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Why Health IT VARs Could Soon Deal With The “Chief Patient Experience Officer”

Patient-centered health may seem simple, but it’s one that’s easy to foul up in the execution. While the concept is one that’s imitable through taking a look at other industries, getting healthcare organizations to a point of applied patient-centered health will require focused initiatives and invested leadership, frequently coming from a dedicated executive officer.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • A Buyers Guide To Cloud Unified Communications
    A Buyers Guide To Cloud Unified Communications

    The cloud is perhaps the great equalizer in technology, making advanced technology easily accessible to even the smallest companies. The number of cloud communications solutions has increased, giving companies more options than ever. So it is important to be able to evaluate which cloud option is the best — because not all cloud solutions are created equal.

  • Connecting The Dots: How To Achieve End-to-End Compliance With Hybrid Clouds
    Connecting The Dots: How To Achieve End-to-End Compliance With Hybrid Clouds

    For managed services providers (MSPs) and technology resellers, one of the emerging challenges in service delivery is providing end-to-end compliance assurance to customers. End-to-end security has historically been the main focus, with providers finding it too complicated or expensive to build or license platforms that guarantee customers regulatory compliance for mandates such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

  • Cyber Thieves Take A Bite Out Of Summer
    Cyber Thieves Take A Bite Out Of Summer

    Cybercrime is getting the Hollywood treatment again with last week’s debut of “Mr. Robot,” a new TV series that follows a cybersecurity hacktivist who shut down DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks by day and hacks criminals in his free time, all in the name of doing good. It’s an interesting twist in the criminal case of the week format that’s sure to raise some eyebrows.

  • Defense In Depth: Layering The Security Solutions You Provide
    Defense In Depth: Layering The Security Solutions You Provide

    One of the more common questions I see in the field is about why it is necessary to provide antivirus on the server and desktops if it is already in the firewall. It’s a simple enough question, but the answer leads to one of the most important security concepts, that of layering or Defense in Depth.  Even when wearing body armor, taking cover still makes a lot of sense.

  • 5 Best Practices For Establishing A Security Policy
    5 Best Practices For Establishing A Security Policy

    IT security is a concern for every business, but what many are missing is that the solution isn’t just about the products in play. It’s about the policies too.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Communications System Brings CPA Firm New Capabilities, Monthly Savings
    Communications System Brings CPA Firm New Capabilities, Monthly Savings

    Talk about growth: In a single year, KPM CPAs of Springfield, MO, acquired not one, but two separate accounting firms, bringing on clusters of new employees in waves of 15 to 30 people at a time. To keep pace with this growth trajectory, KPM moved into a new building, bringing 110 personnel from all three previous companies into one environment.

  • Defending SMBs With Cloud-Managed Security

    Technology is a two edged sword. On one side, the introduction of new applications, devices, and web services makes people’s lives and jobs easier and more productive. On the other, the increase in user mobility, the migration to faster data pipes and the exchange of more information open businesses up to new threats and increased susceptibility to cyber attacks.

  • SMBs: The Attacker’s Target

    Cybercrime is increasing at epidemic proportions, from consumers, to SMB organizations to large enterprises. According to avtest.org, an independent service provider of anti-virus research, more malware was found in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined. From 2013 to 2014, new malware jumped just over 71 percent from 83M to 142M new strains being introduced. And it turns out Small to Medium Business (SMB) organizations are becoming the cybercriminal’s “sweet spot”.

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ASCII Success Summit      May 28-29 Chicago    
LabTech Automation Nation June 1-3 Orlando, FL    
Channel Transitions -  Mid-Atlantic June 4 Newark, NJ    
D&H Distributing Mid-Atlantic Summer Technology Show June 4 Hershey, PA    
D&H Education Back-to-School Show June 17-18 Lancaster, PA    
ASCII Success Summit      June 25-26 Newark, NJ    
         

ABOUT NETWORKING

Networking refers to the range of hardware, software, processes, regulations, and protocols that make up computer and other networks. A network is a telecommunications system that allows connected devices to exchange data via cables or wirelessly (Wi-Fi). Networks provide shared access to systems, services, applications, and devices such as the World Wide Web, servers, printers, storage devices, email, messaging, and many more.

Security on networks is controlled by a network administrator through a set of provisions and policies that prevent unauthorized access to the network and network-accessible resources. Access to secured networks requires authentication usually via username and password (one-factor authentication), but can be augmented to include additional steps based on something a user 'has' such as generating a code via a security token, card, or mobile phone (two-factor authentication), and further augmented to include something a user 'is' such as a retinal or fingerprint scan. Firewalls enforce access policies on the network and anti-virus software or intrusion prevention systems (IPS) help to detect and inhibit malware and other potential threats.

Networks can be connected by electrical cable, radio waves, and optical fiber which are defined as layers 1 (physical layer) and 2 (data link layer) in the OSI model. Types of wired technologies include twisted pair wire, coaxial cable, ITU-T G.hn, and optical fiber. Wireless technologies include terrestrial microwave, satellite, cellular and PCS, radio and spread spectrum, and infrared. The basic hardware components of a network include network interface controllers (NIC), repeaters and hubs, network bridges, network switches, routers, and firewalls.

Ethernet is the most widely-adopted and used family of communications media used in local area networks (LAN), encompassing both wired and wireless network communications. IEEE 802 defines the standards and protocols that enable networked device communications. Networks can be classified by physical capacity or purpose such as personal area networks (PAN), local area network (LAN), storage area network (SAN), wide area network (WAN), virtual private network (VPN), and others.

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MULTIMEDIA

  • CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions
    CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Jonathan Kos, VP of sales at CloudFounders, tells how managed services providers can leverage CloudFounders’ white-labeled products to offer privately hosted cloud solutions. 

  • WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue
    WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Chester Ritchie, senior VP of strategic partnerships at WorldPay, displays payment solutions and discusses how solutions providers can establish recurring revenue streams.

  • GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature
    GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Nadia Karatsoreos, community manager for GFI MAX, introduces sales engineer Andrew Crihfield who demonstrates the platform’s patch management feature.

  • Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
    Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit

    Brad Barnes, sales manager of specialized channels for Plantronics, displays USB-based, wireless, and Bluetooth headsets at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

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