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HIPAA-Compliant Text Messaging and Why You Need It

HIPAA-Compliant Secure Text Messaging

Running a hospital presents a variety of unique challenges. It is like many other businesses as it requires effective leadership and communication to run smoothly, but the extra factor is the importance of timeliness. All businesses require quick employee response, but this could not be truer for a healthcare facility. Patients and their health can be unpredictable. There should be a method of reaching healthcare professionals in a timely manner while still protecting the sensitive information being transmitted.

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The Trajectory of CSR: Where is it Heading?

Business World CSR

Corporate social responsibility has already deeply implanted itself in the worldwide economy, in the shape of government policies and corporate campaigns. As the concept continues to grow, current trends are beginning to develop that are gradually redefining and strengthening the presence of business altruism.

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12 Principles of Agile Software Development

12 Principles of Agile Software Development

Building software is a complex process that requires a great deal of communication and cooperation. Without an effective plan and system of implementation, the degree of difficulty only increases. The Agile Method for Software Development consists of 12 simple principles that can empower a development team to produce quality products quickly.

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Why This Producer of ID Cards Fell Victim to Data Breach

Newkirk & Healthcare Data Breaches

Newkirk Products, Inc., a company that produces ID cards for health-insurance plans reported a data breach earlier in 2016 involving unauthorized access to a server holding member information. The company reported that no social security, banking, credit card or medical data was stored on the breached server.

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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


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


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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