Ways Mobile Technology Can Enhance Nurse Communications

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Nurses: The First Practitioners of mHealth Legions of caring nurses were probably the first practitioners of mobile health (mHealth), starting in the last century — the pre-smartphone era. Nurses often carried “beepers” or what is now considered antiquated pagers. Ways Mobile Technology Can Enhance Nurse Communications Today, there are many ways mobile technology can enhance nurse communications. New mobile technologies are poised to empower nurses to both spend more time with patients and improve the quality of their care. Many believe this will make nurses more efficient, lead to lower fatigue, and result in fewer overtime hours — saving hospitals money. Mobile technologies, which include sensors, devices, and apps will make it easier for nurses to access information from wherever they are and collaborate with a patient’s care team. Accenture research found that nurses frequently use a diverse range of communication technologies. These include: bed alarms, digital signage, both mobile […] Read more »

6 Tips For Establishing a BYOD Policy

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Before we even consider the 6 tips for establishing a BYOD policy, why should companies consider letting their employees bring their own personal devices to work? Some studies show productivity gains by employees using their own devices. Many companies are of the opinion that allowing employees to use their own devices at work increases morale. One survey indicated that almost half of job seekers viewed an organization more positively if it supports their personal device. So, if you are considering letting your employees use their own devices and want to address device security, IT service, and application use intelligently, here are a few tips for establishing an effective BYOD policy for your company. Tip #1: Determine What Devices Are Allowed – And Tell Everyone Today there are many devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) to choose from on several systems — Blackberry, iOS, and Android. It is important to let your […] Read more »

Internet of Things – Separating the Critical Data

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There’s been a lot of hype about the Internet of Things – but what exactly is the “Internet of Things”, and how will the use and access of critical data affect your life?   The Internet of Things is simply the interconnection of computing devices that are connected to one another and to the Internet. With applications ranging from consumer to consumer, business to business, and government to industries. The abbreviation for it looks like this — IoT.So, what type of devices and applications are we referring to here? Well, hi-tech ones that you might find in a health care setting such as a heart monitoring implant, internet-linked billboards, waste management systems to monitor those who exceed waste limits, smart water systems and meters, wearable devices such as wristwatches that not only monitor time and manage texts and emails, but they also monitor the blood sugar in a person’s system. […] Read more »

Pagers Cost Hospitals $1.75 Million in Inefficient Communications

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Inefficient communications during critical clinical workflows such as patient admissions, emergency response team coordination, and patient transfers costs the average U.S. hospital about $1.75 million annually, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute. The report finds that: A significant amount of time is wasted during these workflows due to the inefficiency of pagers and the lack of adoption of secure text messaging. The use of secure text messaging could reclaim more than half of this wasted time. The Ponemon study highlight the pressing need to overcome inefficient communications  with more effective communications solutions for efficient communication and collaboration amongst providers is critical to the coordination and delivery of patient and allow patients to more quickly receive the care they require. The survey examine more than 400 healthcare providers in the U.S. to identify areas of inefficient communications  in three specific clinical workflows: Patient admissions Coordinating emergency response teams Patient transfers […] Read more »

Pager Inefficiencies | OnPage Pager Replacement

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The OnPage Pager Replacement is the Answer to poor Hospital Communications. According to a recent study by Dr. Larry Ponemon, of the Ponemon Institute, “…the efficient communication and collaboration among physicians, nurses and other providers is critical to the coordination and delivery of patient care, especially given the increasingly mobile nature of today’s clinicians…” The health care industry continues to rely, for the most part, on Pagers — an antiquated technology. Pagers create inefficiencies that have a significant economic and productivity impact on the health care industry — costing billions. Dr. Ponemon details these inefficiencie in his “Report on the Economic Impact of Inefficient Communications in Healthcare”. These are the four main points : The average care provider wastes more than 45 minutes per day by using outdated communication technologies – that’s almost 6 hours a week. 65% of the time it takes to admit a patient is wasted due […] Read more »

11 Technologies Obsolesced by Smartphones

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The Smartphone Revolution is Here! Gone are Camcorders, Pagers and Remotes. Mpeg players, Pagers, and calculators have all been swept into the dustbin of technology and replaced by your smartphone. Today, smartphones can do just about everything these icons from yesteryear could, and much, much more. So, lighten your load. There’s no need to carry around all your old devices anymore — they all can be consolodated into one device, your smartphone. (Violins and Trumpets) Let’s spend a minute reminiscing and shedding a tear for technology devices gone bye, and herald in “The Age of the Smartphone”. The Top-11 Technology Devices Obsolesced By Smartphones Rating Scale: **** (extremley obsolete) *** (very obsolete) ** (quite obsolete) * (obsolete) . Pagers These buzzing-vibrating little devils — I found them annoying — were state of the art in their day, but are now vintage technology. The issue with Pagers is that once you sent […] Read more »

Get the Ultimate Control Over Your Messages

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Presenting the world’s most advanced web dashboard for group or individual paging, monitoring response, analyzing and reporting. Previously named Web Management Console, the OnPage Control System allows you to manage all your company’s communications easily and reliably. The system is unbelievably user friendly and intuitive, totally secure, and it allows you to be in complete control under all circumstances. With The OnPage Control System You Can: Send Messages from the office manager desktop and follow up with further instructions upon response Send as many messages as you need in seconds and monitor their status in real time Manage contact information for multiple users and groups Create users in a unified way for easy access Page an individual, group or escalation group Define escalation groups to a list of individuals to ensure prompt response Sync all OnPage contacts to all users’ devices Survey all messages within your organization Comply With HIPAA […] Read more »

Top BYOD Issues Facing the Healthcare Industry

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BYOD is here to stay. That’s why healthcare organizations need to establish best practices and strategies for deploying and maintaining a BYOD environment. Healthcare organizations that do enable a BYOD environment are able to streamline processes, improve physician access to information, and improve overall patient care. The benefits of BYOD make it easy for healthcare organizations to decide on making the switch; however there are a few issues on BYOD that organizations seem to fear.   OnPage, a Priority Messaging Application and pager replacement app has helped hundreds of healthcare organizations move from old traditional pagers to using their smartphones to receive pages. In doing so, OnPage has addressed these top BYOD concerns, so you no longer have to worry. Issue #1 Mixing personal and professional use of mobile devices  When you bring your own device to your workplace you are also bringing in your personal life as well. For this […] Read more »

OnPage Gets 90% Review Rating

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Recently, The Smartphone App Review reviewed OnPage and gave us a 90% rating! Here is what they had to say… “OnPage is a fantastic addition to the capabilities of the iPhone, as it adds full pager abilities to the iOS device, and also for Android and BlackBerry, which are also supported. This is great news for medical professionals and many more working people, as this fills a crucial hole in the mobile armoury of the three ecosystems. The app is very easy to set up, and once you have registered you will be ready to go. There are plenty of options to play around with, as the app comes with eight ringtones, the ability to set up custom predefined responses, reminders, and you can even sync your iOS contacts with your new pager. The ability to communicate, instantly and without and of the ‘fluff’ that other apps use, and even […] Read more »

Ready Or Not: HIPAA Just Got Tougher

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September 23rd was the final deadline for vendors that provide services to HIPAA-covered plans known in HIPAA parlance as “business associates” – the new regulations do introduce fundamental change. Under the new regulations, business associates are required, for the first time, to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule, many provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and are subject to direct enforcement action by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OnPage, a virtual two-way pager application for iPhone, Android & Blackberry is a secure, and fully HIPAA compliant solution for anyone in the healthcare industry. If you are currently using non HIPAA Compliant solutions for your critical messages, you can turn to OnPage and rest easy knowing you are in full HIPAA compliance. OnPage-full HIPAA compliance messaging solution Secure Encrypted Communication- Encrypted from end to end. Archiving ability- Archive all of your messages for HIPAA security standards Remote Wipe Ability- Remotely wipe all of your users […] Read more »

Daily App Show Video Review

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  The Daily App Show recently reviewed the OnPage application with a video demonstration. The video walks you through the OnPage’s user interface, message history and message status. The reviewer also showcases OnPage’s full audit trail by snoozing an incoming message, and then going into that message’s audit trail to show the lag between sent, delivered and the time stamp of when it was actually read.               Click to see the entire review Please follow and like us: Read more »

OnPage Pager Replacement and Priority Messaging Application Strengthens Security and Increases Efficiency with New Enhanced Version

To Read The Entire Press Release Click Here Onset Technology, creator of the OnPage Pager Replacement and Priority Messaging Application, releases new version with security and efficiency enhancing features such as Remote Wipe, Contact Sync, Message Forwarding and New Ringtones OnPage announced today the release of an enhanced version of the OnPage pager application for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. New features will provide users with strengthened security and reliability for their mobile communication needs. The new release will also provide greater flexibility and customization capabilities to meet the specific needs of its customers. One of the top ten issues hospitals are facing during 2013 is Mobile Communication Security. According to the PwC Health Research Institute, 69% of consumers surveyed said they were concerned about the privacy of their medical information if providers accessed it through mobile devices. “The rising concern over hospital privacy and security is due to […] Read more »

Michiana Hematology Oncology Chooses OnPage For Improved Communication, Reliability and Convenience

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OnPage announced today that Michiana Hematology Oncology’s Advanced Centers for Cancer Care selected OnPage for their priority messaging. Michiana’s physicians and staff are now relying on OnPage for secure, HIPAA-compliant communication using smartphones, therefore eliminating the need to carry additional paging devices. By upgrading to OnPage, not only has paging reliability greatly increased, but Michiana’s staff is always informed as to the status of each message, including automatic notification when a message is received and when it is actually read and responded to. Michiana Hematology Oncology’s Advanced Centers for Cancer Care represent the largest team of board- certified medical, radiation and gynecological oncologists in northern Indiana. Michiana has distinguished itself by its leadership in medical technology, treatment options, clinical research, and patient care. With locations in Crown Point, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Plymouth/South Bend and Westville, patients receive the most sophisticated and trusted cancer care available in the region. Now with the […] Read more »

Hospitals Losing BILLIONS over Outdated Pager Technology!

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“U.S hospitals are wasting billions of dollars every year by having their staff use archaic communication technology like pagers” (CNN Mo ney) According to a new study by technology research firm Ponemon Institute, physicians and nurses working in hospitals waste an average of 46 minutes a day when they use beepers to exchange information about patients, rather than using updated technology like smartphones. The study goes on to say that the cost of lost productivity for hospitals due to outdated technology like pagers translates to more than $8 billion annually! Hospitals that can make the switch to a more updated technology like OnPage Priority Messaging- a pager replacement application that combines the functionality of a pager but with the power and convenience of a smartphone. OnPage can increase their productivity levels, and allow them to reduce unnecessary spending on outdated technology like pagers. The respondents of the survey also mentioned […] Read more »

Pitch Your Pager Device for a Smartphone

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  Do you still use a pager? If you answered yes, you’re not alone.  Many hospital, healthcare and emergency response workers still own and use pagers as part of their daily operations. Pagers widespread but falling out of favor Hospitals routinely use pagers to alert physicians, respiratory therapists, and other important staff regarding when and where they’re needed in the hospital. Firefighters too, especially volunteer staff, regularly employ pagers to receive priority messages so they can respond to calls in their local communities. Although still widespread, not every one is happy about still having to use pagers. Many users often cite serious concerns such as limited functionality, poor coverage, aging infrastructure and a dwindling number of options when it comes to pager service providers.  They feel trapped into using obsolete pager technology when their own personal devices offer far superior service. Smartphones begin replacing pagers The need for priority messaging […] Read more »

OnPage™ Officially Launches iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry Smartphone Pager App

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  It’s here! It’s here! The official release of OnPage is here, and we’re eager to tell you about it! Download the app for  FREE now at either the Apple App Store or BlackBerry App World and use it FREE for a 30 day trial. As many of you know, OnPage, our smartphone pager application has been in Beta version since our launch just a few short months ago in April, 2011.  Since our initial application launch, we’ve had incredible success. Thousands of Beta users downloaded and used OnPage for free and have been giving us some great feedback on how to improve our iPhone®, iPad®, and BlackBerry® pager application. Maybe you’re one of our many Beta subscribers who helped us by sharing your experience and opinions. If so, we heard you, we thank you and to show our appreciation, we’ve incorporated the best of those suggestions into our official […] Read more »

New Smartphone App for Paging & Priority Mobile Messaging

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OnPage™, a first-of-a-kind, hosted global paging & priority messaging service is now available for iPhone® iPad® and Blackberry® Smartphones. OnPage is the next generation of paging technology, blending the ease of use and high functionality of Smartphones with the reliability of a hosted paging service. It makes traditional paging devices obsolete and replaces aging pager devices while adding powerful capabilities like delivery and read notifications as well as reply functions. Please follow and like us: Read more »