chainalysis Helping to Arrest Cyber Criminals

Bitcoin Tracking Cybercrime

For the past several years, bitcoin has been a way to keep financial transactions discreet. It is incredibly difficult to trace, because it does not pass through a financial institution, and it is secure because it requires a two factor identification that uses a public key and a PIN combined with a mathematical function to allow a transaction.

This has made it easy for ransomware hackers to extort money by decrypting the victim's files. These types of attackers typically demand payment in bitcoin to keep from being traced. But for the past two years, Chainalysis, a bitcoin-tracing tech startup, has been selling its product to law enforcement agencies around the world.

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Healthcare Industry Wants to Increase Cybersecurity

Healthcare Industry Increasing Cybersecurity

The Healthcare industry will forever be the target of cyber attacks due to the wide array of information included in the healthcare record. The 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey released in August shows that most healthcare executives are elevating data security as a business priority.

The survey asked 150 IT security leaders if they planned to increase cybersecurity awareness, in which case 85 percent of respondents said that they did. The numbers show that data security is an issue of concern for employees who handle information in the US health sector.

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5 Small Life Transformations You Can Make Today to Create Positive Change

Positive Life Changes

Change is hard. It is often uncomfortable and unwanted, but it is a necessary part of life. Thankfully, kindness is a sort of change that is easy to make. While most of us cannot give a lot of money away to nonprofit organizations or relocate to an underdeveloped country to tend to the poor and sick, this is not the only way to ignite positive change. Here is a great list of 5 simple, yet effective, ways to make positive changes on a micro level.

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Mobile Help Desk & Customer Service in the Cloud

Giva eMobile

Before it was called the "cloud," Giva was at the forefront of providing software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for help desks, call/contact centers, and customer service support groups. As web technology has improved, Giva has made it a priority to provide elegant and easy-to-use systems for today's user.

With the growth of mobile use, Giva has continued to provide our customers with an elegant and easy-to-use system for technicians and customer support personnel to provide superb customer service to their users.

Giva's recently launched next generation mobile application is called eMobile and is a HIPAA-compliant, HTML 5 version of our help desk and customer service software. It is unique from all other mobile applications since it is completely browser-based, not requiring any application to download or install, and works with the most commonly-used mobile operating systems and devices, such as iOS and Android.

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