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connect-post-2bUX is a vital philosophy for many industry-leading companies. Some have entire departments labeled “User Experience,” and others would say it deserves as much of your budget as Marketing.

In the health care space, a UX approach can revolutionize the Patient Experience.

Part 2 of our 3-part Blog series on “Success in converting consumers to patients” explains what health care can learn from the holistic UX approach, particularly in the pre-visit patient experience.

Read the post here and share it - http://connect.impactmakers.io/blog/converting-consumers-learning-from-ux.html

connect-post-1bConverting consumers to patients is a vital, yet complex process for health providers and doctors. Nurturing those patients into loyal customer relationships is another story.

Fortunately, data is here to the rescue. Online search and self-scheduling provides a complete data story of each consumer-to-patient journey that providers and doctors can use to further refine how they position themselves, and innovate how they convert and keep patients in the future.

Part 1 of our 3-part Blog series on “Success in converting consumers to patients” provides an explanation of these massive data opportunities, and how many providers and doctors may be missing out on them.

Read the post here and share it - http://connect.impactmakers.io/blog/converting-consumers-search-scheduling.html

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global round table leadesrhip logoIn “Collaboration is the New Competition,” a post on the Global Round Table Leadership blog, Jodi Clark writes about Impact Makers’ business model as a total game-changer.

She writes about a recent social enterprise event focused on the theme “collaboration is the new competition” with discussions on the evolution of corporate structures to the current trend emerging of various social enterprise structures that allow entrepreneurs to push social missions as well as profit. more

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More than 50 people attended the Fast Track to B Certification event, hosted at Impact Makers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Do Not Need to be a Billionaire to Give It All Away, or to Make a Difference

By Michael Pirron, Impact Makers’ Founder and CEOmp

The 2015 Giving Tuesday, which followed Cyber Monday, which followed Black Friday, was especially noteworthy because of the commitment Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Pricilla Chan made: pledging to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to charity. The value of that gift, if all the shares were donated today, is somewhere north of $45 billion – an extraordinary amount of money.

The Zuckerberg-Chan gift is impressive not just in its size but also its time frame: they already have started funding their education-related initiatives and will continue to do so for years to come.

This is not a “wait until I retire” kind of commitment that is more common in philanthropic circles. Read More>>

Impact Makers Raises More than $1.5M in Equity Capitalcapital

Impact Makers has raised over $1.5 million in a distinct equity investment to support the growth of its unique business and technology-consulting firm. This influx of capital will enable the company to expand its service offerings, intellectual property and geographic coverage, and ultimately provide even greater community impact. Read More>>

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By Michael Pirron, Impact Makers’ Founder and CEO

Michael Pirron with The Community Foundation's Executive Director Darcy Oman.

Michael Pirron with The Community Foundation’s Executive Director Darcy Oman.

The 2015 Giving Tuesday, which followed Cyber Monday, which followed Black Friday, was especially noteworthy because of the commitment Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Pricilla Chan made: pledging to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to charity. The value of that gift, if all the shares were donated today, is somewhere north of $45 billion – an extraordinary amount of money.

The Zuckerberg-Chan gift is impressive not just in its size but also its timeframe: they already have started funding their education-related initiatives and will continue to do so for years to come.

This is not a “wait until I retire” kind of commitment that is more common in philanthropic circles, although the couple certainly could afford to retire even at their young ages (he is 31, she is 30). They have joined an elite group of mega philanthropists called the “Billionaires Club” which includes a few other fairly successful businessmen such as Warren Buffet and Bill Gates who have pledged their fortunes to charity. The Zuckerberg-Chan decision to structure the gift by creating a stand-alone limited liability company that will oversee giving away the shares also is unique, and not without controversy, but I will save my comments on that for another day. more

By Brendon Cornwell, Impact Makers’ Digital Practice Lead on3

We live in a society that is “ON” 24/7 and where we are constantly connected to each other, our devices and the world around us. Our expectations of that connection is greater than ever – we are willing to trade information about our friendships, buying habits, physical well being and even location, but in return we demand quality, convenient, and consistent experiences. This means that we don’t give the companies we connect with a break when they don’t meet our expectations and we quickly move to find another company that will meet our ever-expanding needs.

Although some companies have risen to the challenge, they often fail because they don’t understand why we use their products or services, which means their user experience fails to meet our expectations. We don’t care about the organizational structure of the companies we interact with, their aging technology stack, or that they haven’t been able to keep up with changes in communication and digital technology. more

grcSo much is happening in the world of cybersecurity, and it impacts everyone, from individuals to businesses to communities as well as local, state and federal government.

Impact Makers’ Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) consulting practice is seeing these significant trends: 1) Encryption is the best option! 2) Risk Assessments are the linchpin! and 3) Information sharing on cyber-threats yields better security!

For more news in the cybersecurity area:

  • Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive to Strengthen Cybersecurity Protocol Read More>>
  • Building Assurance through HIPAA and Safeguarding Health Information: Highlights from the Security Conference hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Read More>>

8th Annual Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through (HIPAA) Security Conference by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Sept 2-3, 2015

This conference offered sessions exploring security management and technical assurance of electronic health information. Presentations covered a variety of current topics including updates on the Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule, breach management, business associate liability, managing 3rd party risk, securing medical devices, and more. more

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive to Strengthen Cybersecurity Protocol (Executive Directive 6), August 31, 2015

A tall order with a sense of urgency, Executive Directive 6 was issued by Governor McAuliffe to strengthen the Commonwealth’s cybersecurity measures in order to protect personal information and sensitive data through the expansion of cyber-related risk management activities.  more

Business team working togetherBy Ava McClain, Intern and Kevin Smith, Lead Consultant

In the early years of information technology, project managers felt compelled to carefully plan out their every move. They delicately prepared each detail of a project and followed their pre-made path to the assignment’s completion. However, as technology evolved and created an age of increasingly rapid progress, a new mindset and a different approach to project management has developed. Since the turn of the century, project managers often leverage the Agile Mindset, named for the dynamic world we now live in. more