OnPage News: Critical Messages

Reduce Server Downtime with OnPage IT Alert Management Software

OnPage Corporation is the Secure Messaging/Critical Alerts Leader: Learn More…   As an IT Professional, receiving mission Critical Alerts & Critical Messages Real-Time can be the difference between company Up-Time & Down-Time. You need to ensure that you receive these alerts promptly and effectively in order to ensure operations are running smoothly.  To accomplish this, you must first increase your response rates to these critical messages. This can be done by starting with these four, very important actions. Separate your critical messages from your regular message flow. You want your critical messages to stand out from the hundreds of messages the average person receives each day. Your business-critical messages need to stand out from the crowd, and not get lost in the firehose of email most IT managers receive every day. An easy way to accomplish this is to add a dedicated email address just for your most critical server alerts […] Read more »

OnPage – HIPAA & Cybersecurity

“OnPage solved a mandatory requirement we had in our data center for regulatory cybersecurity compliance. To cover physical or cyber intrusions, we have OnPage notifications sent out to the group on an on-call rotation for incident response.”

OnPage Corporation is the Secure Messaging/Critical Alerts Leader: Learn More… The False Promise of HIPAA for Healthcare Cybersecurity HIPAA regulations might not be enough for the current healthcare cybersecurity threats. Article Courtesy of:  Health IT Security The recent ransomware attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center highlights the healthcare cybersecurity risks organizations face today. Unfortunately, this cyber attack also reveals the inadequacy of the HIPAA Security Rule to provide guidance on the numerous healthcare cybersecurity threats that are not associated with ePHI. The reasons why HIPAA is poorly suited for the risks posed by cyber threats fall into three categories. The first is that this regulatory approach is narrowly focused on the security of PHI and addresses only a part of the overall cyber threat. The second is that a rules-based risk management approach does not work to mitigate the full range of cyber threats and cannot help healthcare organizations increase resilience against […] Read more »

OnPage IT Alerting System is the Newest Member of Kaseya TAPP

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OnPage / Kaseya Collaboration Brings Industry-Leading Priority Round-Trip™ IT Alerting to Kaseya Management Platform OnPage, the leader in Priority Round Trip IT Alerting announced today that it has signed a Technology Partnership Agreement with Kaseya®, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and small to midsized businesses. Under this new relationship, OnPage becomes the newest member of the Kaseya Technology Alliance Partner Program (TAPP).   As part of this alliance, OnPage is providing an integrated version of its cloud-based mobile priority alerting to the Kaseya VSA Platform. OnPage Round-Trip IT alert notification with Alert-Until-Read™ is an intelligent way to manage IT Alerts from Kaseya Monitoring tools on your mobile device. Trusted by over 20,000 users worldwide include Blue-Chip IT organizations, OnPage helps minimize IT downtime and Fix outages faster. Rock solid reliability with in-app messaging capability with voice or picture attachment for team communication and collaboration.  Using schedules […] Read more »

Major Transportation Company Adopts OnPage for Priority IT Alerts and Incident Management.

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OnPage Corporation is the Secure Messaging/Critical Alerts Leader: Learn More…   Incident Management A Manager in the Transportation Company Characterizes the Comprehensive Deployment of OnPage as a Critical Application of the System in a Zero Downtime Environment. OnPage IT Alert Management Software continues to play a mission critical role in key incident management environments. With OnPage, the Transportation Company’s IT team now has “can’t miss” messaging visibility, real-time actionable alerts, faster resolution times and increased productivity. What follows is a recap of a recent IT department interview. Chip C. is an IT manager for a major US Transportation Company. Previously he was the Manager of an IT operations team that managed and maintained all of the servers in the infrastructure environment which included the servers that were hosting everything web based, including the entire website presence. Notably, he was an early adopter of OnPage as an IT secure messaging application, […] Read more »

OnPage News: HIPAA Violation Concerns

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OnPage Corporation is the Secure Messaging/Critical Alerts Leader: Learn More… Understanding HIPAA Compliance, & HIPAA Violation Concerns Article Courtesy of:  HealthIT Security Covered entities should regularly review the requirements for HIPAA compliance to avoid potential violations. Regardless of a healthcare organization’s size, HIPAA compliance must remain a top priority. This is especially critical as technology continues to evolve and more covered entities continue to implement innovative tools such as mobile devices and HIEs. HIPAA compliance should be regularly reviewed. However, having a thorough understanding of the federal requirements for HIPAA compliance also means that healthcare organizations must understand the potential consequences of HIPAA violations. Consistent and comprehensive employee training should be paired with regular policy reviews and updates. HIPAA violations could lead to heavy regulatory fines and expose patients’ sensitive information. By regularly reviewing the basics of HIPAA compliance, covered entities and their business associates will gather a better understanding […] Read more »

OnPage Leverages Cisco VOIP to Improve Paging-Over-Telephone

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OnPage Corporation, a pioneer in cloud-based pager replacement and IT alerting, brings its signature message-sent validation to paging via telephone.   OnPage announces the release of an enhanced version of its paging via telephone service that ensures pages are sent to the intended recipients, and informs the caller whether the message is sent or the intended recipient is not accepting pages. This feature overcomes the long-standing problem associated with telephone paging of not knowing the fate of a sent page.  By borrowing from its award-winning priority round-trip alerting technology, and leveraging Cisco’s voice-over-IP technology, OnPage telephone paging service now confirms via voice commands that the caller entered the correct number/USERID before sending the page. It also checks to make sure that the intended recipient is accepting pages, and informs the caller whether the message was sent or the recipient is unavailable. In March 2016, OnPage will further enhance its paging-over-telephone […] Read more »

OnPage News: Healthcare Cyberattacks

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10 Trends in Cyberattacks in Healthcare, other Industries, new survey shows Article Courtesy of:  Healthcare IT News – Written By Bernie Monegain This year the top motivation wasn’t hacktivism or vandalism, but ‘criminals demonstrating attack capabilities,’ Arbor Networks report claims. Cyberattacks around the world are growing in size and complexity, according to Arbor Networks 11th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report, released January 26 by Arbor Networks, the security division of NETSCOUT. For the first time, nearly half of the respondents were from enterprise, government and educational organizations, with service providers at 52 percent. Healthcare is one of the verticals included in the enterprise category. The survey garnered 354 responses, up from 287 received last year, from a mix of Tier 1 and Tier 2/3 service providers, hosting, mobile, enterprise and other types of network operators from around the world. “This report provides broad insight into the issues network operators around […] Read more »

OnPage News: Medical Device Security

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Health Data Security Top 2016 Issues Article Courtesy of:  Health IT Security  “Hospital leaders have to deal with a lot of new technology issues…so this list is intended to assist them in their efforts to update or implement their strategic technology plans.” Medical device cybersecurity and health data security have both been tabbed as top healthcare issues for 2016 in separate releases. First, the ECRI Institute explained in its list of the Top 10 Technological Advances to Watch in 2016 that medical device cybersecurity is a top issue that could affect care delivery. “Hospital leaders have to deal with a lot of new technology issues—and demands from different departments in their facilities—so this list is intended to assist them in their efforts to update or implement their strategic technology plans,” Robert P. Maliff, director, applied solutions group, ECRI Institute, said in a statement. ECRI also said that mobile strike units, […] Read more »

OnPage News: Healthcare Apps

Poor healthcare apps could cost hospitals $100 million a year

Article Courtesy of:  Healthcare IT News Poor healthcare apps could cost hospitals $100 million a year While top hospitals have built apps in-house, many are failing to win over more patients.   While 66 of the 100 largest hospitals in the United States offer consumers mobile health apps, only 2 percent of patients are using them, according to a new report published on Wednesday by Accenture that also found that failure to focus apps on services consumers want most could cost each hospital more than $100 million a year in lost revenue.  0 In its “Losing Patience: Why Healthcare Providers Need to Up Their Mobile Game” report, the consultancy found that 38 of those top U.S. hospitals have developed health apps in-house rather than by hiring a mobile app vendor. By not aligning their functions and user experience with what patients expect, many of these mobile health apps are failing […] Read more »

OnPage News: Mobile Health Security

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What Are Top Mobile Health Security Concerns in 2016? Article Courtesy of:  Health IT Security & Elizabeth Snell “‘What are we going to allow? What aren’t we going to allow?’ You need to start from there and then evolve.” Mobile health security has continued to grow with numerous advances in technology, and that trend will likely last into 2016. More providers are encouraging the use of mobile devices, and more consumers are looking for ways to become more involved in their own health through the use of smartphones and patient portals. But what are the top mobile health security concerns for the new year? Will the same types of health data breaches continue, or will providers find a way to securely use mobile devices Maintaining HIPAA compliance While the majority of the top data breaches from 2015 involved cybersecurity threats and hacking from third-parties, HIPAA compliance is still a key issue when it […] Read more »

OnPage News: Still Using Old-School Pagers?

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Article Courtesy of:  Sioux City Journal Why do doctors still use pagers?   The first pager was patented in 1949 for New York City doctors to stay in contact with the hospital. Countless “paging doctor” messages later, emergency workers are about the only people left still using beepers on a regular basis. But maybe not for long. “I foresee within two years, we won’t be carrying pagers anymore,” said Brenda Gabel, senior telecommunications technician at Mercy Medical Center Sioux City, where 650 pagers were used as recently as 2008. “We’ll be carrying smart phones instead.” These are humbling times for the trusty pager ­­ once a status symbol and safety net in an era of answering machines and pay phones. Sales plummeted as cell phones became affordable, of course, and now it’s possible to buy a pager on eBay for next to nothing. But there were holdouts, mainly first responders […] Read more »

OnPage Growth Report

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OnPage Corporation Closes Record Quarter Latest release spurs 218% growth and adoption by major clients including HCA, Land Rover, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, and SourceGas. OnPage Corporation, a worldwide leader in Priority Messaging for Medical and IT, announces record results for the 3rd quarter of Fiscal 2015, continuing the momentum of the first half of the year. “Q3 2015 has been a banner quarter for OnPage Corporation”, said CEO Judit Sharon. “We closed a record number of new customers, saw increased adoption by existing clients, expanded our Management team with experienced leadership, and released major new product capabilities that were well received by the market.” 3rd Quarter bookings were up 218% over the previous quarter, and 60% year over year. During the quarter OnPage released powerful new scheduling, escalation and fail over capabilities to its flagship Enterprise product. The company officially changed its name from Onset Technology to OnPage Corporation to […] Read more »

OnPage is in the TOP TEN for Best Healthcare Messaging App!

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OnPage Voted one of the 10 Most Useful Health Information Apps! Medical Technology Schools lists OnPage as one of the 10 Most Useful Health Information Applications! The increase of technology in the healthcare world is not just good news for patients, it’s good news for doctors and administrators. With every new advance in imaging, collaboration, or cyber security, healthcare providers can offer faster and more accurate treatment than ever before. As patients become more knowledgeable and administrators become more mobile, these 10 apps help health information technologists and managers bring essential medical information and support literally to the palm of your hand, where it’s needed most. Check out why OnPage is voted a Best Messaging App for Healthcare! Medical Technology Review: The OnPage application combines the function of a phone and messaging service with HIPAA-Compliant security for a fantastic communication model in any healthcare setting. You can create messages by […] Read more »

An Interview with Judit Sharon – CEO at OnPage

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OnPage is a Cloud Based, Cross-Platform, Cross-Carrier Priority Messaging System, that works on Cellular and WiFi Coverage.   CEO, CFO – The Most Powerful Name in Corporate News   CEOCFO: Ms. Sharon, what is the concept behind Onset Technology? Ms. Sharon: Onset has always been in the priority, critical messaging space. Onset’s latest product, OnPage, was created with the premise that some messages Just cannot wait, and using casual messaging applications for time sensitive communications is simply not acceptable. OnPage, a cloud based, cross-platform, cross-carrier Priority Messaging system, eliminates the need to carry a Traditional Pager in order to separate the critical messages from the clutter. OnPage enables professionals to ditch their pagers, but unlike email and SMS, it ensures that critical messages will grab their attention and will never be missed. The system works over cellular as well as WiFi coverage, anywhere in the world. Even if you are in […] Read more »

New! Dynamic Scheduler Software Update

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OnPage Announces the Introduction of the Dynamic Scheduler Update to its Critical Messaging Software System. Enterprise users now have an intuitive, flexible and easy to use scheduling system that that is able to handle the most complex employee, team and group calendar configurations. OnPage announced today the release of an improved version of the application and its alert management software. The latest enhancement to the OnPage secure priority messaging tools, addresses the enterprise users’ requirements for a robust on-call scheduling calendar. Additionally, companies of all sizes can take advantage of this scheduling feature which has been proven to be essential to efficient, worry-free, personnel management. Escalation Groups continue to be one of OnPage’s most useful enterprise features. This indispensable scheduling tool provides customers with the ability to prioritize recipients and supply redundancy to their urgent messages. The current software update significantly improves group messaging with the addition of on-call escalation […] Read more »

The Nation’s Busiest Data Centers Chooses OnPage for IT Communication, Secure Messaging and Priority Alerts.

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IT Communication Solved! “OnPage has made the communication impact we were looking for.  The OnPage system quickly reduced downtime and solved a critical need for the entire IT Team.  Needless to say we would never go back to the old style obsolete standalone pagers again and we’re happy to recommend OnPage to our colleagues.” The following interview details Doug’s reasons for choosing OnPage for managing system alerts and real-world experiences while managing a critical IT facility. Doug Goss explains:  “One of our techs was looking for an IT messaging solution and found OnPage.  We downloaded the FREE TRIAL in the app store and really liked it.  The OnPage Smartphone System gets the correct technician’s attention quickly every time. Most of what we are monitoring is critical, so we need to know if there’s something to fix or reset right away. Since we are dealing with a well-known international leader in telecommunication […] Read more »

OnPage® Enables Compatibility with SolarWinds® Orion® Technology Backbone for Critical IT Alerts

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OnPage IT Alerts Management Software teams up with SolarWinds to elevate Critical Alerts before impact. WALTHAM, Massachusetts: Onset Technology creator of OnPage, the leading provider of critical enterprise messaging and alert management services, is pleased to announce compatibility with SolarWinds Orion technology backbone. SolarWinds is a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT performance management software. The suite of SolarWinds Orion-based IT monitoring and management products includes a powerful web-based intelligent alerting engine that allows users to quickly configure alerts to respond to hundreds of different network scenarios including multiple condition checks. OnPage is a cross platform, prioritized messaging system for smartphones that elevates the ‘High Priority’ messages above the clutter. With a prominent alert-until-read and dedicated inbox, it eliminates the need to carry a traditional pager in order to separate critical messages from the clutter of casual SMS and email. “Businesses live or die on the reliability of their […] Read more »

Interns! OnPage is working with Newton South High School

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OnPage® Just Hired Two New Interns. And Guess What? They’re in High School. OnPage has just teamed up with Newton South High School’s “Wise Individualized Senior Experience” (WISE) program. This program allows seniors to work outside of school on a six-week project or internship of their choosing, for school credit. The WISE program focuses primarily on mentorship and real-world experience. This year, two Newton South seniors, Sam Sharon 17, and Kristen Magliozzi 17, have joined the OnPage team as part-time interns. Sam is currently working as a marketing intern. He has been updating the company Facebook page and Twitter feed on a daily basis. He also reported live from the Boston Marathon on the relevance of the OnPage Critical Messaging System in planning large events. He designed the “Team OnPage” Boston Strong T-Shirts, and helped create the various marketing campaigns. “I came in knowing nothing about marketing,” Sam explains, “But […] Read more »

Boston Marathon T-Shirt Giveaway!

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In Honor of the Recent 2015 B.A.A Boston Marathon, OnPage has designed Limited Edition, 100% Cotton,  “Team OnPage” T-shirts. There are only 50 of these shirts in production, and once those are gone, we will NOT order any more. Right now, we are giving these shirts away FOR FREE with every order of two or more OnPage licenses. These T-shirts can give you access to a 10% discount for every subsequent order for one year.* These shirts come in Blue Dusk and Sport Grey. Click below to claim your free, Limited Edition “Team OnPage” T-shirt today! LINK:  https://onpage.com/Subscribe/BusinessOrderForm.php *This deal may not be combined with any other promotional offers Please follow and like us: Read more »

How Teamwork, Trust & Improved Communication Reduce Mistakes in the Emergency Room

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Better ER Communication Article Excerpt Courtesy of: Fierce Healthcare & Ilene MacDonald It’s so easy to think you’ve communicated a message clearly. After all, you understand the instructions, so it only stands to reason that the person receiving them must also understand what you meant. And though most misunderstandings can be cleared up quickly in everyday situations, studies show that they pose a significant danger for patients when signals get crossed. In fact, an estimated 80 percent of the most serious medical errors in hospitals are linked to miscommunications. The collection of patient-reported data at a health system is often highly fragmented and a burden to patients, staff and physicians alike. It can lead to inaccurate data, low completion rates, missed diagnoses, and high cost. This exciting webinar will discuss how to improve and optimize patient data collection to dramatically increase patient engagement. To combat miscommunication in the emergency room, one […] Read more »

OnPage® Mobile Messaging Adds Urgency and Security to Enterprise Communications

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OnPage addresses the need for time-sensitive messages to rise above the chatter for IT-professionals, healthcare providers and disaster recovery teams to ensure urgent messages are never missed. WALTHAM, Massachusetts — Onset Technology, creator of OnPage ® announced the release  of its new and improved version of the application. OnPage® addresses users’ needs for Time-Sensitive Messages to rise above the chatter by combining secure Pager-Like capabilities with secure casual messaging – all in one app. Previously, IT professionals were receiving time-sensitive alerts about server crashes mixed in with lower priority ticketing. To differentiate between the two, OnPage® has now developed levels of priority: High Priority – for time-sensitive situations, and Low Priority – for updates. Healthcare professionals were using two different applications to communicate – one for alerts and the other for casual conversations about a patient’s condition. OnPage has now unified both types of communications into one convenient application – offering time-sensitive alerting with attachments and back and forth continuous messaging in […] Read more »

OnPage Continuous Messaging for 2015

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OnPage Priority Messaging announced the release, on Jan 29, 2015, of OnPage for 2015, a major new update that represents an evolution in mobile communications and  addresses customer requests for expanded features, capabilities, and settings in areas ranging from back and forth continuous messaging, on-call scheduling management, secure priority messaging, and notifications. OnPage for 2015  is the first in the communications industry to integrate High Priority Secure Messaging and Low Priority Secure Messaging (which includes continuous messaging) all-in-one-app. Continuous Messaging, enabling recipients to reply to a sender, was a part of the first release of OnPage. But now replies are marked, so both sender and receiver know their message is part of a back and forth conversation. Quickly communicate during disruptive events with Continuous Messaging and — Make More Informed Decisions. Continuous Messaging – Now with Reply-to-Reply OnPage’s Continuous Messaging works the same way as a reply to an email — each […] Read more »

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 »

Leading Global Air-Transport Company Chooses OnPage

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Onset Technology, creator of OnPage Priority Messaging®, announced today that one of the world’s largest helicopter and air-transport service companies has chosen OnPage to help prioritize time-sensitive messaging within the organization. For over 70 years, the rotary and fixed-wing aviation company has been serving international clients with offshore transport, search and rescue, and emergency medical services. Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology said, “We are pleased to have this air-transport leader entrust their time-sensitive communications to OnPage. They tested OnPage and found it to be a bullet-proof solution for their high-priority messaging needs. Speed, reliability, and efficiency can make the difference in critical situations. We are proud to be their solution of choice.” An International air-transport service At any given moment in time, the company’s fleet of aircraft are transporting men and women to the world’s offshore oil rigs and vessels, airlifting injured people to safety, and transferring critically ill […] Read more »

Can Smartphones Can Help You Eat Better?

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A smartphone is great for calculating your net worth, listening to music, and taking photos. But did you know that a smartphone is also great for helping you eat better? Well, that’s what 82 percent of respondents believe, according to a recent survey. That stat comes from food ethnographer June Jo Lee, who specializes in cultural analysis, and who also recently conducted a survey at a whole grains food conference in Boston. Smartphones have the ability to help increase food literacy – just by doing a Siri or Google search. Many social researchers believe it is also influencing not only what millennials think, but what they eat. The real question is, do they end up eating better and healthier or do they just think they are eating better and healthier. It’s hard to know for sure — because the data is all self-reported. One thing, however, is clear — access to […] Read more »

Leading Global Insurance and Investment Company Chooses OnPage

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On November 12, 2014, Onset Technology, creator of OnPage Priority Messaging® announced that one of the world’s largest insurance and investment companies has chosen OnPage to help prioritize time-sensitive messaging within the organization. The insurance and investment company has been partnering with individuals, families and businesses, as advisors, accountants, and service agents for over 100 years and offering them a solid financial foundation, a secure financial future, and peace of mind. Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology, said “We are delighted to have this corporate giant, with assets exceeding $100 billion, entrust their priority, time-sensitive communications to OnPage. They tested our product against their email to SMS system over a large array of metrics and found OnPage to be superior. We are proud to be their solution of choice.” “We have a significant amount of alerting going on that is email based…from pretty much ever system in our environment: Unix, […] Read more »

How Smartphones and Digital Screens Transform Minds

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Are You Hard-Wired? Neuroscientists warn that people who use smartphones and digital devices for reading seem to be developing “digital brains”. These online readers are developing new circuits designed for skimming through a flood of information online and skipping around through hyperlinked pages. This new alternative way of reading appears to be at odds with the traditional linear print reading circuitry developed over the past several thousands of years — from the birth of Egyptian hieroglyphics to the emergence of the Gutenberg press. Many believe that online reading is not only transforming how we read, but our minds as well. Online readers skim, pick out key words, and organizing their eye movements to generate the most information at the highest speed. And, they do this at a rate too fast to ingest real meaning. The question is, “Are we developing Twitter brains?” If cable TV news gave the world the sound […] Read more »

What Does IT Downtime Cost Your Business?

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Can You Guess the Average Cost of IT Downtime? $50,00 per incident $100,000 per incident $250,000 per incident $500,000 per incident MORE THAN $500,000 per incident Here’s How to Increase Responsiveness and Decrease IT Downtime for Healht Care and for IT. The answer is #5 – the average outage incident in a health care environment costs $690,000, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute & Emerson Network Power. Large enterprise groups, according to the study, may incur costs exceeding $1.74 million per incident. The Cost of the Outage Alone is Only Part of the Picture: Today, the healthcare industry is dependent on data for clinical metrics, patient care, billing, reporting, and more. Server downtime is not only costly, but can be detrimental to daily operations. Fines associated with each incident can increase the cost substantially, depending on a number of factors such as the length of data downtime and the […] Read more »

What to Expect: Health Care & The Internet Of Things – IoT

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Health Care & the Internet of Things – IoT. What’s next? Many believe that the “Internet or Things” or IoT is just on the cusp of exploding in our homes – garage-door openers that open when your car is nearby, refrigerators that use the Internet to place an order when the milk gets low, heating systems that turn on from our smartphone, etc. But what about healthcare & the Internet of Things? Will we soon be seeing “smart” beds that react to patients needs and free up nurses to take care of more urgent needs? Will your runaway glucose level be reported to your doctor’s smartphone via a secure messaging alert? Or maybe it’s something else we haven’t even imagined yet? Predicting the health care technology future, even 3-5 years down the road, is a difficult task. Dr. Carl Sagan,  once said, “Prognosticating about the future is lost art.” Perhaps 150 years ago […] 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 »

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 »

Remembering Pagers or “How to Say I Love You in Three 3’s”

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When Pagers Were King. A couple of decades ago, in its heyday, pagers were unquestionably “The Next Big Thing” – a sleek, hi-tech, futuristic communication device. If you really needed to get in touch – send a page! The buzzing-vibrating sound was sure to get the attention of whoever you sent the page, and they would certainly respond. We’ll, that was the idea, but it really didn’t play out that way. Here’s why: First: You really never knew if they got the page, which is kind of a drag if the page was important. Back then, in the Pager Age (P.A.), there was no such thing as message receipt, message read conformation, or an audit trail. Second: Response time was, by today’s standard, LONG!  But, people really didn’t expect immediacy back then. Of course, that wasn’t really a problem. You could always ask them if they got the page tomorrow –  if […] Read more »

OnPage Secure Priority Messaging Celebrates Its 3rd Birthday

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OnPage secure priority messaging system is celebrating its 3rd birthday this July. In 2013, OnPage grew its user base 100% over the previous year, and we are forecasting another 100% growth in 2014. Today, over a 1000 customers from industries including health care, energy, finance, government, hi-tech, and utilities are using OnPage for accurate, immediate, and reliable communications that assure business continuity. But  OnPage didn’t just arrive on the scene three years ago. Our company transformed itself from a successful enterprise-based product company, offering urgent messaging on the BlackBerry platform, into a 100% cloud-based services company offering OnPage secure priority messaging across all mobile devices, including: Android, Blackberry, and iOS. We were first in the space to make this transistion. Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology, makers of OnPage, said, “It’s been a great challenge and an exciting ride. We still have many of the same customers that started with us in our […] Read more »

The Mobile Health Revolution is Here

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Advances in mobile computing technology are revolutionizing the way teen, parents, grandparents, and businesses communicate, access, and use information. If you think about it, it’s not at all surprising, considering that people check their phones an average of 150 times a day. As of 2014, more than 80% of Americans own and regularly use cell phones. Of those cell phones, 50% are smartphones running iOS or Android operating systems which capable of browsing the Internet and downloading the millions of available Apps.  Anyone who has a teenager knows that mobile computing has taken over. But here’s what may be surprising to some – mobile computing has made major inroads to the professional world, with patient health management at the head of the pack. An Information Week article published in 2011 reported that 80% of doctors use a smartphone or a tablet (such as a iPad) at work. And in another report, […] Read more »

Health IT Market Growth Forecast

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Health IT Market Growth {Via HealthcareitNews) According to the Research and Markets’ North American Healthcare IT Market Report 2013-2017, the market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4% to reach $31.3 billion by 2017 from $21.9 billion in 2012. Many factors contribute to the growth of the Health IT market. To name a few, the rise in pressure to cut healthcare costs, the growing demand to integrate healthcare systems, the high rate of return on investment and so forth. “Healthcare information technology has emerged as a promising development to transform the paper-based healthcare system into a digitized one,” report authors write in a news release. “HCIT also gives clinicians real-time access to patient data, and provides them with support to make the best possible decisions. It streamlines processes and reduces administrative overhead. The impact of IT on healthcare in the past decade has been modest, […] Read more »

OnPage Pager Replacement and Priority Messaging Software can Now be Activated via Your Existing Communication Terminals

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The OnPage Pager Replacement, announced today the release of its new API, enabling seamless integration into all major communication platforms. With the release of its new API (Application-Programming Interface), it is now easier than ever for organizations to adopt and integrate OnPage Pager Replacement into their communication infrastructure, greatly enhancing reliability, accountability, security, efficiency, and compliance with HIPAA and other emerging regulations. With its R&D organization and roots in Israel, today’s announcement by Onset Technology was featured at an event with Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick and Massachusetts and Israeli business leaders at MassChallenge in Boston. The event included the release of important findings by the New England Israel Business Council that describes the multi-billion dollar impact of Israeli-founded companies on Massachusetts and their role as a critical growth engine for the Massachusetts economy, as well as the extraordinary spirit of collaboration and innovation that exists between Massachusetts and Israel.  […] Read more »

Knowledge Is Key For Pager Replacement

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Communication processes are continuing to be streamlined by new technologies and new gadgets. Traditional pagers once used to hold important functionality but now lack very important features. Users who want the paging functionality without the actual pager are turning towards more advanced technologies to replace their pagers.   Users who are looking to replace their pagers should remember that knowledge is key. You want a solution that will be able to provide you complete insight into your paging and communication needs. OnPage is a complete secure and encrypted pager application that operates on your smartphone. The OnPage application allows you to have complete insight and control over your organizations communication.  With OnPage, you get full time-stamped audit trails of all incoming messages. You will know the second a message was sent, delivered, read and replied to, or if the message ultimately failed. OnPage also delivers enterprise visibility to all incoming messages […] Read more »

Thoughts From The CEO: Efficiency, Accountability & Reliability

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This past weekend I attended the Fraunhofer awards ceremony for the prestigious 2013 Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for Science and Innovation in Hannover, Germany. The Prizes were given to four technology groups from different institutes around the world, working in different fields but with the same theme: developing new technologies that enhance Efficiency. As a spectator listening to the different group presentations (with a translator), it became very clear to me that indeed Efficiency is the word of the future! Efficiency is the goal! I recalled a conversation I had the prior week with the CIO of a large healthcare plan in Boston to whom I introduced our OnPage solution for Pager replacement on Smartphones. He said that based on their budget for 2014, they may need to cut some people, but still carry the same load.  Essentially be more efficient! Being efficient is facilitated by the use of new […] 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 »

mHealth On The Rise

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Amidst the 2013 HIMSS conference in New Orleans this year, the rise of mobility in healthcare is getting a lot of attention. At last year’s conference it seemed to be in a dozen events or so but this year mHealth seems to be just about everywhere. Appearing in and out of exhibit halls, sessions, panel discussions and keynotes, no one can now ignore how much mobile healthcare has risen in the past year. Eric Wicklund from mHIMMS reports “Mobility in healthcare isn’t a new concept any more, and it’s a significant stepping stone to the future of healthcare delivery. It can and will enable the healthcare provider to push away from the limited confines of the examination room and develop a practice with more potential, not to mention better outcomes.” OnPage recognizes this growing trend as more customers continue to sign onto OnPage’s Priority Messaging application- an essential tool utilized […] Read more »

Five Ways Mobile Devices and Digital Apps Will Transform Healthcare

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It’s no surprise mobile apps and devices are transforming healthcare as we speak. Let’s take a look at the reasons why they are transforming the Healthcare industry 1. Access to Care In Rural Areas In rural communities where help may be at a minimum, some health application can help patients manage their own treatments. 2.  Improved Patient Engagement There are a lot of reasons why patients may not want to access the care they should be getting. With some health applications, now patients can be notified of certain data that would have proved to be difficult to maintain before. 3. Logistics Health applications not only play a role with patient engagement, but company logistics as well. Minimize downtime and shortages with a pager replacement apps such as OnPage. 4. Finance There are some health financing applications on the market that can help to reduce cost of care. 5.  Scope for […] Read more »