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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Document Scanning Services Benefit Health Care Providers, Patients and VARS—Check Out Health Management Technology Magazine

By Mike O’Leary

July’s issue of Health Management Technology Magazine features an interesting case study sharing how Ambir Technology value-added reseller, Colorado Hi-Tech Solutions, is providing document scanning services to help health care providers meet meaningful use requirements.

As the article points out, winners abound when value-added resellers provide document scanning services either on-site or at their place of business:
• Health care providers receive digitized patient, insurance and billing records to assist them in meeting meaningful use requirements without tying up administrative staff in the process, eliminating costs associated with box storage, and removing inefficiencies in managing paper-based records,
• Patients enjoy the benefits and efficiencies digitized records bring in streamlining care, access to information and records portability,
• VARS provide an essential service, enhancing client relationships and annuity stream opportunities.

Interested? Check out the article on page 20:  http://www.healthmgttech.com/ebook/A3q2dn/HMT201507/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.healthmgttech.com%2Farchives%2F

To learn more about scanning technology and information management, visit our blog on our website at www.ambir.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

10 Healthcare IT (#hit) People to Follow on Twitter

Do you work in the healthcare IT field, or are you just interested in following the trends and latest news on the topic? Here are 10 Healthcare IT digital influencers to follow to help keep you in the loop and up to date on the latest trends.

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1. HIT Consultant Media @hitconsultant

HIT Consultant Media tweets about all things related to healthcare innovation and new technology being put to use in the medical field. They tweet about interviews, podcasts, and healthcare news.

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2. HIStalk @histalk

Written anonymously by an IT professional working for a non-profit hospital, @histalk writes objectively about healthcare related IT topics. Many of the tweets have a cynical or humorous spin to them.

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3. Tom Sullivan @sullyhit

Tom Sullivan tweets about emerging technology in the healthcare field, government policy, medical practices, and mHealth. He is the author behind the Innovation Pulse column found in Healthcare IT News.

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4. Health IT Exchange @hitexchange

The Health IT Exchange tweets about the latest healthcare IT trends, including IT security and new technology being implemented in medical facilities.

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5. Shawn Riley @rilescat

As the Leader of the Mayo Clinic Health System Information Management Office, Shawn Riley tweets everything from links to healthcare related informational articles and news clips, to jokes about the healthcare field, to short bits about his latest projects at work.

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6. Brittney Wilson, BSN @thenerdynurse

Brittney Wilson tweets about all things related to nursing and healthcare IT. She even throws in a few jokes and personal tweets every now and then.  Brittney also tweets links to The Nerdy Nurse Daily.

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7. NextGen Healthcare @nextgen

NextGen Healthcare main tweets news and articles related to IT in the healthcare field. The also tweet about trends in the medical industry.

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8. Brian Ahier @ahier

A Health IT Evangelist, Brian Ahier tweets about healthcare, technology, and the government, in no particular order.

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9. HealthcareScene.com @ehrandhit

The authors behind @ehrandhit tweet about EMR, HER, and Healthcare IT. They share news, study finding, job postings, and infographics. If you’re looking for a job in the HIT field, this is the perfect Twitter feed to follow.

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10.  Tom Greene @greene_tom

Tom Greene is a writer for Venture Beat, and covers a wide range of #HIT including digital health, wearable health tech, health data, and more.  Not only does Tom cover the healthcare IT, but he offers great insight and opinions on important challenges and changes facing the industry.

Did we miss any?  Tweet us @ambirtechnology.

In the Healthcare Industry?  Check out our Scanning Solutions for enable rapid, accurate electronic capture of patient data.


As well, learn more about our new nForm solution that eliminates the need for printing and scanning of patient forms and documents…

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Revolutionize How You Transfer Forms and Signatures into EHR and Document Management Applications

nformBy Mike O’Leary

We are introducing the Ambir nForm Solution at HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition being held in Chicago April 12-16.

That’s quite a direct statement, isn’t it?

What’s behind it? A lot!

Ambir nForm gives you a totally paperless, convenient and secure solution for capturing and transferring forms and signatures through either the dedicated Ambir 410x wired tablet or iOS or Android tablets.

It is an elegant and premium solution. nForm uses your existing forms—no need to modify or develop new forms to use with the solution. There is zero integration needed to use nForm with commercially available EHR or document management applications as it employs nForm by Ambir Technology TWAIN driver known for its plug-and-play ability.

These capabilities save you time and money…quite revolutionary in comparison to competitive offerings in the marketplace. There’s more: nForm revolutionizes how you capture forms and signatures through its ease of use.

In developing nForm, we’ve demonstrated it at healthcare technology tradeshows and conferences to gather user reactions and input in regard to features and benefits.

While we developed nForm in conjunction with the healthcare community, applications for our new solution are limitless. Wherever you need to capture, manage and use information—business, general office, legal, finance, insurance, manufacturing and transportation—nForm will bring increased efficiency, productivity and security to your operation.

nForm is available immediately as a yearly subscription. You can read more about Ambir nForm at http://www.ambir.com/nForm.
If you are attending the Exhibition, stop by the Ambir Technology booth (number 2819) to see demonstrations on how nForm can impact operational efficiency, productivity and security.
Not attending? We have you covered. See what nForm can do for you by registering for a demonstration visit at http://pages.ambir.com/ambir-nform.
To learn more about scanning technology and information management, visit our blog on our website at www.ambir.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Ambir Technology Introduces Innovative Solutions for Capturing and Harnessing Information at HIMSS15

By Mike O’Leary

We are introducing new, fresh and exciting solutions for capturing, transferring and managing information at HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition this upcoming week right here in Chicago.

If you are attending the Exhibition, stop by the Ambir Technology booth (number 2819) to see demonstrations on how the new solutions can impact operational efficiency, productivity and security.

Today, Ambir Technology signature pads, ID card scanners and document scanners assist many professional practices and businesses in capturing information. The solutions we are unveiling at HIMSS 2015 push the envelope in regard to information capture, transfer and management.

Ambir nForm  Ambir nForm is a groundbreaking solution enabling totally paperless, convenient and secure capture and transfer of forms and signatures through the Ambir 410x wired tablet and iOS or Android tablets.

The tablet-based solution is available immediately as a yearly subscription.

In addition, Ambir introduces Ambir nForm410x. This dedicated tablet features a larger screen area than signature pads currently on the market.

nForm is easy to use. Practices and businesses can use existing forms—no requirement to purchase special or customized forms. There is zero integration required when using nForm with commercially available HER and document management applications as it employs a TWAIN driver known for its universality and plug-and-play ability.

New Generation Sheet-Fed Document and Card Scanners  Ambir’s new generation document and card scanners open new doors in operational ease, maintenance, and provide real time solutions for capturing and organizing information by doing more at capture—in office and mobile applications.

There are four models, all of which come with AmbirScan Lite Capture Software, elevating document and ID card scanning to a true information capture and management solution by enabling users to save scanned information as PDF, TIF and JPEG files, automatically saving the files to any folder on a computer and/or popular cloud services including Box, DropBox, Evernote and Google Drive.

Having one button operation, the scanners are easy to use. They are USB port-powered, eliminating the need to find an electrical outlet or carry an AC adapter and enhancing the ability to work wherever and anywhere. They are Energy Star compliant.

We designed all four models for durability, compactness and ease of maintenance with factory calibration for delivering high-quality image quality right out of the box. They have industry standard TWAIN drivers to provide quick installation and compatibility with thousands of commercially available EHR and document management applications.

To learn more about scanning technology and information management, visit our blog on our website at www.ambir.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Sweet Home Chicago: Ambir will be at HIMSS15

By Mike O’Leary

I’m very excited to share with you that Ambir Technology will be introducing several new document and information capture, transfer and management solutions at HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition in our hometown Chicago from April 12 to April 16.

Helping healthcare providers, office administrators, CIOs and IT specialists better capture and manage patient information has long been a cornerstone of our product development. What attendees will see from us at HIMSS15 will be more than products—they will be comprehensive solutions enabling users to do more at capture to harness and use information.

While HIMSS15 in centered on healthcare, applications for our new solutions are limitless. Wherever you need to capture, manage and use information—business, general office, legal, finance, insurance, manufacturing and transportation—our new solutions will bring increased efficiency, productivity and security to your operation.

If you are attending HIMSS15, I invite you to stop by our booth (number 2819) to see demonstrations on how the new solutions can impact operational efficiency and productivity.

If you aren’t attending the conference, watch our blogs, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages for more information about Ambir Technology’s new solutions.

To learn more about scanning technology and information management, visit our blog on our website at www.ambir.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

10 Futuristic Tech Gadgets Nominated for the Edison Award

Edison Awards are bestowed upon pioneers who develop products or services that move the world forward. Award winners are as innovative as they are useful. Edison Award nominees must display leadership and excellence in four categories: Concept, Value, Delivery, and Impact. The nominees for the 2015 Edison Award include 10 futuristic devices that may change how businesses operate.

T+ink Smart Ad™ by Google

T+ink Smart Ad by Google

T+ink Smart Ad takes advertising to new heights. Businesses can leverage the Smart Ad’s revolutionary conductive ink to create dream-like sequences complete with real-time color shifts, lighting changes, and audio. Users can also choose from a menu of unique customization options.

Health Catalyst Late-Binding™ Enterprise Data Warehouse and Analytics Platform

Health Catalyst Late-Binding

This breakthrough in data analytics and warehousing enables even the largest health organizations convert data into better patient care and cost savings. Using the innovative new Late-Binding EDW systems, the platform produces new findings that organizations can use to boost performance and efficiency while minimizing costs.

M4G-7301 Mobile Router

M4G-7301 Mobile Router

The M4G-7301 sets new benchmarks for wireless computing with third-generation LTE Multi-mode technology from the world’s leading LTE technology company, Qualcomm. The M4G-7301 is the first of its kind to feature integrated TD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/GSM/LTE FDD/WCDMA technology that allows online connectivity via a wireless or wired network.

Logitech® Bluetooth® Multi-Device Keyboard K480

Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480

With support for multiple operating systems and up to three different Bluetooth devices, this keyboard is the epitome of versatility and convenience. It comes with familiar shortcuts and an easy-to-use dial for Bluetooth connectivity.

ZUtA Pocket Printer

ZUtA Pocket Printer

The world’s first portable robotic printer, this new gadget from ZUtA Labs allows for precise printing on mediums of various sizes and materials. The miniature robot prints while moving seamlessly across the surface.

Muse™: the brain sensing headband

Muse the brain sensing headband

Muse is a revolutionary brain boosting gadget that sharpens various mental functions. When worn over the head, Muse detects and analyzes brain waves and provides individualized feedback to help you improve concentration, composure, and stress response in as little as 3 minutes per day.

Money Collection Service

Idea Bank Money Collection Service

The result of a collaboration between Idea Bank and iTaxi, Money Collection allows bank customers to essentially hail a mobile ATM machine as though it was a cab. The service aims to save customers the time and hassle of a trip to the bank and safely deposit their funds with no extra cost.



The future of biological analysis is here. SCiO is the world’s first handheld molecular sensor. Users can easily scan a substance or object, view details, and send the results to a mobile device. SCiO scans without the need for direct contact to provide a smooth, user-friendly experience.

World Vision’s mHealth MOTECH Suite solution

World Vision's mHealth MOTECH Suite solution

World Vision’s mHealth MOTECH Suite Solution leverages mobile app technology to help children in need of treatment. Healthcare professionals can use the app to aid in a variety of tasks such as diagnosing illnesses, training team members, structuring counseling sessions, and organizing vital data.

nForm by Ambir Technology

Ambir nForm Paperless Forms

Hey, that’s us! Tired of printing, filling out, mailing, and organizing paper forms? Ambir’s nForm is a groundbreaking electronic form device that precludes the need for paper forms, saving time and resources. Electronic form technology is easy, convenient, and secure. nForm integrates with any system with form printing or scanning capabilities.

Ambir Technology Joins TWAIN Working Group

By Mike O’Leary

We’ve just announced that Ambir has joined the TWAIN Working Group as an Associate Member.

The TWAIN Working Group is a not-for-profit organization supporting a universal public standard to link software applications—such as the operating system on your computer—and image acquisition devices—such as document scanners, signature pads and digital cameras. The goal of the organization is continuously enhancing the standard to accommodate future technologies.

Bottom line, the organization ensures operational interfaces between computers and image capture devices remain public and usable by all industry players.

As you may know, the vast majority of Ambir document scanners and signature pads have TWAIN drivers. These drivers provide simple integration into your operating systems. In addition, they help provide you ease of operation and quick return on investment. There’s a lot to love with TWAIN interfaces.

As an Associate Member, we will have opportunities to provide input updating the TWAIN standard and the TWAIN Toolkit, which enables software and hardware developers to build TWAIN-complaint applications and drivers.

All in all, this is pretty cool. Being involved with TWAIN standard development strengthens our commitment to open systems and easy integration of our document scanners and signature pads into the operating systems you rely on to manage business and professional practice critical information.

To learn more about scanning technology and information management, visit our blog on our website at www.ambir.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s to a Happy and Prosperous New Year

By Mike O’Leary

As we turn the page to 2015, I and everyone at Ambir Technology wish you and yours a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Without a doubt, you are looking forward to growing your business or professional practice in 2015. Key to that is increasing operational efficiency and productivity through harnessing the power of information. In our digital age, capturing, using and managing information helps establish a foundation to increasing customer, patient and client service and satisfaction, building repeat and new business, and ultimately growing profitability.

At Ambir, we are readying new and exciting products and solutions to help you realize your goals. You will find these new entities affordable, easy to use and integrate, and transformational in how you conduct your operations.

Here’s to 2015!

To learn more about scanning technology and information management, visit our blog on our website at www.ambir.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.