Why Pagers Suck!

HIPAA Violations are only the beginning If you’re a healthcare professional you probably use pagers to communicate with your office and with others in your practice. But did you know that using a pager could cost your office $650K for a HIPAA violation? That seems like a lot of money to spend for the liberty of using a $5 device. HIPAA Requirements According to the HIPAA regulations, healthcare organizations using pagers must Ensure that all communications are encrypted Ensure that a system of message accountability is implemented Enable remote removal of messages from a pager to protect the integrity of PHI in the event of a pager being lost or stolen Enable a process for user identification on each device Enable an automatic log-out facility to prevent unauthorized access to PHI when a pager is left unattended Unless you have borrowed a pager from the future, your pager doesn’t meet […] Read more »

Secured Texting is NOT Acceptable for Pager Replacement

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Due to the new HIPAA compliance guidelines that came out in September, more organizations rush to get compliant messaging solutions such as secure SMS. However, there are many reasons why secured texting is NOT acceptable for healthcare communication and is NOT a suitable replacement for pagers. 1) Secured Texting does NOT enable messages to be sent through multiple platforms; messages can only be sent through the application 2) Secured Texting does NOT provide persistent alerts until the message is acknowledged; it will only alert you once. 3) Secured Texting does NOT offer a repeated delivery until your device is operational 4) Secured Texting does NOT have a time stamped audit trial for ALL messages 5) Secured Texting does NOT allow for group or escalation group messages. 6) Secured Texting IS NOT fully HIPAA compliant. It does not archive messages. If you are using secured texting as your messaging solution, you […] Read more »

OnPage NEW Features: Message Forwarding

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OnPage recently announced the release of an enhanced version of the OnPage pager application for iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. These 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 these new features is the ability for organizations to forward their messages onto other OnPage users or groups. The message forwarding feature will allow OnPage users to easily forward messages they receive to another OnPage user or group in case they are unavailable to respond, or someone else is more suitable to respond to the message. This ultimately allows for messages to get to the right person at the right time, without the sender wasting time identifying and resending the message to that person. To learn more about the new features of 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 »

University Medical Center Chooses OnPage Priority Messaging for their Critical Communication Needs

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OnPage announced today that a leading University Medical Center has chosen OnPage as their pager replacement application for their cardiology surgery department. OnPage will enable this physician-led medical center to eliminate their costly and outdated pager devices by combining the benefits of pagers, SMS, and email into one easy to use, secure smartphone application. The university health center is a non-profit, medical center that focuses on Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Cardiology.  With on-site medical support services, a pharmacy, diagnostic imaging suite, endoscopy suite and a full laboratory, the Center offers cutting-edge medical care to its local community and beyond. Wide-spread deployment of OnPage across all other departments is anticipated in the near future. Initially, the Center’s Cardiology Department will enjoy many benefits of using the OnPage solution, including the ability to communicate immediately and securely with its cardiologists, through both cell service and WI-FI, send continuous paging […] Read more »

Primary Stock Exchange Company Chooses OnPage For Secure Archived Communication

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OnPage announced today that a primary stock exchange company has chosen OnPage for their secure archived communication needs. This leading stock exchange company will use the OnPage application to replace the non-compliant SMS and Pin-to-Pin communication. The Stock Exchange Company operates the third or fourth largest equities exchange in the world, with a trading volume of 1billion to 2 billion shares per day, capturing 10-12% of total U.S. equity trading volume. The Stock Exchange will utilize the OnPage application on their mobile devices with features including a full time-stamped audit trail and message archiving. The OnPage app gives the organization the tools to implement and enforce effective electronic record keeping, supervision and data protection policies for compliance with FINRA record retention rules and to fulfill SEC obligations for electronic message broker dealer compliance. To read the Full PR Click Here! Please follow and like us: Read more »

Primary Stock Exchange Company Chooses OnPage Priority Messaging For Secure Archived Communication

To view the Full PR Click Here! Leading US Equities Exchange Company Chooses OnPage Priority Messaging to Comply with FINRA Requirements Onset Technology, leader in mobile secure priority messaging, creator of OnPage, announced today that a primary stock exchange company has chosen OnPage for their secure archived communication needs. This leading stock exchange company will use the OnPage application to replace the non-compliant SMS and Pin-to-Pin communication. OnPage combines the benefits of pagers, SMS and email into one OnPage, easy to use secure mobile messaging application. The Stock Exchange Company operates the third or fourth largest equities exchange in the world, with a trading volume of 1billion to 2 billion shares per day, capturing 10-12% of total U.S. equity trading volume. The exchange will enjoy many benefits of using the OnPage application on their mobile device, including a full time-stamped audit trail and message archiving. OnPage gives the organization the […] Read more »

Does Your Messaging Solution Archive Messages for HIPAA Compliance?

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Did you know that to be in complete HIPAA compliance you must adhere to the six year document retention requirement for information related to PHI (protected health information) specified within HIPAA? You may have thought that to be in compliance with HIPAA you only needed a messaging system with secure end to end encryption. This statement is not true. To be in complete HIPAA compliance you need to adhere to their archiving requirements and keep information related to PHI on record for at least six years. Messaging solutions on the market today that claim to be HIPAA compliant do not adhere to this archiving requirement. Secure SMS text for example does not adhere to this requirement as there is no way to store or audit past information, whether the message was sent encrypted or not. OnPage, a virtual pager application for smartphones has become an essential product for healthcare organizations […] Read more »

SMS Is NOT Secure

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Many pediatric hospital physicians are communicating with their staff through various text messages instead of using a secure HIPAA compliant messaging system. According to a University of Kansas study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in New Orleans, 90% of respondents said they regularly use a smartphone and 96% are using text messaging as their priority form of communication. It’s great to hear that the use of advanced technology is growing in hospitals and in the healthcare environment. However, with the use of smartphones comes the responsibility to adhere to certain compliance issues such as HIPAA. Text messaging is a convenient and favored form of communication nowadays but is not appropriate in healthcare environments because it does not adhere to these healthcare guidelines. SMS or Text messaging is also not appropriate for physicians because it is a personal form of communication that should not be used for […] Read more »