Tuesday, 6 September 2016

When Gadgets Meet Businesspeople – A Short Tech Guide for Entrepreneurs

Today, it's impossible to stay immune to a real flood of gadgets and software solutions. They can help business owners improve their work efficiency. Even if you try to be the black sheep and resist the ongoing trends, your results will show you that such stubbornness doesn't pay off. But if you start using gadgets for your business needs, you might be astonished by their performance and usefulness. So, let's see what you can do have a tech-improved business experience.

A Short Tech Guide for Entrepreneurs

A Short Tech Guide for Entrepreneurs
A Short Tech Guide for Entrepreneurs

The Age Of The Battery

If you could give a title to this age, probably the majority of the people reading this text would call it the age of the Internet. However, this is only partly true. While we've become unbelievably dependent on the Internet, the first condition for accessing the web is having a proper connection and, more importantly, a reliable and powerful device. You need a tablet, a smartphone, or a notebook to get online. (Of course, a desktop will do, too, but this paragraph is about batteries.)

The problem here is that your device won't work for too long unless its battery has ample capacity. To ensure that you always have enough electricity in your device, you should get a power bank. That way, dead batteries won't pose a threat to your business tasks and assignments.

In addition, you can also use your old notebook battery and make a power bank on your own if you're adept at such things.

Direct Power Supply

Let's talk a little bit more about the connection between electricity and modern gadgets. Apart from purchased or DIY power banks, it's important to always use genuine chargers. The word genuine is extremely important in the previous sentence. Namely, if you charge any of your gadgets with a non-original charger, it might damage the battery, reduce its life span and cause other unwanted risks.
Moreover, when away on business, consult Google about the frequency of the electricity in the country you're about to visit. Here you have voltage and frequency information for every country in the world. You're welcome.

Visual Projections On The Road

Every entrepreneur that needs to hold a presentation or a lecture at a business conference shouldn't strictly rely on the organizers. If anything goes wrong with the equipment on the stage, the attendees won't be staring at your hosts, but at you.

This is why a forward-thinking businessperson will bring some basic equipment for public presentations to every such occasion. This lecturer's set must include a mini projector, a set of medium-strong speakers and a microphone. Now you're ready for every business event in the world, no matter how well or lousily organized it is.

Sleek And Light Laptops

What's extremely important for traveling managers and their employees is not to leave anything to chance when they're outside of their offices. With the growing role of the cloud in the modern business world, they have to be available to their colleagues and clients even when they're away. One way to go that most people forget about are modern cheap gaming laptops. They are not expensive and they will pack everything a businessperson needs and more. The importance of getting a light machine needs to be stressed, since they are more easily carried and dragged along airport terminals than their thick and heavy counterparts.
When Gadgets Meet Business people
When Gadgets Meet Business people
To conclude, business people should realize that they have no better associates than modern tech devices and gadgets. If you don’t know where you are, your smartphone will tell you. Your notebook will make your every software wish come true. The lecturer's set will ensure that you hold your speech no matter what. Because of all these benefits, dear entrepreneurs, get cutting-edge devices and rest assured that they will push your business towards greater business success.

Dan Radak is a marketing professional with ten years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of digital marketing, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The 6 Best Apps for Artists

Artists Rejoice! The Best Creative Outlets For Every Millennial
by Charlotte Ahlin

Between phones, tablets, computers, and Apple TV, there is certainly no shortage of apps to download. And if you’re interested in the arts, you should know that there’s a lot more creativity out there beyond picking filters for your Instagram photos (no disrespect to Instagram, but it can’t fulfill every artistic need).

Whether you’re a professional artist, an aspiring London art student, or just someone who enjoys the occasional doodle, you should check out these artistically charged apps today, that are favored by one of the best app developers:

Procreate

No paint, no canvas, no problem. There are several gorgeous painting apps on the market, but there’s a reason that Procreate is one of the most popular and the winner of the Apple Design Award. This is a professional-level app that’s still easy to use no matter what your artistic background.

Procreate comes with 128 beautiful, pre-loaded brushes for you to sketch, paint, and create; any artwork you make can easily be shared to any Cloud storage or social media network. The program features 64-bit color and an advanced layering and smudging system, so your art can be as intricately detailed as you like.

Artsy

If you want to find and appreciate art just as much as you want to create it, this is the app for you. It’s been billed as the “Pandora of art,” “the art world in your pocket,” and boy does it deliver. Artsy gives you access to more than 300,000 high-resolution pieces of art, which you can collect and share with “playlists” of your favorite images. You can also virtually visit museums halfway around the world.

Artsy is an ideal app for finding new artists, too, since you can search by keyword for the kind of art you’d like to see. You’ll also be updated on the latest art shows and fairs, and you can receive alerts on your favorited artists’ newest work.

Also Read: Top 10 Photo Editing Apps for iPhone

Loop

Animation on your phone? That’s right. Loop lets you create short, hand-drawn animations right on your phone, and then upload them directly to websites like Tumblr. You can’t create the next Pixar epic on this app, but it’s fantastic for original animated shorts or easily tracing video frames.

So you can take a video of your best friend snoring, animate them as a goblin, and email your masterpiece to everyone you know - all with a few swipes of your fingertips. Or create a freehand animation of your own devising and upload it to the Loop gallery. It’s available from the Itunes store, and it’s endless fun.

TypeDrawing

This is the cutest, easiest app you’ll ever find for creating amazing typography art. Type a sentence, then doodle an image with your finger, and the app puts them together into a new and unique typographic image, with the line art created out of your text.

TypeDrawing lets you draw freehand or import photos to draw directly on them, and it provides multiple beautiful fonts, as well as controls for text size and spacing. You don’t need a background in art or typography to create something that looks professional, and you can send your creations to your friends with the push of a button.

Tayasui Sketches

Need to be a little more subtle about drawing other people on public transportation? Well, Tayasui Sketches is the ultimate app for simple sketches. This free app imitates a real paper sketchpad, and lets you doodle with pen, pencil, watercolor—almost any tool you can think of.

You can use Tayasui for drawing or for jotting down notes, and you can import photos to scribble on if you so wish. The drawing tools behave just like a pen or pencil on paper, responding to pressure. It’s not an app for creating complex paintings, but if you’re looking for a simple digital sketch board, this is one of the best.

Glitche

Not every artist sketches or paints—photo and video editing or manipulation are artforms in their own right. Enter Glitché, named one of Apple’s best apps of 2015. This app can make anyone into a digital artist: it takes your existing images, and lets you modify and pixelate them into glitchy masterpieces.

Change any old selfie into a psychedelic, rainbow-colored work of art. Yes, technically it’s yet another photo filter app, but the filters are so unique, and your level of control over them so advanced, that it’s like no other photo-manipulation program out there. You can even use this app to edit videos and make GIFs. It’s the weird, pixelated playground you never knew you wanted.

There are so many different artistic styles out there, but everyone can find at least one app to get their creative juices flowing. These six are just a few of the best, but they’re a great place to start for artists of any kind!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

10 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

The rise of Internet brought countless benefits to mankind and one of the most useful ones is of course, the ability to earn money online. With the help of internet, not only is it possible to avoid the standard “9 to 5” working hours and boring corporate offices but also travel the world and work from wherever we want. In this article I've reviewed some of the best ways to earn money online.

10 Easy Ways to Make Money Online
10 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

10 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

AirBnB
If you have a free flat or a room you can rent, AirBnB is a website that can help you to find people who are looking for accommodation. You can rent your premises on daily, weekly or monthly basis and depending on the city you live in and type and location of your property you can earn from $20 to several hundred dollars per day.

Design websites
Web-design is much simpler today, when we have so many intuitive content management systems at our disposal. Even now there are many individuals and companies that don’t have time to create their own websites. With some basic CSS, HTML, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal knowledge you can earn significant funds on freelance marketplaces.

Writing articles
Content marketing is currently one of the most popular types of business promotion, and it requires piles of video, audio and textual content. That’s why the need for content creators is constantly growing. Articles are the basic form of content, and people with some writing talent and solid knowledge of grammar and spelling can earn up to several hundred dollars a day, by writing them. Most writers find their gigs on online marketplaces like Upwork.com and Fiverr.com, while there are also specialized websites for connecting writers with content publishers like iWriter.com and Bloggingpro.com.

Google AdSense
If you already have a website, Google AdSense platform offers you the opportunity to monetize the interesting content you are sharing. This platform very is simple for signing up and adding ads to your website or blog. Pay-per-click rates mainly depend on your website demographics, which means that content that targets people from developed countries preform much better and can bring you more money.

Also Read: In The Wake Of Recent Talk Talk Hacks, How Secure Is Your Business?

Amazon Associates
For running Amazon Associates platform, you will also need a web presentation and a lot of interesting content. Platform allows you to post Amazon offers in the form of links and banner ads, and earn commission for every purchase made by customers who reached Amazon store through your website.

eBay 
This huge online market place creates many opportunities for earning money online. You can resell goods directly on the website or buy wholesale goods and offer them to eBay crowd. There are hundreds of ‘eBay made me rich’ success stories you can found online, but you should know that earning lots of money on this network requires lots of work that you need to invest in building strong and spotless reputation.

Other design work
Websites like 99design offer great opportunities for graphic designers to earn some money on the side. There are also many designers that work exclusively as freelancers. Logo design is one of the most wanted skills on these freelance market places and you can also design info graphics, banners, commercials and many other things.

iTunes
If you are an artist or an app developer you will love iTunes. Apple’s store allows you to sell your work and place and promote it next to some of the biggest on- and offline brands.

Etsy
Etsy crowd loves handcrafted goods. This is one of the most popular handcraft market places online and it allows artists and craftsmen to promote and sell their work. New members need to add at least five different articles and put them on sale, and wait for bids and offers. There are many people who collect and pay thousands of dollars for good looking and high-quality handmade goods.

KickStarter
People with ground breaking ideas can use KickStarter for funding their projects and making theirs and other people’s dreams come true. Website follows crowdfunding concept and allows small-time investors to fund projects they like. Projects need to be presented in an elaborate way, so every investor can realize its benefits.

There are many other ways to earn money online and only things you will need for starting you online entrepreneur career are fast internet and a good online payment system to collect the money you've.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

In The Wake Of Recent Talk Talk Hacks, How Secure Is Your Business?

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In case you missed one of the biggest news stories of the year last week, here’s what happened. Major mobile telecommunications giant, Talk Talk, were hacked. Their database of customer information was compromised, leaking tons of data. Experts are calling it one of the biggest cyber attacks on a commercial company. The suspect? A fifteen year old computer genius acting alone. If a fifteen year old can hack one of the biggest companies in the world, it begs the question: how secure is your business?

Cyber theft and data breach is a very real concern for modern business. No-one is entirely secure from the threat, and it’s up to you to take action. Here are some tricks and techniques, straight from the experts, to help you stay safe.

Strong Passwords

Passwords might seem like a simple trick in the grand scheme of things. But, in reality, hackers find it very difficult to crack a strong password. The only way they’ll get through passcodes is when they discover patterns. When using the same passwords over and over again, it becomes easy to predict and break. Make sure you’re varying the passcodes on a weekly basis in the office. As for the password itself, try to use a different combination for every account you use.

Encryption and Firewalls

Encryption is a centuries old practice used to scramble and obscure data. It’s the best way to secure information. In simple terms, it turns your standard data and information into unreadable code. It is now impossible to read the true contents without the corresponding encryption key. A firewall is also a great way to keep malicious bots and hackers out of your system. A firewall creates a strong fence around your data, and repels suspicious intruders.

Data Storage

The manner in which you store the data is also crucial. When dealing with sensitive or incriminating data like customer information, you must be extra careful. A simple hard drive or shared server is not secure enough. Instead, you’ll need to look for a professional data center build service. They’ll create a bespoke server storage that is unique and personal to you and your company. It’s safe, secure, and essential!

Physical Security

Despite all these digital security measures, don’t forget about real world, physical threats. In many cases, it’s impossible for hackers to get into your system from the outside. However, if they get hold of a company laptop, hard drive or Blackberry, hackers can quickly get access. There’s a reason why Blackberry developed the nickname ‘hackberry’! Embrace the mobile revolution, but keep your personal devices safe and secure at all times.

Backups

Last of all, make sure you keep secure backups of all data and information. You can do this in a variety of ways. Start with physical, hard copies of sensitive or confidential information. Next, use a cloud storage system to keep essential information safe from hard drive crashes. Lastly, use a safe and secure hard drive. By using all three techniques, you’ll insulate your company from any problems.

After reading this post, how confident are you about the security of your business?

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

GIONEE ELIFE S7 5.2 inch Android 5.0 4G Smartphone

Gionee ELIFE S7 4G is a 5.2 inch full HD android phones that features two big titles. First, it packs Snapdragon 800 by Qualcomm that runs at 1.7 GHz clock speed and second it has one of the most sensitive 13 megapixel rear shooter which with its 1/2.3 inch sensor takes detailed pictures.


Selfie fans, rejoice because on the front, there is a 8 megapixel front facing camera that is perfect for taking selfies and doing video calls over Skype. Talking about calls, the fun does not stop there. The Elife E7 features a 3-microphone system that ensures better voice quality.

The display of the Gionee ELIFE S7 4G packs IPS tech that ensures super wide viewing angles. Manufactured by JDI, it is amongst the best displays ever produced for a smartphone till date. It does not disappoint in the storage department, packing whopping 32 gigabytes of flash storage that is expandable via micro SD card slot. You can find Gionee ELIFE S7 4G on Gearbest with free shipping.

E7 comes Google Play Store pre installed, so you will have no problem finding your favorite applications and games. Performance of E7 is top notch, thanks to the powerful Snapdragon 800 quad core processor and 2GB RAM. The system never stutters and there are no frame drops when playing games. Battery life is decent too, giving around a day with heavy use. The capacity is 2750 mAh and it is non user replaceable. Various android phones with removable battery can be found on Gearbest.com

In the package, you get two screen protectors, a phone holder, leather case, earphones, USB cable, power adapter and three NFC tags. While the display is massive at 5.2 inches, the S7 does not feel big in the hands. This is due to its narrow side bezels that reduce the phone’s overall width. 

The phone is on sale for $309 and is probably the best android phone in mid-range smartphone category.

Monday, 10 August 2015

4 Ways Your Business Can Embrace The Mobile Revolution

Every business must adapt to the mobile revolution. Mobile technology is quickly becoming the most influential medium, and companies need to adjust. In the last twelve months, mobile internet access has surpassed traditional computer access. That means more web users are on a smartphone or tablet than a desktop or laptop. It’s a huge shift in the way consumers operate. As a business, if you’re not mirroring this trend, your days are numbered! If half of your customers are on mobile devices, you need to make sure you cater for them. The world moves quickly, and it’s not always easy for business owners to keep up. So today, we’ll show you how your business can embrace the mobile revolution. Let’s take a look.


1. Build a responsive website

A ‘responsive’ website means a site that adapts to whichever device loads up the web page. For example, the website will automatically recognise if it’s opened on an iPhone or a tablet or a laptop. It will instinctively display in the best possible way for that user. It’s a replacement for building an entirely separate mobile site, which was the old best-practice. Most professional web designers now build responsive websites as standard. It has become the bare minimum requirement. Make sure your company website is responsive.

2. Build an app

Many companies now have their very own app. So should you. Most mobile internet access takes place through an app, so it’s up to you to adapt to this technology. You need a strong presence in the app market. It’s now easier than ever to create an application. An app development agency can help you turn your plans into something real. You can get creative with your app too. Use it to offer your customers additional value, and take advantage of the mobile platform.

3. Reduce text

Adapting for the mobile world isn’t just about the mechanics. It’s not enough to build a responsive website and create an app. You’ve got to understand how your customers are using the mobile web. Studies show that mobile users have even shorter attention spans than computer users. Remember, you’re working with a smaller screen here, you’ve got a small space to make a big impact. Reduce your text to only the necessary component. Learn to say more with less.

4. Embrace social media

Mobile internet access revolves heavily around social media. The likes of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are reliant on mobile use. Indeed, they power it! As a business, you need to build a coherent social media strategy to encourage content sharing. Make sure your business is talked about on these platforms, and optimise your content for social sharing. We still speak to many companies that are wary of social media. It’s time to throw out this scepticism, and jump aboard the train while you still can. Social media is the essence of mobile communication, don’t get left out!

Mobile access is no longer a novelty or side-thought. It is a very real part of your business. Make sure you have a plan. Embrace the mobile revolution!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

3 Steps To A Killer Online Presentation

The internet has created plenty of new business opportunities in recent years. A chance to reach a worldwide audience of millions has to be considered one of the most exciting. With a little ingenuity, your company could see phenomenal results. The key is to embrace technology with open arms.

Making an online presentation is one way to give yourself the edge over your competitors. You could stream live to the masses, or pre-record it as an online programme. Either way, this is an opportunity that no visionary would want to miss.

It sounds like a daunting task, but it isn’t. Here is an easy three-step guide to creating the perfect online presentation.
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Plan:
Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. It’s an old cliché, but it rings true with the idea of an online business presentation. The stage of planning is arguably the most important of all.

The key to your online presentation is to understand that a large portion of your audience will be speaking English as a second language. Making mistakes will confuse some of your viewers, and that could put them off. Using a grammar checking package is advised.

Similarly, you should remember that not every viewer will be an experienced professional. Some are using your video as an introduction to a subject. While you don’t want to patronise, it’s probably best to leave out overly complex jargon.

The actual content will be dependent on what you are talking about and what you are aiming to achieve. So we’ll leave that one to you.

Produce:
An organised presentation doesn’t only look professional; it will help you through the process of presenting it. Slideshows and other visual aids can help move the project along nicely, serving as a huge benefit for both you and the audience.

Computer technology makes it easy to create a winning slideshow. If you are planning to pre-record, you can also cut to these items instead of staying fixed on your presenting. Besides, a lot of viewers will find it easier to understand visual information over auditory learning.

A presentation aimed at this demographic does differ from a real life audience, but the main principles are the same. Deliver information in a clear way and you cannot go far wrong.

Present:
The presentation is hugely important. While your video doesn’t need to be a Hollywood blockbuster, viewers won’t watch poor quality videos. When there are so many great affordable cameras on the market, you don’t have an excuse. Besides, there’s no point in taking on this challenge if you aren’t prepared to give it the full attention it needs.

Connection issues are the chief reason we’d suggest pre-recording rather than streaming live. This also gives the option to make edits later on or even add VT clips. For example, you could use projectors to hold a conference calls for added input from industry professionals. Those extra ideas could be the difference between a good and great result.

The other bonus of pre-recording is that you aren’t under as much pressure. Knowing that millions could be watching is scary. The opportunity to film in smaller segments, or reshoot after mistakes, is something every beginner should take.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Best Ways To Reduce Spending On International Calls

Business owners around the world have to spend an astonishing amount of money to communicate with international clients. As everyone wants to make the highest profits possible, it is sensible to look for ways in which it is possible to make savings. We’ve listed some of the best techniques on this page. We hope this information will help you to understand that you don’t have to pay those premium call charges any longer. There are so many different alternatives to choose from that you will be spoiled for choice. However, you just need to research each of them before determining which is the best solution for your operation.


Use software like Skype

Video messaging software like Skype allows you to make international telephone calls for very cheap rates. You just need to buy some credits, and you are away. In most instances, the cost of the call will be no more than you would expect to pay when dialing a local number. Of course, you can also make the conversation free if you are connected to the internet. Just open a Skype account for your business and let clients know how to find you. It doesn’t cost anything to communicate via a video call so long as you have a good WiFi connection.

Chat on social media

The idea of talking with your clients and customers on social media websites might not seem that professional. However, some business owners are not in a good enough financial situation to complain. Again, you don’t have to pay anything to use the chat window on your Facebook account. That means you will save lots of money that could be better spent on more important tasks like growing your company.

Buy prepaid phone cards

Issa Asad changed the telecoms industry considerably when his company launched prepaid phone cards some years ago. He was probably the first one to realize that business owners needed a cheap way of calling clients overseas. Firms like his provide an excellent alternative to traditional services. Best of all? The cards only have a certain amount of credit, so it is impossible to overspend. That means you aren’t going to receive an enormous unexpected bill any time in the future.

Look for a business phone package

There are lots of telecoms companies out there that now offer standard business packages. In most instances, those deals will limit the amount it costs to call aboard. You just need to get in touch with all the top brands and ask them about their rates. At least one of them should have a package that suits your requirements.

So, there you have it. With a bit of luck, those four suggestions should help you to make some amazing savings. We all need to communicate with our clients, but that does not mean we can afford to break the bank in doing so. If you do manage to reduce your spending, feel free to let us know which concept worked best. We could use that information to help even more people in our next post.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Top 5 Misconceptions about Corporate Expense Management Software for 2015

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When an organization has already chosen an expense management software, it becomes easy for them to dismiss the criticism of the program instead of having a look of what are the necessary ideas and strategies required to change it.  And when it comes to expense management software there are several myths and misconceptions that could cloud your judgement on every essential aspect of running a business. Thus it becomes very important to take your time and properly analyse your current expense management system optimizing your process and switching to another solution saving your time and money. Below given here are most common misconceptions about expense management software.

Current Employee Expense Management Software Program is not perfect but its fine: Just because your expense management software is not perfect, that does not mean that it can never be improved. Have a look at the different ways you are managing your expenses. Have a wish list created in order to know what are the things you would like to changes and what the weak points are. So if you find yourself paying exorbitant sums on the cooperate card interest and make you get worried about the credit risks then it is the right time that you switch to a new expense management software solution.

Having a new expense management software solution would not help you control the expenses: May be your business expenses are pretty lean and is not that bad. Having a closer look at how your employees pay their expenses would help you magnify the existing problems and find out the different ways where you could save. Prepaid business card solutions like the expense management software solution would allow you to have spending rules set for each and every business card that you choose, allowing the employees to spend money at the gas pump but not at restaurants.

Changing the current expense management software solution is time consuming and very difficult to implement: There have always been different ways of making an initial investment changing the way things are actually done. The finance managers, the office managers and accountants or others who are dealing with expense management software need to have enough knowledge on the new program, where the employees need to be informed about the procedures related to the software. However having an initial training and reformed expense management solution would make things easier saving your time and money creating a positive impact on your business.

Employee Expense Management Software is not a priority for my Company: Why wouldn’t your company want to save their money on all the expenses made. Having a good expense management software policies set and enforcing them should be the most important thing for your company. Your bottom line and your companies would thank you for this. And if your business relies on the employees who make a purchase through their own funds then the turnaround period for reimbursement is 3- 4 weeks.

It’s too expensive to switch for an Expense Management Programs now: The most important thing for an expense management program is to save your money and time spent by people processing the expenses. Optimizing the employee expense management software solution in your organization cutting down the major costs within the company, reducing the overall debt and protecting your business from the credit risk.

Indira Moola, Marketing Operations Manager at Expenzing, focused on growing expense management software open source product and communicates the value of identity to customers, partners, and the larger community by targeting specific markets through segmentation and analysis.

Friday, 22 May 2015

HIPAA Compliance And Securing Private Patient Information

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has established standards for the protection and management of private patient information. There are severe criminal and civil penalties for violations of the compliance regime, and healthcare practices and those who do business with them which provides direct or indirect access to data are caught by the provisions of the legislation.

In broad terms, anyone who has access to, manages or works with Protected Health Information (PHI) must put in place physical and network security measures, and also establish process security too.

Those covered by the law are divided into two categories. Covered Entities (CE) are any person or organization which provides treatment, pays for treatment (in the form of an insurance company, not a private individual), or operations in the healthcare industry. The second class are referred to as Business Associates (BA) and these include any entity with access to PHI, supports treatment of patients, or is involved in payment processing or healthcare operations. The law has been extended to catch subcontractors and close business partners of BAs too.

HIPAA has two main rules: the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule. The HIPAA Privacy Rule covers the issues surrounding capturing, saving, access control and the sharing of any patient information. The HIPAA Security Rule lays down national standards enforced at federal level, for protection of PHI at all stages of its life, from access, storage, transmission across networks and how it is maintained.

The Security Rule lays down broadly framed provisions for what a CE or BA must put in place, however there is a great deal of discretion allowed. For instance, you must protect against a “reasonably foreseeable risk” to PHI, and your protective steps must also be “reasonable” – what this means in practice is that CEs and Bas are exposed to the capricious nature of what is meant by “reasonable.”

Ensuring HIPAA compliance using an in-house team is exceptionally difficult for all healthcare providers and their associates, unless they are extremely large and have the resources and budgets to build a compliance team of specialists. In practice, most healthcare providers subcontract out HIPAA compliance efforts to specialist providers who are experienced in such matters, and this is a more secure and cost-effective manner in handling it.

Note however, simply by engaging a third-party professional does not in any way remove liability for compliance with HIPAA from the CE or BA. This makes it absolutely essential that who the third-party providers is, that they have the skills, experience, stability and technical understanding of HIPAA and the steps required to protect your patient information and data.

HIPAA provides for both criminal and civil penalties ranging up to one year in jail and $1.5 million fines, but this is per violation, or per individual patient record that is compromised. Fines are very common for violators, including first-time offenders, however the ability to impose crimpling fines on a healthcare professional or practice can put them out of business. More than this, major offenders are placed on the Wall of Shame maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website.

Jenny Ford writes on healthcare and IT issues and is currently working on a Whitepaper covering HIPAA and data protection for Swift Systems.