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HIPAA Data Security & Data Breaches

In being just a little over halfway through 2015, still, this year's Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) Data Breach Report reveals that 424 data breaches have already occurred as of July 14. This partial year's breaches have exposed more sensitive customer information than last year's breaches. Now is certainly a prime time for companies to review their security measures they take to prevent being the victim data breaches.

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The Giva Challenge: Giva Customers are Talking! Saint Elizabeth Health Care

Saint Elizabeth Health Care

With today's mobile workforce, the ability to access answers to important questions quickly is a must. Meghan M. Biro at Forbes says there is a "need to maintain a corporate culture supportive of - and with technical and communications systems in place - to enable remote employees to be successful."

Saint Elizabeth Health Care has long been a leader in incorporating technology to support new and innovative ways of delivering care, information and improvement of health care practices. Many of Saint Elizabeth's 6,500 employees work remotely providing health care services in clients' homes and other community settings.

Because of this, Saint Elizabeth has been an innovator in the private cloud and was the first health care organization in Canada to offer employees a full suite of applications in a private cloud over ten years ago. Saint Elizabeth was looking for the newest generation of IT service desk functionality and a long-term vendor partnership to respond to rapid organizational growth. Following an evaluation of other service desk vendors, the organization identified concerns that replacing the current IT service desk tools would be highly disruptive. In their search, they found Giva to be what they were looking for.

"Giva has provided Saint Elizabeth with a solution that makes extraordinary economic sense and has achieved a high ROI in a very short period of time. The organization was looking for a true cloud-based service with multi-tenancy to avoid the cost of dedicated servers," said David Burne, IT Leader.

Upon switching to Giva, Saint Elizabeth realized the following ongoing benefits:

  • 40% increase in productivity of the IT service desk team by using Giva reports and dashboards
  • 50% lower TCO (total cost of ownership) over a three year period
  • 90% reduction in the time required to configure/customize Giva
  • 100% application uptime using Giva nearly 24x7

According to David Burne, "Giva does not wait years or even months to launch new product improvements. The stream of improvements is ongoing. Giva is very proactive in that they take time to carefully listen to feedback. Saint Elizabeth has never worked with a vendor that listens and delivers as well as Giva. This is one of the key ways that Giva is very unique!"

Learn more about the benefits of Giva at Saint Elizabeth Case Study.

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Giva Announces Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship!

Giva Medical Scholarship

Giva's Corporate Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship is for anyone currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the United States or Canada. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting nursing students further their education.

$1000 scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the United States or Canada who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions:

How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?

The essay needs to be between 600-1000 words, and must be received by Giva no later than September 1st or March 1st of each year. A current resume must also be included with the essay. Giva will choose the scholarship winners and will award the scholarships by November 15th and May 15th of each year. Students can only apply once in any 12-month period.

For more information, please see visit our Giva Semi-Annual Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship. Submit your application and essay today!

Giva Announces Excellence in Medicine Student Scholarship!

Giva Medical Scholarship

Giva has just announced its Corporate Excellence in Medicine Student Scholarship, which is for anyone currently enrolled in an accredited school of medicine in the United States or Canada. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting medical students further their education.

$1000 scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in an accredited school of medicine in the United States or Canada who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions:

How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?

The essay needs to be between 600-1000 words, and must be received by Giva no later than September 1st or March 1st of each year. A current resume must also be included with the essay. Giva will choose the scholarship winners and will award the scholarships by November 15th and May 15th of each year. Students can only apply once in any 12-month period.

For more information, please see visit our Giva Semi-Annual Excellence in Medicine Student Scholarship. Submit your application and essay today!

Healthcare Data Breaches on the Rise

Healthcare Data Protection

Since the start of the year, over 92 million medical records have been affected by breaches of the healthcare industry. According to recent news in Forbes, these breaches can affect customers both financially and in a more personal way with the private medical history involved making them more vulnerable. The fraudster could actually receive medical treatment under the victim's identity in the end putting the victim at risk of later receiving wrong medical service based on someone else's health information. The possibilities of complications stemming from these breaches are endless.

According to the article, it used to be that the top cause for patient data loss was an employee losing a device or having it stolen, but more recently the medical information is being obtained through cyber attacks on major medical organizations including Anthem, Premera and Carefirst. Because financial services and retailers have become savvier about protecting customer data the cyber criminals are now targeting the healthcare industry. "In a recent FBI presentation, Kam [Rick Kam, president and cofounder of ID Experts] says that the agency said that it had seen health insurance information fetching a price of $60-$70 on the black market as opposed to less than a dollar for a Social Security Number." This should propel all of the healthcare industry to do all they can to make the protection of their customers' private information a top priority.

Giva's cloud software rises above the rest by being HIPAA compliant. For more in depth information on this very important benefit , please see 7 Key Elements of Giva's HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Help Desk Software for Electronic Health & Medical Records.

Using Metrics to Improve First Call Resolution

First Call Resolution Metrics

Resolution timeliness is a major factor in customer satisfaction and First Call Resolution (FCR) is an important metric in order to gauge the success of a help desk/call center in resolving routine requests.

The gathering and use of metrics to manage system performance is a common IT practice. A Service Desk manager may employ a number of proven techniques to realize meaningful improvement in First Call Resolution. Each of these techniques is based on standard Continuous Quality Improvement methodology.

The Value of FCR

As FCR improves, the overall cost of providing support decreases. Industry analysts estimate the mean cost to resolve a ticket on level one to be about $32. The mean cost to resolve an escalated ticket is about $60. In an environment averaging 4,000 calls per month, improving FCR from 50% to 75% reduces the number of tickets requiring escalation by 1,000 per month. The total cost to support those tickets is commensurately reduced yielding an estimated savings of $28,000 per month, based on the averages.

The Use of Metrics

Using metrics to establish and improve on baseline performance is one key method to deriving optimal performance from your IT teams. Great statistics alone do not achieve results. Long-term quality improvement and cost savings result from nurturing the operational and organizational maturity of those teams and the people on them.

For a much greater in-depth study of proven techniques to drive first call resolution at the service desk and add value to your organization, read Giva's Whitepaper Service Desk Optimization: 40 to 80 in No Time Flat.

Does Your Business Need A Service Level Agreement?

Sample Service Level Agreement

Organizations prepare service level agreements (SLA) detailing the services provided to their customers. These agreements describe how the work of the service organization is prioritized along with agreed upon response and resolve times.

For example, In order to provide optimal first level support service to all departments, all problem and repair calls might be received by a central Help Desk. This first level provides a platform where:

  • All problems will be recorded
  • Problems will be resolved or assigned to the appropriate specialist
  • Problems will be monitored etc.

An SLA describes the factors influencing first level problem determinations, such as:

  • Number of customers affected
  • Effect on business mission
  • Context of problem etc.

Tables used to define severity levels describe how calls are prioritized and the associated response and resolve commitments.

Single point of contact responses can be determined using the following criteria:

  • Orders for new equipment provided by manager
  • Data entry service
  • System sign on request etc.

Does your business need a service level agreement? To ensure your SLA is consistent with best practices and contains all relevant topics and details, Giva provides much more in-depth coverage of this subject, using a help desk/customer service agreement as an example, in our whitepaper Sample IT Help Desk Service Level Agreement (SLA), which you can view online or download for free.

The Giva Challenge: Giva Customers are Talking! Miles & Stockbridge

Miles & Stockbridge

Saving time, in the long run, saves money. The new Apple watch discussed at TechCrunch is in the business of saving people time by making it easier to see important information throughout their workday without having to pull out their smart phone. This equates to precious time saved. According to Matthew Panzanaro at TechCrunch, "There are very few products that allow you to hand someone cash and be given back TIME."

Working around-the-clock to meet a client's needs is what a great attorney does. If that clock is slowed down in any way it costs extra money. Miles & Stockbridge P.C. has enjoyed a rich history of well-planned growth, enduring client relationships and loyal community leadership for over 80 years. They support approximately 500 employees in 8 offices across the east coast of the USA. "Since we are providing IT technical support to attorneys that work around-the-clock, we needed a solution that could be accessible anywhere and anytime by our staff. Our attorneys' time is our 'stock in trade', so we must keep the firm up and running and highly productive on a large number of applications and various hardware platforms in order to generate revenue." (Ken Adams, Chief Information Officer) They were spending a lot of time and money on managing and maintaining servers and software to host their previous application.

After researching their options, they found the solution to their time problem. "Giva's application suite is fast and responsive, and we have had 100% uptime. Any cloud application we use must perform this way, especially since we are working with attorneys that are always under tight deadlines and want to minimize the amount of time they are on the phone with us." Not only have they saved attorneys valuable time they have also experienced;

  • 70% cost savings when considering the total cost of ownership (TCO) over a 3 year period
  • 70% decrease in number of tickets that remain open from day-to-day
  • 60% increase in customer satisfaction of attorneys and staff
  • 100% application uptime and high application responsiveness

Miles & Stockbridge have taken the time to save their clients valuable time. According to Ken Adams, "With Giva, when I view any report, it always has real-time information. Furthermore, any of my staff can create, save and share reports, which allow us to retrieve pertinent real-time information at any moment without having to set up our own versions of a report. This dynamic nature of Giva's reporting engine is a tremendous advantage over all the others we evaluated."

Find more information at Miles & Stockbridge Case Study.

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Celebrating National Nurses Week 2015 - May 6-12

National Nurses Week

Giva joins in celebrating National Nurses Week 2015 this week, May 6-12. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in a doctor's office or hospital can attest to the fact that nurses are very special people. To quote Dr. Jean Watson, RN, Doctor, Author and Professor, "Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw". Nurses "go there" every day cheerfully and lovingly tending to all those duties that include subjects polite conversation will not allow. And yet, most of them cannot imagine doing anything else. They receive us into the world and are by our side, helping us exit with dignity, and everything in between.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday, fittingly. The American Nurses Association website has lots of great information as well as many ideas and suggestions for celebrating National Nurses Week, honoring those unsung and tireless heroes and heroins. There is also a very timely and compelling book and movie documentary, The American Nurse, now showing in select theaters or available for download or purchase, chronicling the lives and unique experiences of several American nurses.

Many of Giva's customers are in the field of healthcare and we offer nursing and medical student scholarships as well. We wish to express our most sincere respect and appreciation to all of the nurses represented, not only in those companies but all over the country, for their integral role in the lives of so many.

10 More Tough Questions to Better Qualify Any Software / Cloud Vendor

Questions for Software Vendors

How can you more quickly qualify and evaluate any software or cloud vendor?

In another informative whitepaper, Giva offers even more tough questions to keep your potential software or cloud vendor on their toes and to make sure they know you have done your homework. Customers interested in purchasing any software or cloud service may encounter myriad of problems and obstacles during the purchase process.  This whitepaper provides tough practical questions to ask your vendor candidate to help avoid mistakes that even the most experienced professionals can make. 

Some topics covered include:

  • What happens if we have a disagreement? Mediation/arbitration or litigation?
  • What are the costs of additional modules and licenses purchased in the future?
  • What are license options for part-time usage?
  • Are customer case studies with business results achieved available?
  • Are your customer references compensated in any way?
  • How will our future feature requirements be obtained?
  • Will we have a dedicated Account Manager?
  • Are thirty-day supported production trials available without obligation?
  • How many new releases are provided per year?

For more information and tough questions to assist you in your vendor selection process, please refer to Ten More Tough Questions to Better Qualify Any Software or Cloud Vendor

 

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