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PeopleSoft ERP Software – 2015/2016 Best in KLAS!

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Best in KLASDid you hear the news? Oracle’s PeopleSoft ERP Software has been named 2015/2016 Best in KLAS!

The report named top performing companies based on feedback from their customers. The title of Best in KLAS is a highly coveted recognition of outstanding efforts to help healthcare professionals deliver better patient care. It is reserved for vendor solutions that lead the software and services market segments with the broadest operational and clinical impact on healthcare organizations.

So what does this mean to PeopleSoft’s healthcare customers? You made a very smart purchasing decision. But are you taking full advantage of the features and functionality? If not, let MIPRO help you. For healthcare organizations seeking new software solutions, take a look at PeopleSoft. The features and functionality have seen major innovations and Oracle remains committed to continuing investing in the product.

Whatever your challenge, you can count on MIPRO to help you. We are passionate about all things PeopleSoft.

Contact us today to see how we can help implement PeopleSoft for your healthcare organization.

PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management Presents a Range of Benefits for Healthcare Institutions – Part 2 Sourcing

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One of the underappreciated aspects of high-quality Supply Chain Management(SCM) is its ability to provide healthcare institutions with the capability to take a more proactive approach to sourcing. In other words, instead of working with a single manufacturer or supplier, hospitals can cast a wider net and proactively compare candidates based on a wide range of factors. By taking more time to refine requirements, evaluate options and compare different vendors and manufacturers with their competitors, hospitals can be confident that they are making the best-informed and most cost-effective decisions.

Powerful SCM solutions will also provide supplier enablement functionality. This allows suppliers to register online where they can place a competitive bid to provide a specific commodity or service — resulting in the hospital’s ability to vet pricing quickly. This type of feature cuts down on time spent talking to various suppliers and comparing pricing. It brings the information directly to your doorstep.

PeopleSoft Strategic Sourcing provides a powerful tool to enable organizations to manage the sourcing process. It allows for streamlined request-for-quote and request-for-proposal (RFx) activities to focus on finding the best value and lowest total cost supplier rather than searching for the lowest price.

So what exactly is strategic sourcing? Strategic sourcing refers to the process of determining the best suppliers for needed goods or services and the conditions under which you award them your business. The strategic element of this definition comes from the ability to apply different methodologies to create the most value in your supply chain. This value can come in the form of pricing, warranty terms, quality, delivery accuracy, or other factors. Strategic sourcing enables you to quantify and balance these requirements so organizations can achieve specific business objectives. A complete solution built on internet-based portal technologies, reverse auction capabilities, and proposal analysis tools can deliver significant value to organizations.

Some features of PeopleSoft Strategic Sourcing include the ability to:

  • Efficiently add bidders with self-service registration.
  • Create auction events and reverse auction events to ensure competitive sourcing events
  • Author a contract document at the time of RFx creation so bidders will have full visibility to terms.
  • Invite named suppliers to participate or open a purchasing event to the general public.
  • Hold a sealed event in which the buyer cannot review the responses until after the submission period has closed.
  • Leverage knowledge from internal experts through online collaboration while ensuring not all collaborators have access to sensitive data.
  • Perform “what- if” analysis by adjusting factors, weighting, and scores and view the optimal award.
  • Award these events into a purchasing application as POs or contracts.
  • Save strategies and results as templates, capturing results for future use.
  • Automate event notifications.

Enabling the sourcing process and its features allow for organizations to better manage and secure the best information to ensure that all factors are considered when deciding on which suppliers to utilize.

In future blog posts I will explain how, once the supplier is awarded a contract or PO, PeopleSoft SCM products tightly integrate and complement this process to facilitate managing and reducing supply spend.

In the meantime, please be sure to contact Larry Zagata if you have questions about the PeopleSoft SCM applications or ANY PeopleSoft questions.

PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management Presents a Range of Benefits for Healthcare Institutions

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The sheer logistics of operating a modern healthcare facility are daunting. From the most expensive medical devices to the vast array of paraphernalia required to provide comprehensive care (medications, syringes, bandages and various medical instruments), hospitals procure, store, utilize and dispense an extraordinary quantity of specialized material and equipment. It is an extremely complex supply chain with many diverse links.

In fact, supply chain costs are one of the biggest expenses in any hospital’s budget. At close to 40 percent of the operating budget for some institutions, the supply chain represents the second largest expense after labor costs. Because the supply chain occupies an outsized space on the balance sheet, implementing more effective inventory management strategies and improving supply chain performance can have a significant impact. Reductions of 10-12 percent are possible with even moderate supply chain improvements.

With the opportunity for huge savings to the bottom-line, healthcare organizations are increasingly looking to robust technology systems to help create more efficient business processes and advanced supply chain management software is one of the most popular and effective ways to do exactly that. PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management presents a range of benefits for healthcare institutions including optimizing supply chain efficiency, streamlining essential business processes, and making a measurable, sometimes dramatic, impact on the bottom line. Stay tuned, in the coming weeks I will be outlining the various PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management applications.

In the meantime, please be sure to contact Larry Zagata if you have questions about the PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management applications or ANY PeopleSoft questions.

PeopleSoft HCM Position Statement

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PeopleSoft and the Affordable Care Act

Oracle continues to provide updates, the last one on February 10, 2015, to a white paper for Benefits, Time and Labor, and Payroll North America as it relates to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872). The laws are extremely complex and ever-changing and the PeopleSoft HCM Position Statement provides brief summaries for the provisions that most directly relate to Benefits and Payroll business practices.

The white paper is a valuable read and can be accessed by clicking PeopleSoft Benefits and Payroll for North America Position Statement: Affordable Care Act. You will be prompted to enter your Oracle user name and password.
The document is organized by years and lists the regulation, followed by the requirement of that regulation and then the PeopleSoft position. The PeopleSoft position may reflect that there is no impact to Benefits or Payroll North America products, or it may indicate what product changes were made to support the revision, including any applicable Bug information: BUG ID, Update ID, and Bundle ID by version. There are a good 15 pages of detail that outline provisions that impact 2014-2015. I consider this a “must read” for anyone responsible for executing Benefits and Payroll in PeopleSoft.

As always, please be sure to contact Larry Zagata with any questions. MIPRO is your go-to contact for anything PeopleSoft.

Book Review: The Art of Learning

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Tim Ferriss, as part of his book club featuring books that dramatically impacted his life, said Josh Waitzkin’s The Art of Learning is one of the books hedge fund managers have on their bedside tables.

After reading it, I can see why.

Like Ferris, this book will go down as one of the best self-improvement books I have ever read. It’s completely free of woo (woo, noun, Ideas considered irrational or based on extremely flimsy evidence or that appeal to mysterious occult forces or powers), and while Waitzkin has a technician’s mind, he details the learning process with concepts that are easy to understand and backed up with his own life experience.

If you just skimmed this book, you’d think this is a biography of Waitzkin himself, who at a very young age was a national chess champion. In fact, Waitzkin’s father wrote Searching for Bobby Fischer, a popular book that was made into an even more popular movie.

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A Pace of Grace

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Have you ever been running late for airplane?  You know the sense of stress and fear that you might “miss” your very important flight. If you do, then what?

Think of how you see other people or how you treat other people during that chaotic sprint to hurry as fast as you can.  Do you stop to help an older person as they struggle with a door?  Do you look the person in the eyes as they take your boarding pass?  Is there any way that you will take the time to help another in need?

No, you simply do not have time to extend friendship, kindness or grace to others who might need your help.  Life is often stressful and we can easily feel like we are running out of time to get all that we need to get done by the time it needs to be done. Big things, little things — doesn’t matter. They all occupy mental space. They all threaten to take you a notch away from who you really want to be.

Back in January, I resolved that this year I am going to try to be intentional about establishing a “Pace of Grace” in our family.  I started with myself.  My goal is to stop and show my family how I am available to them.  I show them how I am available to help others, to listen to others and be present with the grace that I think everyone’s life could use. Well, maybe not everyone, but many. Myself obviously included.

With a little focus and mindfulness, we can stop living our lives like we are always late for a flight.  And then we all can work to establish a “Pace of Grace” in our families so that we can help others in need.

“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.” 
― Marcus Aurelius

Things I Like: The Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer

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A little while ago, I told you about a device that brought some super useful data to my health and fitness awareness: the Fitbit. I won’t go into it again, but suffice to say that nearly a year later, I still use the Fitbit every day, for nearly every activity.

Today, I’d like to tell you about something else I like that’s very much in the same category as the Fitbit.

I train with an online coach, and he requests body composition data from time to time. So to make that happen, I bought a Withings WS–50 Smart Body Analyzer, which is a very fancy way of saying WiFi-enabled scale. But it’s more than a scale: in addition to weight, it tracks bodyfat percentage (using bioelectrical impedance), heart rate, indoor temperature and air quality (measured in CO2 parts per million, or PPM).

For $150, you have the ability to collect data that five years ago would have cost you hundreds of dollars per month to obtain.

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Casual Friday: Sitting Is the New Smoking

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We’ve posted a bunch about health and nutrition before, and we got a bit nerdy. Maybe too nerdy (as if there’s such a thing). But today, we’re posting about health again, but we’ve cut out almost all the nerdy. Promise.

Today is about why sitting is killing you.

Sure, there are tons of articles out there about why sitting down all day is doing oceans of damage to your hips, glutes and spine, and can actually shorten your life. I’m not going to rehash all that. Instead, I’m going to ask you to view sitting as the new smoking, because it’s that bad for your health. And aside from ingrained habit, it’s pretty easy to change.

Arshad Chowdhury has a post entitled What Happens When You Stand for 2 Years, and it’s making the rounds. What different about this one than all the others is it’s a retrospective look on the benefits of standing from a guy who actually stood up at his desk for two years. It’s not theoretical, it’s experiential.

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Taking Control of Your Health: The Skinny on Exercise

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Posts in the Taking Control of Your Health series thus far:

So, exercise. If you’ve followed this wellness series so far (all previous posts are listed above), you know I haven’t talked about exercise. I haven’t prescribed anything, given you convoluted exercise schemes, or told you the one true way to apply yourself in the gym to get in shape.

I’m going to do that now. Only it’s way easier than many would have you think.

Please understand this caveat: I am not your doctor. Before beginning any fitness endeavor, please talk to someone who is your doctor. What you read below are general guidelines I have seen work across a wide range of people, but which don’t account for particular conditions or limitations you may have. Seek professional medical guidance before beginning any exercise program.

Simply put, exercise side of fitness boils down to a few things:

  • Lift heavy things a few times a week
  • Do sprints once every 5–7 days
  • Manage your sleep
  • Don’t do chronic, extended cardio sessions

First things first.

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Tracking is Knowing: The Fitbit

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Last week we talked about the notion of tracking is knowing as it relates to understanding the food you eat (in terms of caloric value and macronutrient breakdown). As I said, it’s probably the biggest step you can take to getting a handle on your health and fitness, because very few people understand how much food, energy-wise, they’re eating on a daily basis.

The next step is understanding how much you’re moving. This isn’t about tracking your workouts – that’s another topic. What I’m talking about here is simply getting a handle on how much you move on a daily basis. Spoiler: it’s astounding how sedentary most of us really are.

Let’s face it: we all pretty much sit around at a desk all day staring at an LCD panel. Or we’re in our cars, sitting, taking calls, listening to the radio. Or we’re at home, sitting on the couch, watching TV or messing around on our iPads.

Very few folks have an ‘active’ job where they have to stand or walk for a good part of every day.

Enter the Fitbit. The Fitbit is a wireless tracking device that clips to your clothes. It has an uncannily accurate gyrocope/accelerometer combination that tracks how many steps you take every day, how many flights of stairs you climb, how far you wind up walking and how many calories you burn. You can even wear it to bed and have it track your sleep quality. Once you set up your profile (which takes into account your gender, age, and weight) and start using the Fitbit, you will have a picture of your quantified-self that you’ve never seen before.

(Note: Fitbit can also track food (like My Fitness Pal, mentioned last week), but I find its database far inferior to My Fitness Pal’s. It can also track workouts and factor them into your activity, but I don’t use that feature because of the specialized workouts I do. If you do fairly standard exercise, Fitbit’s exercise tracking is fantastic and I recommend it.)

I use the Fitbit One, which is the smallest tracker they have, as well as the most feature complete. The battery lasts a solid week (maybe more) between charges. It’s so small you barely notice it.

And there’s the rub: it’s so small, you barely notice it. You need to be very mindful that you’re wearing it, or you will wind up washing whatever piece of clothing it’s attached to, and boom, goodbye Fitbit. That’s the only caveat I’ll yell from the rooftops.

Here are some pics of my Fitbit. This is the basic information you can get from the LCD display:

How many steps I’ve taken.

How many flights of stairs I’ve climbed so far.

The distance I’ve walked so far in miles.

How may calories I’ve burned so far. This is based on my age, gender and weight, which Fitbit uses to calculate your BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate.

Finally, your flower. Your Fitbit flower grows or shrinks based on recent activity, so it’s a graphic reminder to get up and move if you see it withered and shrunken.

The default goals Fitbit uses for your daily activity are:

  • Steps: 10,000. This is more difficult to achieve than it sounds. As a general rule, you need to walk somewhere between 3-4 miles to even have a chance at 10K. That’s not too hard, but you must get up and move around regularly to hit the 10K number.
  • Flights of stairs: 10. Pretty easy to hit, especially if you live in a house or work in an office with stairs.

Of course, no biometric tracking endeavor would be complete without a web presence, and here Fitbit doesn’t disappoint. Here’s a snap of my Fitbit ‘dashboard’:

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This, in conjunction with My Fitness Pal, gives you everything you need to know about your current state of food intake/nutrition combined with activity level. This is enough to make meaningful changes in your life. In fact, it’s more than enough. You walk into any doctor’s office with this sort of data, and most likely they won’t know where to begin.

So, the Fitbit one is about a hundred bucks very well spent. I wear mine every day.

If you believe that you will have a harder time getting to where you are going without knowing where you are at the current moment, this is your device.

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