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12 Principles of the Privacy Act in New Zealand (2019)

PRIVACY ACT (1993) Q.  What is the Privacy Act and what does it do?  A. The Privacy Act provides rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. It regulates the handling of personal information. Twelve principles form the Privacy Act, covering the following: § Collection of personal information § Storage and... more...

Workplace Privacy Policy While Hiring Medical Staff

Continuous advancements in technology together with the reach of social media mean you need to take a proactive approach in thinking how this affects your team and their working environment. This may... more...

What Is a Medical Privacy Breach?

What is a privacy breach and what do I need to do when a breach has been identified? A breach is a loss of, unauthorised access to, or disclosure of, personal information.   In my experience reception, areas are an open space setting that tends to be the hub of activity in... more...

Best Practices To Follow While Storing Medical Records

Gone are the days where your doctor would sit opposite you and have your paper file out ready to make handwritten notes. Remember the rotoscans that took up valuable floor and storage areas? You may still have paper files in your clinic or held offsite in secure storage. The move to... more...

Privacy Training for Medical Receptionists in NZ

Your Medical Receptionists are your key frontline personnel. Ongoing and regular discussions around patient privacy, as well as reception privacy with your receptionists, will enhance their ability to minimise potential breaches and speculation. Imagine... more...

Flexibility Of A Cloud Hosted Medical Practice

As we stated in our previous blog, this week we are covering off anywhere, anytime, any device advantages that public cloud provide your business. This week we’ll explore the freedom to access cloud-hosted PMS applications from any location, at any time, on any device –... more...

Scalability Of The Modern Cloud Infrastructure Helps Reduce Operating Cost

As we stated in our previous blog, this week we are covering off the scalability of cloud platforms and the advantages this offers. When designing solutions for clients we are required to take into consideration the possible growth of the business over the next three to five years and size... more...

Should I Host My Practice Management System (PMS) In The Cloud?

Continuing from the previous blog, we want to expand on what true cloud infrastructure provides above and beyond running internal systems. This is the second blog in a five-part series about the benefits of moving your practice management system (PMS) to the cloud. An internally hosted PMS... more...

Where Should I Backup and Store My Business Data?

Apart from people, your most important business asset is information, or “data”. There has been widely circulated statistics issued by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency that in the event of a disaster 40% of businesses never reopen and a further 25% fail after a year.... more...

4 reasons why HP Elitebooks offer extraordinary resistance to hackers

Security is a top-line issue for any IT manager. For businesses in sectors such as government, health, law and finance, system breaches are an existential threat that can not only destroy reputations but entire companies. The rise of remote working, enabled by today’s powerful personal... more...

How the Millennial Effect is changing workplaces for the better

Millennials may be the most misunderstood generation. Initially written off as undisciplined and hard-to-manage, they have emerged as independent, ethically minded workers and consumers as they... more...

The Real Benefits Of Taking Your PMS To the Cloud

At the heart of each medical institution is its Practice Management System (PMS). It connects users with financial transactions, appointments, and clinical data – the lifeblood of every... more...

What is Cloud computing and what are the benefits for your business?

Cloud computing is taking services that are traditionally obtained by buying hardware and software packages and offering them via the internet as a consumption-based model, where you... more...

When should your business migrate to a Managed Print Service (MPS) provider?

 Managed Print Service (MPS) What is a managed print service (MPS)?   Managed Print is a service to help you optimise and... more...

What are macros and how are they being used to hack into your system

What is a Macros virus? A macro, fundamentally, is an action or set of actions that can be run repeatedly. It is widely used in Microsoft applications, such as Excel and Word to record mouse... more...

New Microsoft Teams features will help you communicate better at work

New Microsoft Teams Features - May 2018 1. Mobile voice with video calling on Android: Now you can join meetings from the Microsoft Teams mobile apps on... more...

Vodafone Email Termination

You have less than three months to get your email changed before you lose it all. Vodafone feel their email service is no longer delivering a substantial experience for their... more...

Think IT uniform shirt rollout

Getting brand awareness out can be a tricky task for any business.  One initiative we've employed is providing all our staff with uniform shirts. Don't we all look smart :) Now you'll... more...

No more Adobe licenses

Well I reported earlier that the options for Adobe licenses and maintenance had shrunk.  The options have shrunk still further as there is no longer going to be any updates to Adobe licensed... more...

Xtra & Yahoo spam problems resurface

Yahoo provides email services for Telecom's Xtra. Way back in in the old days of February Telecom admitted that email accounts had been hacked and asked 60,000 users to change their... more...

Adobe Boxed Product to be discontinued
Autodesk upgrade changes
Adobe release cycles, upgrade and maintenance
Windows 8 Reimagine event
Cloudy with a chance of rain....or silence
Why should I consider Software Assurance on Windows – Part Deux
No fly for LIon batteries
Yet another Copyright battle
Why should you put Software Assurance on top of Windows 8 Pro?
Vista Business and Office 2007 retire
So how safe is that data in the Cloud?
Shameless 1
If I have 64bit Windows 7 does that mean I should install 64bit Office?
Password foolishness
Skype integrated into Facebook!
I hate the new version of “X”
Are patent wars harming the development of future products?
Some sensible reportage on the future of cloud computing in NZ
Stop Shouting!
Norman Johnston
"The most powerful motivating factor for employees is seeing tangible progress whilst performing meaningful work. Effective information Technology achieves this objective."

Norman Johnston
Think I.T. Team

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Critical recall of some Zebra printer power supply units

It has come to our attention that Zebra has initiated a critical recall of some label printer power supplies manufactured between 2006 and 2012. There have been cases where these power supplies have caught fire putting people and property at risk.As you may have obtained Zebra printers from other sources, and we may not be able to accurately identify printers sold by us prior to October...  more...