Category Archives: Corporate

Happy Birthday DSS!

by Jim Sweeney, November 22nd, 2013 in Corporate

Happy Birthday DSS

This time of year is a busy one, particularly as we prepare for the holiday season and end of the year. I would however, like to take a moment to recognize that today, Nov. 22, 2013, is DSS’s 18th birthday. From simple beginnings, to busy toddler years, through a challenging but joyful adolescence, DSS is all grown up.

There have been growing pains, to be sure. For people and businesses alike, the path to adulthood is neither easy nor free from struggle. It’s been an interesting and rewarding experience, watching DSS grow into what it has become today. I’m sure the other folks who have been part of the team since the beginning would agree.

In some ways, the journey has been like parenthood, watching your child grow and become her own person. And yet in many ways, it is also like being that child, the one making mistakes and learning from them, taking risks and earning rewards, falling hard and getting back up, again and again.

So much has changed at DSS over the years.

  • On its first day, DSS had eight employees; we currently employ more than one hundred and fifty incredibly talented and valuable people.
  • In 1995, our office and staff occupied a 9,600 square foot, three-story building in West Lawn, with plenty of room to spare. Today, in addition to our main, 40,000 square foot office at One Meridian Blvd, we have a location in West Chester, data centers in Reading and Allentown, and a satellite office in Maine.
  • Back in the day, some would argue that we were detrimentally deprived of an adequate caffeine supply, as we housed an archaic drip coffee machine in the conference room. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, let us all be thankful for Keurig.

Now don’t get the impression that DSS alone has undergone substantial changes over the last eighteen years. The world, and in particularly, the world of technology has seen changes that the tech experts of the mid-nineties could not have conceived in their wildest and most ambitious dreams.

In its lifespan, DSS has seen the evolution of the internet. In fact, for those of you who heard the recent news that “selfie” – a word for self-portrait that did not exist in 1995 – is the Oxford Word of the Year, you may be interested to know that “world wide web” held this honor back in 1995. It shared the distinction with “newt,” which referred to the then newly-crowned Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.

As DSS rolled through its toddler years, the tech industry welcomed a prominent addition: in the fall of 1998 Google was born, just before DSS’s third birthday. Our “tween” years saw the birth and rise of social media, beginning with Facebook in 2004, and followed shortly thereafter by YouTube, and Twitter.

It would be impossible to list all of the changes and advances in our field over even the past five to ten years (by the time we made the list, it would need an update). Who knows what exciting new opportunities the next five, ten or eighteen years will bring.

But there is one thing that has remained a constant at DSS. Though the faces change, our strength as a company improves because of our greatest asset: our people. The DSS team is what makes this company so special. We are fortunate to have the dedication of the thirty-eight employees who have been with us for more than ten years. We are excited to have the fresh perspective and creativity that our newer team members offer. We are grateful for the hard work, commitment and outstanding service that every one of them provides to our customers. For this, we are most thankful.

What Are Some Healthcare Data Center Solutions Provided by DSS?

by Jack Gesualdi, September 25th, 2013 in Corporate, Industry trends

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Electronic medical records (EMR) are here to stay in the healthcare world as a means to improve patient care, while lowering costs and freeing up space necessary to house all of those files. With electronic medical records, doctors and other healthcare professionals can access past patient history, lab reports and other pertinent data from one source, helping to prevent delays or errors. Popularity among healthcare offices and hospitals has grown. Here are just some of the findings in a study conducted by the CDC from 2001- 2012.

 

  • 72 percent of office-based physicians used electronic medical records in 2012. This is an increase of 22 percent from just three years ago.
  • 66 percent of office-based physicians intend to participate in Medicaid and Medicare incentive programs.
  • Only 27 percent of the office-based physicians who said they intended to participate in these programs had the computerized systems in place to meet core objectives.

 

Given the importance of implementing an EMR system to meet Federal requirements and RAC audits as well as improve on patient care, finding the right technological solution is imperative. DSS Data Center offers a variety of data center solutions to ensure your system is able to provide the best care possible. Here are just some of the IT Healthcare Solutions we offer.

 

  • Storage: Electronic medical records and data-intensive image archiving require a greater amount of data storage. DSS data storage solutions can provide the storage requirements you need to comply with your new systems.
  • Cloud Services: With cloud computing supported by DSS hosting services, your office can take advantage of the latest technologies and processes to ensure the best patient care.
  • End-User Device Management: DSS takes care of the implementation and deployment of computers, tablets and other devices to ensure complete synergy across the EMR system and maintain data security and availability. 

 

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your office achieve optimal efficiency using EMR technology.  

Why Perspective is Key

by Scott Kantner, April 13th, 2012 in Corporate, CTO

I love railroads.I especially love studying the history of the Reading Railroad, a “fallen flag” that was merged into Conrail in 1976. Growing up along the Reading’s Mainline subdivision and spending many hours watching trains rumble through, I never gave a thought to the spacing of the rails – 4 ft, 8 1/2 inches to be exact, the standard gauge for all US railroads.

Where on earth did that number come from? Read more »

Should You Worry About Having an Android App?

by Scott Kantner, April 5th, 2012 in Apps, Corporate, CTO, Mobile

I’ve been trying hard to sell you on the need to have a mobile software strategy for your business. If I’ve managed to convince you thus far, you may be wondering where to begin. You do of course need a good idea to start with, but very soon you’ll need to decide not only who your ideal customer is, but what kind of device she carries. Targeting Apple’s iOS devices is a must-do, slam-dunk, no-brainer, but less obvious is what to do about the Android platform.

Before jumping into the Android pool, it would be good to take an eyes-wide-open approach to the current factors causing developer malaise in the Android world. Read more »

You Can Achieve Inbox Zero

by Scott Kantner, March 29th, 2012 in Corporate, CTO

Earlier this week I listened to Michael Hyatt’s podcast on “How to Take Control of Your E-mail Inbox”.  What he talks about is often referred to as Inbox Zero, which is code for how to keep email from controlling your life. If you’ve got the time, and you have 100+ emails in your inbox, I’d recommend grabbing the podcast – it’s concise, very well done, and very effective. If you’d rather read then listen, my own approach is closely based on the one Michael described several years ago, and I’ll lay it out for you here.

The ultimate goal of Inbox Zero is pretty simple – empty your inbox every day. Sounds impossible. Read more »

Keys To Building a Mobile Software Strategy

by Scott Kantner, March 9th, 2012 in Corporate, CTO, Mobile, Software

strategy |ˈstratəjē|

a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.

There is popular saying in IT circles, especially among disaster recovery planners, that “Hope is Not a Strategy.” The same is true of developing a mobile software strategy for your business. More is required than simply throwing an app into the App Store and hoping for the best. A well thought out plan is essential to getting a good return on your investment and avoid having your app die a lonely death in the App Store.

Here are some things to consider when developing your mobile software strategy: Read more »