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In an era when everything, from personal health records to nursing
home quality ratings, is moving online, when the best way to stay in
touch with grandchildren may involve texting, this amounts to slow
progress. The tech analyst Laurie Orlov of the Aging in Place Technology Watch blog has called for a national campaign to bring 100 percent of seniors online.
Teaching skills only addresses part of the problem, of course; the
costs of devices and of Internet service also keep older people offline,
and so do physical limitations or cognitive impairment.
Still, learning the technology is key. As Mr. Phillips pointed out,
“the Internet was a whole new world for me.” Everyone exploring a new
world needs a guide.
Though lots of communities offer computer classes for older adults,
the response has been mostly local and small-scale. But since my
previous post brought lots of comments from frustrated adult children, I
thought I’d pass along some time-tested national and
about-to-be-national programs. Researchers have learned a fair amount
about the ways seniors learn and have documented that computer and
Internet training works well when it incorporates those findings.
The question is no longer whether your company should be involved
with social media — it already is, whether you're leading or following.
The skyrocketing popularity of these services is undeniable and the
potential reward — for engaging, expanding and strengthening
relationships with your key communities — is enormous. So are the risks.
Risks come in many forms, and the prudent organization will assess its
specific situation and take appropriate preventive steps to manage both
risks created by others as well as risk created internally. Social media
is a shockingly effective catalyst for both.
The key is
understanding the nature of this new medium. The company and its counsel
must be familiar not only with the rules, but with the culture of the
online community. Social media is not just a new way to disseminate your
message; it's a conversation taking place on a massively multi-person
scale, worldwide. But just like any face-to-face conversation, it must
be a two-way process (albeit on a massively multi-person scale) or it
Here are the most frequent areas where companies can get in
trouble, as well as some ideas for how to stay on the right side of the
Aerohive Networks(R), the pioneer in controller-less Wi-Fi and
cloud-enabled enterprise networking, today announced that one-third of
the top 50 long-term healthcare providers in the United States rely on
Aerohive to provide a robust wireless platform for their
state-of-the-art patient care solutions. Aerohive's products have
enabled some of the nation's largest facilities of regional healthcare
and remote clinics to implement critical medical applications. The
technology has allowed these facilities to improve patient satisfaction
and clinical outcomes by leveraging Aerohive's 'mobile first' networking
With too few autism specialists, it can take months or even years for
a child to be diagnosed. But a new app that’s being developed with
federal grant money may change that.
The idea is that pediatricians without experience diagnosing autism
will be able to recommend the smartphone software to families with a
child they suspect of having the developmental disorder. Then, parents
would take a series of videos of their child and submit the footage to
autism experts who could remotely assess — and potentially diagnose —
the child. Ultimately, results would then be relayed back to the child’s
doctor to communicate to the family.
Testing of the app — a collaboration of the Southwest Autism Research
and Resource Center in Phoenix, an Idaho medical technology company and
the Georgia Institute of Technology — is expected to begin this summer
and a final product could be available by 2014. The National Institutes
of Health provided a $2.2 million grant for the project.
Those behind the effort say the app could lead to diagnosis within a
month. “This could really change the face of how autism is diagnosed,”
one of the app’s developers told The Arizona Republic.
on Wednesday became one of the first major Internet companies to put
control of data after death directly into the hands of its users.
The Internet giant unveiled
a dashboard for users of its Gmail, Google+, cloud storage Drive,
Picasa albums, YouTube and other services that lets people identify what
they’d like to happen to their data after they pass away or become
inactive for an extended period of time. You can choose to delete some
or all of the data after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity, or
pass data from the accounts along to one or more other people.
Call them your Google heirs. Google, for the record, calls the offering its “Inactive Account Manager.”
Older adults hit a digital milestone
last year: For the first time since the Pew Research Center’s Internet
and American Life Project began conducting surveys, a majority (53
percent) of people over age 65 used the Internet. The proportion has
since inched upward, to 54 percent.
Which certainly represents progress. When Pew first began tracking
Internet use in 2000, only 13 percent of seniors were online. But it
remains a fairly anemic number compared to the rest of the adult
population, more than 80 percent of whom use the Internet.
And among the older old, those over age 77, only about a third are online.
Yet that’s the cohort most likely to become isolated by physical
limitations, poor transportation and the loss of social connections —
the group, in other words, who might particularly benefit from being
able to interact with the world digitally, for everything from banking
and ordering groceries to e-mailing faraway friends.
As consumers, we all prefer to pay a fixed price. While some legal
practice areas are billed as flat fees, the majority of legal work is
still billed hourly.
When the economy was better, the sting of legal fees was less. In
today’s environment, clients are negotiating to get the best hourly
rates or flat rates. Insurance companies and corporate clients have
hired third party auditing companies to analyze their law firm’s work
with the goal of decreasing legal costs by allowing them to compare one
law firm’s efficiency to others.
Law firm billing systems
include many tools to enable firms to better monitor their billable
work and revenue. Often, however, firms fail to use these reports to
identify problems or inefficiencies. Many small firms are informal and
do not have minimum billable hours
requirements for their associates or paralegals. Even when they do,
they are not enabling those timekeepers to easily track their own
Social media is a great tool
for communicating with clients, but it can also have a secondary benefit
for your practice by boosting your website's search ranking.
The way most clients will find you is by searching on the Internet
for a lawyer. Hopefully they'll narrow their search by area of law and
location, but even then there are lots of competitors out there. Having a professional and informational website can be a great way to get clients, but it doesn't work if no one sees it.
Getting a professional consultant
to manage your website's search engine optimization can be a valuable
way to improve your rankings. But you can also help yourself by stepping
up your social media presence.
To prove that claim, we have some insight into how Google and other search engines rank web pages.