Off The Record

Archive for June, 2012

Work, Rest, Repeat: Boost your productivity by taking a break

Professionals who burn the candle at both ends are often rewarded for their blistering pace.  But do we really want harried, sleep-deprived people making critical decisions, negotiating deals, and nurturing employees?

Our corporate culture prizes – even encourages – a relentless work ethic.  But overstressed multi-taskers are often less productive.  The body needs regular rest to perform at optimum levels.  (I don’t have to tell you that.  Your body does the talking, if you just listen carefully.)

The forthcoming 4th of July holiday is a timely reminder to take time to recharge, replenish and renew.  To rest.  There’s no crime in it – actually, it’s a gift you give to your employer.  At iData, where our staff members face constant pressure to deliver reports on time with unyielding accuracy, we understand the consequences of stress.  So we encourage taking time off.  (It’s one of the reasons we can deliver – because we avoid burn-out.) (more…)

Medical Identity Theft’s the new Black – Market, that is

You just filled a prescription for narcotics, but you’re pain free and healthy as an ox.  Or had your kidney removed, but never had surgery.  Ever, for that matter.  What’s going on?

You’ve heard of identity theft – when a thief absconds with your social security number, or passport, or driver’s license and takes a covert joyride with your life.  Buys a gleaming new car – jets off to Tahiti.  But the latest fashion in stealing your identity for personal gain? Medical identity theft – and as the industry transitions from paper to online medical records, this under-documented crime is off on a serious shopping spree.  Quick tip: keep those purses and wallets under a tight security regime – here’s why.

A new twist on white-collar crime: 

According to The World Privacy Forum, “Medical identity theft occurs when someone uses a person’s name and sometimes other parts of their identity – such as insurance information — without the person’s knowledge or consent to obtain medical services or goods, or uses the person’s identity information to make false claims for medical services or goods.” (more…)

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