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How do you handle your clients as an MSP? Your clients are your stakeholders and they are the ones on edge whenever a crisis happens in their fort. They look at MSPs to fix their burning issues and so it’s very important to manage their exceptions. Stakeholder management enables ...
Healthcare and IT professionals can now improve work flow through intelligent reporting OnPage announces the addition of the OnPage Intelligent Reporting Engine. Managers and On-Call professionals will now be able to see their teams through the lens of data visualizations and data summ...
Here’s what you should ask your IT Alerting Vendor Many IT teams start out with a focus on building out monitoring through Nagios, Splunk, BigPanda or one of many other monitoring tools. However, they soon realize that the key to fighting expensive downtime doesn’t start and end ...
What is a HIPAA compliant texting app? A HIPAA-compliant texting app is an application that physicians, nurses and hospital employees use to exchange the personal health information (PHI) of patients who are being treated by the facility or clinic. A HIPAA compliant texting app must be...
OnPage provides university secure messaging What do UVA, Yale, Ohio State, Tufts and Georgia State have in common?  In addition to being some of the finest institutions in the country, these universities are also just a few of the many academic institutions that use OnPage for their un...
It took several years after the passage of HIPAA for institutions to realize that the exchange of PHI through devices like pagers represents a HIPAA violation like any other unsecure exchange. Healthcare now realizes that pagers not only put institutions in the position of potentially ...
Mobile devices offer clinicians the opportunity to easily engage with patients, coordinate care and ultimately save money, time and improve the quality of healthcare services. At the same time, as mobile devices are increasingly used by healthcare workers (80% use by doctors and 70% us...
When a critical outage occurs, DevOps teams automatically know to contact the relevant programmers or ITOps or SecOps teams for help in resolving the problem and managing the incident. But what about everybody else? Don’t they matter, too? What about the marketing and sales and executi...
MSPs have the challenging job of handling difficult customers and alerts with insufficient information. However their performance is measured by how effectively they manage tickets, customers and meet SLAs. Clearly, ticketing plays an important role in the day to day activities of MSPs...
It took several years after the passage of HIPAA for institutions to realize that the exchange of PHI through devices like pagers represents a HIPAA violation like any other unsecure exchange. Healthcare now realizes that pagers not only put institutions in the position of potentially ...
IT service management (ITSM) refers to the entirety of activities, processes and supporting procedures taken on by IT teams. These activities are performed by teams in order to plan, design, deliver, operate and control the information technology (IT) services offered to customers. In ...
How MSPs can help clients manage  security as a service On May 12th, an unknown hostile actor wreaked havoc on the British government’s National Health Service, FedEx, Telefonica and Deutsche Bahn with its WannaCry worm. While the attack was eventually disarmed, it was not before it cr...
Smartphones are essential to effective and secure messaging for nurses in a hospital setting. While both doctors and nurses typically have access to a smartphone, doctors and nurses differ significantly in their use of the device. In part, this is because nurses have long been seen as ...
Blameless post-mortems allow us to examine mistakes in a way that focuses on the situational aspects of a failure’s mechanism and the decision-making process of individuals proximate to the failure. – The DevOps Handbook  The engineers at Google describe post mortem reporting as ...
In 2016, almost 85%  of physicians and hospital personnel reported that they brought their personal smartphones to work. At the same time, Accellion also reported that 68% of healthcare security breaches were due to the loss or theft of personal mobile devices or files. These two stati...
It might be seen as overkill, but you can’t live without it either. As soon as you remove it from your quote, you increase the chance of losing the deal. As such, after-hours service is a fact of life for most MSPs. While not the most pleasant aspect of the job, there are ways to...
Crises communications for the cybersecurity age Preparing for a cyberattack has unfortunately become the sort of eventuality every CISO and IT need to prepare for. While it is not something anyone wants to do, it is becoming necessary because it is no longer “if” your syste...
Ask any MSP and they will tell you that maintaining and solving IT issues for their clients lends itself to busyness. However, studies show that being busy doesn’t always mean being productive. Being busy just means …. In fact, a recent study found that the U.S. economy suffers a nearl...
Since 2008, the data gathered from Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) has enabled hospital facilities to have a standard set of measures for reporting the overall level of patient satisfaction.  The importance of tracking and understanding patient...
HCIC fails on ensuring persistent communications According to a report in Healthcare Informatics, the biggest concern facing CIOs is their data being compromised. In the wake of the WannaCry worm, this is hardly surprising. When the WannaCry worm hit the UK’s national health service, m...
WHAT IS CHATOPS Chat is a method of communication that has become tremendously popular over the past several years alongside the growth of DevOps. ChatOps – chat plus ops – is meant to provide better communication among IT professionals, and the systems they use. One source referred to...
Everyone wants a quick solution to their problem. Your clients are no different. In the world of service; be it tech support, running a help desk or running a service team as an MSP, It helps to think like your client when you have to deal with them. What they want is immediate technic...
Almost half of all technology professionals experience on-call as an integral part of their job. Life for an IT on-call often means 2 am wake up calls for false alarms or for issues the engineer can do little about.  The results of these sorts of sleep interruptions and tensions inevit...
Working in the managed services industry has probably left you with an impressive collection of tools filling up your “toolkit”. But if you have more tools than clients then it’s time for a review of the tools you need and the tools that add dead weight to your MSP toolkit. We asked ou...
Which secure texting solutions questions should you ask? A report from 2016 noted that as many as 90 percent of hospitals still use pagers. The reasons for continued use of pagers vary from hospital to hospital yet they boil down to the following three points: Cost – alternative techno...
By the year 2020, there will be over 50 billion devices connected to the internet on this planet. Devices ranging from healthcare to manufacturing will become obsolete if they cannot connect to other platforms in the field. Yet how can companies who desire to be part of the IoT revolut...
Escalation for better communication While effective communication can be challenging in the best of circumstances, it can be especially trying when an internal or external customer is facing an issue. The first goal of the incident management process is to restore a normal service oper...
MSP’s Guide To Happy Customers An MSPs’ ability to work effectively at their job depends on their technical expertise. However, their ability to ensure customer satisfaction is what will maintain current clients and win over future ones. Clearly, a successful MSP is more than just tech...
Technology is ever-changing but in healthcare, the adoption of new technologies is often slow. One good example is demonstrated by healthcare’s use of smartphones over pagers. Eight years ago, only half of doctors used smartphones for work.Today, that number has grown to a healthy 84% ...
The IT Incident Management Manifesto Effective IT incident management is concerned with deviations from, and threats to, the standard operation of services. During the course of time, even the best IT of department will experience incidents. How IT reacts to incidents is a key driver o...
MSP service desks primarily work with tickets to ensure effective incident management.  For example, if a service interruption occurs for an MSP’s client, a service ticket is created. Managing incidents for multiple accounts, however, is a challenge for MSPs. As such, MSPs need an inci...
On-call management’s long tail At its best, on-call management in healthcare can be labeled as inefficient. Yet on-call has a long tail. Poor communication starts with poor on-call hygiene which hinders subsequent communications. Physicians, nurses and other caregivers do not spe...
Reduce IT alert noise and improve productivity In IT Ops, monitors send alerts when thresholds are passed. Unfortunately, these thresholds are responsible for much of the excessive noise. In fact, organizations waste an average of $1.27 million every year responding to the noise of fal...
The ConnectWise Incident Response Guide A new survey of 2,400 IT and security professionals conducted by The Ponemon Institute on behalf of IBM finds 66 percent of respondents say their organization is not prepared to recover from cyberattacks. A growing trend is to let MSPs handle cyb...
Do you know how pager inefficiencies impact your hospital ? Pager use by physicians reached its zenith in 1994. While pager use has dropped in the ensuing 23 years, cellphone use by physicians has becomes near ubiquitous with recent findings showing that 91% of physicians owned a smart...
Risks of insecure texting in healthcare Many hospitals understand the limits of pagers in hindering communications. They see how pagers inhibit a robust communication system for the institution. As BYOD (bring your own device) increases in popularity, doctors are increasingly turning t...
If you’re an MSP and you’re not providing 24x7x365 IT support, you’re cheating your clients out of services they really need to keep their businesses afloat and stay productive. Still, many MSPs only offer 9am-5pm Monday-Friday coverage over round-the-clock managed IT servi...
How do you get alerts in Cisco Spark? Verizon has called Cisco Spark Board the “next evolution in cloud-based collaboration.” At its core, Cisco Spark offers protocols for critical communications that enhance and expand beyond straightforward messaging. Cisco Spark is Cisco’s tool for ...
Studying the impediments to effective hospital workflow is at the top of the agenda for many hospital administrators’ lists. This is because inefficiencies are costly. One of the major contributors to these inefficiencies is insecure text messaging. In fact, over $11 billion is wasted ...
Boston Business Journal writes: OnPage brings critical alerting to smartphone In an article published on December 27th, the Boston Business Journal published an article highlighting how OnPage has brought critical alerting to the modern age in healthcare. OnPage CEO Judit Sharon is quo...