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Report shows remote work poses higher security risks

Verizon investigation shows almost twice as many confirmed breaches as last year.
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Blue Cross sees 72% increase in telehealth use in four weeks

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and physician organizations representing thousands of Michigan doctors worked collaboratively to launch and expand telehealth services in a compressed timeframe.

Pine Rest offers virtual urgent care

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Psychiatric Urgent Care Center is now offering telehealth assessments as an option.

New app offers transportation for kids

Trusted Rides officially launched in Grand Rapids with a new iOS and Android app to help working parents meet their children's transportation needs.

GHSP launching COVID-19 UV-C disinfecting tech (update)

A West Michigan technology manufacturer is launching a new line of UV-C treatment lights for disinfecting emergency service vehicles.

Battery supplier donates over 50,000 masks

Holland-based LG Chem Michigan Inc. announced it donated over 50,000 masks to local and state first responders.

Colleges strengthen virtual presence

Touring college campuses and attending open houses usually are among the deciding factors in where students will choose to continue their educational journey.

Manufacturer develops contact tracing solution

Fleetwood Group is rolling out a technology solution to help prevent employees from spreading COVID-19 while on the job.

Sun Title Agency offers remote notarizations

For those looking to close on their new property while maintaining social distancing during the state’s current shelter-in-place order, Sun Title Agency is offering new methods to finalize properties safely and legally.

Dickinson Wright receives privacy management certification

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright PLLC, which has an office in Grand Rapids, earned an ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, becoming the first law firm headquartered in Michigan, and one of the first in the world, to earn the distinction.

X-Rite, Pantone offer free ‘color management’ courses

To assist remote workers who review and approve color standards for their companies, a pair of local businesses are offering free e-learning courses for a limited time.

Spectrum Health Innovations and partners produce breathing support device

Spectrum Health Innovations, Rapids Venture and Ghost House Technology have joined forces to produce an alternative breathing support device for COVID-19 patients in just 10 days.

Employer association hosting return-to-work webinars

The Employers’ Association will host a series of webinars this month to help companies bring their operations back online.

True Women’s Health launches virtual care app

Grand Rapids-based True Women’s Health will launch a virtual care app, True Women, and begin seeing patients Monday through telehealth. 

Crews keep hospitals humming

Feyen Zylstra is working behind the scenes in West Michigan hospitals, gearing up frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Pro-Vision releases hybrid HD DVR for commercial fleets

Byron Center-based Pro-Vision Video Systems announced the release of its new 900 Series Hybrid HD DVR that combines 1080p HD recording and observation technology in one device for commercial vehicle operators.

Valley City Electronic Recycling opens online store

A large-quantity universal electronic waste handler opened an online tech store for buying refurbished items.

Blue Cross, Michigan hospitals collaborate on COVID-19 data collection

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and 26 Michigan hospitals are collecting clinical data on COVID-19 patients for a registry that will provide insight into best practices for treating patients.

Drone businesses are becoming more specialized

LANSING — Many drone pilots who started a business to provide photo and video services to clients of all types now are specializing.

Kent County Health Department releases mobile health screening app

The Kent County Health Department on Tuesday launched a new web-based application for residents to help the county identify COVID-19 risks.
telehealth

Fund grants $50K to nonprofit for telehealth services

A philanthropic endowment granted nearly $50,000 to Care Resources PACE to launch telehealth services for the elderly.

Hackers zoom in on COVID

Modern problems require modern solutions, which then lead to more problems.

Davenport enters a virtual world

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) With the cancelation of in-person classes, educational institutions now have to completely rely on online learning, but one local university is trying something new.
Risk Calculator

Risk calculator tracks odds of infection

Maybe despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, you’re still longing to go out. A tool created to illustrate the risk of gathering together shows why that’s a bad idea.

Business Journal revamps website

Welcome to the new grbj.com! The Business Journal unveils a new website that we hope is more reader- and advertiser-friendly.

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