Outsourcing, Data, and Risk

ValueNotes Research estimates that in 2011 1.6 million U.S. tax returns will be prepared in India. (ValueNotes Sourcing Practice, 2011).

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and HIPAA

There are new initiatives for electronic health record (EHR) systems which are designed to reduce cost and provide better quality health care. “The United States American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provides up to $34 billion for meaningful use of certified EHR systems.” (Smith, 2010, p. 1). The idea for these systems is based on the idea of a National Health Information Network (NHIN). Healthcare providers will have until 2014 to get their EHR systems certified. If a healthcare provider is unable to certify by 2014, they not only lose their share of the $34 billion dollars.

Information Security Awareness

One only needs to look at the dramatic rise in Internet crime (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2010), to see that companies need to take security seriously.

Employee Monitoring and Privacy Rights

The right of a corporation to conduct surveillance on employees is essentially a privacy issue. For years, employers have created and maintained files about employees. “Traditionally, the terms of employment entail collecting a considerable amount of information about employees, as these data are necessary for basic management activities such as hiring, payroll processing, performance evaluation, and organization security.” (Mitrou & Karyda, 2006, p. 165).

Health Data Privacy, Security, and HIPAA

Despite the HIPAA legislation that protected health information, identity theft was reported by over 250,000 victims who had their identities stolen because the medial information contained their personal identifying information. In an insider crime, a hospital employee sold the personal data of 2000 patients for $1350. (Levy & Royne, 2009, p. 465). In other cases, insurance companies in the United States have been able to get around the HIPAA laws by gaining access to employment applications, which are not covered by HIPAA.

Google Analytics Explained

The video below describes what the numbers in Google analytics mean.

Just Launched:


Plecco Technologies was approached by Melissa McQueen, President and CEO of My Busy Bee Lifestyle Management, LLC., to build a website for her company. She wished to have a site that portrayed her company's services and that can be managed internally. After discussing this and some of her other requirements, We suggested that she invested in our Drupal content management solution. Melissa McQueen took our suggestion and we went to work for her. 4 weeks later we were able to deliver a site that meet her expectations on schedule and within budget.

Cloud computing: Is it right for you?

More and more software companies are offering cloud computing services. So what is it and is it right for you? With every passing day technology is evolving and consequently providing business with new tools to use. Only a few years ago you would watch a movie on a VHS tape now movies can be streamed to your TV set over the internet by companies like Netflix.

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