Pager Service Disruption Worries Quebec’s Rural Communities

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Telus announced that it is canceling its pager service across Canada, effective March 31, 2015. This is cause for worry amongst some residents of Quebec’s rural communities according to CBC News. Several anglophone coastline villages near Labrador, on Quebec’s Lower North Shore, do not have cellphone service. They rely on pagers to reach health-care workers and emergency responders. Without a pager system, according to Rowsell Roberts, volunteer firefighters and health-care workers would have to wait by the phone at home. Another group recommend using two-way radios — a 1950’s technology attempting to cure 21st century urgent messaging needs. Pagers Are Obsolete Fewer and fewer people are using pagers – the devices you hold in your hand – as time goes on. The number of pagers in use has been plummeting each year since their height in the mid-1990s. Nonetheless, as of 2013, about 161,500 Canadians still had paging service subscriptions, according […] Read more »

Family Celebrates Century Of Volunteer Firefighting

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“When the pagers go off, it’s like stereophonic sound.” That’s what Mom says about her family of three boys and their Dad — all volunteer firefighters. Volunteer firefighting is a tradition in this Mayer, Minnesota family. Combined, the family has served over 100 years putting out fires, protecting property, and saving lives. Rod Maetzold (Dad), is Mayer’s fire chief. The three sons — Jon, Andy, and Adam have been volunteering since they turned 18. Together, at one point, the family made up almost a third of the entire small town fire department. They sometimes joked around and called the firehouse the Maetzold Fire Department. It’s been a rewarding experience for the family, but also one that has not been easy. One evening, Andy Maetzold was dispatched to the scene of an accident. Inside the single car rollover he saw a friend. It was one of the toughest accident scenes Andy […] Read more »

COTS Relies on OnPage Priority Messaging Alerts System When Disaster Strikes

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COTS – the Central Ohio Trauma System relied on the OnPage Priority Messaging Alerts System to a help disseminate accurate and timely situational awareness during the sub-zero temperatures of last winter’s Polar Vortex. And, it relies on OnPage today to help save lives whenever disaster strikes.  The Polar Vortex Threatens a Hospital Network In the winter of 2014, the Polar Vortex covered much of the United States and temperatures in Ohio plummeted to record lows. The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) received numerous requests from central Ohio healthcare agencies for immediate and accurate communications about an evolving medical emergency. A water main break occurred in one of our major cities, affecting one of our hospital systems causing the shut down of  the entire water supply to the hospital,” recalled Kelsey Blackburn, Critical Incident Response Planner for COTS. “At that point, the main issue was not that they didn’t have power – because they […] 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 »

OnPage Pager Application Celebrates 2nd Birthday!

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Hard to believe, we are already two years in the market!! The OnPage pager application for Android, iPhone and Blackberry was the FIRST in the market to offer hosted Paging service on Smartphones.  Not the traditional paging service capabilities on Android, iPhone and Blackberry but smart paging that ensures efficiency, accountability and reliability. For most individuals, Paging is an 80’s term. Most will say “I used to carry a pager 20 year ago…” or “Who still needs a Pager these days?” But the answer is simple: Paging is a term used to describe urgency, priority messaging which we all still need, and thus it should not be associated with the actual pager device of yesteryear.  Today’s paging allows you to be informed as to the message status, allows you to reply to a page and even initiate a page to another OnPage user, all at your fingertips on your smartphone. […] 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 »

7 Reasons To Choose OnPage!

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There are many reasons to choose OnPage as your virtual pager or pager replacement. To name a few, here are 7 reasons why you should switch to OnPage Priority Messaging today! 1)      Consolidation of Devices–  OnPage consolidates all of your devices into one- your smartphone. Don’t carry around an additional device like an old pager, just carry one! 2)      Confirmation of Delivery & Read-  OnPage lets you know when your message was delivered, sent, read and replied. With full audit trail capabilities you can keep track of all your messages and make sure that NO messages are missed. 3)      Continuous Alert & Repeated Delivery-  OnPage continuously attempts to deliver the message to your phone for up to 8 hours to ensure that critical messages get through. Our persistent alert sounds just like a pager and is impossible to miss. 4)      Convenience-  With full reply capabilities, pre-defined response and the ability to create groups and […] Read more »

Enterprise Mobility Infographic

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Check out this cool Enterprise Mobility Infographic posted by xcubelabs! Key Highlights: 67% of CIOS and other IT professionals will believe mobility will impact their business as much as or more than the internet did in the 1990s! The #1 Major Business Benefit for driving mobile computing is Increased Efficiency. 85% of more than 130 Hospitals surveyed support BYOD for physicians and staff. 70% of organizations are already using or planning to use custom mobile application Please follow and like us: Read more »

Mobile App Market Expectations For 2016

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Forecasting for mobile health applications is looking good. According to ABI Research, the mobile health applications market is predicted to grow to $400 million as 2016 approaches. In 2010 the market reached $120 million, so looking forward this research suggests that the market could actually quadruple in size in 2016. A growth this tremendous will mean big opportunities for application developers, technology vendors and healthcare practices that will start to see more of a presence of mobile apps in their own organizations. Alongside ABI’s research, Juniper Research also released its own study that depicts mHealth apps will reach 142 million downloads around the world in 2016. Contrast to ABI’s research, Juniper expects the download rate of the mHealth apps to grow at twice the rate of revenues. They predict more than a billion downloads occurring annually by the year 2016. With these new forecasts the expectations for the mobile app […] Read more »

Survey: Mobile Apps Changing Healthcare

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A recent survey conducted by HIMSS on Mobile Technology has shown a tremendous growth on the use of mobile applications in the healthcare environment. The survey was collected by 180 C- Level Healthcare Executives through the months of October and November. The surveys key findings showed that there has been a jump in the number of organizations that have mobile health policies in place. The survey mentioned that in 2011 there were only 38% of respondents that said their organization had developed these policies. In 2012 that number rose to 2/3rds, showing the growth that has taken place in just one year. The survey looked at the specific types of technology that are being used for these policies. 95% of respondents said that they have policies for laptops while 79% had smartphone policies and 57% for tablet policies. With policies now starting to take place, we are beginning to see […] Read more »

OnPage is Chosen by Boston Children’s Hospital to Provide Secure Paging for Smartphones

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OnPage™  announced today that Boston Children’s Hospital, ranked number one pediatric hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report, has chosen OnPage Priority Messaging to replace its traditional pagers. The dedicated paging devices carried by physicians everywhere will no longer be necessary as their functionality is integrated into their smartphones. Boston Children’s hospital will enjoy many benefits using the OnPage service, including the ability to communicate immediately and securely with its doctors through both cell service and WI-FI, send continuous paging alerts until message receipt, receive actual read acknowledgement automatically when a doctors read their messages, create and manage groups and escalation groups through the OnPage Console, keep a log of the entire communication chain for traceability, and all with HIPAA-compliant encryption for security. Furthermore, since OnPage runs on the most popular smartphones, there is no longer the need for the doctors to carry an additional pager device. […] Read more »

Pediatric Practice Turns to OnPage for Priority Messaging

To Read The Entire Press Release Click Here Onset Technology, the leader in Secure Priority Messaging, recently announced that a pioneering Pediatric Clinic has chosen OnPage™ service as the primary form of priority messaging for its physicians and staff, replacing their traditional paging devices with secure virtual paging on their smartphones. For over forty years the Practice has provided top-of-the-line medical care for patients ages 0-21. Recently, they decided to make their practice completely electronic to better suit the needs of their young patients. After careful research, they decided to replace their traditional pagers with OnPage’s secure, HIPAA compliant, application to send and receive emergency messages, on any smart phone, pertinent to their patient’s safety and the organizational flow of their clinic. OnPage converts any iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android device into a secure, reliable communications system. It combines the benefits of a Pager, SMS, and Email into one easy-to- use […] Read more »

Pediatric Practice Turns to OnPage for Priority Messaging

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A Pioneering Pediatric Clinic has chosen the OnPage™ service as their primary form of priority messaging for its physicians and staff. OnPage will replace their traditional paging devices with secure virtual paging on their smartphones. For over forty years the Practice has provided top-of-the-line medical care for patients ages 0-21. Recently, they decided to make their practice completely electronic to better suit the needs of their young patients. After careful research, they decided to replace their traditional pagers with OnPage’s secure, HIPAA compliant, application to send and receive emergency messages, on any smart phone, pertinent to their patient’s safety and the organizational flow of their clinic. To Read The Entire Press Release Click Here Please follow and like us: Read more »

Major Health Foundation uses OnPage for High Priority Secure Communication

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Recently, a forward-looking health foundation has chosen OnPage’s Secure Priority Messaging system to enhance its high-priority communication processes. The Foundation will utilize OnPage within its IT department to support immediate communication needs and to reduce server downtime. Based on its success with OnPage thus far, the Foundation is preparing to deploy OnPage Priority Messaging to its physicians and other essential medical and administrative staff. To Read The Entire Press Release Click Here Please follow and like us: Read more »

MEMA Selects OnPage Secure Priority Messaging for Mitigating Disasters

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OnPage is honored to have the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) trust in them for their critical communication needs. MEMA provides the Commonwealth of Massachusetts valuable leadership during emergencies by coordinating with local, state and Federal governments to ensure a cohesive response. The Operations Division of MEMA maintains and operates the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), monitoring emergencies statewide through the Communications Unit  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and serves as the command and control center for the Commonwealth. MEMA chose OnPage due to it’s security features, trace-ability and ability to communicate with different types of devices. OnPage will ultimately allow MEMA’s staff to reliably communicate and share information during emergencies as well as save valuable time when dealing with response operations. To read the entire press release click here. Please follow and like us: Read more »

OnPage Revolutionizes Enterprise Messaging Management with New, Beyond-State-of-the-Art Web Console

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The new Web Management Console  was released on September 9th, 2012.   The new console ensures delivery of priority messages to the right people, while providing a new level of flexibility in organizing and tracking priority communications. In the new Web Management Console, users will have access to new features and options that will enhance their paging experience.  One game changer is the creation of escalation pathways which allows for a message to be sent to a succession of people and if that  message is not read by the intended recipient within a predetermined time period it will then send to the next. Other game changing features includes the ability to administer roles and permissions so each administrator can have only the access they need.  Retention policies is another feature that will allow enterprises to comply with regulations via automatic export of all their messages onto their own servers and permanently removing them from the […] Read more »

OnPage Revolutionizes Enterprise Messaging Management with New, Beyond-State-of-the-Art Web Console

To view the entire Press Release click here.   Onset Technology unveils a new OnPage Web-based Management Console with enhanced features and unprecedented reliability for secure mobile priority messaging Waltham, MA (PRWEB) September 10, 2012 Onset Technology, the leader in secure mobile communication, released today a significant update to its OnPage server software and Web-based Management Console that will revolutionize the way pager and priority communications are executed and managed. OnPage is a secure two way pager and priority messaging application for iPhone®, iPad, iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android with global service coverage using WiFi or Cell service. The message sent via the OnPage service arrives to the smartphone as a prominent page with continuous alert until acknowledged. The sender is kept abreast of the status of the message and is automatically notified when the message is received and when it is actually read. Additionally, the OnPage service is encrypted, redundant […] Read more »

Why SMS is NOT Suitable For Doctors

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Text messaging over the last decade has become a mainstream form of communication, but does that mean that it is appropriate to be used among doctors? The critical messages sent among doctors are different than communications in any other industry. They often contain private and time sensitive information regarding patients; therefore, doctors are required to be in accordance with HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Text messaging is NOT HIPAA compliant and therefore texting and doctors simply do not mix. Failure to comply with HIPAA could result in fines of up to $250,000 or ten years in jail. OnPage provides a simple priority messaging solution that fully complies with HIPAA standards to ensure your messages are encrypted, immediate, and auditable. Why SMS does NOT Adhere to Patient Safety:  1.Text messaging is NOT encrypted 2.Text messaging cannot show full audit trails of when the messages are received and read 3.Text messaging cannot ensure priority delivery; a message about a […] Read more »

Lee County EMS Chooses OnPage for its Priority Messaging

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Lee County EMS, a Florida certified ground and rotor-wing Advanced Life Support Provider has chosen OnPage for its priority messaging.   With a mission of providing the highest quality out-of-hospital emergency medical care and transportation, their highly trained professionals use the best technology to meet the needs of those who require assistance. OnPage will help them achieve this critical mission day in and day out by ensuring reliable and auditable communication under all circumstances.   “We have established a new unit to support our staff, and wanted the latest technology to ensure access to this unit at all times.  Traditional pagers were not an option for us because the coverage is too spotty and carrying an additional communication device in this day and age is just not acceptable.” Deputy Chief Warren Panem To read the full Press Release click here.   ABOUT LEE COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES  Lee County Emergency Medical Services […] Read more »

EMS Group in Florida Chooses OnPage for its Priority Messaging

Lee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) relies on OnPage for immediate response Onset Technology, the leader in Mobile priority messaging, announced today that Lee County Southwest Florida EMS has chosen its OnPage service to support its staff. Lee County EMS is a Florida certified ground and rotor-wing Advanced Life Support Provider. With a mission of providing the highest quality out-of-hospital emergency medical care and transportation, their highly trained professionals use the best technology to meet the needs of those who require assistance. OnPage will help them achieve this critical mission day in and day out by ensuring reliable and auditable communication under all circumstances. “We have established a new unit to support our staff, and wanted the latest technology to ensure access to this unit at all times,” says Deputy Chief Warren Panem.  “Traditional pagers were not an option for us because the coverage is too spotty and carrying an […] Read more »

OnPage Priority Messaging Celebrates First Year Anniversary

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OnPage Priority Messaging Celebrates its First Year Anniversary today, July 19, 2012.  Since its introduction of OnPage a year ago, OnPage has managed to release the application to all three major Smartphone platforms, including its latest release to the Android market in June 2012.  The integration onto all the major smartphone platforms has allowed  IT shops, hospitals, emergency services, media, and other organizations to consolidate all their communications onto one preferred device. In its first year alone,  OnPage has established itself as the premier pager replacement and  compliant messaging system that ensures immediate, secure and acknowledged delivery of high priority messages.  In addition, OnPage has also become an essential secure messaging application for over 1,000 organizations including healthcare, emergency services, information technology, financial institutions, EMS, and government agencies. OnPage’s growth has been driven by the ever-increasing need for secure communication that must reach its intended recipients under all circumstances, while providing an […] Read more »

OnPage Priority Messaging Is Less Dependent on RIM Push

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OnPage is now less dependent on RIM to push notifications. OnPage’s new update for Blackberry OS ensures that users will get their messages even when the RIM Push service is down by utilizing new client poller mechanism. After a couple of push failures at Blackberry RIM back in February and April of 2012, OnPage decided to create a redundant solution that would decrease downtime and outages for its customers in the future. “RIM’s push services are generally very reliable” says Judit Sharon, CEO and President of Onset Technology. “However, we have to keep our customers’ best interest in mind as they rely on us to deliver their critical messages under any circumstances, including the rare occasion of an outage in the RIM Push. We explored a couple different ways of achieving message redundancy. However, being a HIPAA compliant service, the only viable option was to build a poller mechanism similar […] Read more »

Local Hospitals & Public Safety Feeling the Squeeze of FCC Narrow Banding Mandate

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On January 1, 2013, all paging equipment (including pagers, transmitters etc) must move to a 12.5 KHz narrowband channel or to a technology that achieves equivalent efficiency.   Talk is Cheap The FCC has been talking about Narrow Banding for quite a while, since 1995 in fact, when the first narrow banding rules were adopted.  In 2004 the FCC announced the deadline of January 1, 2013 as the drop dead date for all Public Safety and Industrial/Business licensees to move their communications from the 25 kHz (wideband) radio frequency to the 12.5 kHz (narrowband) channel bandwidth or a technology that achieves equivalent efficiency. With the January 1, 2013 deadline fast approaching many organizations are in a tail spin over finding funds and/or new technology to comply with the Mandate, especially those who chose to delay system updates.  Public Safety, businesses, and hospitals are especially feeling the pressure. Many are scrambling […] Read more »

Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Onset Technology

  National disasters can strike with our without notice. Given recent events with the Virginia centered earthquake and hurricane Irene, no one is more keenly aware of this than residents, businesses and agencies residing and doing business along the US Eastern seaboard.  From the Capitol Region on up through New York and even points further north, the country experienced multiple emergency situations. We thank our Federal Agencies for their preparedness, poise and response. In grave situations such as these, it’s vital that Federal employees have a clear channel of communications with managers, coworkers and team members to navigate through the various challenges and emergencies that arise. One key way to achieve this is by tapping into their organization’s mobile deployment. Mobile connection ensures messaging continuity with uninterrupted communication and access to critical information (BC/COOP). Onset Technology is used by a considerable number of Federal Government Agencies. Those agencies depend on […] Read more »

The Federal SERVE Act Could Rescue Volunteer Fire Fighters and Other First Responders

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  Thousands of volunteers Firefighters and other first responders may finally be getting compensation for their selfless and heroic efforts. On July 11, 2011 New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey introduced the Supporting Emergency Responders Volunteer Efforts (SERVE) Act. According to New York’s WBNG News, “The SERVE Act would provide volunteer firefighters and emergency service personnel with a $1,000 annual tax credit. The brave volunteers who risk their own lives to save the lives of others deserve our support. In short, the SERVE Act says thank you.” Volunteers often incur personal expenses in order to be a part of their community’s first responder teams. It’s not uncommon that they pay for their own pager service and pager hardware to be ‘on call’ when disaster strikes.  As Fire Chief Bob Franklin of Arkansas Northeast Saline County Volunteer Fire and Rescue told Today’s KTHV “They are there in a minute’s notice. Everyone wears […] Read more »