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How to Get Ready for HIPAA | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

From the moment of his 1999 signature approving two-thirds of the proposed HIPAA regulations, President Clinton tossed the healthcare industry a hot potato. So now the industry is forced to start changing the way it was doing business.

Negotiating the Best Deal For Your Outsourcing Buck | Article

George Atis, Chairman, Outsourcing and Technology practice groups, McMillan Binch LLP

For a company considering an outsourcing transaction – IT or business process outsourcing (BPO) – there are ways to improve the chances of getting the best deal for your outsourcing buck.

Preparing for an RFP | Article

Dr. Wendell Jones

This article summarizes some of the key considerations in the next phase. The goals of this phase are to develop a detailed analysis so you can determine the current costs for the function you are planning to outsource, analyze the risks, and prepare an RFP.

SRM Alliances | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Supply and demand. This mission-critical component of business has shifted from price and availability to collaboration. Meta Group predicts the SRM market will be $32 billion by 2003. SRM tools enable supply planning so that there is instant visibility across the extended supply chain, allowing companies to drive inventory out; with collaboration, order management becomes a match between demand and capacity.

ASP in Brazil | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

When Brasilia, Brazil’s capital, was built, one of the city architects suggested planting grass everywhere instead of paving sidewalks. People could walk wherever they wanted. Where natural paths emerged, the concrete would follow.

Healthcare’s Biggest Challenge | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Behind closed doors, discussions about the biggest challenge for both providers and payers in the healthcare industry are not about HIPAA compliance. It’s about how to be profitable. Given the numerous industry problems besetting companies, revenue has been drastically cut, and most have lost millions of dollars for several years in a row. The solution, as many are discovering, is for organizations to become more efficient. And the only way to accomplish that objective is to outsource non-core business processes and take advantage of outsourcers’ expertise and technological resources.

High-Quality Impermanent Solutions | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Even a Fortune 500 company can fail. All it takes is a decision to invest dollars, time and people in the latest and greatest technological wonder. Sure, an Internet-driven world demands that executives quickly take advantage of innovations that technology promises will give them a competitive edge. But they can reap the benefits without incurring the risks or investment.

Like a Fifth Wheel | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Striving to be competitive involves tremendous risks. The timing must be right, and the resources must be available. It’s costly, and the return on investment might be low. In fact, the entire effort might fail. And someone will be held accountable.

In the Pink | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

PinkElephant is a Dutch ASP headquartered at Zoetermeer. The ASP is a PinkRoccade nv company, one of the most successful traditional IT outsourcing vendors in Holland. And that’s exactly how the ASP market is developing in Europe. The quick starting, independent American startup is the slow moving elephant in Europe, according to Leon Fock, business unit director. PinkRoccade nv was formed in 1950 as the Mechanical Administration, which was part of the central government of the Netherlands. Every 20 years the IT outsourcing vendor has reinvented itself. In the 1970s the department morphed into the Government Computer Center. In 1990 the department became a public limited liability company as part of a privatization move.

Virginia COMPETEs for the Common Good | Article

Chris Pryer, Business Writer

Government Competes with Private Sector on Level Playing Field Today, as local and state governments struggle to provide services to an ever-growing, ever-demanding public despite inadequate financial resources, outsourcing and privatization of government functions is becoming more and more of an issue. Taxpayers expect their governments to deliver products and services commensurate — at least in their own minds — with what they pay in taxes. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a unique organization works to ensure its citizens get the most for their tax dollars. The 15-person Commonwealth Competition Council, created by the Virginia Legislature as part of the Virginia Competition Act of 1995, is proving that there is a better and less costly way to serve its citizens. The Competition Council, whose members hail from government, academia and the private sector, was mandated to research and recommend ways in which state government can reduce the size and scope of its activity, as well as investigate h

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