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Lower hospital readmissions through big data

The medical industry is teeming with data. Patients that receive care, for example, have hundreds of data points associated with their medical history. But how is this data being handled? In most cases, not carefully enough. By adopting one of business’s more popular technology solutions, your medical facility could save money and improve patient care so much as to lower readmission rates. Let’s find out how.

At its core, business intelligence (BI) software is all about data analytics. BI software is able to accept overwhelming amounts of data in short periods of time and use advanced analysis algorithms to search for trends in the data that even the most experienced statistician cannot find. Because it can provide deep insights in short periods of time, businesses across industries have utilized different BI software to gain competitive advantages and streamline their workflows. For instance, businesses in the healthcare industry use BI to manage their readmission rates.

For the context of this article, readmission refers to when a patient returns for more […]

Lower hospital readmissions through big data2019-06-05T17:37:45-07:00

4 Reasons for slow mobile internet speeds

Have you ever gotten frustrated with your smartphone because the web browser took more than five minutes to load? Before you start blaming your old phone, check out these four reasons that might be the cause of your slow internet connection.

Router location

One simple yet overlooked reason why your Wi-Fi-connected phone may be experiencing internet lag is because of your router’s location. Although Wi-Fi has a range of up to 230 feet, the farther away you are from the router, the weaker the signal. Large objects like doors and walls situated in between you and the router can also weaken the transmission.

It’s recommended to place your router in a centralized location, preferably away from concrete and masonry walls or other big objects like a chimney. As the router signal radiates from all sides, blocking any side with big objects will impact your Wi-Fi’s signal quality and as a result, your phone’s internet speed is impeded.

Wi-Fi noise

Did you know that home electronic appliances emit wireless signals at a frequency […]

4 Reasons for slow mobile internet speeds2019-06-05T17:41:47-07:00

The benefits of working from home with VoIP

As a business owner, it’s important to raise your company’s morale to be more productive. But you can’t just keep throwing office parties every day of the year. Thanks to advancements in VoIP technologies, you can offer a better way to keep your employee’s spirits high by allowing them to work from home. Here are a few reasons why work-at-home strategies paired with VoIP systems is a good idea.

It’s good for business

Many businesses have misconceptions about their employees who choose to work from home. They assume that their employees will be less productive if they are not within the office environment, but this could not be farther from the truth. VoIP services can empower your small business and work-at-home employees in a number of ways:

VoIP technologies allow you to keep your employees on track with an array of management tools like barge, monitor, and whisper, which allow you to coach and micromanage your employees.
The cost of business resources, furniture, space and sick days are reduced when there […]

The benefits of working from home with VoIP2019-05-31T08:03:20-07:00

Simplify calendar sharing with Office 365

Calendar apps have done wonders for the business world. They’ve made it so much simpler to schedule meetings with colleagues, manage projects, and increase productivity. But things can get sticky when you want someone outside of your organization to see your calendar. Thankfully, Office 365 tackles this challenge.

Share an Office 365 calendar with specific people

Click the Share button from the Home menu along the top of your Office 365 calendar. This will open an email window where you can enter the addresses of people you want to see your calendar.

From that window, you can limit how much of your calendar they see by choosing from Availability Only, Limited Details, or Full Details. The latter two will show recipients the meeting names and participants of events on your calendar, whereas Availability Only will simply display scheduled events as Busy. After you’ve sent the invitation, recipients receive an email with a link to view your calendar in a web browser.

Make an Office 365 calendar public

If you’d prefer to have […]

Simplify calendar sharing with Office 3652019-05-31T07:55:34-07:00

Disaster recovery during hurricane season

There’s no telling when natural disasters will occur. When they do, certain regions in the country often bear the brunt of their impact, like when Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit certain states in 2017. With a well-designed disaster recovery (DR) plan, your business can be spared from total devastation.

Determine recovery hierarchy

Certain parts of your IT are more mission-critical than others. Ask yourself which systems or data must be recovered in minutes, hours, or days to get your business back to running efficiently.

For example, you may find that recovering sensitive customer information and eCommerce systems take priority over recovering your email server. Whatever the case may be, prioritizing your systems ensures that the right ones are recovered quickly after a disaster.

Pay attention to location

First and foremost, your backup site should be in a hurricane-free zone. Ideally, your off-site facility should be located at least 100 miles away from your main location. If this isn’t possible, make sure it is built to withstand wind speeds of 160 mph (as fast […]

Disaster recovery during hurricane season2019-05-29T08:00:32-07:00

Turn off Windows 10’s intrusive settings

The popularity of social media has allowed advertisers to target their consumers more efficiently. But did you know that your operating system might also be helping agencies post personalized ads according to your search history? Learn how to fix some of Windows 10’s faulty privacy settings.

Turn personalized advertising off

For those unaware, Windows 10 assigns each user an “advertising ID” that it uses to personalize your ad experience based on your recent browsing history. If you’re okay with seeing generic ads targeted to you based on demographics rather than your ID, we recommend turning this feature off. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass symbol next to the Windows logo, at the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Next, type in “Privacy” — click on Privacy Settings, and select General.
  3. Turn off the option that states “Let apps […]
Turn off Windows 10’s intrusive settings2019-05-31T07:55:54-07:00

IT terms you need to know

Jargon can be intimidating if you’re dealing with IT issues and you’re anything but techy. Running an anti-malware scan can generate auto pop-ups that leave you clueless with IT terms that sound Greek. Learning the basic concepts listed here will help you move on and not be surprised the next time that happens.

Malware

For a long time, the phrase “computer virus” was misappropriated as a term to define every type of attack that intended to harm or hurt your computers and networks. A virus is actually a specific type of attack, or malware. Whereas a virus is designed to replicate itself, any software created for the purpose of destroying or unfairly accessing networks and data should be referred to as malware.

Ransomware

Don’t let all the other words ending in “ware” confuse you; they are all just subcategories of malware. Currently, one of the most popular of these is “ransomware,” which is malware that encrypts valuable data until a ransom is paid for its return.

Intrusion protection system(IPS)

There are several ways […]

IT terms you need to know2019-05-31T07:56:24-07:00

How to make your Android apps more organized

Finding it hard to find the app you want on your Android device? If so, it’s time to organize your apps into folders. Here’s how.

Creating and naming folders

On most devices, when you install a new app, the icon will be automatically added to your home screen, or to a screen where there is space. While this is useful, it can be a bit of a chore to find a specific app if you have dozens installed on your device.

The easiest solution is to group icons together into a folder. This just takes three steps:

  1. Long-press an app you want to move into a folder (i.e., tap the app for a few seconds until you enter edit mode).
  2. Drag it over another app you want to group it with, and let go. You should see both of the icons appear inside a box.
  3. Tap Enter folder name and type the label for your folder.

If you are going to use different folders, it is a good idea to pick names related to the […]

How to make your Android apps more organized2019-05-24T08:00:48-07:00

6 Common ways virtualization fails

Server virtualization offers improved system utilization, workload flexibility, and other advantages for the data center. Today, many businesses have already adopted virtualization, but virtualization can still fail in some ways. Practices and policies that arise from virtualization can waste resources and drive administrators to give up. Here are the top problems with virtualization.

1. Resource distribution
The way virtualization partitions systems can result in varied ways — some might function really well, and others might not provide users access to enough resources to meet their needs. Resource distribution problems often occur in the shift to virtualization and can be fixed by working on capacity planning with your service provider.

2. VM Sprawl
VM sprawl, the unchecked growth of virtual machines in a virtual environment, as any virtualization admin knows, can cripple an otherwise healthy environment. It is problematic because its underlying cause often stays hidden until it manifests in resource shortages.
You should look at how virtual machines will be managed, who will be doing what, and what systems you’re going to […]

6 Common ways virtualization fails2019-05-31T07:57:02-07:00

Get on top of search results with Google Posts

Many businesses struggle to get their name into the top ten search results in order to greatly increase traffic to their website or have a better image to potential clients. Those who are successful invest a lot of time and money in SEO and other inbound marketing to gain this prestige and online presence for their brand. What if there was a free and simple way to improve your search rankings? There is, and it’s called Google Posts.

What they can do

Google Posts allow users to communicate directly in the search results. This differs from the Knowledge Panel since you can highlight content, information, products, or services. Google Post can appear on the search results, Knowledge Panel, or both.
Google simply describes it as “up-to-date posts from verified people, places, or things, directly in search results.” These posts can be text, images, videos, events, or even animated GIFs. You can even add links on the posts to drive traffic to a particular page, service, or product. This enhanced format […]

Get on top of search results with Google Posts2019-05-31T07:57:37-07:00