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Do You Need Encryption to be HIPAA Compliant?

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 12, 2019 7:03:00 AM

One way for a software solution to help you be HIPAA compliant is to offer you HIPAA encryption as part of the package. But is that something you need to be HIPAA compliant? Technically, no, it’s not mandatory.

The rules state you should use encryption if it would be needed to safeguard electronic Protected Health Information (PHI). But, they do say if you don’t use encryption, you need to have an alternative to encryption that will safeguard as well as encrypting would. Or you need to have documentation with justifiable cause, as to why have taken a different tact with regard to safeguarding PHI.

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Topics: FAMCare, case management software, HIPAA Compliant, caseworkers, computer etiquette, HIPAA violation, Electronic Health Records, HIPAA encryption

How Your Organization Can Provide Case Manager Stress Relief

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 1, 2019 8:12:00 AM

Being a case manager is stressful work. The hours are long. The caseloads are heavy. Budgets are tight. And you are often dealing with people facing some of the worst moments of their lives. We have discussed in previous posts different ways that social workers can achieve case manager stress relief. In this post we look at some organizational tactics to reduce stress for your case managers.

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Topics: case management software, case worker stress relief, caseworkers, prevent burnout, case load, social workers, improve morale, happiness, case manager stress relief, provide case manager stress relief

6 Things That Frustrate Caseworkers & Supervisors

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 4, 2019 7:55:00 AM

In our last post, we talked about how we are constantly in hackathon mode and how listening to and working with social workers in the field helps us find better solutions. In talking to those caseworkers and their supervisors recently, we were able to pull together a list of some of the top things that cause them frustration. Here is what they said and how we can help solve the problems.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, FAMCare, How Clients Use FAMCare, case management workflow, case management software, caseworkers, collaboration, case worker supervision

An Ongoing Social Work Hackathon

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 2, 2019 9:37:00 AM

Social workers across the country often ask us how we create the software products that have become the standard for the industry. The answer is…collaboration. Global Vision Technology designers and engineers are constantly collaborating with social work professionals to design and redesign the FAMCare suite of products now used by thousands of social workers in hundreds of diverse agencies. We are conducting an ongoing social work hackathon.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, FAMCare Tips and Tools, FAMCare, caseworkers, human services, social services software, social services, social workers, social work hackathon, hackathon

Ways Caseworkers Improve Care with Social Services Software

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 15, 2019 8:06:00 AM

The things you do as a caseworker can have a great impact on the lives of those in your care. You are both the lead investigator and client advocate. You recommend what social services would best fit their needs. You give support and referrals, then follow up on each client’s progress. It is a demanding, but rewarding job. You're helping people improve their situations and create a better life in the long run.

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Topics: case management workflow, HIPAA Compliant, caseworkers, social services software, social services, social workers

Case Manager Stress Relief Tips from Your Peers

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 5, 2019 8:42:00 AM

Nobody understands your stress and how to deal with it better than those in the trenches with you. In previous blogs we have shared ideas on both physical and mental ways to create some level of case manager stress relief. But for today’s post, we talked to case managers and mental health professionals who deal with the stress of the job every day and asked them to share the best ways they find stress relief.

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Topics: case management workflow, case management software, case worker stress relief, caseworkers, case manager stress relief, Tips from your peers

Good Case Management Software Helps Keep Clients from Slipping Through the Cracks.

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 16, 2019 9:39:00 AM

You have good caseworkers who are committed to their clients. They work long hours and go above and beyond to make sure everyone is getting the help they need. Yet, it’s still too easy for someone to slip through the cracks if you’re using an antiquated or old school record system. Or if the caseworker is overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time to do it. Using the right case management software can alleviate some of these issues and help make sure nobody falls through the cracks.

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Topics: FAMCare, case management workflow, case management software, caseworkers, case load, social services, understanding clients, social workers, case manager stress relief, keep clients from slipping through the cracks

Create Efficient Collaboration with the Right Government Software Solutions

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 8, 2019 7:25:00 AM

We are in an unprecedented stretch of strong economic conditions where where there are more jobs then job applicants. Yet, there are still many children and families who are suffering and in need of government agency help. So many, in fact, that human services caseworkers often still feel overwhelmed by heavy caseloads and the accompanying paperwork.

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Topics: Government, Case Studies, case management workflow, case management software, caseworkers, human services, case load, social services software, social services, human services software, government software solutions

Stay HIPAA Compliant: 6 Violations You Need to Watch For

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 26, 2019 7:49:00 AM

When you operate a non-profit that deals with clients’ health information, you need to be careful to keep your organization HIPAA compliant. You might follow computer etiquette and train your employees well, but in the middle of a hectic day, one of your caseworkers could inadvertently create a HIPAA violation, if they’re not careful.

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Topics: nonprofit, HIPAA Compliant, caseworkers, computer etiquette, office vigilance, HIPAA violation, healthcare issues, Electronic Health Records

How Social Services Software Helps Your Nonprofit Provide Food and Shelter

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 18, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Despite low unemployment rates and a fairly strong economy, the number of homeless and food insecure continue to rise. According to the recently released State of the Homeless 2019 report, as of January, in New York City alone, an all-time record number (63,839) of men, women and children slept in shelters each night. And, according to Feeding America, 40-million people struggle with hunger in the U.S., including more than 12-million children.

If you run a shelter or food bank, chances are you have more to do and more to process every day. That’s where having the right social services software can help you focus more on providing food and shelter and less on paperwork and processes.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, FAMCare, nonprofit mission, nonprofit, caseworkers, social services software, social services, social workers, human kindness, hunger in America, hungry children, food and shelter

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