A beginner's guide to cyber security

Most people think they know what malware is, but do you really know the different types of malware and do you know how to protect yourself and your business from these threats?  Below is a brief explanation of the kay things to look out for.

Cloud technology is the future in dentistry

Dental technology has been slow compared to comparable professions but it is moving forward.  Cameras are now used to take impressions, scalpels are being replaced with lasers and the time is drawing closer where it will become more important to move from traditional dental practice management to a cloud-based alternative.

Top Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online

Despite constant developments in the education and healthcare sectors, being a parent in 2017 is no easier than it was fifty years ago. After all, no matter how safe, healthy and happy our children are, we’re still hardwired to worry about them.

Today, parental concerns are often centred around the internet. Just recently, it was announced that UK police are trying a new tactic with people who have viewed child pornography online – instead of making arrests, they are simply knocking on doors and issuing a warning.

News like this will make many parents want to ban their children from the internet altogether – but that’s not a realistic solution in most cases. Instead, parents can establish the following guidelines about internet use, so their children can browse safely.

Smartphones are on their way to revolutionising healthcare

It’s been 10 years since the launch of the smartphone.  Today we often take them for granted but the capability of a smartphone includes: huge computing power, internet connection, many sensors for health-related data and a touch-screen capability.

Is a telephone system a telephone system or a communication tool?

In discussions with a client the other day about their new system, it quickly became clear that it was more about how staff were going to use the system – who was going to answer the phone when reception could not handle the calls, where would the overflow go, would some staff resent this – as it was what the system could do.
Ensuring that the phone system works for the business, the staff and most importantly the customers is what HPT focus on. Can we make a difference to your business? Doing this bit right means the system will pay for itself several times over. And understanding how your business works is something that HPT spend a lot of time on. Time spent on this area will reap dividends for your business.
So ask is your supplier going to stick the system on the wall and walk away or are they really going to make sure that your business processes adapt accordingly. Then the system becomes an investment and not just an overhead.

Price is what you pay, value is what you get

I can’t take credit for this quote; it was actually Warren Buffet to whom this quote is attributed. But it is a sentiment to which we are all exposed in our everyday life. Whether flying with Ryan Air or Virgin, travelling on public transport, buying insurance, etc. We must always check what we are actually getting as part of the package. Direct Line have begun to stress what is included in the price because they are not the cheapest and do not want to be. But they are probably quite good value.

At HPT, we do not aim to be the cheapest but we do aim to be good value. Our packages include everything you will need because we do not want to have to say after you’ve agreed to go ahead, oh, that’s not included or that’s extra. Our service alos aims to make your life easy so you don’t have to worry about anything. What value would you put on trying to sort out the problems with your telephony or IT when you have been let down versus paying a little more to have the peace of mind that your technology is in good hands? And what impact would it have on your business? Quite a bit I imagine…

A Surgery for the 21st Century: Why GPs Need Hosted Technology

If you’ve been reading the papers you’ll know that the NHS has been under increasing pressure for some time. Demand is rising, beds are running out, and everyone – from the junior doctor to the senior consultant – is overworked.

Why good teaching in schools is important

In the 90s and 00s, the tech world suddenly exploded. Along came the internet, followed by gadgets like the iPod and the smartphone. Today, we’re still in the middle of a tech expansion, and each day, tech engineers, researchers and programmers are coming up with new ways to make modern life easier, safer and more cost-effective.

Bring your own device in schools

One of the most important things that a school has to do in the high tech world of the 21st century is to make sure that all students have the same opportunities and access to computing resources. A number of schools have tried various different options for dealing with this problem, such as offering individual or shared devices like iPads or Chromebooks to make sure that digital coursework is available to all students. Another option is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). BYOD is a new phenomenon in terms of education but one whose popularity is rising rapidly.

Want to know how to improve efficiency? Ask your staff...

As the end users of the processes and technology upon which your business is based, your employees are in a unique position to provide you with valuable insights into how your business could run more efficiently.