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Windows XP is a HIPAA Violation

upgrade_XP_Win8-e1401825719845-690x153A breach of patient information can be detrimental. Microsoft support for Windows XP ceased on April 8th, 2014. It is critical that you upgrade your workstations before you fall victim to a breach of sensitive information which can be very costly to your practice. OMA Comp can safely dispose of this dated technology and bring you into the next generation with Windows 8; the latest operating system from Microsoft. Windows 8 will bring you up to speed with both HIPAA guidelines and technology. OMA Comp can even provide you with the coveted start button you use each and every day with your current computer to make the transition to this new technology smooth and easy.

Upgrade your Windows XP workstations today!

Severe Weather Preparedness

OMA-Comp-Newsletter-5-29-2014-Severe-Weather-PreparednessSpring is finally here after a very long winter. This is the perfect time to make sure that your business is prepared for the potential upcoming severe storms and dangerous weather. OMA Comp can analyze your IT equipment to maximize protection for your business and minimize any possible damage or disruption.

 

 

  • It is recommended for all computers and electronic equipment to be powered by surge protectors/suppressors.
  • It is essential for all computers with important information to have appropriate backups. It is imperative for these backups to be checked for proper data collection in the event of equipment failure.
  • There are alternatives when your internet provider has an interruption in service. OMA Comp sets up manual internet re-routing so that your business isn’t completely shut down during these disruptions.
  • OMA Comp installs generators for an uninterrupted power supply.
  • OMA Comp mounts and positions state of the art surveillance video cameras to add further protection for your business.

Call OMA Comp today and we’ll prepare your system in the event that it is compromised in any way.

Spring Cleaning

OMA-Comp-Spring-Cleaning-Newsletter-Blog-PostFor most of us the pleasure comes from when the work is complete. Let OMA Comp make spring cleaning enjoyable by cleaning your equipment, maximizing efficiency, installing necessary upgrades to increase speed and decrease vulnerability to security breaches and viruses. OMA Comp examines your current IT equipment and consults with you regarding best practices and suitable options for your current business needs.

Jump Start Your Spring Cleaning with OMA Comp

Credit Card Fraud and What One Can Do

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Credit card fraud is a very dangerous thing that can happen to anybody. You can never be too careful with these kinds of things. The people that commit credit card fraud rack up a lot of money from innocent, unbeknownst people and it can ruin their credit scores. In order to prevent this from happening it is important to regularly check your financial statements and keep an eye out for any unfamiliar activity. It is also good to put fraud alerts on your files and accounts as to alert you of sudden changes then you will get a call asking if you were the person that made the charges on your credit card. These things can lead to serious problems and it is always a good idea to keep a close eye on things so nothing gets out of hand.

If you feel you’ve been the victim of credit card fraud you should try and identify where it occurred. You should also remove the stolen charges, close the account and change any and all passwords and account numbers associated with you. Hopefully you’ll never have to. OMA Comp can make sure your computer isn’t susceptible to any intruders or cyber attackers trying to get into your system. If you feel someone is trying to take advantage of you and take your personal information, give OMA Comp a call and we’ll guide you in the right direction.

Enjoy Your Summer in Detroit!

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The Motor City may appear as a city full of graffiti covered buildings and rows of houses that have been abandoned over the years, but there is more to it. During the summer, there is a lot to do in Detroit!

Toward the end of summer season in Detroit is Woodward Dream Cruise, which celebrates the automobile and includes parades, music, and food. During Labor Day Weekend, there is the Detroit International Jazz Festival for music lovers. There are going to be multiple concerts held in the Fillmore and Fox Theaters located downtown, and for more information there is more information on their websites. Music, however, isn’t the only art that can be appreciated in Detroit. The Detroit Institute of Arts is an institution with over one hundred galleries including pieces by Degas, Cézanne, Diego Riviera, and many more. For view fanatics there is the Bell Isle, which contains beautiful landscaping and provides a beautiful view of downtown Detroit itself. The Riverfront is another place to enjoy a walk during the summer in Detroit. It stretches for three miles along the fourteen mile Detroit River, and is under construction as of now, but it will be open to the public sometime during this summer! Detroit is home to music legends Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Madonna. The Motown Historical Museum is a worthy place to visit, and is where these artists recorded. It contains Motown’s first recording studio, where Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and many more have recorded. During the summer Greek town is an upbeat and lively place to visit. It contains many casinos, bars, and restaurants, and gets especially crowded after Lions or Red Wings games. The Greek town is the most famous attraction in this portion of the city, and is located downtown. With the warm weather starting up so does baseball season! The Detroit Tigers are a major attraction to the city, and play all the from March 31st through September! Detroit’s fans are one of a kind, and it is a great experience for those who are just visiting the city!

With winter gone, new activities and events are being planned for the spring and summer. With the numerous sports, parks, concerts, and history in the city, there is much to appreciate and much to be seen. It’s been a long winter, but since it’s over, it’s time to enjoy the warm seasons and the events that come with them!

Computer Vision Syndrome – What Can You Do? (Part 2)

Eye health is crucial to your general well-being, after all you’ve only one pair of eyes. Given how much time is spent on the electronic screen, it becomes imperative to take steps to regulate time computer time. Eye doctors strongly suggest looking up every 20 minutes for 20 seconds (20/20 is easy to remember) to give your eye muscles time to relax. That’s a major part of taming the problem but there are other things to take into consideration as well. How’s the lighting in the room? Too bright? Adjust lighting so the screen does not emit glare. Use a glare filter is necessary. Even rearranging the table helps. Ideally, the screen should be slightly below eye level, positioned between 18 to 20 inches away from your eyes. Then, work the settings on the computer—adjust brightness, contrast, font size to find the best settings for your eyes.

Being aware of this problem is half the battle won. You can now take steps to improve your work environment or regulate computer time to reduce eyestrain. Visit your eye doctor to discuss computer vision syndrome. Sometimes, you may need glasses or contact lenses to correct computer eye syndrome. Other cases may call for special computer glasses.

If you think you can use some corrective lenses to counter-act the effects of C.V.S., give trusted Metro Detroit Eye Surgeons Eye Michigan a call today. With a combined experience of over 30 years, Doctors Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey will have you seeing clear in no time at all. Whether it’s a pair of glasses or LASIK corrective laser eye surgery you need, Eye Michigan is THE place to help you with your Computer Vision Syndrome and all other visual ailments.

Let’s Go Tigers!

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 “We’ve dealt with a lot of issues, and this another we’ll deal with. We’ve got some guys that will have to step up. … Our goal at this time is to try to handle it internally. At this time of year, you’ve always got your ears out to other places. But we feel comfortable.”

 

This a quote given by general manager of the Detroit Tigers, Dave Dombrowski.

It was disclosed that Bruce Rondon will be needing ulnar collateral ligament surgery for his elbow. He will be out for the year, but should be good for the 2015 season. Also, Jose Iglesias, the Tiger’s primary shortstop for 2014, was reported to have bilateral tibial stress fractures, and is recovering after being put on the disabled list. Finally, Andy Dirks is recovering from back surgery that he had on March 10th. He was said to have been out of the game for two months, but he should be brought back soon. As of now he is on the 15 days disabled list.

On the flip side, Miguel Cabrera recently had his contract with the Tigers extended, with $248 million guaranteed over the next eight years. His contract was supposed to terminate in 2015, but he revived it, and made what is being called the biggest commitment in baseball history.  The deal was negotiated by sports agents Fern Cuza and Diego Bentz. The Tigers allegedly traded Prince Fielder during the winter of 2013 in order to help pay for Miggy’s contract extension, as well to attempt Max Scherzer’s contract. Scherzer was offered $144 million over a time span of six years, but it turned out unsuccessful.

The Tigers have gone through a few bumps in the road, but have a positive mindset for this season, and are ready to play hard this season. Catch them playing the San Diego Padres tonight at 10:10p.m. on Fox Sports Detroit.

Let’s Go Detroit Tigers! A Season Worth Waiting For – OMA Comp

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The Tiger’s 114th Opening Day was on March 31, 2014, meaning good bye prolonged winter and hello baseball season! The old ball game is bringing together the rivalry between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals. With Detroit being the host, the stadium is going to be packed! Let’s see if the Tigers can go for the sweep later on today!

The Tigers opened with the following starting lineup:

  • 1. Ian Kinsler (2B)
  • 2. Torii Hunter (RF)
  • 3. Miguel Cabrera (1B)
  • 4. Victor Martinez (DH)
  • 5. Austin Jackson (CF)
  • 6. Alex Avila (C)
  • 7. Nick Castellanos (3B)
  • 8. Alex Gonzalez (SS)
  • 9. Rajai Davis (LF)

It was a beautiful day and gates opened at 10:30 AM. For the first 20,000 fans that come, there were Detroit Tigers rally towels that were handed out! Before the game actually began, however, the Detroit Tigers celebrated their 2013 American League Central Division Championship. This consisted of raising a flag commemorating the championship in the center of Comerica Park, during which Brian McKnight sang the national anthem. The Michigan Joint Guard showcased colors, and afterwards they put a three hundred foot flag into the outfield. Next Chet Lemon, a champion from the 1984 World Series, threw the ceremonial first pitch. During the seventh inning, Amy Gould will sing God Bless America. A member of the United States Air Force, Master Sergeant Michael Miller will be delivering the Game Ball for the Opening Day Game.

For those who didn’t purchase tickets for the game, there was a block party being hosted by 97.1 in Grand Circus Park just outside of Comerica Park, where thousands of people watched the game together. The event also included an indoor heated tent, outdoor party, multiple DJs and other entertainment, and food and drinks. Opening Day in Detroit is like a holiday, where people get off work or take their kids out of school early just to watch and enjoy the ball game. Hopefully the season goes as smoothly as these few games have! Let’s Go Tigers!

Windows XP Deadline is April 8th, 2014 – Upgrade Before it’s Too Late

Windows-XP-DeadlineOn April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows XP, their Operating System that was made available to the public in 2001, over 12 years ago. Despite its age, Windows XP still has users all over the world, a fact that will leave many susceptible to attacks over the course of the next couple months.

Once XP is no longer backed by Microsoft support systems that are still running it are more at risk every day that they don’t upgrade, and this is especially true for medical offices and their network systems. If your office is still using Windows XP by April 8th, that is technically non-compliant with HIPAA, PCI and a number of other computer security standards. While that may be the case, HIPAA won’t tell you directly that you’re in violation of their practices – not until it’s too late and you’re stuck with a hefty fine. Better to be safe than sorry, especially when it involves a person’s medical and financial history.

Another threat will be that of dubious attack methods not previously seen that are sure to make headlines after April 8th. Hackers know that a large number of PC users will miss the XP deadline and will take full advantage of that fact. Don’t fall victim and expect Microsoft to help – they won’t.

Even if you don’t get attacked or infected, it’s still a good idea to upgrade your system if it’s running Windows XP. Once Microsoft support ends, you can expect other companies to follow suit shortly after. New software and hardware used in the medical field won’t be XP compatible, and you’ll be stuck with a useless computer, waiting for an upgrade you could’ve gotten a few weeks prior.

In short the best thing you can do in this case is to upgrade the operating system on your computer, or the computer itself. Odds are if you’re still using XP, you could probably use a new computer. The latest Windows operating system, Windows 8.1, is the most up-to-date operating system in terms of all capabilities and industry benchmarks. If your office is still using windows XP, be sure and look into an upgrade before it’s too late.