SG TCP Optimizer – Improve Your Network Connection – Free

The TCP Optimizer is a free, easy Windows program that provides an intuitive interface for tuning and optimizing your Internet connection. There is no installation required, just download and run as administrator.

The program can aid both the novice and the advanced user in tweaking related TCP/IP parameters in Windows, making it easy to tune your system to the type of Internet connection used. The tool uses advanced algorithms, and the bandwidth*delay product to find the best TCP Window for your specific connection speed. It provides for easy tuning of all related TCP/IP parameters, such as MTU, RWIN, and even advanced ones like QoS and ToS/Diffserv prioritization. The program works with all current versions of Windows, and includes additional tools, such as testing average latency over multiple hosts, and finding the largest possible packet size (MTU).

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Universal Patient Identifier

A unique patient identifier (UPI) is a method for standardizing patient identification. Individuals are assigned a unique code, and that code, rather than a Social Security Number, name, or address, is what is used by healthcare organizations to identify and manage patient information. A standardized code like this not only protects sensitive health information but supports the exchange of data between healthcare organizations and states as it is a number and format easily read and recognized by all.

While a UPI has yet to be nationally recognized and implemented, a foundation has certainly been made and the industry is perfectly poised to move forward.

How a unique patient identifier is used in healthcare

The UPI helps healthcare organizations link the right records together, preventing duplicate records from being created. There are many ways duplicate accounts or variances can occur: address differences, name variations, maiden names and even user entry error.

With UPIs, providers and payers can link records together and have one complete record and view of the patient or member, ultimately leading to a better experience and increased patient safety. Without reliable records, patient safety takes a hit. Misidentification can contribute to incorrect treatments and adverse medication interactions that have had life-altering or fatal consequences.

The UPI’s ability to achieve accurate record match rates for every patient and member also improves efficient, patient-centered care coordination, as well as population health management strategies, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), social determinants of health and more.

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Skin Condition Finder

Have a health question or concern?  Looking for self-care patient information on a specific disease? Not sure what you are searching for but can see a rash? They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Let Skinsight help by providing medical pictures of common diseases and conditions as they appear on different parts of the body. More powerful than just words, let this interactive tool be your guide.  See your doctor for any rash that is not resolving, a rash associated with a fever, a changing or new mole, or any rash of concern.



Spotting Scams

Scammers are expected to steal billions over the year. Use these three goldens rules to avoid being scammed.

  1. Slow it down — Scammers often create a sense of urgency so that they can bypass your better instincts. Take your time and ask questions to avoid being rushed into a bad situation.

What the scammer might say: You need to act fast. If you don’t make a payment now, we’ll be forced to take legal action against you

  1. Spot check — Do your research to double check the details you’re getting. If you get an unexpected phone call, hang up. Then look up the bank, agency or organization that’s supposedly calling and get in touch directly.

What the scammer might say: This is the IRS calling. We haven’t received your tax payments for four years. That’s a federal crime.

  1. Stop! Don’t send — No reputable person or agency will ever demand payment on the spot. Often, scammers tell you to go buy gift cards—which are meant only to be given as a gift, not as payment under threat. So if you think the payment feels fishy, it probably is.

What the scammer might say:: Please send us EnormoMart GIFT CARDS of $100 or $200 face value. I need 20 of each card.

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