The Opioid Epidemic: How Substance Abuse and Addiction Centers Are Using Innovation to Raise the Bar

In 2017 the Opioid addiction problem has reached an all-time high. Young adults are dying at an alarming rate. Substance abuse and addiction facilities are facing tremendous pressure to raise the bar in proactively educating patients and the community on addiction prevention, providing results based therapy and utilizing innovative technology in their facilities to streamline providing quality medical care from a valued based perspective. Here a few measures that the top substance abuse and addiction facilities are doing to stay innovative and ahead in this devastating fight.

One of the measures that are being taken by some facilities is the implementation of proactively launching teams that will go out into the community to educate others about the serious state that our country is facing with this drug addiction problem. They are educating families on what the signs are, the large population of young adults between the ages of 18-24 that are being affected, and more importantly measures that can be taken to get the medical recovery assistance needed for their loved ones to overcome this deadly addiction.

Another measure being taken by some of the innovative recovery centers is regular intervals of investment in their staff to be certified and receive continual training. This positions them to stay aware of the latest changes and solutions that are being introduced into the healthcare sector to battle opioid addiction in the most effective methods available. It also ensures that their staff are well prepared to provide up to date treatment plans for those families and individuals in need.

The top drug abuse and addiction facilities are also investing in quality software technology that positions them to administer quick and efficient healthcare solutions to those patients that are admitted to their facilities. They are focused on investing in practice management, Ehr, and medical billing solutions that are all integrated into one complete solution to eliminate the interoperability challenges that most facilities that are not keeping up with current technology trends are facing. This positions these higher level recovery centers to have fewer communication issues between their multiple facilities and provide efficient medical service to their patients in a battle that can only be won with the right medical strategies.

When you are searching for the right recovery center for your friends or family, please take your time and do your due diligence. Research the options that are available to you for the right solution that will fit your needs. The fight against opioid addiction is a hard war that we are up against, however, with proactive educational initiatives and innovative technology implementations for our recovery centers we are moving in the right direction.

A Goldfish Has a Longer Attention Span Than I Do!

This short Whisper will provide you with a fantastic TOOL to keep your Mindset on the proper track each and every day.

You have 78 organs in your body. Your smart phone is probably organ number 79 for you.

You need each of those first 78 organs to function well to keep you healthy and alive.

I’m betting you think you need organ number 79 to function normally also.

I’m nearly 68 years old now and never had a smart phone until I was 63. Now I can’t seem to live without the damn thing and if I misplace it I panic.

It’s with me 7 days a week and 365 days a year. As much as my organs are.

It sits on my night stand and if it buzzes any time during the night I check it because I think it could be an emergency of some sort.

It’s the first thing I check in the morning when my eyes open and I’m attempting to clear the fog of sleep to prepare for the day.

It’s with me everywhere I go including where no other people are allowed… the bathroom. Yes, I’m using it while sitting on the toilet also. Heaven forbid.

I use the Internet connection on it to instantly learn about practically anything I need to know about during my day.

I used to have to get out the Encyclopedia Britannica or drive to the local library to get my needed information.

If I had to drive somewhere I always had my trusty Atlas map book to dig out and show me directions but now I just input the address I want to go to into my Maps App on my phone and some lady tells me each and every turn I need to make and I’m there.

I use Facebook to spy on my kids and grandkids every day.

How the hell did we function and get anything done in the 60’s and 70’s?

And now a Microsoft study tells me that due to the effect of our digitalized lifestyle a frickin goldfish has a longer attention span than I do!

Mine is 8 seconds now and a goldfish has a 9 second attention span! At least that’s what Microsoft tells me and if you don’t believe me Google it.

To be honest, I simply like having this high tech gadget with me to make my life easier. And it definitely does accomplish that for me so I’m not getting rid of it anytime soon.

So I have decided to use this high tech gadget to help me with my practice of living with mindfulness.

In my last Whisper I talked about what Mindfulness is and how to define and recognize it and the benefits it offers anyone who practices it.

In today’s fast, complex, chaotic lifestyles it is difficult to remember the importance of continuing to work on improving our Mindset each and every day.

We get lost in the have-to-be-there, have-to-do-this, never-ending shuffle of daily life nowadays.

So I’ve started using my smart phone to be my personal alarm to remind me to WORK ON MY MINDFULNESS.

You should do the same since I know your phone is within your reach at this very moment.

Each and every time it rings, buzzes, vibrates, or plays me a tune I know this my personal alarm and time to get back into my present moment, check on my thoughts and what I’m thinking about, take a look at how I’m feeling, and check what I’m doing right now and if I’m doing it the best I can.

Since I’ve got the damn thing with me all the time it makes perfect sense to use it as my MINDFULNESS ALARM. And you can easily and effortlessly do the same.

How great is that? It’s amazing!

If you think about it, this is a powerful TOOL you can rely on to snap you back into your reality of the moment instantly, get you re-focused on the task at hand whether at work or home, and remind you of how important it is to work on your Mindset every time it alerts you.

If you doubt my words here simply take notice how your body and your mind react each time your smart phone rings or vibrates.

It’s hold on you is real, and your ability to turn the tables and use it’s power for your benefit is also real.

When you utilize it as your own free personal assistant and life alarm you balance and diminish the negative reputation society has given these little high tech devices.

You can now welcome the intrusions as your signal to immediately get out of your ‘awake sleep’ and raise your consciousness and snap back into your present moment of living.

Using your smart phone as your alarm to BE ALIVE and not simply exist in a state of awake sleep is huge for you.

From now on every time your phone rings, buzzes, vibrates, or plays you a tune remember IT IS YOUR PERSONAL MINDFULNESS ALARM and it is your signal to snap back into your present moment!

And this life alarm we carry everywhere can remind us of how important the other 78 organs in our body are and that we had better take care of them so we can continue to use organ number 79.

You again worked on and elevated your Mindset to a higher level by reading this Whisper. Cool…

4-Line Phone System? More Like String Telephone

Communication plays a pivotal role in every business, as the ability to communicate effectively can hugely impact your dealings for better or for worse. With this in mind, you want to ensure that you’ve chosen the best route for your company to converse with colleagues and clients. Many businesses turn to 4-line phone systems to optimize and streamline their communications, but is this really the best option out there? After all, we are living in the age of technology – surely there must be a phone system that doesn’t have the limitations of analog lines.

There is, of course, the VoIP technology that you see sweeping the communications industry. But is it really better than your tried and true multi-line phones? Here we’ll go over some of the basics of 4-line phone systems, as well as pros and cons of a VoIP system, so you can see how the two measure up.

What is a 4-Line Phone System?

A 4-line phone system uses 4 traditional landlines, each wired to the office handsets. This allows users to answer multiple calls at once and forward them to personalized extensions or voicemails. 4-line systems also give you other functions that every office needs to thrive: call waiting, caller ID, and conference calling. These are all great functions, but unfortunately, even these assets leave something to be desired.

Much like the old-school string telephones you used to make with your friends, landlines use wires to transfer sound from one point to the next. This system works fairly well… but in an age where most everything is switching over to digital, there are definite drawbacks. Think about your string telephone, and the limitations that it possessed: your cup “receiver” had to be attached to your friend’s cup via the string, you could only be a certain distance away, etc. Then think back to your trusty walkie-talkies that you and your friends could use blocks away, through walls, completely unattached from each other. Though this isn’t a perfect analogy, it illustrates in a micro-cosmic way the contrast between landlines and VoIP.

Let’s zone in on what this looks like in reality. Though 4-line systems can support multiple callers at once and even be routed to personalized extensions or voicemails, there can only be a maximum of four lines in use at one time. For companies that do much of their business over the phone, this can be a frustrating drawback. Clients become irate at the fact that they’re never able to reach a real person when they need to, and employees bemoan the fact that they can’t call out when all lines are in use. This doesn’t even mention the much higher costs associated with installing and maintaining landlines.

The Pros and Cons of VoIP

Now that some of the drawbacks of 4-line systems have been clearly illustrated, it’s time to examine VoIP a little more closely.

There are plenty of advantages to VoIP, and some of them have already been touched on. For instance, the flexibility offered by VoIP is simply unmatched in the communications world. Not only can you support far more calls at once, but you can make these calls from anywhere. Your personal smartphone can become an extension of your office phone, as calls route directly to whatever device you select. And you don’t even have to use a phone – a computer with a headset will work just fine for VoIP. All you really need is an internet connection and a device to connect, and you’re ready to make or take calls of any kind: voice, video, or conference.

A VoIP system also has the advantage of being much cheaper to install and operate. From the service itself to the hardware and installation, most businesses save anywhere from 50 to 75% on their communications costs by ditching traditional landlines in favor of a VoIP setup.

No system is perfect, however. VoIP’s main drawback is that the quality of your phone calls will only be as good as your internet connection. A cable broadband internet setup will support over a hundred high quality calls at once, whereas an average DSL connection can only serve six. This means that in order to have a high-functioning VoIP system, you need to ensure your internet connection is fast and consistent.

Additionally, while traditional landlines still function during a power outage, VoIP phones cannot. This leaves you at a serious disadvantage if you lose power during a storm. And, as with all internet technology, VoIP is susceptible to viruses and hacking. Most VoIP providers have advanced security measures to prevent breaches, but it is still a risk of the VoIP setup.

Making the Switch

Overall, the versatility and cost benefits of VoIP give it a huge advantage over the outdated landline setups that are quickly falling by the wayside. With VoIP you can save yourself thousands of dollars a year in communication costs and funnel those savings into other areas of your business. And by making the switch to VoIP, you gain the ability to call from anywhere and never miss out on a call due to busy lines, giving you a much-needed edge in a highly competitive market.

5 New Technologies for Small Business Owners

Small businesses are sometimes the slowest to adapt to emerging trends. Yet, enterprises that are quick to take advantage of new technologies are often the most successful. Here are 5 new technologies that will change the way we do business:

1. Mobile Payments

Credit card machines are omnipresent, but mobile transactions are the payment models of the future. A litany of mobile-based payment solutions has already flooded the market. A few taps of a smart-phone screen is all it takes to make a payment, reverse a transaction, or receive an automated invoice. Experts predict that mobile transactions will be worth more than $250 billion this year. Many businesses are already making a massive push towards the adoption of this user-friendly technology.

2. Wireless Conferencing

Meetings are where strategies are discussed, progress is evaluated, and partnerships are forged. Meeting rooms with clunky video equipment, wires, and connectors splayed across the table are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Solutions such as Google’s Chromecast and Apple’s Airplay may be familiar to some business owners. Wireless conferencing technology makes connecting, collaborating, and sharing faster and easier and saves time and money. Newer technology is going beyond simply sharing presentations and allowing team members to interact in real-time with holographic tele-presence.

3. Embedded Communication

In the future, apps, websites, and ATMs are set to feature embedded communication capabilities. This technology allows customers to chat with service representatives instantly in real-time. An increasing number of consumers are accessing the Internet solely through their mobile devices, and the ability to connect with a customer service rep at the click of a button holds tremendous potential. Amazon has launched Mayday on its Kindle devices. Bank of America features Teller Assist on ATM machines to allow customers to video chat with a teller if there are any issues.

4. Share Economy

Airbnb and Uber are household names now. These brands define what is known as a share economy where consumers choose to borrow or share goods and services instead of purchasing them. Small businesses can take advantage of a number of opportunities offered by these models and benefit from the economies of scale. This type of collaborative consumption is a great way to boost and accelerate business plans.

5. Driverless Motor Vehicles

When ride-sharing giant Uber acquired a startup called Otto, it made headline news. Otto is a startup company developing driverless trucks. The commercial transportation industry is the backbone of many businesses, big and small. There are continuing concerns about the safety of autonomous trucks. However, the economies of scale offered by driverless vehicles are massive and could change the way we do business.

Can your business benefit from any of these emerging technologies? Experts believe small business owners who take advantage of new technologies and are proactive in adopting them will be the most successful in the years to come.

Types Of Card Payment Machines For Businesses

Since there are lots of options at your disposal, choosing the best card payment machine for your business can be a bit time consuming and confusing. If you are having similar experience, we suggest that you use our tips. In order to make your selection easier, you should first understand the various types of machines. By comparing different machines, you can determine the type of card terminal that will be the best for your business. Read on.

Things to consider

First of all, you should consider the products you deal in. Secondly, you should consider the location of your sale points. Thirdly, you should take into account how your customers are going to pay you. Will they pay you in person or through the Internet? Once you have taken into account these things, you should consider the types of card machines. Given below is a description of different types of machines.

Countertop Card Machines

As far as popularity goes, countertop machines are on top of the list. As a matter of fact, these machines work from a fixed point like a reception desk or a shop counter. So, you can’t move them from one place to another. As a matter of fact, these machines can work well through dial-up or your DSL connection. Moreover, you can use them with a tiny footprint without any problem. Another great thing is that they can be installed on any countertop. Usually, this type of machines are used by high street shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants, and newsagents. So, if you run any of these businesses, you should opt for this machine.

Mobile Card Machines

Another great alternative is mobile card machines. The beauty of these machines is that they feature a SIM card just like a regular mobile phone, which makes them an ideal choice for businesses that are mostly on the go like market traders, delivery services, plumbers, electricians, takeaways and photographers, just to name a few.

If you want to use this type of machine, make sure you have a phone signal. Latest machines are compatible with a smartphone app along with a quality Bluetooth chip as well as a PIN keypad.

Portable Card Machines

If you are not always at the same place, we suggest that you give a go to a portable card machine. The great thing about these machines is that they can be taken to the users for making payment. But the catch is that these machines will work within a specific radius.

Portable card machines are popular in situations where the customer is not always in the same spot, so the card machine can conveniently be taken to them for payment. The portable card machine will operate within a certain radius of its base unit, which connects to your phone line or internet connection like a countertop card machine.

So, if you have been looking for the best card payment machine for your business needs, we suggest that you check out these three types and go for the right one.

Neon Signs Can Attract Your Businesses

Neon advertising is very popular and is a symbol of the nightlife of large cities. But it is relevant not only for the illumination of signboards in the dark, but also for the decorative design of salons, shops, gambling establishments. It very effectively fits into the interior of the office of a large company.

Neon has firmly won the supremacy among the vast variety of outdoor advertising. This was due to the following main advantages:

Efficiency – the brightness and uniformity of the glow of neon signs attracts attention at night and during daylight. Outdoor advertising using neon makes you stop to look at it.

Universality – the use of neon provides ample opportunities (neon tubes can be used both at high temperature and in conditions of severe frosts).

Economical. Neon tubes differ in the durability of operation (10-15 years), consume a small amount of electricity, well resist the impact of the external environment.

Beauty and diversity. Neon tubes are available in a wide range of colors, they can be used in combination with other materials, used as an independent outdoor advertising or as an element of a complex advertising design.

Luminous advertising today is found everywhere, we see it every evening in the form of large letters, light boxes, signboards, visors. Light advertising (light boxes) clearly tells us in its name what’s in front of us. This can be the name of a shopping center, a store, a bank, a brand of a well-known company, or any other display of the customer’s thoughts of advertising. It is impossible not to pay attention to its bright, memorable neon light.

Neon outdoor advertising is very effective, it is expressed in the fact that, the glow of these signs is bright and uniform, able to attract attention at any time of the day. On such outdoor advertising, you involuntarily delay your view.

It is universal, this is due to the fact that the properties of neon allow it to be used in a different temperature regime, regardless of the differences in air temperature. This type of advertising is a great way to save money. The operation of neon tubes is longevity (10-15 years), while electricity consumption is minimal, by installing a light box, you do not have to worry about its operation, the external environment has practically no effect on it.

Manufacturing of advertising occurs in combination with other materials, such light advertising can be used as an independent outdoor advertising or as an element of a complex advertising structure

How To Choose The Best Online 3D Printing Service Provider

From official documents to special drafts, you might need to print various materials. Printed documents are critical to the successful functioning and streamlined operations in your profession. The emergence of tech innovations has paved the path for new technologies and revolutionary processes. When it comes to printing, you can’t deny the role played by innovative technologies. All you need to do is select the top service providers capable of offering the best support in this regard.

Significance of 3D prints

The print world and technologies have come a long way from manual processes to computerized procedures. Take a look around, and you will find that each project gets executed through automated processes. From big ventures to small-scale businesses, everyone looks for a highly skilled 3D printing service online as that will help them complete crucial projects within the stipulated time. If you are in search for the top companies, associating with the leaders will be the best thing to do.

Questions to ask

When it comes to choosing a reputed online 3D Printing Service, you should assess and take care of the important factors. The reputation, efficiency, and technology used by the company are some of the significant aspects. Even if you ask the question, ‘which is the best 3D printing service near me, the pioneering print service providers and bureau will come up to help you. Make sure you frame the right questions and ask them before finalizing the associations. Here are some tips to help you!

1. Checking the reputation

Your chosen company should have a remarkable reputation in the market. Before sealing the deal, you should see whether they can deliver and execute projects within time. The recognition or reputation of a company plays a vital role in the selection process.

2. Knowing their experience

The experience of your chosen printer matters a lot when it comes to getting the best results. You should be aware of their years of experience since it’s of paramount importance. A highly experienced and recognized company will know the intricacies of the project and can deliver multiple projects at a time.

3. Technical expertise

There’s no denying the significance of technical expertise in the entire project. The printer should be technically sound and have the expertise to work on diverse projects. Check whether they have the expertise to execute the work within deadlines.

4. Deliveries

Finishing the work and delivering it on time is a prime requisite in this context. The company you select should have the efficiency and workforce to deliver projects within stipulated deadlines. Make sure you get in touch with a responsible company as they will go to any length to serve your purpose!

Parting thoughts

These tips will surely help you choose the best companies. You can explain your requirements, talk about the project, and discuss your pricing plans with them. That will help you get best quality prints at highly affordable rates, and that too within set deadlines.

How To Choose Commercial Printing Services For Your Business Needs

A business venture depends on numerous processes, technologies, and services. Document printing, scanning, and several other tasks determine the operations and functionalities of your venture. It’s right here that businesses wish to stay at the top of their games, by following professional practices and technology. Finding the leading print partners can ease their hassles and smoothen their paths to a great extent. If you are one of them, associating with the top printers will be a prime requisite for you.

Why do you need professional assistance?

A majority of large-scale ventures and companies rely on in-house systems and processes. As far as professional prints are concerned, your in-house staff might not have the expertise or efficiency to offer the desired results. It is right here that highly reputed commercial printing services come to your rescue. With in-depth knowledge of the process, unsurpassed efficiency, and extensive experience, the top companies can render useful support at every stage.

Ways to choose the best

Once you get in touch with the most reputed, efficient, and renowned companies, you can explain your project requirements to them. However, it’s imperative to know the ways to choose them. Professional and pioneering commercial printing services will walk you through the entire project, as they have years of experience in this sector. The following tips will help you build strong associations with them:

1. Checking track records

Exceptional prints and document scanning require knowledge as well as expertise. While finalizing your choice, check whether your chosen company is experienced in this particular field or not. You can take a look at their track record, as that will help you understand their work process in a better fashion.

2. The work process

Commercial printers follow a hardcore and intensive work process. Quite naturally, that leads to successful execution of these projects. Their ideas of colors, imaging, designs, and impressions play a vital role in the entire project. Try to follow their work process and see what works for you. Your chosen partners might have the best processes and technologies in place, but they won’t be of any use if they fail to fulfill your needs.

3. Smart actions

Does your print partner help you work in a better, faster, and smarter way? If the answer is yes, it’s high time you build associations with the company. Large-scale ventures and big businesses have to execute innumerable projects within stipulated deadlines. Quite naturally, they need a print partner who can take care of bulk requirements and deliver them within a short span of time.

4. Customer service

Never associate with a company that offers poor customer service. Look for companies that offer exceptional support and customer assistance. That is of paramount significance when it comes to choosing a print partner!

Seal the deal

So, are you ready to build strong and effective associations with a pioneering company or print partner? Consider all these factors, get in touch with them, discuss your projects, and then make the final choice. You will surely achieve unmatched success and recognition.

5 Steps to Retire From Your Business With Confidence

As a business owner, you’ve poured your time and energy into making your company successful. But how much thought have you given to what will happen when you relinquish this role? Sooner or later, you will step down and hand the reins to someone else. Even if you intend to work for many more years, having a well-defined path can help you develop peace of mind as you enter the next phase of life. Looking ahead allows you to anticipate future opportunities and challenges, as well as give you time to create financial contingency plans that improve your prospects down the road. Here are five ways to constructively think ahead.

1. Decide what the future looks like – for you and your business

What would you like the next chapter of your life to be? Whether it’s starting another business, dedicating time to volunteer or visiting countries on your bucket list, your goals and dreams will be in better reach if you take the time to articulate them.

Next, think about what you desire for your business when you leave the helm. If you want your company to continue after you’re gone, then it’s important to groom future leaders. A succession plan can help you avoid potential gaps in the chain of command and make your company more attractive to prospective buyers. Even if you choose to shut the doors, you’ll want to think about how to best wrap things up with vendors, customers and clients.

2. Assess your retirement savings

After you’ve identified the goals and dreams for you and your business, focus on planning the details of your retirement. You know from being your own boss that you need to have a strategy when you want to achieve specific goals. First and foremost, it’s important to have separate retirement savings as you plan a future that’s independent of the business. Pouring every dollar that you make back into your business is not a retirement plan. Even the best intentions can be thwarted if something unexpected happens.

When you have a retirement savings account in place, commit to making regular contributions. Start as early as you can and consider increasing your contribution as you get closer to retirement age. Enlist the help of a financial advisor to ensure your retirement plan is robust enough to finance your transition and maximize your retirement.

3. Calculate your retirement expenses

Knowing that your savings are enough to cover the lifestyle you want in retirement may help you step away from the business with more confidence. Project what you expect to spend, including any anticipated housing, healthcare, taxes and lifestyle expenses. If you are still years away from retirement, use your best estimate and tweak your projections as you approach your golden years. Compare your expenses to your savings to get a sense for your financial readiness.

4. Consider what income you may receive from selling or passing the reins

This is where you figure out how to optimize a key piece of your nest egg. Do you cash out in a lump sum or negotiate a sale over time? If you’ve built a business that hasn’t reached its full potential, you may be reluctant to sell and forego future profits. You might consider bringing in new leadership to manage day-to-day operations while retaining your ownership stake. If you don’t think you’ll be able to sell your business (which is sometimes the case for sole proprietors who themselves represent much of their business’s value), identify business assets that can be liquidated to generate cash on your way out.

5. Prepare for the non-financial aspects of retirement

Expect to feel some emotions over the transition. Stepping away from your business can be tough, especially if you put considerable time, effort and money into creating and growing the business. Know that it will take time for you to settle into your new life in retirement, and that’s okay. Having a plan will likely help you feel more confident about your new direction.

4 Smart-Driven CRM Trends to Look for Growth of Small Businesses

Keeping pace with the technology advancements is greatly important for businesses both small and big. Likewise, updating your marketing and customer interaction activities as per the latest CRM trends is extremely important for businesses, especially small firms. It is crucial for small businesses to keep note of the evolving technologies which, will help them drive existing customers to make repeat purchases and attract new customers.

On a comprehensive note, it will help small firms to expand their customer connect and boost sales. Considering the same, here we would like to discuss some of the key CRM trends of 2017 that can add more feasibility to your marketing activities.

Improved Predictive Analytic

An efficient CRM software helps companies to find out the number of interested customers, their preferred time of interaction and preferred mode of communication. However, with the latest improvements, predictive analytic will now offer greater insight of the ideal customer sales and engagement approach to small businesses by digging out existing customer details.

Increasing Necessity of Mobile App Adoption

Over the recent years, both midsized and small firms have started deploying the streamlined marketing tools. However, this year, mobile app adoption with CRM integration will grow for assisting the customer service representatives. It will help sales employees to capture relevant notes, receive notifications and contact via email or call from the mobile devices by using a mobile app. Mobile apps were just an option earlier, however, now, they have become a vital part of managing customer relationships effectively.

Improved Integration

Often it becomes hard to integrate a CRM solution with all the key elements of a business. While considering this fact, this year, CRM integration and connectivity are going to increase and small firms can include newer products and services into the software. Powerful solutions include the right set of integrations including; workflows, customer sales, social media and product tracking thereby, offering a holistic solution for empowering the team members with a holistic and current view during customer communication.

Importance of Social Networking to Grow

It is obvious that your customer service team has their own work timing and specific days off. However, the customers always expect to get faster responses online, especially through social media platforms. Moreover, if they fail to connect with your conventional communication channels, they can follow your company on social media and get latest news about its product launches and work culture. Promoting your business via social media channels will allow you to offer 24/7 accessibility to customers, thereby answering their queries promptly.

All these Customer Relationship Management trends in 2017 will help businesses to grow and strengthen their customer relationships. Thus, while summarizing it, CRM for small business will ultimately help in increasing customer reach, customer satisfaction and sales.