Nursefly, the digital marketplace for nurses and employers
Hiring new healthcare staff is time-consuming, particularly if specialist skills or background checks are required. Covid-19 has highlighted this issue, while simultaneously increased the need for a faster recruitment process due to a greater need for nurses during the pandemic.
NurseFly is a digital healthcare staffing marketplace available in the US that was founded in 2017. Parth Bhakta, founder and CEO, explains that the idea was conceived after hearing from a recruiter how inefficient the healthcare staffing process could be. NurseFly aims to change this by streamlining the process and connecting employers such as hospitals and care homes with nurses faster and more efficiently.
The platform currently has more than 92,000 active job listings. It also hosts career resources, such as information on contracts and agency reviews.
"NurseFly supports more personalised matching between healthcare professionals and vacant positions" Bhakta explains. "We’re completely dismantling traditional healthcare recruiting and staffing methods so that candidates are more in charge of the process and enjoy a more humanised experience."
The platform lets users compare offers of work, chat with employers, and even research the cost of living in different locations. The marketplace works directly with healthcare employers, charging them a subscription fee to help them connect with qualified candidates quickly. For nurses use of the site is free.
Bhakta says that the way the staffing industry currently operates is completely at odds with nurses and other healthcare workers. "We wanted to focus on giving healthcare pros a full view of the marketplace, and as a result, their choices. The goal is to create unprecedented access to key job information, such as pay. As a result, NurseFly reduces costs and time to hire by up to five times, and significantly improves the quality of applicants. Candidates have greater pay transparency too, a choice of job options, and a seamless application process."
For Bhakta, COVID-19 has been a catalyst for healthcare tech implementation. "Healthcare staffing needs to be more digitised as legacy systems are not built to move quickly" he says. "Our marketplace is COVID-proof, and was built to handle volatility and staff healthcare jobs faster. NurseFly has seen 600k+ jobs posted on its platform since COVID began."
The pandemic has also led to recruiters using tools like chatbots and automated interview scheduling to get candidates hired faster. "This saves the healthcare worker precious personal time and helps organisations save on staffing costs that only increase the longer a position goes unfilled" Bhakta says.
"Social media also provides healthcare professionals with an excellent way to stay connected with each other so as to not feel isolated. NurseFly fosters several online social communities for this purpose. It’s an opportunity for them to find community with each other during COVID and unite in shared experiences on the frontlines.
"They can also use it to easily and quickly spread the word about urgent COVID needs in their hospitals. Advanced matching algorithms complement social media and universal profiles by ensuring "right fit for the job."
Bhakta says time and cost pressures won't go away in the future, therefore digital solutions will only become more widespread. "The healthcare workforce, with an increasing number of tech-savvy Millennials and Gen Zers, will also demand the adoption of intelligent, engaging tech solutions across the industry."
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”