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Consolidated Billing Helps Optimize the Cloud Spend

Consolidated Billing Helps Optimize the Cloud Spend

Back in 2009, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) drafted a formal definition of cloud computing. The definition states that the cloud has certain essential characteristics, including on-demand self-service, broad access, resource pooling and rapid elasticity. In addition, cloud services should have a metering capability so that resource usage can be monitored, controlled, […]

The Growing Cybersecurity Threat to Medical Devices

The Growing Cybersecurity Threat to Medical Devices

It’s chilling to think that a heart monitor, blood gas analyzer or MRI scanner could be infected with malware, but the threat is very real. Malware called MEDJACK (short for “medical device hijack”) was recently found on equipment at 10 U.K. hospitals. First discovered in 2015, MEDJACK attacks medical devices in order to gain access […]

Cybersecurity Must Be a High Priority for K-12 Schools

Cybersecurity Must Be a High Priority for K-12 Schools

Like businesses large and small, K-12 schools are relying heavily upon technology for their day-to-day operations. In the classroom, teachers are using a wide range of rich media curricula, and printed textbooks are being replaced by electronic versions. Tests are increasingly conducted online. Many districts allow students to use their own devices for learning and […]

Why Hospitals Are Seeing an Onslaught of Ransomware Attacks

Why Hospitals Are Seeing an Onslaught of Ransomware Attacks

High-profile ransomware attacks have plagued hospitals during the first half of 2016, forcing operators into damage control mode as IT teams scramble to beef up their security strategies. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the number of ransomware complaints across all industries increased from 1,402 in 2014 to 2,453 in 2015 and […]

How Technology Helps Financial Organizations Address Today’s Challenges

How Technology Helps Financial Organizations Address Today’s Challenges

For the past several years, the financial services industry has grappled with market disruption, political uncertainty and increasing regulatory scrutiny. At the same time, financial services firms have seen dramatically changing customer demands, with consumers expecting higher levels of service in an omni-channel environment. Historically, financial services firms have not emphasized customer service, instead focusing […]

How Hospital Bed Management Tools Improve Patient Flow

How Hospital Bed Management Tools Improve Patient Flow

According to the journal Health Affairs, 31 cents of every healthcare dollar is spent on hospital care. That adds up to approximately $750 billion per year. Clearly, any inefficiencies in the delivery of hospital care has a significant impact on healthcare costs, as well as the timeliness and quality of patient care. The good news […]

Why Healthcare Must Embrace Activity-Based Costing

Why Healthcare Must Embrace Activity-Based Costing

U.S. healthcare costs have steadily increased for years and now represent more than 17 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Lower reimbursements and chronic illness are considered primary culprits of increasing costs, although many experts blame a system that focuses too much on treatments and not enough on outcomes. However, an overlooked problem is […]

Why Technology Must Be a Priority in K-12 Education

Why Technology Must Be a Priority in K-12 Education

Technology in K-12 schools used to consist of filmstrip and overhead projectors, ditto machines and calculators. Today, instead of sending little Johnny to the library to get the heavy overhead projector that has to be rolled through the halls on a cart, you simply open an application on a tablet. Instead of having the teacher […]

Time to Rethink the Role of Technology in State and Local Government

Time to Rethink the Role of Technology in State and Local Government

State and local governments continue to face two harsh realities – reduced budgets and reduced workforces. Yet the demand for important government services, and online delivery of those services whenever possible, continues to grow, and infrastructure improvements are long overdue. Thanks to an economy that continues to recover at a snail-like pace, there is little […]