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Being HIPAA Compliant Means Being HIPAA Vigilant

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 17, 2019 11:44:55 AM

 

This is the third in our series of posts outlining ways to make sure your caseworkers keep HIPAA compliant. Previously we talked about the training and the computer etiquette needed for being HIPAA compliant. Today we look at the things you need to do within your office environment to remain compliant.

When you have a client’s medical records, keeping them private is essential to ensuring you keep the trust of the people you work with. But breaking that trust has financial consequences as well.

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Topics: caseworkers, HIPAA Compliant, FAMCare Tips and Tools, office vigilance

Giving to Givers - a Look at Some Who Made a Difference in 2018

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 10, 2019 1:39:23 PM

Let’s begin 2019 with some good news…

This Christmas Brian Breach got into the spirit of giving, but with a twist; he decided to give to givers. He dressed down as if he were homeless, printed a sign that asked for donations to feed his family at Christmas, and stood in front of a mall with a tin cup. When anyone approached and dropped coins into his cup, he would give them a crisp new $100 bill. “I wanted to recognize the good giving people who would willingly share the little they have to help a stranger in need.” 

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Topics: Caroline Diehl, hunger in America, homeless students, social workers, urban food deserts, nonprofit, student debt, mental health, FAMCare, Homeless & Food Pantry, best 2018 posts

Social Service Initiatives for 2019 and Beyond

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 8, 2019 4:37:29 PM

Social work offers case workers a unique perspective on the social issues that affect society. They often see the “big picture” more clearly than politicians or even clergy. We asked our social work colleagues what they see as the big social issues and what initiatives they consider most pressing for 2019. One issue rose above all others.

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How to Discuss End-of-Life Arrangements with a Loved One

Posted by Harry Cline on Jan 4, 2019 9:21:53 AM

Throughout life, we may find ourselves having difficult conversations with our loved ones. There is never an easy way to approach these, and some can be upsetting to even think of. Discussing end-of-life arrangements is perhaps one of the hardest to reconcile, yet it can be one of the most important conversations we can have.

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Topics: human kindness, home health care, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, end-of-life arrangements

How Social Services Software Can Help Caseworkers Better Understand Family Situations

Posted by Mandy Frary on Dec 21, 2018 11:11:15 AM

For those working in child services, an understanding of family situations is vital in being able to

help improve child welfare. Fortunately for those agencies, utilizing the right social services

software can help streamline processes and effectively “humanize” the various situations.

 

The goal is to always be improving child welfare through various services, responses and

interventions, and with the right social services software on your side, the tasks can become

easier to track and perhaps even more simple.

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Topics: social workers, social services software, human services, Child Welfare, Foster Care

The Invisible Hungry Children

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 14, 2018 1:55:21 PM

In the beautiful red rock canyon setting of Sedona, Arizona, Caroline Diehl works tirelessly in a cold shed every morning before sunrise filling backpacks with food staples to distribute to hungry local school children.

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Topics: human kindness, public health, homeless students, social services, social workers, human services, hunger in America, hungry children, backpack program, Caroline Diehl

Proper Computer Etiquette for Being HIPAA Compliant

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 12, 2018 11:30:21 AM

Ensuring your computer systems and employees are Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant is something that is of the utmost importance for agencies who deal with health information that must remain private and safeguarded. While training to be HIPAA compliant can vary based on your industry, one area that can reach across the board is proper computer etiquette.

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Topics: public health, social workers, HIPAA Compliant, caseworkers, computer etiquette

Visions Server Update Announcement December 2018

Posted by George Ritacco on Dec 7, 2018 4:48:29 PM


Dear Client,

Global Vision Technologies (GVT) will be conducting an update to Visions Server - the platform behind the FAMCare and/or ClinicalPURSUIT systems on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - between the hours of 6pm and 3am EDT.

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Topics: Software Upgrade Notices

Finding Kindness in our Nonprofit World

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 5, 2018 12:53:45 PM

Often the people closest to us escape our notice. An old classmate of mine from the Harvard Business School recently surfaced with a simple but profound message that instantly clarified an issue I’ve been pondering all year - what motivates the dedicated people who toil tirelessly in the nonprofit world? The message was unusual coming from a business school graduate. After all, most of my Harvard classmates went on to become captains of industry focused on making money for themselves and their stockholders. And, for the most part, they were pretty good at it. 

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Topics: social workers, nonprofit, Nonprofit General, kindness, human kindness

Reclaiming the “Human” Aspect of Human Services Through the Right Software

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 29, 2018 6:11:35 PM

It is not uncommon for many to assume that technology is dehumanizing interactions and removing the need for face-to-face contact in the human services world. This assumption couldn’t be further from the truth, as technology and the right human services software are actually helping social workers deliver more family-focused care.

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