Cruise Easy as Wireless Tech Improves Road Safety

Imagine a futuristic transportation system  with “talking” roads and cars that instantly provide real-time updates on local weather, traffic and road conditions. Equipped with up-to-the-minute information, motorists could choose safer, more direct routes helping to reduce traffic congestion, shorten trips and reduce vehicle emissions.

The future is now, says Cinterion, a Gemalto company and the global leader in wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication technology. The technology needed for driver-friendly intelligent transportation systems exists today, and it’s being rolled out quickly – growing by more than 30 percent according to industry analysts.

Knowing the Risks When Faced With a Hospital Stay

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Even with incredible medical advances over the past decades, patients still face very real threats from hospitalization. Knowing the common hospital risks and the appropriate questions to ask about your care just might save your life.
“Infections contracted during hospital stays are the fourth largest killer in America,” explains Bruce Smeaton, a spokesperson for the global infection control company Medizone International (medizoneint.com). “They add an estimated $33 billion to hospital and health care costs each year.”
Other experts — like the chief patient safety officer of the Joint Commission in Illinois, Dr. Peter Angood — say patients are simply too passive and don’t ask the right questions.
Familiarizing yourself with these three hospital risks may help you during your next hospital stay:
1. Medication errors. The Institute of Medicine estimates that patients endure 450,000 injuries resulting from medication errors each year. To reduce this risk, make sure each surgeon, doctor and nurse knows of every medicine you’re taking. Ask what medicines are being prescribed and why, and what side effects to expect. If you’re nervous, speak up.
2. Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Superbugs like MRSA
— which is resistant to most antibiotics and only growing stronger
— VRE and E. coli cause 1.7 million infections in hospitals every year. Since this is a widespread issue, don’t shy away from the tough questions: What methods or technologies are being used to prevent HAIs?
“HAIs kill more people than AIDS, breast cancer and car accidents combined. That’s why the recent emergence of a super-disinfection system, like Medizone International’s AsepticSure technology, has been so embraced by the hospital and health care industry,” says Smeaton. “It’s more than 10,000 times as effective at killing superbugs — including tuberculosis — than any other cleaning technology being used by hospitals in North America today.”
Experts also advise patients undergoing surgery to ask everyone to wash their hands before touching them, hospital staff included.
3. Pneumonia. After wounds and urinary tract infections, pneumonia is the most common HAI, especially for patients recovering from surgery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report a 33 percent mortality rate for hospital pneumonia. The easiest way to avoid this risk is to focus on deep breathing.
Doctors recommend 10 to 15 deep breaths hourly. At the very least, smokers must stop smoking for a week or two before surgery if they can’t quit altogether.

3 Tools Every Small Business Should Use

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – With regards to technology, small businesses and entrepreneurs working out of a home office used to be at a competitive disadvantage. But the abundance of productivity tools and online resources for small businesses has changed all that. Being small doesn’t have to look small — now you can run your business from beaches and terraces of the world with just a cell phone or a tablet.
Now, smartphones are practically office computers in and of themselves, allowing you to stay connected 33,000 feet up in the air or stuck in gridlocked traffic. Not surprisingly, a Small Business Technology Poll taken by AT&T reports a steady increase in the use of tablets, 4G devices and mobile apps for business purposes. The next step for the 85 percent of small businesses using smartphones is utilizing the variety of tools available online.
Here are three inexpensive resources offered online that help small businesses and the one-person team working from home — and your business shouldn’t be without them.
1. Virtual phone system. This system allows companies of all sizes to have a business-class virtual phone system designed to help small and home-based business owners build the same strong, professional image as larger competitors. It comes with toll-free numbers, Internet fax, voice mailboxes and more.
2. Payroll software. Depending on the size of your business, it may not be pragmatic to have a full-time accountant, and outsourcing can be pricey. But payroll software can be optimized for all payment methods, and accuracy is based on a money-back guarantee. Software of this nature tends to be very user-friendly and extremely secure.
3. Email marketing software. Social media marketing is all the rage right now, but according to SmallBizTechnology.com, email marketing software remains more effective. An email marketing software tool will track who opens, reads and forwards your emails, design more targeted newsletters, increase referrals and get quicker results.
One last word of advice, which may be the most crucial of all: Type TestThis4Free.com into your browser and bookmark it. The website is a one-stop shop for online productivity tools, including virtual phone systems, payroll software, email marketing software and more. The best part? It offers free trials of various software and services to make sure users will use and benefit from a tool before buying it.
With these tools offered for free online, small businesses actually stand a chance against large companies and big budgets.

Boosting Efficiency in the Field

Managing employees in rough-and-tumble industries like construction, security, engineering and architecture brings challenges to efficiency both in the office and in the field. And since the majority of construction managers and contractors are self-employed, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s very little room for error.

While workplace efficiency heavily depends on the caliber of your employees, it’s equally affected by management tools – what your team has to work with. Check out three simple ways to improve efficiency and better your management skills.

3 Ways to Improve Efficiency in the Field

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Managing employees in rough-and-tumble industries like construction, security, engineering and architecture brings challenges to efficiency both in the office and in the field. And since the majority of construction managers and contractors are self-employed, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s very little room for error.
While workplace efficiency heavily depends on the caliber of your employees, it’s equally affected by management tools — what your team has to work with. Check out three simple ways to improve efficiency and better your management skills.
1. Improve productivity by making it easier to work together. The better and clearer your communication, the easier it is to work together. When security teams need to confer instantly, or construction managers need to reach someone who’s high up on scaffolding, it’s extremely useful to have instant, reliable communication. Sprint’s Direct Connect service, for example, offers push-to-talk phones that work like advanced walkie-talkies with data and other capabilities over the nationwide 3G cellular network.
For group communications, you can connect up to 200 Direct Connect subscribers simultaneously using the “Team DC” feature.
2. Create a long-term technology plan. Obsolete hardware and technology can slow down any business, and the replacement process causes interruptions that can make productivity plummet. Considering technology needs when determining short- and long-term business goals helps guarantee your team has the right equipment at the right time.
But what about in-the-field tools? Kyocera’s Dura Series has three mobile phones built to handle the abuse of harsh working conditions. Kyocera DuraPlus and DuraMax can be immersed in more than three feet of water for up to 30 minutes without glitching, and meet military standards for shock, dust, vibration temperature and more. Learn more at www.kyocera-wireless.com.
3. Make sure all employees understand how to record expenses properly. Most business expenses can be written off as tax deductions if they’re properly documented. Receipts are necessary to substantiate deductible purchases, including tools, vehicles, travel expenses and other costs considered ordinary and necessary.
However, filers can only deduct expenses for which they are not reimbursed. This means anything billed to the client cannot be written off. Remember, documentation of expenses must clearly detail both your income and the expense.

Shining New Light on Bulb Legislation

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – With regards to technology, small businesses and entrepreneurs working out of a home office used to be at a competitive disadvantage. But the abundance of productivity tools and online resources for small businesses has changed all that. Being small doesn’t have to look small — now you can run your business from beaches and terraces of the world with just a cell phone or a tablet.
Now, smartphones are practically office computers in and of themselves, allowing you to stay connected 33,000 feet up in the air or stuck in gridlocked traffic. Not surprisingly, a Small Business Technology Poll taken by AT&T reports a steady increase in the use of tablets, 4G devices and mobile apps for business purposes. The next step for the 85 percent of small businesses using smartphones is utilizing the variety of tools available online.
Here are three inexpensive resources offered online that help small businesses and the one-person team working from home — and your business shouldn’t be without them.
1. Virtual phone system. This system allows companies of all sizes to have a business-class virtual phone system designed to help small and home-based business owners build the same strong, professional image as larger competitors. It comes with toll-free numbers, Internet fax, voice mailboxes and more.
2. Payroll software. Depending on the size of your business, it may not be pragmatic to have a full-time accountant, and outsourcing can be pricey. But payroll software can be optimized for all payment methods, and accuracy is based on a money-back guarantee. Software of this nature tends to be very user-friendly and extremely secure.
3. Email marketing software. Social media marketing is all the rage right now, but according to SmallBizTechnology.com, email marketing software remains more effective. An email marketing software tool will track who opens, reads and forwards your emails, design more targeted newsletters, increase referrals and get quicker results.
One last word of advice, which may be the most crucial of all: Type TestThis4Free.com into your browser and bookmark it. The website is a one-stop shop for online productivity tools, including virtual phone systems, payroll software, email marketing software and more. The best part? It offers free trials of various software and services to make sure users will use and benefit from a tool before buying it.
With these tools offered for free online, small businesses actually stand a chance against large companies and big budgets.

Internet Safety 101: How to Protect Your Kids Online

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It is no mystery that technology allows kids to gain 24-hour access to the media, but a recent study by the Kaiser Foundation discovered the average kid spends 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media. Through using multiple media at one time such as music, TV, movies, the Internet, video games and texting, kids can actually pack a total of 10 hours and 45 minutes.
Although these ways of socializing and communicating can be enriching, they do come with certain risks. Kids can become victims of online bullies, predators, hackers and scammers.
“The Internet has great potential for kids in terms of knowledge and resources, but we take seriously the job of teaching our youth how to navigate it safely and properly,” said Dan Rauzi, senior director, technology programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
BGCA has partnered with Sprint to address these issues and help better prepare young people to navigate their world — both real and virtual. Sprint’s online resource, www.4NetSafety.com, offers free tools from experts that address the dangers that young people commonly encounter online and encourages positive dialogue about Internet safety. In addition, www.myclubmylife.com — BGCA’s website for teens — includes a special Media Safety section that has more information and teen-friendly resources to further promote Internet safety.
It’s important that your child be aware that the fundamentals — what we say, how we say it, and why we say it — are the same online and off. Here are some tips for discussing Internet safety with your family:
Create an honest, open environment. Kids look to their parents to help guide them. You may not have all the answers, and being honest about that can go a long way.
Initiate conversations. Even if your kids are comfortable approaching you, don’t wait for them to start the conversation. Use everyday opportunities to talk to your kids about being online.
Communicate your values. Be upfront about your values and how they apply in an online context. Communicating your values clearly can help your kids make smarter and more thoughtful decisions when they face tricky situations.
Be patient. Most kids need to hear information repeated, in small doses, for it to sink in. If you keep talking with your kids, your patience and persistence will pay off in the long run.
For more information, visit www.4NetSafety.com.

Smartphones Feed New Parental Fears

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The kids are in school, which means they spend most of their day without parental supervision. The days when parents only had to worry about their kids skipping class and getting bullied for lunch money are gone. Now, new threats have emerged around cell phone use.
According to a survey performed by Internet monitoring software company SpectorSoft, sexting is parents’ primary concern during the school season.
“Absolutely,” said Rebecca Hagelin, a parent who uses SpectorSoft to track her three teenagers. “It’s allowed my children to enjoy all the benefits the latest technology has to offer them, and it’s allowed me to protect them from the dangers of some of the new technology,” she said. “It’s a win-win.”
Smartphones with advanced Internet capabilities have greatly increased parental fears about cyberbullies, online predators, sexting and the exchange of inappropriate messages and pictures.
SpectorSoft reports that 82 percent of all families surveyed contain at least one child who has a smartphone. Even if teachers and school faculty can keep students off their phones during school hours, who protects them after school?
Bryan Bowers, author of “Keep Your Family Safe Online,” said that the survey proves parents are starting to gain greater awareness of what their children are actually up to on their phones and online. “So many children have smartphones, and this tells me parents are starting to get the idea that these devices can be a problem for children,” Bowers said. “They are starting to see the reality of what is out there.”
SpectorSoft, focused on monitoring products for children since their inception in 1998, has released eBlaster Mobile for Android and BlackBerry phones. This software keeps track of all activity on these smartphones by monitoring and recording text messages, calls and Internet activity and then sending that information to the parent. It also has Geofencing capabilities to enable parents to better understand the whereabouts of their children through their mobile devices. Parents can create electronic location boundaries — or fences — that trigger an alert notification when their child enters or exits a pre-defined area with their mobile device.
eBlaster is designed for maximum parental convenience and child safety. The software can be downloaded from its website, www.spectorsoft.com, and then managed from any remote location. Plus, it has a GPS function reporting the exact location of the phone in the event of emergencies.

Superbug Infection Crisis? Is It The Next Asbestos?

(NewsUSA) – You can’t see them. You can’t feel them. You can’t fight them once they attack. But they’re there — "natural-born killers" in their tens of trillions. A deadly strike-force of antibiotic-resistant ‘supergerms’ lurking in the shadows of America’s over-burdened, under-resourced hospital system. An army of lethal microbes, silently waiting to infect all who come into contact with them.Just how serious is the superbug threat? Superbugs, aka hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), now affect one in 20 patients in the U.S., killing more than 100,000 people each year — that’s more than AIDS, breast cancer and car accidents combined. Ominously, more than two-thirds of these infections occur after a patient has been admitted.Ironically, HAIs can be prevented if strict disinfection guidelines are adhered to by doctors and hospital staff. Yet, the lack of mass compliance to date suggests that one day soon we could see lawsuits pale the recent asbestos crisis into insignificance.Infections contracted during hospital stays are the fourth largest killer in America. They add an estimated $33 billion to hospital and health care costs each year — a crushing financial burden largely absorbed by overwhelmed hospitals.The need for greater post-admittance infection prevention is, according to many industry pundits, rapidly approaching crisis point. It’s also posing some challenging questions: What if there were a sudden, massive escalation of the avian (bird) flu, or a contagion-like plague, or a large-scale bioterrorist attack? Do we have the infrastructure and mechanisms to cope? Or could any one of the above threaten to sink America’s hospital system "to its knees?"The solution to their eradication may already be here.Largely unknown to the outside world, a team of scientists and bio-medical researchers working out of labs in Innovation Park, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, have spent the past three years developing and perfecting what could become the world’s most effective weapon in the war against HAIs.This patented, new-generation "sterilization and disinfection" technology, AsepticSure, is the brain child of bio-tech company, Medizone International, Inc. Already the recipient of a World Health Organization-sponsored award for innovation and peer-reviewed by the prestigious American Journal of Infection Control, AsepticSure — an ozone vapor-based fumigant — has demonstrated unprecedented 100 percent kill rates against the world’s deadliest superbug strains. These include MRSA, VRE, C.difficile, E.coli, Pseudomonas and more."While there’s no denying that HAIs continue to flourish in hospitals and health care organizations across every state of America and throughout the world at this time, AsepticSure looks set to inflict the first real blow to a pandemic-in-the-making that, for decades, has largely gone unchecked," says Bruce Smeaton, Medizone spokesperson.Will hospitals and health care organizations take the moral high-ground and adopt pro-humanitarian technology like AsepticSure? Will they embrace the economics of saving up to six dollars for every one dollar invested in such technology? Or will they continue to misguidedly believe that hospital infections are unavoidable, thereby shielding them from liability?Perhaps it comes down to how committed they are to stamping out the superbug crisis — or how willing they are to face what’s poised to become ‘the next asbestos.’To learn more about AsepticSure, visit medizoneint.com.

A New Three-Letter Killer: HAI

Contrary to what Hollywood blockbusters lead you to expect, Americans should focus less on the remote possibility of a civilization-destroying viral epidemic and worry a whole lot more about the real-life army of deadly superbugs lurking beneath hospital beds, re-colonizing improperly sterilized surgical equipment, and running rampant in ER waiting rooms and hospital wards throughout the country.

Hospital-associated infections (HAIs) now affect a staggering one in twenty patients in the US, and are estimated to cause more than 100,000 deaths each year. The World Health Organization reports that at any given time, 1.4 million people are battling infections or complications resulting from hospitalization.