Healthcare Fraud & Medical Identity Theft [infographic]

September 28, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, Health  |  2 Comments
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Have you ever heard of medical identity theft? I had not, but did you know medical identity theft is one of the most common and least preventable forms of identity theft? Using Personal Identifiable Information or PII, criminals can pay their medical bills under the name of unknowing citizens.

With over one million cases of medical identity theft a year, this is a very serious and prevalent problem. I can’t imagine getting billed thousands of dollars for a medical procedure I never had, yet I would be the one correcting the problem. It would cost me an average of $20,000 to recover after having my identity stolen for someone else’s healthcare. I don’t have $20,000. I bet most people don’t have twenty thousand bucks lying around to regain their identity from some crook.

This infographic perfectly emphasizes some of the biggest problems with the American healthcare system. Inaccurate patient identification seems like it shouldn’t be such a dilemma, but it has ruiend the lives of countless honest Americans. A simple patient chart misplacement can cause misdiagnosis or botched surgeries. Fixing these problems and streamlining the healthcare process are the only way we can improve the nation’s care for its citizens. [Patient Identification Systems]

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Gigantic Cars [infographic]

September 27, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Travel  |  No Comments
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It’s no doubt that American’s love everything bigger. From McDonald’s supersize it option, to big diesel trucks; everything seems to be bigger in America. And what do you know, you can even our cars have gotten larger over the years.

Today’s infographic shows how much larger our cars have gotten over the years. You can see how cars have evolved with the nuclear family; getting larger to adapt to the hustle and bustle of current family life. Although cars have gotten larger, you wouldn’t really be able to tell because they have gotten so much sleeker. Sleek means speed, and you’re going to need a whole lot of that to keep up with fast paced American life. [via]

 

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Sustainable Paper from Plantation to Product [infographic]

September 25, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental  |  No Comments
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No matter where you stand, sustainability is an important issue. We must protect the earth if we want it to protect us. Efforts to use a little more sensibly are popping up all over the place. From the new, eco friendly plates and silverware in the college cafeteria to the prevalence of reusable grocery bags, the citizens are teaming up to combat unnecessary waste.

Today’s infographic gives us a peek inside how sustainable paper is made. Renewable trees from Indonesia have a cycle of 6 years, compared to the long North American cycle of 70 to 80 years. These trees can be planted, harvested, replanted and re-harvested in just 6 short years, making them extremely productive. We are then taken through the stages of paper production, from the lab to the mills and then shipped out for us to enjoy.

Are you making an effort to give our environment a helping hand? [Via]

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VPNs on the Rise [Infographic]

September 24, 2012 |  by  |  Business, eCommerce, Internet  |  3 Comments
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In the day and age where advancements to technology (specifically the Internet) are happening at such a high pace, it’s sometimes easy to feel like you’ve been left in the dust. Among all the new phones, tablets and even TVs that are seemingly coming out every month, the position of being completely technologically current is less and less stable. Some things are more permanent than others, though, while still advancing quickly; things like methods of connecting.

Today’s infographic is brought to you by StrongVPN.com and it explains the many helpful uses of having a VPN (or Virtual Private Network) on your connection. Let’s say you’re taking a vacation in a foreign country, one whose Internet restrictions don’t allow access to the same sites that you would normally go to. With a VPN you would be able to use an American or British IP so that you can still upload all of those fun vacation videos on the go. They even allow you to secure your browsing in public WiFi hotspots.

For more information on VPNs and their uses refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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Help Our Kids Compete Globally [infographic]

September 23, 2012 |  by  |  Education  |  2 Comments
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AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!! CHINA’S GONNA COME AFTER US AND TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!! Let’s be honest folks, this is a fear many of us in the U.S. of A. possess—and it’s not just because of the bonds. They have a large population and, in regards to today’s infographic, India does too. The number of people in the U.S. amounts to about one fourth of each of these countries’ populations. China is the leading nation with their population size at 1.3 billion people, which is directly followed by India with 1.2 billion; then there is a giant leap to the U.S.A., which has (only) 314 million people. Yes, we are the third nation in terms of population size, but the difference is substantial when comparing us to China and India.So, instead of being shocked out of your seats because of these statistics, keep in mind that these countries are HUGE.

Education. We have heard this word so many times in our lives… but what does it mean? Well, this infographic shows facts about the public institutional setting of education, which is truly important and reflects a lot about what different societies give importance to, in this case the U.S.A., China, and India.

Some of these statistics might seem incredibly scary. But, here’s the good news, as a product of the educational system, I can critique these numbers and tell you that they are absolute rather than relative and therefore give a message that is overwhelming to a lot of people. They do not take into consideration the population size, but instead display information that seems to me to be one-sided. For example, if this infographic were looking at an issue such as poverty it would produce completely different results for these countries and would be very alarming to China and India rather than us. But don’t get me wrong, these numbers on education are scary and should promote change in the educational system that we have today. As this infographic intelligently alludes to, we are not one of the global leaders in education.

So we should be asking questions. What could be different about the public educational system in the U.S. that would alter the minds of teenage drop-outs thinking they are (and perhaps they are right) above the system? There is a lot to think about on this issue and we have and will see a lot of change in terms of the global economy and what the U.S.A. offers to it. Holla! [TCNG]Help Our Kids Compete Globally

 

 

 

 

 

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