Small Business Assn. offers disaster preparedness webinars
Hurricane season is under way. Having a business continuity plan is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The cost of creating a disaster preparedness plan with a recovery component is small compared to the financial losses that may occur if there’s no plan in place.
Get help with preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, during National Preparedness Month in September. The 2015 NPM theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan Today.”
The 30-minute webinars will be presented at 2 p.m. EDT each Wednesday in September.
These are the topics:
• Sept. 9: “The Keystone to Disaster Recovery: Communications”
• Sept. 16: “Recover from the Most Likely Disaster: Power Outage”
• Sept. 23: “Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Prepare Your Employees”
• Sept. 30: “If You Do Nothing Else this Year…” Simple tips to build your organization’s resilience.
To register for any of the webinars, go to http://agilityrecovery.com/buildingblocks/#section-register.
Pocono Medical Center recognized in 2015 Most Wired survey
Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, released recently by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
The 2015 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.
“Pocono Medical Center is excited to be recognized as a leader in health IT for continuously investing in new opportunities to improve care coordination, access to care, quality, and outcomes through technology,” states Ferd Feola, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Pocono Medical Center.
According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among this year’s Most Wired organizations include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management. The survey also found:
• 96 percent of Most Wired organizations use intrusion detection systems compared to 85 percent of the all respondents. Privacy audit systems (94 percent) and security incident event management (93 percent) are also widely used.
• 79 percent of Most Wired organizations conduct incident response exercises or tabletop tests annually, a high-level estimate of the current potential for success of a cybersecurity incident response plan, compared to 37 percent of all responding hospitals.
• 83 percent of Most Wired organizations report that hospital board oversight of risk management and reduction includes cybersecurity risk.
“With the rising number of patient data breaches and cybersecurity attacks threatening the healthcare industry, protecting patient health information is a top priority for hospital customers,” said Frank Nydam, Senior Director of Healthcare at VMware. “Coupled with the incredible technology innovation taking place today, healthcare organizations need to have security as a foundational component of their mobility, cloud and networking strategy and incorporated into the very fabric of the organization”
Driven beyond the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2, this year’s Most Wired hospitals are utilizing the benefits of a patient portal to get patients actively involved in their health and healthcare. For instance, 89 percent of Most Wired organizations offer access to the patient portal through a mobile application. Other key findings include:
• 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer the ability to incorporate patient-generated data.
• 63 percent offer self-management tools for chronic conditions.
• 60 percent offer patient-specific education in multiple languages.
“We commend and congratulate this year’s Most Wired hospitals and their CIOs for improving care delivery and outcomes in our nation’s hospitals through their creative and revolutionary uses of technology,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME CHCIO. “These Most Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of healthcare transformation.”
Wayne Bank Chief Info Officer named to statewide committee
Wayne Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Robert Mancuso has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Information Technology Committee. The committee communicates information to PA Bankers’ members about issues of cyber security, technological advancements and information management within the banking industry.
Wilkes prof to speak at chamber’s Women in Business luncheon
Dr. Jennifer Edmonds of Wilkes University will discuss “Power of Analytical Thinking in Business” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business monthly luncheon on Sept 8 at Mountain Creek Grill in Bartonsville. Cost is $20 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers and reservations are required by Sept. 4 by calling the chamber office at 570-421-4433.
Toll Bros. reports upward spike in third quarter
Toll Bros., which has had development in the Pocono Mountains, got mostly favorable results in its third quarter national results. Fiscal year’s 2015′s third-quarter net income was $66.7 million, or $0.36 per share diluted, compared to net income of $97.7 million, or $0.53 per share diluted, in fiscal year 2014′s third quarter.
But net signed contracts of $1.23 billion and 1,479 units rose 30 percent in dollars and 12 percent in units, compared to fiscal year 2014′s third quarter. The average price of net signed contracts was $834,000, the highest quarterly average in the company’s history, compared to $717,000 in FY 2014′s third quarter.
For the first four weeks of August, the start of the company’s fiscal year’s 2015 fourth quarter, net contracts were up 16 percent in units compared to the same period in fiscal year 2014.
Backlog of $3.69 billion and 4,447 units rose 19 percent in dollars and 6 percent in units, compared to fiscal year 2014′s third-quarter-end backlog. This was the highest backlog for any quarter-end in eight years, dating back to fiscal year 2007′s second-quarter end. At fiscal year 2015′s third-quarter end, the average price of homes in backlog was $829,000, compared to $737,000 at FY 2014′s third-quarter end. This was the first time that the company’s average price in backlog at quarter end exceeded $800,000.
“This housing recovery appears to be built on a very solid foundation,’ Toll Bros. CEO Douglas C. Yearley Jr. said. ”We believe that the slow but steady acceleration we and the industry are experiencing bodes well for the long-term health of the housing market based on increasing household formations, pent-up demand and current industry-wide production that is still well below historic norms.”
Pocono Medical Center to open physician’s office
Pocono Medical Center’s Physician Associates at 1655 West Main St. in Stroudsburg will have an official grand opening with the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce at noon on Sept. 1.