Like millions of other TV viewers, you must have seen Shark Tankand the episode where the inventor of Readerest launched his successful business. Yesterday, I became a surrogate, unabashed, honorary salesman for the enterprise when I strolled into my optometrist's office. Read on for the rest of the 'social current see' of the story.
As world beverages go, is there anything more popular than coffee?
According to this SOURCE, "Coffee is a brewed drink with a distinct aroma and flavor, prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds found inside "berries" of the Coffee plant. Coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, India and Africa.
"The two most commonly grown are the highly regarded arabica, and the less sophisticated but stronger and more hardy robusta. The latter is resistant to the coffee leaf rust, Hemileia vastatrix, but has a more bitter taste. Once ripe, coffee beans are picked, processed, and dried. Green (unroasted) coffee beans are one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Once traded, the beans are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor, before being ground and brewed to create the beverage."
The ANTHEM security breach is just another in a long line of similar incidents and, unfortunately, this will not be the last. That's why I lodged a complaint recently with the service that manages my electronic medical record (EMR) for City of Hope.
My plea dealt with the fact that the EMR online request asked for my social security number to be entered but, of course, I declined and told the service (via and email) that it is ill-advisable for EMR systems to ask for that type of personal information. This ANTHEM issue is evidence enough that EMR operators should not only shore up their security settings, but adjust their policies to not ask for personal information they simply do not need.