first_imgGiven the ongoing reports of rental scams, local residents are urged to be cautious when seeking a place to live, Chatham-Kent police say.A typical scam advertisement depicts an attractive photo of a property in a desirable neighbourhood with a great price, often on online classifieds sites such as Kijiji or Craigslist.The scammer will often ask for an immediate deposit and may try to rush a person into making a decision by saying others are also interested in the property.“So far this year, we have received seven reports of rental scams across Chatham-Kent,” Const. Renee Cowell said in a release. “Four of those investigations revealed that the victims had either sent their deposit via e-transfers or paid cash to secure the rental property. Luckily, the other three learned it was a scam before sending money.”Janice Wieringa, executive officer of the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors, said the organization strives to protect client information.“All photos sent to are watermarked with our name. However, in the event that someone does scrape a photo from another source, we recommend the potential renter contact the landlord directly and always see the property in person,” she said. “We also recommend you conduct an online search to see if the property was previously for sale or rent.”If a rental listing looks too good to be true, it probably is, police said.“Scammers usually use previous ads, so this research helps to ensure it is not a duplicate post,” said Steve Carroll, president of the realtor association. “If you find a previous post, contact the agent or landlord to verify legitimacy.”The Canadian Real Estate Association has installed software to prevent listings from being scraped from, but with many unauthorized websites it is impossible to completly stop this from happening, the local association added.For more information about rental scams and how to protect yourself, visit[email protected] read more

first_imgThe move to electronic health records (EHR) is underway, albeit not as quick as some would like.  While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that over 114,000 physicians and hospitals have registered for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and thousands of physicians have moved to using EHRs, the adoption rate still remains fairly low.Somewhere in the range of only 15-20 percent of physicians have moved to EHRs.  Compared to some countries, like Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands where more than 90 percent of physicians have adopted EHRs, the US still has a lot of catching up to do.But momentum for EHRs seems to be building.  A report by Frost and Sullivan found that the Total market revenue for EHRs is expected to hit $6.5 billion in 2012, which is more than a sixfold increase from the $973.2 million posted in 2009.  Physicians are being motivated by both the incentives and the penalties associated with complying with the US federal government EHR incentive program.  The widespread use of tablet computers is also accelerating the move by physicians to EHRs — by one estimate more than 75 percent of physicians own a tablet device, like the iPad.The biggest monetary incentive to physicians is the HITECH Act of 2009 which allocates around $30 billion towards providing incentives and encouraging improvements to the use of IT in medicine.  But along with the incentives, there are penalties too.  For example, there are federal rules that now dictate electronic data interchange (EDI), patient privacy laws (HIPAA), and disease classification and coding (ICD-10), and compliance with these rules dictate the need to improve medial IT practices.   Other regulations, like Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010, are designed to improve health insurance and access to health care.Nancy Fabozzi, industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said that “The Hospitals absolutely understand that they have to have a new business model and EHRs are at the heart of that change.  It’s about collecting, analyzing and exchanging data–they can’t do that without an EHR, which is why for hospitals the adoption of an EHR is inevitable.” is designed to reform health insurance and improve access to care for millions of Americans by 2014.”Meredith Ressi, president of Manhattan Research, said that “growth in access of electronic health records by patients has been remarkable in the last year.  There’s been strong pent up demand from consumers over the years, but only now has the supply side caught up as a result of the government mandate. This is the beginning of a real shift in care delivery and patient engagement.”last_img read more

first_imgPart 2 Want more great content from IDF and all things Data Center & Intel?  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Last week, the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) was in full force with a show packed with education, a packed technology showcase, keynotes presenting various Intel technologies, and great experiences across the board.  While there were many impressive announcements regarding Ultrabooks, and the next generation of processors codenamed Ivy Bridge, the data center got its share of attention as well.In this two part video series from the mega briefing that was presented by Kirk Skaugen, Intel’s Datacenter & Connected Systems Group General Manager data center technologies from cloud computing to Itanium are highlighted. Part 1last_img read more