In four short months, we will be switching from the EHR system we’ve enjoyed since 2006 to a new system now required by our independent physicians’ association (IPA). We have mixed feelings about the change. If it was entirely left to us, we wouldn’t switch. That said, there are certain potential functions we are looking forward to using. The key here is the word potential. Perhaps it’s the cynical times we’re living in, but throughout the long process of selecting, preparing and training for the new epic (“epic” the adjective, not the noun, due to liability) system, it has felt like we’re being pitched by a stereotypical luxury car dealer from both the technology vendor and our IPA.
Social media is an enormous part of our lives — Facebook has more than 1.8 billion active users per month, and Twitter has upwards of 300 million active users in the same amount of time. In spite of this massive social media immersion, these platforms haven’t seen much penetration within the medical industry. How can doctors use social media to better interact with their patients while improving the care they provide?
Over the past few years, I have worked with many physicians and entrepreneurs on the forefront of telemedicine and other new healthcare technologies. Often the most frustrating aspect of growing a healthcare enterprise is the requirement that physicians (and other healthcare providers) be licensed in every state the patient they’re treating (even electronically) is located.
You may think only giant corporations can benefit from the internet of things–the networking of nontechnical objects so they can receive and transmit data. But right now, businesses like yours are employing the IoT: digitizing work sites, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, and shipments. It’s easier than you might think.
Because taxes are year-round for many taxpayers, and many taxable situations arise during the summer months, the Internal Revenue Service offers a Summertime Tax Tip program that begins July 3. The IRS is encouraging taxpayers to sign up now for this email service to help them get a jump-start on their taxes and learn about the tax implications of events that often occur during the summer months.
CEOs and CFOs, they have to understand that this presents an opportunity for them, not just another task in creating more and more regulation. Because tax is so pervasive, there is real opportunity through technology and strong operations management to realize tax gains which can impact above the line, it can impact below the line, and it can really help drive stronger results and greater economic results for the company.
If you search the internet for the phrase, “smartest person in the room,” you quickly will see this anonymous quote:
“If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”
Good advice. But it diminishes the fact that SOMEBODY has to be the smartest person in the room. Here is why that somebody should be the one who is responsible for managing your company’s inventory and purchasing.
Many of our readers likely have faced this question in their own businesses so I hope some of you will share your experiences of how you answered this question. In the meantime, here’s my take on it.
The City of Detroit announced a big commitment in affordable housing across the city. According to a press release, the city was selected by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to receive a limited number of 9 percent low-income housing tax credits that will create or preserve 385 units of affordable housing in Core City, Midtown, Brush Park, and the Oakman Boulevard Community.
Confidence in future U.S. economic prospects continued to decline in July, according to the University of Michigan’s latest consumer confidence survey. Americans are a little more nervous about the direction of the economy now than they were immediately after the election. According to the latest report on consumer confidence by the University of Michigan, confidence […]