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Joint Commission lists top 5 compliance challenges

Social media: Joint Commission lists top 5 compliance challenges #Veristream #compliancechalleges The Joint Commission has listed the five most challenging requirements among health care facilities for the first half of 2016. The data breaks down requirements most frequently listed as noncompliant during surveys and reviews for 11 different certification categories, such as hospitals, critical access hospitals and nursing care centers.
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Automating Common Office Tasks Helps Businesses Cut Costs, Boost Productivity

Social media: Cutting expenses is one way to address tight profit margins. Automation is another, offering long-term savings. #Veristream #Automation Every business’s goal is to boost profitability. When a company experiences tight profit margins, the first response is to cut expenses, although it’s not always the shrewdest solution. Cost cutting is arguably the easiest way to improve one’s profit margin, but business owners often overlook alternative approaches that may even be beneficial over the long term. Automating routine office tasks is an intelligent option for saving money over the long term.
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Do hospitals need a comprehensive security plan?

Social media: Do hospitals need a comprehensive security plan? #Veristream #HospitalSecurity Most people outside of the physical security and healthcare fields don’t realize the increased levels of criminal behavior hospitals are exposed to. Institutions meant to be places of peace and healing are actually common targets for crimes like theft and violence. Security technology plays an increasingly significant role at healthcare facilities today and will continue to do so well into the future.
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Smart Building Features Add Value While Reducing Operational Costs

Social Media: The next generation of new hospitals will have a healing, homey environment and security measures worked into the architectural design. #Veristream #HospitalDesign Smart cities comprise a broad range of features, but Information Handling Services (IHS) uses the term to describe cities that have deployed or are currently piloting the integration of information, communications, and technology (ICT) solutions across three or more different functional areas of a city.
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Office lobby design adds value to business in surprising ways

Social media: Do hospitals need a comprehensive security plan? #Veristream HospitalSecurity Office lobbies make a lasting impression on visitors, especially those who enter your facility for the first time. Your lobby is the first space they see when they enter your facility, which is why it is so important for the lobby to be an impressive and practical space that projects the image you want to convey. Here are 4 reasons your lobby should be designed to impress:
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Turning vision into action: 3 steps to achieving your goals

Whether it’s a start-up idea you’ve been putting off for too long, or a lifestyle achievement that drives your imagination, success is yours for the taking. Here are three steps that, if you’re willing to commit, can help you turn your long-held vision into action:  turning vision into action Step 1:  See it clearly. Envision your goal—if the results seem fuzzy in any way, you in any way, you’ll struggle to accomplish it. Take the time you need to define what “success” looks like to you. Menta
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Social Media Marketing for Start-ups is a powerful, budget-friendly tool

Start-ups on a budget need to utilize smart marketing opportunities, and social media should be one of the first options they turn to. Social media provides valuable advertising space that costs little-to-nothing and provides a powerful platform for engaging with customers. It also offers multiple opportunities to showcase your business’s unique products, services, and story.  social media marketing for start-ups.
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Happiness is a Plateful of Melt in Your Mouth Chilean Miso Sea Bass | Fish For Sushi Inc.

You’re not going to find Chilean sea bass on the menu at Red Lobster or Long John Silver’s. Instead, you’re more likely to find it in the toniest restaurants, featured in a lineup that includes filet mignon and lobster risotto. The meaty, white-fleshed fish is a favorite among seafood devotees for its buttery, melt-in-your-mouth flavor, and low calorie, low cholesterol, high protein and omega-3 fatty acid content. Chilean sea bass is the fish equivalent to the chicken breast. In addition to its
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Workplace Bullying: The Silent Epidemic Costs Businesses Billions each Year

Social media: Workplace bullying: the high cost to employers #Veristream #workplacebullying Bullies contaminate the workplace. Bullying comes in a variety of behaviors, which may be one reason many employers and worker don’t recognize it, or don’t know how to handle it when they do. An estimated 37 percent of the U.S. workforce, or 54 million Americans, report being bullied at work, and an additional 12 percent witness it. Workplace bullying is a “silent epidemic,” as 40 percent never report it.
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ITAR Compliance streamlined with visitor management

Social media: Find out how visitor management streamlines ITAR compliance, eliminates costly mistakes #Veristream #ITARcompliance Without a comprehensive automated internal compliance program in place, companies that are subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) face considerable fines and penalties when violations arise. Maintaining comprehensive visitor records is central to meeting compliance requirements, a task best handled through a visitor management system (VMS).
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Start-Up Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid at All Costs

start-up mistakes Most likely, you didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur because you thought it would be easy. Launching a new business is hard work, and the challenges, like the rewards, can seem monumental. Most entrepreneurs make mistakes and those who are most likely to succeed learn from their mistakes. Of course, it’s best to avoid them whenever possible. Regardless of what type of business you’re in, there are some mistakes common to new business owners that you should plan to avoid at
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start-up growth and profitability: 6 steps to achieving success

Entrepreneurs from all walks of life usually start out with a high level of ambition and idealism regarding their pursuit of success. They go after their venture with enthusiasm and determination, only to discover that the enchantment of start-up ownership can be fleeting, the early flood of creative vigor slows to a trickle, and maintaining consistency regarding growth and profitability is trickier than they had expected as the minutia of day-to-day business activities crimp progress. Start-up
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Bootstrapping your start-up: the advantages of self-funding a new business

Whether you’re in the idea phase of starting a business or you’re in the early growth stage, you’re probably already thinking about finances. Launching and operating a business requires money, and how you choose to fund your venture requires thoughtful consideration of your options.  Bootstrapping your start-up Your choices include seeking investors, securing a bank loan, or bootstrapping. Bootstrapping, if you can do it, means you are self-funding your startup using personal finances and compa
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product launch the wide world of products and services, all that’s importan

You’ve put much thought into developing that product or service idea that’s been on your mind for a long time, and you feel fairly confident people will buy it. But how can you make certain that your product will be a success? If you don’t move soon on it, someone else will beat you to the finish line. If only there were a crystal ball. You can be your own entrepreneurial clairvoyant of sorts by developing an awareness of the wealth of possibilities ahead of you.
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Believers and Non-Believers: Understanding What Motivates

Believers and non-believers As creative innovators, we come up with ideas all the time, and sometimes we have the audacity to work on them! And although we are the geniuses that can do everything, we often struggle against time constraints. Sooner or later, we feel the need to get help from other people. If you are looking for help to bolster your world-changing idea, this blog will (hopefully) help you understand the motivations of people who offer their support to innovators.
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Marketing Strategies for Startup Success in 2017

A recent article in Forbes[1] about marketing trends that startups need to know about in 2017 is actually not about trends. In fact, it’s about anything but trends, which are never guaranteed. Instead, to mitigate susceptibility to market volatility, startups need to plan their marketing strategies around transience. That’s right—The best way to plan for something we don’t know is to plan for something we know. In a nutshell, consumers’ intellectual structure is hardwired, and has been for mil
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Reinventing the wheel: Innovation Breathes New Life into Old Things

A client called me the other day and began telling me about an existing business he recently purchased. The company is well-known nationally and internationally and has had its had ups and downs. As he told me about the business and his plans for its rejuvenation, I sensed he is second-guessing his decision already, having given some after-the-fact thought to purchasing the organization’s reputation (both good and bad) along with its online presence and brick and mortar. To summarize, he boiled
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