10 Can’t-Miss Digital Health Conferences in 2017

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With digital health innovations and advances in healthcare IT growing daily by leaps and bounds, you can’t afford to get left behind. Get a jump on tomorrow’s technologies today and learn from some of the brightest minds in the business from Canada and around the globe. Check out our list of 9 can’t-miss digital health conferences to watch for in 2017 – plus one this month to get you started.

Infoway Partnership Conference

November 16-17, 2017, Toronto, ON

The 2016 Infoway Partnership Conference: A Conversation About Digital Health, is an annual event designed to create a forum for knowledge exchange, debate and discussion. This year’s conference takes place during Canada’s Digital Health Week and will focus on three areas: medication management, interoperability and consumer health solutions.

Digital Health Summit at CES 2017

January 5-8, Las Vegas, NV

CES has long been a Mecca for avid technology fans but did you know it’s also host to one of the world’s premier digital health events? Key topic for 2017 include personalized medicine, the use of artificial intelligence and virtual reality to diagnose and treat illness, and how technology is transforming the study of sleep.

IoT Big Data Healthcare Summit

January 31 – February 1, Vancouver, BC

The objective of the IoT Big Data Healthcare Summit is to bring the whole healthcare industry under one roof and understand opportunities and challenges Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and tools present. Needs and challenges faced by each of these are unique and so are opportunities to improve service, reduce costs, and improve healthcare systems.

HiMSS Conference & Exhibition

February 19-23, 2017, Orlando, FL

The 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. It is THE place to experience exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking with other professionals and thought leaders in the healthcare IT industry.

Mobile Healthcare Summit

March 8-9, 2017, Toronto, ON

The 13th annual Summit on Mobile Healthcare comes to Toronto in March, bringing with it the opportunity to learn how to advance patient-centred care, improve your connected systems, protect patient information, ensure medication and treatment compliance, and reduce operating costs.

MedX │Ed 2017

April 22-23, 2017, Stanford, CA

Stanford University will host its popular Medicine X │Ed Conference again in 2017. The event was conceived as a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and health care. The initiative explores how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care. The “X” is meant to encourage thinking beyond numbers and trends—it represents the infinite possibilities for current and future information technologies to improve health.

Medical Informatics World Conference

May 22-23, 2017, Boston, MA

The 5th annual Medical Informatics World Conference has a mission: challenging leaders from across healthcare to deliver patient-centred solutions with IT innovations. Five focused conference tracks allow the community to delve into the most pressing topics of cross-industry data sharing, population health management, patient engagement, clinical decision support, predictive analytics, telehealth, sensors for healthcare applications, implantables and wearables, and interoperability. 

E-Health 2017

June 4-7, Toronto, ON

Billed as Canada’s only national e-health conference and tradeshow, E-Health 2017 will showcase the many successful products, success stories and leaders in Canada’s digital health journey to more than 1,500 delegates.

Digital Health

July 2-5, London, UK

Global public health, personalised medicine, and emergency medicine in the age of Big Data are the themes for the 2017 Digital Health gathering in London. DH 2017 will cover a wide spectrum of subjects including communities of practice and social networks, analytics and engagement with tracking and monitoring wearable devices, big data, public health surveillance, persuasive technologies, epidemic intelligence, participatory surveillance, disaster and emergency medicine, serious games for public health interventions and automated early identification of health threats and response.

Rock Health Summit

Fall 2017, San Francisco, CA

The Rock Health Summit is specially designed to bring together diverse minds from healthcare, technology, venture, policy, research and beyond to explore the future of digital health. The San Francisco-based event brings together over 600 diverse minds from technology, medicine, policy, and beyond to tackle healthcare’s most challenging problems through interactive programming.

Maximize Efficiency On the Go: Top 5 Mobile Office Must-Haves

Whether you work from home or in a mobile office that needs to travel everywhere you do, efficiency is the key to success. Limited space, time and resources can all be optimized for maximum results, thanks to a few handy programs, cool gadgets and well-chosen pieces of equipment. What are the must-have tools for the professional on the go? We’ve listed our top 5 favourites here:

1.  Cloud-based storage

You need access to all your files from any device, any location. Gone are the days of messing with thumb drives and emailing files to yourself, thanks to the magic of the cloud. Whether you choose iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive or one of the many other storage services available, you have the comfort of knowing your all your files are safely backed up and not tied to a single device. No more fearing the blue screen of death! The peace of mind that security brings, plus the convenience of accessing files from any device with internet access, is priceless.

2.  Portable power

Is there anything worse than watching your battery life fade before your eyes? Stay connected on the go with portable power solutions such as the Ventev Powercell 10000+, a 2-in-1 portable battery and wall charger which can charge three devices at once. For wireless convenience, consider a portable power mat like Mophie’s wireless charging base, or the Duracell Powermat lineup.

3.  Wireless scanners

Paper files are so yesterday. Plus, who has the space to store them all? Reduce paper costs, save time, simplify storage and ensure document security by going paperless. You’ll never lose an important document again and can access and share any file from anywhere by simply scanning and storing. The small size and wireless convenience of Ambir’s MobileScan Pro 500i make it easy to take anywhere. Its available Andoid and iOS apps, and instant scanning to Evernote and Google Drive functions make it a snap to use.

4.  Pocket-sized projectors

Want to wow your clients with the perfect presentation anywhere, anytime? All you need to shine is your phone or tablet and a great pocket-sized portable projector. The FAVI Pico+™ Smart Projector features Android OS and lets you wirelessly showcase your favourite videos, share photos and presentations, or even stream apps like Netflix. The LG PH5550 is one of the brightest micro projectors on the market, comes with a built-in battery and allows you to connect via Bluetooth to external speakers for premium sound.

5.  E-signature solutions

We may never eliminate the need for forms, applications and signed contracts, but we can easily overcome the issues of storage and security they bring, thanks to e-signature solutions. Ambir’s nForm, for example, maintains all the workflow of your standard paper forms without any of the hassle. Plug & play simplicity, Citrix compatibility, and integration turns any iOs or Andriod tablet into a digital signature pad, or use with Ambir’s own custom nForm 410x tool to make going digital a breeze.

What is a Citrix Compatible Scanner and Why Does Your Business Need One?

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When it comes to the mobile office, the future is here. Thanks to remote operating systems such as Citrix, businesses now operate in an always-on, connected environment that can be accessed on any device, from any location.

In use by more than 400,000 organizations and more than 1 million users around the world, Citrix is the industry leader in secure application delivery, network delivery, virtualization and file sharing systems.

Employees are able to work anywhere and at any time – accessing data, running applications and sharing files from any device with the peace of mind that your company’s critical systems are both accessible and secure.

Such systems also help create a paperless office – long touted as a way to reduce costs, increase efficiency and help the environment. But no matter how much of its workflow a business tries to digitize, there will always be hard copies of certain bills, forms and other documents to deal with.

The solution is simple: simply scan and file those papers to create an electronic copy, right? But what if your scanner doesn’t work in your company’s Citrix environment? Quality digital imaging is crucial for today’s trends of mobility, virtualization, networking and cloud platforms, but a document capture system that’s incompatible with the network can pose a major obstacle for many businesses.

Citrix compatible scanners are tested in compliance with Citrix standards. That means total compatibility between your scanners and your Citrix system, allowing you and your staff to scan from any client, redirecting the images to your server. It makes for a smoother workflow and increased security for your most important documents.

With programs such as Citrix XenApp and the ICA protocol, client-connected TWAIN imaging devices are redirected from the client to the server, regardless of connection type. Configuring a Citrix-compatible scanner, such as Ambir Technology’s ImageScan Pro 490i is simple and hassle-free, straight out of the box.

The benefits of choosing a Citrix-compatible scanning solution are clear:

  • Seamless integration with your Citrix system
  • Increased mobility and security
  • Improved workflow and efficiency
  • Reduced overhead costs
  • Enhanced customer experience

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7 Morning Time Saving Tips For A More Productive Day

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There’s never enough time in the day – or at least it often feels that way. The secret to having a productive work day lies in making the most of your mornings. We’ve got 7 morning time-saving tips that will get your work day off to a great start.

1.     Plan ahead

Take a few minutes the night before to organize everything you need for the morning. Pack any files, samples, presentations etc. you need to rock your meetings and prepare a healthy, portable lunch. Even setting out your clothing the night before can save time and reduce stress in the morning.

2.     Eat breakfast

It may seem obvious, yet many people skip the most important meal of the day. Fuelling up now and eating nutritious food throughout the day will keep energized, stop you from being distracted by hunger and prevent the 3 pm slump.

3.     Make the most of your commute

Commuting time can be productive time, especially if you use public transit. Check emails and return messages so that when you arrive at the office you’re ready to get right to work. If you drive to work, take advantage of hands-free apps that read messages to you and allow you to dictate replies, all without taking your eyes off the road.

4.     Make your list and check it twice

Make a to-do list in order of importance, with the most difficult or urgent tasks listed first. Bonus points if you update the list at the end of the day, checking off tasks completed and transferring any unfinished projects to the next morning’s agenda.

5.     Avoid early morning meetings

Block the first two hours in your calendar out and reserve them just for you. Use this time to tackle your most challenging task. Not only will the job seem easier while your mind is at its most fresh, the rest of the day will be more productive once the hardest task is out of the way.

6.     Put technology to work for you

Use email filtering tools to help you focus on the most important messages and avoid being distracted by spam and social media alerts. Automate social media posts using tools such as Hootsuite or Buffer and let technology do the work for you.  Learn to manage your time effectively with the help of apps like RescueTime.

7.     Skip the coffee run – sometimes

Going out to grab a coffee is a welcome break but can easily turn into a major time suck. Make a schedule with your co-workers and take turns picking up everyone’s favourite caffeine fix.

When your morning gets off to a productive start, the rest of the day will (hopefully) follow suit!





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Small Business, Little Time – Tips to Get the Most from Social Media

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As a small business owner, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by social media. Your time and attention are already pulled in multiple directions – is it really worth promoting your business on Facebook, YouTube,

Twitter and more? Yes, if you’re doing it right. Follow these 5 tips to ensure your business gets maximum value from your online presence, with maximum efficiency.

1. Research before you start

Every successful venture begins with a plan. Before getting started spend some time understanding which channels your customers are using and why. While SnapChat might be an effective tool for reaching tweens and teens, it is unlikely to help you engage with customers who are 50+.

2. Automation is your friend

While you may see the best results from posting daily, or even several times a day, that doesn’t mean you have to be a slave to your keyboard all day. Take advantage of scheduling options within social media networks such as Facebook, or purpose-built tools such as Hootsuite, Sprout Social and Buffer.

With some careful planning and an hour or so of your time, you can schedule a week’s worth of posts across multiple social networks, add photos or videos and choose the exact date and time for each to go live.

3. Sharing is caring

Social media is about engagement, not selling. One key to engaging your audience is ensuring the content you share is truly relevant to them and not just a sales message promoting your business or product.

Sharing interesting content from other trusted sources boosts the quality and diversity of your feed, while also encouraging those sources to return the favour and share your content with their own audiences. Follow other businesses, bloggers, and thought leaders in your field to get relevant, sharable content delivered right to your news feed.

4. Repurpose with purpose

With the fast-paced nature of social media, your business’ post can get lost in a viewer’s feed within minutes. Re-posting the same message at different times and even on different days helps ensure your content reaches as many people as possible. Best practices include waiting at least eight hours before duplicating content, sharing one or two other posts between duplicates, and using different headlines and images to convey the same message.

5. Be human

While automation can be a great time-saver, your customers want to know they are dealing with real people who care about their concerns. Time spent answering online questions, addressing complaints and solving problems is time well-spent.

The customer who posted a comment feels listened to, and others viewing your feed gain confidence in your company’s customer service.

Places to List Your Biz & Boost Your Reviews for Better Brand Awareness

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Consumer review sites are a popular source of information for customers researching a product or company, but they can also be a valuable tool for business owners. Online reviews provide a window into your customers’ thoughts. How better to find out exactly what they like – and don’t like – about your products and services?

More importantly, your potential future customers rely heavily on customer review sites to inform their purchase decisions. In a 2015 BrightLocal survey, 92% of respondents said they visit review sites, and 68% reported that positive online reviews make them trust a business more. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most influential review sites on the web.

With an average of 142 million users visiting every month, your business can’t afford to underestimate Yelp’s influence. Set up or claim your business’ profile for free, measure visitor activity on your page, and respond directly to reviewers.

Registering for Google My Business not only allows you to monitor and respond to customer ratings and reviews, it ensures potential clients find timely and accurate information about your business in Google Search, Maps, and Google+. Don’t overlook other search engines; also register your company with Yahoo Local and Bing.

TrustPilot users share their experiences with both products and sellers, creating a valuable source of credible, third party reviews you can use to your business’ advantage. Free registration allows businesses to create a profile page and monitor customer reviews, while upgrades include personalized invitations you can send to customers asking for their reviews, social media sharing, and much more.

If your business has a page on Facebook (and it should!) ensure you have the Ratings & Reviews feature enabled. Visitors to your page can rate and share their experiences with your business, and you can respond directly on the page.

Designed to help businesses research and find the right software solution, Capterra offers product guides, blog posts and thousands of unbiased user reviews and ratings. If you are a software provider, you’ll want to consider Capterra’s pay-per-click listing service which helps you reach customers while they are researching products like yours.

Another new player in the software review field is TrustRadius. The site differentiates itself by publishing more substantive reviews, averaging more than 400 words, and by authenticating reviewers and reviewing their submission before posting the review online.

Don’t forget your own site; allow customers rate and review your products and services right on your company website. WP Product Review Lite, WP Review, and Rich Reviews are all easy-to-use plugins available for WordPress-based sites.

Whichever sites you decide to use, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Monitor your company’s listings and reviews regularly, daily if possible
  • Respond to positive reviews as time allows and always respond to negative reviews.
  • Do not engage in arguments or disputes online. Do offer an apology that a product or service did not meet the customer’s expectation and provide an email or phone number where the customer can contact your service team directly.
  • Take customer reviews seriously. If they point to a pattern of poor service, address the issue internally and make the necessary changes.


Use of EHRs in Healthcare Still Small, but Benefits are Big

Despite the benefits of electronic healthcare records (EHRs), many facilities aren’t incorporating them into their establishment’s procedures. This is leading to medical facilities being much less efficient than they could be. The popularity of electronic healthcare records isn’t as popular as one may expect. Less than one-quarter of medical establishments utilize this technology. It assumed that the cost of converting records to electronic deters, and sometimes prevents, facilities from converting. However, once switched to electronic record keeping, it saves facilities money and has numerous other benefits.

1. Reduced Amount of Medical Errors 

EHRs reduce the number of medical errors. They have the ability to store a high quantity of information and are easy to read. They force the person to switch to the another page of information with each patient, which prevents some errors. The overabundance of writing with traditional records leads to people getting sloppy with their handwriting. People end up just getting guessing what orders say, which leads to medical errors. Sometimes, people just don’t write neatly, and the same problem occurs. Spelling errors, abbreviations and difficult-to-read writing be confusing and cause errors with medications and dosages. This leads to medical errors. Having to call the doctor or track down another staff member is time-consuming. All of these scenarios are prevented with electronic record keeping.

2. Saves Money  

The paper and several other aspects of the administrative duties cost a significant amount of money for people to sign documents in a traditional manner. And it’s forever costing the facility since supplies must be reordered on a regular basis, usually monthly for many facilities and products. It’s much cheaper to use EHRs regularly.

3. Less Time Consuming  

It’s much less time consuming to type and scan, then it is to write. Plus, not having to track down people to figure out information saves time, so employees have more time with patients and other responsibilities. Employees have the ability to be much more efficient.

4. Less Storage Issues  

All the paper files start to accumulate. Because issues may occur far in the future, facilities must keep records for many, many years. All of the files and documents take up space. The facility might not have the space to store it all and, therefore, requires a storage facility or an entirely separate building. This leads to a person needing to travel to the storage area to get the necessary files. Oftentimes, they hire a company to retrieve the files. This is an extra expense that’s costly, especially if the records need to be retrieved on a rush delivery. If the records remain on-site, it takes away space that can be used for a different purpose.

EHRs store a large quantity of information about the patient for diagnosing and providing treatment. It makes it easy to access and input information, even during admissions and discharges. The process saves money and prevents medical errors. They can be accessed from various locations, even at the same time. Turning to EHRs has many perks for a facility and not just for having less of an environmental impact.

5. Integrate with nForm and Go Paperless

Simply put, Ambir’s nForm converts any paper form into an electronic form.

It uses forms or documents generated by your application, or existing forms in PDF, Microsoft Word, JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG formats. There is no need to convert, modify or redesign these forms. Forms are sent to nForm 410x, Android or iOS tablets using a virtual print driver. Any application that can print a form or document, can easily send the form or document to nForm. Forms can also be sent to tablets directly from the 410x user interface.

Completed forms are input to the patient registration system, EHR or document management system using a TWAIN interface just like a document scanner, eliminating the need for complicated integrations. Completed forms can also be automatically saved as: PDF, JPG, TIF or BMP by nForm. If the document management or EHR system supports printing and TWAIN scanners or automatic import from a watched folder, it supports nForm.

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Why Your Biz Can Benefit Big Time by Using Electronic Signatures

Life is quickly becoming technology centric. Ten years ago, nobody would have imagined being able to change their temperature settings in their home from an app, but today, it and so many other advances make life more convenient.

For instance, businesses now are able to use e-signature solutions to sign vital documents.

1. Alleviate the Need to Fax

E-signatures alleviate a business from needing to have a fax machine running. For those without a fax, having to sign a document is quite a pain. E-signatures don’t require a person to have a fax machine, pay to use an online fax service or need to go to a Kinko’s to use theirs. With an e-signature, the individual may deliver the signed document with a simple click of the word “Send.” It reduces the need for the person to have to scan an already signed document and then send it.

2. Quicker

The act of signing material electronically is much quicker. A person uses their mouse, stylus or finger to create a signature. Both parties can have the document within minutes. Faxing takes much more time, and the mail can take up to a week to send to another state in the U.S. This isn’t taking into consideration trying to find the time to fax or send the document by mail is inconvenient. Not to mention, if there are issues with the fax machine, it takes even longer. And if the person has the meet the client in person, the wait is even longer, especially when trying to correlate schedules.

3. Saves Money  

Stamps cost money, and it costs money to drive to a location where a fax machine is. Not to mention, someone has to pay for the cost of all the paper faxing wastes. The stamps cost money as well and can add up if a business sends a great deal of mail.

4. Don’t Have to Drive 

A person does not have to drive anywhere to meet another individual to sign a document. It’s inconvenient to have to drive somewhere to fax. And the post office can oftentimes have a long line that a person will need to wait in just to purchase stamps. E-signing rids a person of having to leave the office, or even his or her own home, to sign a document.

5. More Accurate 

The entire process is more accurate. When an electronic signature service requires certain fields, a document is completely finished each time; therefore, resigning isn’t an issue. Additionally, there’s more room for security features.

6. Less Room for Problems

Problems happen with fax machines. Cars break down when a person must commute from one place to another. Troubleshooting doesn’t always fix the problem, and the person may then need to have the machine repaired.

7. No Need for Tracking

A person doesn’t need to waste time monitoring the status of a fax or letter. Sending an e-signature happens in real-time.

8. Convenient

An individual can work whenever without the need to make time for the transaction.

Check out Ambir’s e-signature solutions here.

How to Make Patient Registration Paperless with Electronic Forms

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An average patient visit will generate 13 pieces of paper (source: Institute of Medicine).

As well, of the organizations that have Electronic Health Records or are implementing them, nearly 80% still use paper records in their processing workflows (Source: InformationWeek).

In other words, there’s still a lot of paper waste in the healthcare industry.

And not only paper waste, but time spent filing, scanning, entering data into a computer, shredding – not to mention the security and privacy risks of misplaced paper forms.

But electronic patient registration and electronic consent forms are changing the way healthcare providers collect and store patient information.

Today, paperless systems are in place with the large hospital groups, medical clinics and lifestyle centers, each acknowledging the benefits expediting documented information in several health care aspects related to the patients’ quality of care and physician’s satisfaction with going paperless.

As health information technology becomes a central part of health care management and its policy’s, electronic patient registration and electronic consent forms are serving hospitals, physician groups and care giving organizations.

The purpose of the paperless system is to manage patient records, maintain demographic data and laboratory test information, prescriptions details on warnings, and interactions within a shared document management system.

The biggest concern has been the retention of privacy, especially with multiple levels of security when using tablets and mobile devices. As these devices become more common with the use of technology advancements, patients have adapted to a paperless world.

Technology has also developed the ability to integrate systems, converting any type of healthcare form capable of being sent to a printer to a paperless configuration without loss of data or information contained on the form.

Our nForm solution is designed specifically for this function eliminating hard paper filing, editing and the loss of information or documents as a result of human intervention.

With nForm, the electronic patient registration and electronic consent forms are completed by the patients using a tablet and electronic pen rather than the physical document form.

The electronic form is uploaded directly into the electronic medical record (EMR) or customer relationship management system (CRM). Once the uploading is complete the system automatically secures the information with the signature and clears all data from the device for a seamless integration.

As the patient updates the records on each visit the electronic forms are uploaded for review of previous and current information, request prescription, scheduled appointments, and referrals. Physicians and staff can share information within minutes, streamlining the office processes so workers can concentrate on patient and physician’s necessities.

As well, nForm ensures the accurate data transfer to existing medical and patient records which improves communication between multiple providers. Paperless features reduce errors for medical orders delivered directly from the system, enhancing aspects of long term and preventive care, especially for patient records noting allergic reactions or drug interactions.

The physician’s office forms are uploaded by using either the scanning application or a PDF format for entry. The physician’s and office forms become available immediately, ensuring updates, revisions or additional electronic forms are captured and filed for use as needed.

Electronic patient registration and electronic consent forms help streamline workflows and reduce paper waste for healthcare providers, while also enabling a more private and secure patient experience.

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