NHS Approves The Use Of Cloud For Storing Medical Records

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When it comes to healthcare, cloud computing is making a name and it has served as medical director support as well as everyone in the healthcare industry is benefiting from it. NHS has already given its approval to use cloud computing in healthcare sector. In fact, a guide was already published with recommendations on how the healthcare industry can employ cloud computing. It also tackles data off shoring and its uses in keeping the important information of the patients. This is a big change in the policy because majority of the healthcare providers and facilities are still using on-site IT models.

This is the reason why NHS is quite behind compared to other sectors of the government in the United Kingdom. Starting 2013, cloud computing has been a priority by IT departments in the public sector.

Cloud computing is already utilized by organization such as Code4Health by the NHS England and NHS Choices but it the approval is considered a milestone because they already gave permission for the cloud computing to be used in a broader sense.

According to the new national guidance, it is mandated that all data should be kept inside the UK-European Economic Area which pertains to countries that follow the standards created by the European Commission in order to protect data. This also covers US services that are under the Privacy Shield of the data transfer deal.

According to MedConfidential, a medical privacy campaign organization, the Privacy Shield which was agreed by the United States and The European Union has received many criticisms including a number of data protections regulators in Europe. According to European officials, the arrangement was in order after they have conducted their first yearly review in 2017.

MedConfidential also said that the rules by MoD are quite strict because they ordered that cloud data should only be kept inside the UK network which is considered as a limitation. Therefore many providers including Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle, Google and IBM decided to construct their first cloud data facilities within Britain.

Nonetheless, the acceptance by the NHS will make things easier as cloud computing serves as medical director support and the organization aims to make sure that security is arranged from the local level to protect patient information.

Oklahoma Wonder What To Do With Drug Treatment

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The state of Oklahoma, back in 2016, had a vote on a heated ballot initiative, which would reclassify drug possession and minor thefts as misdemeanors. The ballot was then passed, with the initiative being approved.  As a result, the drug-crime policing of the Oklahoma state has lost its metaphorical stick.

The idea behind the change was to divert nonviolent drug users to the a USA rehab facility that can help them deal with their issue. Reports say that the voters was interested with the initiative due to rising prison costs, with Oklahama’s rate of incarceration being the second highest in the US, second only to Louisiana.

The reform was passed, in spite of the opposition of the state’s public prosecutors and law-enforcement agencies, and was outright rejected in many Oklahama rural counties. This reform followed the changes in other states, which include Louisiana itself, who are all looking for ways to avoid and outright end mass incarceration, in opposition to the Trump administration’s urging to federal prosecutors to further utilize incarceration as a punishment.

Adam Gelb, one of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ criminal-justice experts, says that it was logical for states to reform their drug sentencing due to data showing no definitive proof that shows that punitive laws actually curb abuse. He says that lock up drug offenders increases punishment, but not public health and safety, according to the numbers.

Oklahoma is still having debates regarding the efficiency of the reforms, with some, like Det. Capt. Adam Flowers of Canadian Country, saying that it has taken away the teeth of drug-arrests. Some of the opposition is saying that part of the problem is that there is no incentive for drug abusers to go to visit the closest USA rehab facility and get treatment.

The reformers, to counter, say that treatment is an option, it always has been. Gelb says that people with addictions are bad with long-term considerations, with the time spent in jail measuring the same to them. Some people from the inside say that it’s a better alternative due to how easy it is to get drugs behind bars.

Learn To Manage Your Team After Some Corporate Team Building Activities

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A company may need as a tool some corporate team building activities to be able to manage a team of employees. One may need to pause and recognize that most workers spend more time with each other at work than spending time with family and friends. For the most part, they know little bit of information about their colleagues. However, they have to discuss, take orders from, partner with, and get along with them almost every single day. Wow!

When most people think about how efficient teambuilding activities can be and how a team should be managed, they look directly to the manager or supervisor. As the department head, they also need to consider their employees who are working with them. Why? Because every employee will be doing the tasks on whatever the leader will assign to them. Through their various behaviour, an employee can make or break a team. With corporate team building activities, they can see benefits and learn lessons which they can apply at work. This can also change their behaviour and attitude towards work and with their colleagues.

Efficient team building activities and discovering how to manage a team begins with the manager or supervisor finding out if they and those on the same level see things the same way. Success is experienced when employees feel they have taken part in making things seem better. However, questions need to be answered such as why there is a need for team building activities? What difference does it make when done? Will there be new ideas derived from the process? Are things going to improve or will they continue to be that way? And how are we going to keep things so they can be done better than before?

When these questions are answered by the corporate team building activities, one can experience success both in work and camaraderie. After effective sessions, the manager should be able to handle his or her employees and work well with them. Disagreements, conflicts and other problems are minimized. And everyone should be smiling at each other as they work harmoniously together on a daily basis. Hence, possible teamwork is developed and there is better job performance.

Cleaning Companies Given Permission To Recruit Cleaners From Additional Countries

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A new pilot scheme was introduced by the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. This will give 15 cleaning companies in the country the permission to hire part-time cleaners from four additional countries. These companies are offering part-time cleaning services to homeowners in Singapore. All over the world there is a rise in demand for household cleaners thus the increase in number of domestic agencies such as high-end domestic agency in Dubai.

As of writing, the cleaning companies are only legally allowed to hire cleaners with work permit from a number of countriesincluding North Asia, China and Malaysia.

With the new scheme, the cleaning companies will be given the opportunity to hire form additional countries such as Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

The program by the MOM is called HSS or Household Services Scheme which is created in order to assist the industry in answering the increasing demand from homeowners to hire part-time cleaners.

The MOM said that the companies under the scheme including Amahs on Wheels and Home Cleanz re hiring workers that will fulfill part-time services like cleaning and they can be hired in various households.

The workers’ accommodations will be provided by the company which will hire them. This is a different setup from foreign domestic workers or FDWs that are staying in with the specific household that hired them.

According to Josephine Teo, the second minister for home affairs and manpower, said that there are households in Singapore that employ foreign domestic workers to take care of the household chores like cleaning and maintaining the house.

Mrs. Teo said that this will motivate families to hire part-time services for their cleaning needs alone. This will help reduce the increasing demand for foreign domestic workers which should be prioritized for those requiring a caregiver.

Looking at the cost, it is not cheaper when foreigners are hired for part-time work compared to the locals. In fact, the prices are the same to both local and foreign. Singapore is not the only country to do this as there is high-end domestic agency in Dubai that provide part time cleaning services as well.

Casket Industry Suffering Due To Cremation

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There are only two things in life that are certain – birth and death. For those in the casket industry, their business is currently on a state of uncertainty. A hedge fund in New York thinks the same way thus they decided to cut their investment from the top casket manufacturer. The firm believes that the profits of the casket manufacturer are suffering because of the increase in demand for cremation. Cremation means the clients need cremation urns rather than caskets.

Spruce Point Capital said that the shares of Matthews international have decreased by 32 per cent in the last 12 months and they predicted that its shares could decline an additional 65 per cent.

Around 40 per cent of the revenue earned by Matthews is coming from caskets and products related to burials. The company’s share recently went down by 1.1 per cent, which puts them at $51.50.

Spruce Point said that they do not think that the company based in Pittsburgh will be able to come out from this ordeal as they are questioning the ability of the management.

Two years ago, 50.2 of Americans chose to be cremated rather than have a traditional burial. The figure is higher compared to the 48.5 per cent recorded in the previous year. The figures were released by the National Funeral Directors Association adding that burial costs have also declined.

According to the prediction made by the NFDA, 78.8 per cent of Americans will prefer cremation over burial by 2035.

Spruce Point added that aside from caskets, mausoleums and headstones, Matthews also offer cremation services as well as urns. The problem is that the cost of cremation is only 10 per cent of the cost of a traditional burial.

Matthews admitted that the increase in demand for cremation may eventually have a negative impact to their business.

During the regulatory filing conducted by Matthews, a warning was sent by the company regarding the decreasing volume of memoralization products made of granite and bronze as well as caskets because the people of the United States prefer cremation urns. The company added that online memorials are also a growing trend because it is faster and cheaper.

How To Choose The Best Wedding Hotel In Phuket?wedding hotel phuket

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There are several hotels in Phuket island, most of them holding 3 to 5 stars according to popular ratings. But how do you know if this wedding hotel in Phuket is what you are searching for? Consider the following tips to make a great wedding, vacation and book the right accommodation that meets your needs and preferences:

Location

You may think that this hotel in Phuket is nearby the airport and located along the beach, but there are hundreds of other places where you can find a room most suitable for your stay. Phuket island is surrounded by four different regions, three of which are hardly ever accessed by tourists. You will definitely stay in a hotel in Western Phuket. Closest to the airport is Bang Thao Beach and further away is Kata Beach. While all beaches have pristine white sand, the Bang Thao Beach is livelier with thousands of people and its active nightlife, while Kata Beach is more quiet and relaxed. There are other beaches in between that provide unique features with tourist activities tapering off as you travel down south toward the Kata area.

Weddings and Romance

Weddings are typically happening in the island of Phuket. A couple and their guests can book themselves in a wedding hotel in Phuket for this momentous event. The hotel will have accessories and joyousness intended for this special day. Try to search for a five-star hotel with privacy, dining intimacy and private spas for a quality time with your new spouse. Many hotels feature two to four bedrooms within a suite so they can bring along family and friends for the event. It will be a trip to remember not only for the newlyweds but also for their guests.

Taking the Family

A ‘kid friendly’ hotel in Phuket will make the family enjoy the experience of visiting the island. You need to be around other families, provided with game rooms and babysitting facilities to make the vacation seem comfortable. Hotels that cater to families will have special accommodations for youngsters and even host supervised activities, tours or sports. Find a wedding hotel in Phuket that is homey to families and can even offer special rates and meals for children. With all the fun activities happening around, parents can sneak out in the afternoon or evenings to spend quality time by themselves.

Office Sharing Spreads Throughout Southeast Asia

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In Bangkok, a new, co-working office space owned by the Amsterdam-based Spaces is will be opening in February 2018, one of many office sharing spaces taking up prime office & retail space not only across Thailand, but across the whole Southeast Asian region.

For Spaces, a subsidiary of Switzerland’s International Workplace Group, this new site is their first foray into Thailand, but the second location for the company in the region, having set up in Singapore back in 2016. Among Spaces’ many clients are giants like Booking.com, GoPro and PayPal, among others. It currently has plans to increase their 80 sites to 250, with the Southeast Asian market to include Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, to name a few.

Office sharing started in North America as an effect of the startup culture, providing entrepreneurs with prime office & retail space for a fraction of the usual cost. In Southeast Asia, co-working is still in its infancy, but with expatriates and local entrepreneurs driving up demand, the office sharing market is set to grow.

CB Insights, a managing consulting firm, estimates that co-working spaces could make up 15% of the Southeast Asia’s prime office & retail space by 2030; compared to 2018’s 5%s. Cushman & Wakefield, meanwhile, forecast that co-working space demand across Asia will grow at about 10-15% annually.

Meanwhile, in other areas in Southeast Asia, Common Ground, a Malaysian startup firm, opened its very first co-working space in Kuala Lumpur at March of 2017, and, according to the company, the 17,000ft2 of space they managed to hit full occupancy within four months. They are just one of many co-working space operators across the country providing supply for the region.

Property consultancy firm CBRE published a report of co-working space, detailing costs, and giving out their advice for those moving into the co-working operation market. According to them, market operators need to keep their costs in check, as well as keep an eye on supply-demand dynamics, with competition in the field intensifying as more and more co-working spaces open across Southeast Asia. This increase in supply will drive up occupancy costs and clamp down profit margins.

CBRE says that the most important points for running a co-working space is building a community, providing an experience, and opportunities for both learning and profit for users.