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Meet Your VMA: Aljane, Accepting the Challenge

by: Abigail Sabido | March 5, 2021 | Staff Profile
This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) #ChooseToChallenge campaign aims to challenge gender bias and inequality and celebrate women’s achievements to create an inclusive world. In solidarity with the IWD, this edition of our Meet Your VMA series features one woman who’s all in one a mother, provider, and leader. 2020 upended VMA Aljane’s life like…

A Holy Grail of Sensors

by: Don Wickelgren | March 2, 2021 | Security and Tech
Wearables are advancing at an amazing clip. Many useful vitals are available today but the holy grail is measuring blood pressure. It now looks like that is on the horizon. Reference: https://gizmodo.com/you-may-soon-be-able-to-measure-blood-pressure-from-you-1846035591

Filipino Small Talk: Creating Big Relationships

by: Liezel Porras | February 26, 2021 | Culture
Small talk is one of the most essential human interactions. What appears to be trivial and inane to some is one of the most natural ways people connect in their personal and professional lives. Essentially, this type of casual exchange has no real purpose or objective per se. However, it’s a relationship builder — something…

Vendor selection and security

by: Don Wickelgren | February 23, 2021 | Security and Tech
Security risks exist whether you're small or big. Vendors are one of the riskiest areas for your business. You can't eliminate them in our complex connected world but you can improve your position. Make sure you put a security review as a criteria in all vendor selections. Look at their focus, diligence and investment in…

Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival Goes Digital

by: Liezel Porras | February 19, 2021 | Culture
Dinagyang Festival is one of Iloilo City’s (where our VMAs are based) most popular festivals in the country, celebrating the culture and spiritual devotion of the people or Ilonggos. Picture street parades of the different performing tribes in colorful indigenous outfits and showcasing ethnic dance-offs with the thundering drum beats. This is what Dinagyang stands…

Activity Trackers Help Post Cardiac Discharge

by: Don Wickelgren | February 15, 2021 | RPM
RTI International a Research Triangle Park, NC not for profit research agency did a study on activity trackers for cardiac patients. People are inherently social discharge from a highly structured human based cardiac program can be jarring experience. The activity trackers provide an immediate feedback and reminder to maintain and promote healthy activity. Interestingly, when…

Telehealth Through the Pandemic and Beyond

by: Abigail Sabido | February 10, 2021 | Healthcare
A PwC survey shows a strong inclination towards remote, flexible work setup post-COVID. The same pulse check in the healthcare industry can give us a glimpse into the future of telehealth. By now, hospitals have ramped up embedding this technology into their healthcare systems. Small and medium-sized clinics would’ve had best practices in place —…

We are Preparing for Growth

by: Liezel Porras | February 6, 2021 | Company
Benjamin Franklin once said that, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Growth is a painful process as it requires continuous effort despite failures. However, it’s an inevitable outcome that only comes through determination. And we are preparing for this journey this year, so we had a…

Meet Your VMA: April, Becoming Her Best Version

by: Jessica Gayo | February 3, 2021 | Staff Profile
When you’re the youngest in a big Filipino family, you’re perceived the luckiest. Not exactly in terms of household responsibilities, but the youngest is often showered with favorable attention. Parents and older siblings are always there for help and guidance, which can sometimes result in being too dependent on others. To some extent, April believed…

Remote Communication Effectiveness

by: Don Wickelgren | January 29, 2021 | Healthcare
Measuring success using patient ratings gives a view into a practices overall success. But determining all the factors is a difficult task. Everyone understands that face to face communication is easier and more natural to adults (this is beginning to change with younger generations) it's our default. But determining how to communicate better is not…