Apple's Health Tech Takes Early Lead Among Top Hospitals - Isler NW

Apple’s Healthcare Technology Takes Early Lead Among Top Hospitals

Apple Inc’s healthcare technology is spreading quickly among major U.S. hospitals, showing early promise as a way for doctors to monitor patients remotely and lower costs.

Fourteen of 23 top hospitals contacted by Reuters said they have rolled out a pilot program of Apple’s HealthKit service – which acts as a repository for patient-generated health information like blood pressure, weight or heart rate – or are in talks to do so.
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6 Reasons Every Company Needs a Customer Service Roadmap

6 Reasons Every Company Needs a Customer Service Roadmap

In today’s hyperconnected world, your product is only as good as the service you back it with. It’s easy for small companies to think of customer service as just a checkbox item, but to be competitive and offer a seamless experience as you grow, you need to look ahead.

Planning how to evolve your customer service in advance is becoming as critical to your business as setting your product roadmap. We talk to a lot of fast-­growing companies about how to future-­proof their customer support. Here are six reasons you need to build a service roadmap so you can be sure to offer amazing service, no matter how fast you grow.

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2015 Business Resolutions - Isler NW

Here Are 5 Business Resolutions to Start Right Now

A new year brings with it all sorts of opportunities to think about how we can improve ourselves, not just in our personal lives, but also professionally. It’s a great time to take a few moments to ponder what we did well in the previous year and think about what we can do better in the new one. Are there new tools to try or existing ones that could use a little polishing? Are we operating at our fullest potential? What can we do to make that happen?

In that spirit of contemplating how we can launch into 2015 and make it as prosperous as possible, I offer the following New Year’s business resolutions for salespeople.

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Private Companies Grew Sales and Profits This Year

Over the past year, private companies grew sales 8.6 percent and are seeing their highest net profit margin in three years, at 6.6 percent, according to a new report from the financial information company Sageworks.

The report found that private companies are entering the New Year with strong profitability and healthy sales growth. Read more

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Charitable Giving Rebounded This Year

The end of the year is traditionally the time when taxpayers rush to get their last-minute charitable contributions made so they can write off the deductions on their taxes before April 15.

The trends this year appear to be positive for many charities as they saw their donations increase, perhaps to a level not seen since the financial crisis. The question for many charities this year was whether charitable giving would return to pre-recession levels. Read more

The Golden Rule of Startup Capital: Don’t Waste Money

“I estimated exactly how much money I needed to succeed. The problem with this is that the “perfect” amount of money is a fallacy. Indeed, if you have a unique, revolutionary and proprietary idea, combined with the right amount of money it stands a significantly better chance of becoming a success. But most of us do not have this type of idea — we just have an idea — and investors have many investment choices and typically want to spread their risk around to many startups.” Read more