How Can Outsourced IT Consulting Help Healthcare Professionals?

If there is one area that IT consulting services might want to sink their teeth into, then it has to be the healthcare sector. It is for the simple reason that the healthcare industry is in constant need to upgrade their technology network. Whether it is in patient file database, illness profiling, or a myriad of other tasks that need technology, IT consultancy experts will be needed. This provides a fertile ground for such firms in their IT lead generation campaigns. The only question here is how to get healthcare professionals and companies to work with an IT consulting firm.

In case this is the scenario for your business, you must first realize the various issues that healthcare institutions have to face. Among these is variability. There are a lot of technological advancements being done in patient care and administration, and not all healthcare providers have the technical know-how to use or maintain specialized devices. And given the volume of patients needing immediate care, it is somewhat impossible for, say, a doctor or a nurse to operate a computer while treating a patient at the same time. This makes outsourcing the work to an IT consulting services that specializes in healthcare even more attractive. It may look a bit unprofessional for some, but for the sake of actually producing results, this is a necessary investment.

There are also other areas where IT consultants are needed. Take, for example, in information management. When we talk about hospitals and treatment centers, we are not just talking about doctors and patients. We are also dealing with the massive amount of data and technological equipment that needs professional handling. And really, with the costs being incurred with in-house IT specialists, it does make sense to have the job outsourced to those who can competently handle the job. And this is where you, the IT consulting service provider, who can answer that need.

IT consulting firms will benefit from a good IT appointment setting campaign, provided that they choose the right medium to communicate. And there are plenty to choose from, like social media marketing or telemarketing. What is important here is that you select a lead generation provider that specializes in healthcare. You need people who know a lot about this particular industry, since there are terms and rules that you need to be aware of if you want to be effective in generating qualified IT consulting leads out of the market.

You can promote your firm in terms of benefits. For example, you can start with your specialization in perfecting the IT infrastructure supporting a healthcare institution. Another benefit you can tout is in terms of cost reduction. Since a lot of IT consulting firms work for a reasonable consulting fee, the duration based on contracts, you can say that healthcare facilities can save more with you. If relayed by professional IT appointment setters, this can mean a great deal for you. You can get more IT leads that way.

7 Ways To Boost The Metabolism

Kick starting your metabolism is as easy as eating right, getting the proper amount at rest, and a few days of moderate exercise a week, that is it.

There is no magic pill. The only thing that is need is a few small tweaks to your already busy life style and you will be well on your way to boosting your metabolism.

Below is a list of ways to boost your metabolism.

1) Eat more often – At least five or six times a day. Keep in mind I am not saying have three huge meals more like three medium meals and three healthy snacks. This keeps the blood sugar level and in the process cuts down on the cravings.

2) Build muscle – Studies have shown that one of quickest ways to boost the metabolism is to add lean muscle. Muscles are made up of metabolically active tissues, which need energy to be built and maintain.

Fat tissue on the other hand just sits there basically just taking up space so if you want to boost your metabolism it is very important to begin a workout regime. I know with most people’s hectic schedule’s there isn’t much time set aside for trips to the gym.

If you don’t have the time or money to go to the gym there are things you can do in your home. A few push ups and sits ups in the morning or before bed will go along way boosting the metabolism.

3) Diet – Although eating more frequently will certainly help to boost the metabolism we have to be smart about what is consumed. Here is a short list of some of the foods that will help kick-start the metabolism. Foods like Fish, turkey, chicken, egg whites, fresh vegetables, and whole natural foods.

4) Cardio – You have to get moving. You need to get a least twenty minutes of cardio in at least three or four times a week. Walking, bike riding, jogging, whatever it is that you prefer this is a very important part of increasing your metabolism speed.

5) Water – It is very important to stay hydrated. Water plays a huge part when it comes to our digestive system. Extracting all the proper nutrients from the food, you consume and are a healthier alternative then the sugary counter part. At a minimum, a person should try to drink about 2 liters of water a day and more on workout days. Another added benefit of drinking more water is it water tends to simulate the feeling of being full.

6) Proper rest – It is very important to get the proper rest the body needs. Irregular sleep patterns can disrupt the metabolism. If possible you should try to get a solid eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.

7) Add Spicy – Curry, Cayenne, Jalapenos, Increase body temperature. Studies have shown that the body’s temperature and the metabolism are related thus, if you raise your body temperature, you will also raise your metabolism.

Are Inflexible Jobs Holding Working Parents Back?

Most single parents when looking for jobs have a list of criteria when looking for a job. These tend to include a convenient workplace close to their child’s nursery or school, part-time hours and a manager who understands the commitments that come with being a single parent. However, the top priority for working single parents is to be able to have flexible hours.

Inflexible hours are holding working parents back, a new study has shown. The lack of flexibility is holding single parents back when it comes to promotions, employment opportunities, etc. What with childcare being so expensive, parents are looking for more flexible hours so they can, for example, work when their child is at school or nursery but be able to stay at home when they finish. There is a trend for parents turning down promotions, higher pay and more responsibility as they feel it would affect their parental responsibilities outside of work.

Some parents accept this and carry on with flexible working but less responsibility (and therefore less money); however others are taking a stand and feel that they shouldn’t sacrifice their careers just because they have children. Either group is left feeling dissatisfied; on the one hand you have parents feeling guilty for spending all their time at work and therefore not there children or you have the parents who sacrifice their own careers for the sake of their children and always have that niggling ‘what if?’. What if they chose to pursue their careers; what if they paid for childcare – would things really have been that much different?

If a happy medium could be found where businesses gave parents the opportunity to go far in the position they are in, but also offer them flexible working hours, it would give them the same opportunities as non-parents in the workplace. They could offer parents the chose to work at home or offer them more flexible shift swaps. In fact, these practices could actually benefit the company the parents are working for, as well as the parents themselves.

If there were jobs that offered a certain level of flexibility and trusted the employees even to take their work home with them, surely that would be a winning situation for all. Maybe all the working, single parents really need is an understanding line manager who has enough trust in their employees to allow them to be more flexible?

Make sure you’re making the most of your employees.

Snake Year 2013-14: Fortunes of the Snake!

Are you 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 (and so-on in 12-year increments) between 10th February 2013 and 30th January 2014 (Snake Year’s end)? Are partners, friends, relatives, parents, children or colleagues the Chinese Zodiac’s sixth Sign, graceful, subtle, ‘cool’, lucky Snakes/ ‘She’ (pronounced ‘Sher’)?

Years of the SNAKE:

1905 Wood; 1917 Fire; 1929 Earth; 1941 Metal; 1953 Water; 1965 Wood; 1977 Fire; 1989 Earth; 2001 Metal; 2013 Water, 2025 Wood.

Famous Snakes Include

Anne Frank, Kim Basinger, Charles Darwin, Tom Conti, Randy Crawford, Elizabeth I, Picasso, Mahatma Gandhi, Carole King, Muhammad Ali, Tony Blair, Pierce Brosnan, Bob Dylan and Edgar Allen Poe


Snakes are ambitious, intelligent, quick-witted, cool-customers who can adapt readily to a variety of changing situations. They tend to be witty and popular with good inter-personal skills. Snakes are also generous, kind, enchanting and appealing.

Snakes can be mean and possessive and also vain, quick-tempered and headstrong. This makes Snakes therefore susceptible to unnecessary troubles which they bring upon themselves.

Auspicious Gems and Crystals

Agate (especially Wealth Trees-position these in the S.E. to make prosperity grow), Opal (particularly Fire Opals) and Topaz.

Ideal Snake Careers and Occupations Include:

Analysis, Management, Sales, Self-Employment, Science, Jewellery, Business, Education and Writing


Ox, Rooster and Monkey are the Birth Signs of those Snakes are most compatible with as partners. They are least compatible with Tigers and Pigs In relationship terms.

Snake in Snake Year 2013-14

Forget frenzied Western-style birthdate celebrations. A year-long reflection and meditation, reviewing the previous 12 Years, planning for the next 12, is considered more appropriate and recommended for all Chinese Zodiac Signs’ Birth Years.

Snakes should avoid complacency and/or wishes to hog the limelight in 2013. Instead they should practice self-review and strive to get on top of events.

Fortunes of the Snake in 2013-14

2013-14 holds mixed fortunes for Snakes. The Year’s 2nd half (August onwards) is more auspicious than the 1st, making this an ideal time for planned trips and vacations. However, Snakes should be careful not to be let-down by friends.

Avoid moving house or undertaking substantial home renovations during this period. Money-making and career advancement prospects are particularly poor throughout the Year but proactive approaches to love and relationships may produce positive results.

The Snake in Chinese Culture

In China, snakes are considered good luck symbols-entirely different from the wicked serpents of Western Biblical tradition. Also a member of the elite ‘Wuxing’/ 5 Animals group and Resembling a mini-Dragon (the group leader) some of the former’s auspicious and fortunate aura transfers to Snakes-hence the Sign’s ‘lucky’ connotations

How Will You Combine Fun With Business Benefits in 2013?

As most of you are likely busy planning and strategizing for 2013, I want to plant an idea. When you think about offshoring, your first idea will likely be ‘ah, low costs’. But is this really the case and is it the most important reason for putting offshoring or nearshoring on your agenda for 2013?

Three weeks back I visited our Indian office together with one of our customers. We had a great time and thanks to the flights and shared hotel, we discussed a lot. One of the main things he mentioned is that actually, offshoring is not about costs. The thing he couldn’t see clearly before they started working with us (he said he choose us because we have a good story J), is that the benefits for him are not (only) costs. Although it is cheaper to hire someone from India, there are three things that strike him.

First of all, he gets highly talented programmers, which are hard to come across in the Netherlands. He had plenty of time to speak with Hari, his main php programmer and realized that he’s a smart guy. Sometimes, doing all the works through skype on a distance, makes us overlook this fact. Communication barriers block us from seeing the real value in the person, so meeting up in personal is essential for longer term success.

Secondly, he’s got a flexibility that he’d never get with employees locally. Now this flexibility may differ per supplier, but in general it is much easier to stop a contract with our offshore developer than it is with a local employee. Connected to this is the third aspect, scalability. This client is launching a new software product. Investment in the beginning has to be modest, but once it starts picking up, he needs more developers to scale. In India it’s a lot easier to find developers than in the Netherlands, so we could ramp up the team within short notice.

Those are the business motives. The last motive that I think is sometimes overlooked: it’s fun. Most people like travelling, meeting people from other countries, exploring new territories. We do this every year going on vacations. So why not combine business with the nicer aspects of life? The time I spent with my customer in India was great as if I went on holidays with a friend. They also enjoyed India and were inspired by the possibilities and movement of India.

I would suggest you put offshoring on your agenda for 2013 and give it a try! Start with one or two programmers that you select yourself, get experience in building the right global communication routines and extend the team once you see that it works for you.

Online Payment Gateway – A Brief Overview

An Online Payment Gateway provides the most versatile method for processing sales. From any online computer terminal you have the ability to process transactions quickly and securely, without the need for any specialized hardware.

A Payment Gateway is a private website, accessible only with your private username and password, through which the merchant enters all of the customer’s pertinent credit card information: name, address, billing address, and of course, credit card information. Everything is entered into the Gateway’s online forms, clear templates and is very easy to use. It then verifies the purchaser’s information and completes the transaction.

Of course, you need proof of every transaction. That’s why email confirmations are automatically generated as receipts, detailing every sale just as a traditional paper receipt does. These are sent to the purchaser and to the merchant for record keeping. In addition, a payment gateway sends the merchant a summary of the day’s batch (total transactions), providing you with a clear and useful record of account activity.

Plumbers, trade-shows, locksmiths, estimators, and a host of professions don’t sit behind a desk all day and payments don’t wait. If your sales are mobile, your transactions have to be as well. A Payment Gateway has the distinct advantage of enabling you to process transactions anywhere you have access to internet. This could be by means of broadband service, cable, WiFi, or mobile broadband. Not only that, but it requires no special hardware: your laptop, or even your mobile phone’s web browser, gets the job done.

The Payment Gateway is also scalable for multiple points of sale. For example, very often special events like concerts or fundraisers require multiple entry-points or sale-points. Payment Gateways are perfect for this purpose because you can be running five laptops, on one gateway with one central way of tracking all transactions.

Customization options of your online Payment Gateway gives added flexibility, features, and security. You can add a link to your business website for customers to make their own purchases. In the Gateway itself, you can build in an option for “Sale” or “Authorize” if you want to put a hold on a specific dollar amount to take a security deposit, without actually running the sale.

To read more about Online Payment Gateways and how they can help increase your bottom line, or to apply for an account click here.

Facts About Coffee of the Month Clubs

Coffee of the month clubs are more popular than ever and have a lot to offer those who are subscribed to them, as well as those who are intrigued, but haven’t tried it out yet. These clubs are just what they sound like – clubs that send out new types of coffee to their subscribers on a monthly basis.

Wide Variety

Some months, clubs introduce coffee lovers to exotic blends, while other months bring more traditional varieties, but of the highest level of quality and taste. The best part about these clubs is that you will get to try coffees you otherwise would have probably never come across.

Features of Coffee of the Month Clubs

The details of the club offered by your favorite gourmet coffee company will depend on that particular business, but the following are common features:

· Ground or whole coffee beans (one to two pounds normally)

· Biscotti, muffins, cookies or crackers

· Unique blends from all over the country and world

· K cups

· Information about where the beans come from

· Choices of type of coffee and flavors

· Syrups

· Bonus gifts

Most people can choose the type of subscription they want based on the coffee that they like the best. The amount of coffee will also vary with different companies and packages, which will be reflected in the price.

Easy Sign-up

Anyone can join a coffee of the month club! These clubs are open to all types of people and ages, whether you love a dark brew or decaf. To join the club, all you have to do is head online, provide your billing and shipping information, and choose the appropriate monthly package.

A credit card is required in order to sign up. Some companies charge the full price for the year up front, while others charge when each of the different shipments are sent. The charges and fees will depend on the company with which you work.

With a couple clicks of the mouse and a few keystrokes, you can sit back and await delicious gourmet coffee hand delivered to your home. The ease of signing up and participating in the club are what most people can’t resist about joining these clubs.

Try Something New

Whether you are looking into a coffee of the month club to treat yourself or give someone else as a birthday present, it will serve as a unique treat not many people think to purchase. Your friend or family member will appreciate your originality and opening up of their taste buds to new experiences.