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CareCore National Adopts ‘Image Gently’ Radiology Standards to Reduce Harmful Childhood Radiation Exposure

Bluffton, SC (PRWEB) October 23, 2008

CareCore National, a leading benefit management company for diagnostic imaging services, announced today its endorsement of the Image Gently initiative, a national campaign led by pediatric radiology experts to minimize children’s unnecessary exposure to harmful radiation. Image Gently, created by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, a group of more than 30 medical professional societies, underscores the need for the medical community to pay special attention when ordering radiological imaging services such as CT scans for children, due to the heightened risks of cancer and other health problems associated with over-radiation. CareCore National has pledged to assist the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging by ensuring that all radiologists that participate in CareCore National-managed programs understand and use the new professional guidelines for imaging in children. CareCore National also encourages all participating radiologists to be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a process that helps to ensure that the highest standards of quality and safety are used.

Dr. Marilyn Goske, Chairwoman of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, applauded CareCore National’s effort. “By supporting the Image Gently campaign and implementing lower dose pediatric protocols and encouraging ACR accreditation for all their CT facilities, CareCore National is promoting radiation protection for children,” said Dr. Goske.

The Image Gently campaign and CareCore National’s efforts to promote safe pediatric imaging are a response to increasing concern in the medical community and in scientific literature that the proliferation of imaging technology has, at times, created inappropriate overuse of radiation-based services like CT scans. Approximately 65 million CT scans will be performed in 2008; of these, seven million will be performed on children, and the number is increasing by 10 percent per year. This radiation exposure is a particular cancer concern for children because of their higher sensitivity to radiation and the fact that they have a greater number of remaining years in which to develop a radiation-induced cancer.

Among radiological techniques, CT is the largest contributor to medical radiation dose in the United States. The need for the Image Gently campaign’s guidelines arose out of a recognition that the techniques many physicians use in pediatric imaging may not be tailored to children’s smaller bodies, resulting in radiation exposures that are greater than necessary. CT technology in particular is widely used among all ages of children, with 33 percent of pediatric scans performed on children under 10 years of age.

The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which includes leading professional societies such as the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists developed Image Gently to educate radiologists, radiology technologists, radiation physicists and the public about the importance of using appropriate imaging techniques for children. By adopting the Image Gently initiative, CareCore National will now require its participating radiologists to take the Image Gently pledge – a promise to abide by the guidelines set forth by the Alliance to ensure that any test using ionizing radiation is performed with the lowest possible radiation exposure.

“CareCore National’s top priority is ensuring the safety, quality and appropriateness of imaging,” said Dr. Shelley Weiner, Chief Medical Officer of CareCore National. “Our medical advisory panel works continually to ensure that the standards we require of our participating physicians reflect the most current medical literature and professional recommendations. By incorporating the Image Gently Program into our quality assurance program, we will make radiologists and referring physicians more aware of the importance of using imaging tests in an appropriate way, especially on children.”

CareCore National’s Image Gently pledge requires that radiologists look for opportunities to lower radiation dosage in pediatric imaging by appropriately adjusting imaging protocols and techniques with the assistance of their medical physicist. CareCore National will provide a guide on radiation exposure for different imaging procedures. By pledging, participating practices acknowledge that every member of the imaging team plays a vital role in caring for the patient and needs to be actively involved in ongoing dialogue and process enhancements that ensure radiation safety for young patients. To ensure compliance, CareCore National will include a review of all the components of the Image Gently Program as part of its site visits.

“Radiologists play a crucial role in today’s healthcare system, offering highly advanced diagnostic tools that have revolutionized the practice of medicine over the past decade and minimizing the need for more invasive medical procedures,” continued Dr. Weiner. “However, with these technological advancements comes a need to ensure that imaging procedures be used appropriately, especially among radiation-sensitive populations like children. Each examination must not only be appropriate for the clinical problem, but also technically designed for the individual child in order to minimize radiation exposure and maximize the information obtained from the test. Raising attention to the issue of radiation exposure in children will also help to focus the radiology community on the need to control radiation exposure from diagnostic x-rays for the entire population.”

About the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging

The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging is a consortium of professional societies who are concerned about radiation exposure children receive when undergoing medical imaging procedures. Currently, 33 medical societies from the United States and around the world representing more than 500,000 medical professionals in the fields of radiology, pediatrics, medical physics and radiation safety are involved. Please visit the Image Gently Web site http://www.imagegently.org for more information.

About CareCore National, LLC

CareCore National is a specialty benefit management company that delivers quality and utilization management solutions for radiology, cardiology and oncology services. Our innovative and quality-driven approach has made us one of the country’s fastest-growing specialty benefit management companies.

Founded in 1994, CareCore National has taken its industry-leading expertise in managing both quality and utilization of outpatient diagnostic studies and added first-in-marketplace management of cardiac imaging, implantable devices, radiation therapy and high cost injectible drugs primarily related to cancer care. Through our robust product offerings, CareCore National works with health plan clients to improve utilization and enhance quality. Our expert staff of medical directors and nurses administers the dynamic clinical protocols and innovative approaches needed to deliver first-class specialty benefits management. CareCore National is URAC accredited in Health Utilization Management and certified by NCQA in Utilization Management. For more information, visit http://www.carecorenational.com.

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Educational Consulting Firm Revolutionizes Standards for Nanny Placement

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) June 06, 2011

Hire a Happy Nanny Inc. is officially open for business – and they’d like you to throw away everything you think you know about nannies. The company is an innovative educational consulting firm which provides placement and video pre-screening services for families seeking a true professional to care for their children. And they’re taking on nanny industry standards with a social-enterprise-inspired passion.

We run the firm much like a talent management company, says Hire a Happy Nanny founder Karen Black, from her new office at The Center For Social Innovation in downtown Toronto. We bring in a small roster of unique and wonderful educators, each with particular skills we know will resonate with families in completely different ways.

Happy Nannies and Governesses are recruited locally. Theyre educated, fluent in English and provide private childcare centered around play-based, experiential learning and whole child development. And they’re hired as in-house employees. With benefits.

Black is using tech-savvy skills to pair Toronto families with her nannies through video pre-screening, initial interviews, digital portfolios and security-protected online contract signing with IP tracking. Careful attention is paid to marrying families and nannies whose values and child development philosophies are like-minded.

Black had become increasingly aware that qualified educators in Toronto werent working in their field and yet hadnt considered careers as nannies — while families seemed to constantly be searching for exceptional private caregivers. She saw the opportunity to create meaningful change within the industry by redefining the image surrounding Canadian nannies and by introducing the position of governess: a respected and well-compensated private educator position popular across the United Kingdom and European Union.

Happy family-nanny relationships are based on open communication, mutual respect and appreciation. Thats how we approach every aspect of our work.

Hire a Happy Nanny Benefits For Families

Elite Email Among First Email Marketing Service Providers to Adopt Email Experience Council’s New Industry Standards

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) November 30, 2011

Elite Email is proud to have adopted the Email Experience Council’s new reporting standards. As a result, and after a successful audit, Elite Email is now amongst the first email marketing service providers to achieve the “Email Measurement Accuracy” seal. The purpose of the “Email Measurement Accuracy” seal is to inform email marketers of the service provider’s commitment to industry standards for fair and accurate measurement of email metrics.

One of the major hurdles email marketers face is a lack of consistent standards for email metrics. For over two years the Email Measurement Accuracy Roundtable of the EEC wrestled with this problem, debated the definitions of various metrics, and ultimately unveiled a list of specific standardized terms to help provide better clarity in the email marketing industry. So far, seven ESP’s have adopted the S.A.M.E. (Support Adoption of Metrics for Email) standards and Elite Email is thrilled to be part of this evolutionary next phase of the email marketing industry.

“We are really excited to be one of the select few email marketing solutions providers that have adopted the new standards and believe that having consistent, clearly defined terminology will benefit both the email marketing industry as a whole, as well as the customer who can now make better comparisons across providers,” says Robert Burko, President of Elite Email.

With the email marketing industry growing at a rapid pace, having no set of standard terminology and definitions was leading to a great deal of confusion. The Email Measurement Roundtable identified two major problems they sought to resolve:

1. A lack of standards makes benchmarking based upon a clear apples-to-apples comparison practically impossible.

2. When email marketers migrate from one vendor or system to another, they often find the methods of calculating key metrics differ from one system to another.

The variety of ways email marketing programs defined things like “open rate” and “click rate” led to inconsistencies from one vendor to another. This caused unnecessary confusion for beginner and veteran email marketers alike.

“When customers are switching from their current provider to Elite Email, they often ask great questions. But without any specific standards, to some extent we’re speaking a different language”, says Matthew Georgiadis, Vice-President of Business Development at Elite Email, “Now that Elite Email is in full compliance and passed the EEC audit, it’s up to the other email marketing vendors to catch up and make things easier for all marketers.”

Service providers that adopt and comply with the EEC’s email marketing measurement standards will be given an official seal to display on their web site and marketing collateral.

“The shape of the email marketing industry tomorrow will be based on what we do today. By creating these great standards, the Email Experience Council has provided us with a clear framework. And by adopting the standards, Elite Email is helping to further propel this initiative forward”, says Burko.

Full details about the “Support the Adoption of Metrics for Email” project can be found on the Email Experience Council website, http://www.emailexperience.org.

About Elite Email

Elite Email is a leading North American email marketing service provider (ESP) that has been helping customers achieve greater email marketing results for almost 10 years. The Elite Email cloud-based (software-as-a-service) platform allows organizations of all sizes to build and grow their mailing list, create eye-catching emails, and track results with detailed reports and analytics. All services are backed by Elite Email’s outstanding support and customer care.

Elite Email has been featured on TV, radio and print media and is a member of the Email Experience Council, eMarketing Association, Better Business Bureau, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce and Toronto Board of Trade. Elite Email is the only Canadian company listed by the Utah and Michigan Child Protection Agency as a compliant sender. Elite Email recently won the Business of the Year award in the “Under 30” category at the Toronto Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards.

For more information visit: http://www.eliteemail.com

About the Email Experience Council (EEC)

The Direct Marketing Association’s Email Experience Council is a global professional organization that strives to enhance the image of email marketing and communications, while celebrating and actively advocating its critical importance in business and its ROI value.

We are committed to regularly conducting a broad series of initiatives for a variety of organizations that highlight the positive impact and importance of email as a marketing tool, communications vehicle and branding device. Additionally, EEC members are setting the standards for email through our Member Roundtables. The members who belong to our organization are representatives of other trade organizations, agencies, advertisers, technology partners, clients and companies focused on the potential of email marketing via mobile and other digital devices. We encourage you to become part of the EEC at http://www.emailexperience.org/member-center/why-join-eec.


Tuition Express Achieves Highest Industry Security Standards for 2012

Medford, OR (PRWEB) January 27, 2012

Tuition Express, the integrated payment processing solution from Procare Software, has earned the Payment Card Industrys Data Security Standard Level 1 Service Provider Certificate for 2012.

The security of account information is our highest priority, says Jeffrey Blum, President of Procare Software. The annual PCI audit we go through is intense and thorough.

PCI DSS was developed by VISA International, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and others to help organizations that process credit card payments prevent credit card fraud and various other security threats. The payment card companies require banks to ensure that companies that process, store or transmit payment card data demonstrate PCI DSS compliance or risk losing their authorization to process credit card payments.

The audit process validates a companys compliance with numerous requirements including building and maintaining a secure network, establishing programs that protect cardholder data and developing a comprehensive information security policy. The audit was conducted by Coalfire of Seattle, Washington.

From concept to implementation, security has always been a major focus of the Tuition Express architecture, said Darren Gapp, Chief System/Software Engineer. This focus has been strengthened by technological advances we have adopted over the years. The result is an isolated and extremely secure processing system, utilizing industry accepted encryption standards that exceed Government requirements for securing sensitive information.

Being a Level 1 Service Provider is of the utmost importance to Tuition Express. Our merchants information is secure and so is the information of their customers, added Blum.

This is the fifth year in a row that Tuition Express has earned the PCI Level 1 Service Provider Certificate and since its inception, Tuition Express has processed over 12 million credit card and ACH transactions, totaling nearly $ 4 Billion in payments for its customers. Fully integrated with Procare Software the nations number one selling child care management system Tuition Express automatically posts payments to customers ledger cards and sends customers automated emailed receipts.

Tuition Express offers its merchants multiple payment processing options, including recurring credit card and ACH transactions, POS/Card Swipe transactions and Online Payments.


E-OTD Industry “Already Meeting” Hatfield E911 Report Recommendations On Collaboration And Standards, Says CPS

Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd (PRWEB) October 20, 2002 -wide co-operation, co-

ordination and standardization and said progress towards many of its recommendations was already underway in the E-OTD industry.

The wide ranging “Report On Technical and Operational Issues Impacting the Provision of Wireless Enhanced 911 Services” by former FCC technology chief Dale N Hatfield calls for: