Case study: ApolloLIMS helps clinical labs grow without sacrificing service

For Common Cents Systems – download PDF here.

Central Tox, LLC is a specialized toxicology lab service that has been operating out of Round Rock, Texas, since 2014. Focused on high-precision drug toxicology screening, lab technicians and managers at Central Tox must balance the demands of a constant workload with the need to keep all instruments and support systems running smoothly. Like most modern labs, this requires an advanced laboratory information management system that can act as the command center.

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States fighting back against ‘zombie homes’

For Forsythe Real Estate Appraisal July 2016

Real estate foreclosures have been on a downward trend in the U.S. after reaching record highs in the midst of the housing crisis. This is good news for lenders, who can hopefully begin to extend credit to more borrowers. It is also a good sign that consumers themselves are finding it easier to make their mortgage payments. However, in some areas of the country, delays along the foreclosure process are causing financial headaches for some former homeowners.

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How your credit score affects more than your finances

For Direct Financial Solutions LLC July 2016

It’s easy to say that you needn’t worry about your credit score. After all, it’s just another number that some people tell you to worry about but ultimately seems inconsequential in the short term, like your blood pressure or your weight. Just like these health figures, though, your credit score can actually impact much more than meets the eye. You already know your credit score’s effects on your ability to secure a loan and how much interest you’ll pay on it. But a good credit score can also make it easier to find a job, move into a new apartment and even help you find love – seriously. These are just a few interesting ways that your credit score impacts your life.

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Blockchain presents new opportunities, risks for banks

For Supernal Software, March 2016

If you’ve heard of Bitcoin by now, chances are it was not in a positive way. The central bank-eschewing, mystery-steeped “cryptocurrency” has already received plenty of press for its role in drug trafficking, funding resistance fighters in the Ukraine and as a conduit for digital ransom. With this in mind, Bitcoin, as well as the technology that makes it work, faces an uphill battle to be taken seriously in the banking world, to say the least. Yet many in the tech community are eager to sing its praises, and some even see it as the catalyst for a coming financial revolution.

It turns out, these starry-eyed entrepreneurs may not be far off. The finance world at large has lately been looking at blockchain database structure, the “secret sauce” behind Bitcoin, with fresh optimism. However, it still faces many hurdles, and presents many risks, before it can become as indispensable as some think it should be.

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Understanding your Medicare coverage in 2017

For SelectQuote Senior Jan. 2017

In 2017, resolve to get both your health and your finances in order by working to understand and take full advantage of your Medicare benefits, whether you’re already enrolled or are considering it in the near future.

Maximizing HSA savings

Millions of Americans use a health savings account to set aside some money for future medical expenses while also enjoying a nice tax break. But using an HSA gets a little more complicated if you’re enrolled in Medicare.

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What your financial statements aren’t telling you

For Consero Global

A key part of getting a startup off the ground is securing funding, and in many cases, this means wooing investors with an enticing pitch. Any pitch to seed investors will likely include encouraging stories relating to the founders’ histories and their vision for the business. This is all very important, but the rest of what investors need to know is contained within the company’s financials.

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Interview: Rob Miller, co-founder of Bloodshot Records

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This article originally appeared on the TimeOut Chicago blog 1-8-2015.

Twenty years ago, around the time grunge’s dirty wave had crested and punk was taken off life support, rock music found itself in something of a power vacuum. Record executives were scouring the nightclubs of flyover country to look for the Next Big Thing, and many had Chicago natives like The Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair in their crosshairs. But while the industry at large searched for the next saviors of rock n’ roll, Rob Miller and Nan Warshaw were busy cataloguing an overlooked, burgeoning movement. With the release of For A Life of Sin: A Compilation of Insurgent Chicago Country, Bloodshot Records was born. Continue reading

Paying their way: DePaul students funding their own education

Emily Becker reviews notes from her Jumpstart meeting. The DePaul student is covering all the costs of her education. (Andrew Morrell / The DePaulia)

Emily Becker reviews notes from her Jumpstart meeting. The DePaul student is covering all the costs of her education. (Andrew Morrell / The DePaulia)

Originally published in The DePaulia 11-16-14.

Around 6:40 a.m. on May 8, 2012, America reached a milestone that few talked about, and even fewer celebrated. It was at that exact moment, according to estimates by FinAid.org, when outstanding student loan debt in America reached $1 trillion. Today, that estimate stands at over $1.2 trillion — higher than outstanding credit card or auto loan debt, and likely higher than combined student debt all over the world. The majority of that debt, as much as 43 percent of it, is carried by people younger than 25 years old. Continue reading