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June/July 2020 Issue of AnswerStat

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The Future of Healthcare is Here with Help from Telehealth and Hospital Call Centers, by Nicole Limpert
Advances in technology and our ability to use it could soon make the use of telehealth a standard healthcare practice . . . read more >>

Vital Signs: Stand Out: Define Your Distinguishing Difference, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
What does your call center stand for? Knowing who you are is the first step to determining your distinctive characteristics . . .  read more >>

Vendor Spotlight on 1 Call
As technology continues to evolve, 1Call and Amtelco will continue to develop new innovative solutions . . .  read more >>

Telehealth in Uncertain Times, by Traci Haynes
While telehealth is an option in many situations, it’s important to know of its reliability during a public health emergency . . . read more >>

Patient Symptoms and Outcomes as the COVID-19 Epidemic Deepens in the USA, by Dr. Ravi Raheja, MD
New solutions are being implemented daily as we learn more about this epidemic and how it affects our communities . . . read more >>

Ten years ago: Applying Good Judgment to Telephone Triage Calls, by Cliff Hurst
Understanding that there are three levels of valuation provides insight in more effectively managing triage calls . . .  read more > >

Industry News

Marketplace Directory: AnswerStat Directory of leading Healthcare Contact Center vendors:

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision -makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.

April/May 2020 Issue of AnswerStat

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April 2020-Coronavirus and the Healthcare Call Center

Coronavirus and the Healthcare Call Center, by Mark Dwyer
COVID-19 has forced healthcare to look at all aspects of its care delivery system. May we all be the better for it…. read more >>

Vital Signs: Key Tips to Successfully Work from Home, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
If you find yourself needing to work from home, put these tips into practice to experience a successful, enjoyable, and effective situation…. read more >>

Vendor Spotlight on TriageLogic
Discover what TriageLogic can do for you now in dealing with the coronavirus and later once the COVID-19 crisis has passed…. read more >>

Emergency Medical and Continuity Remote Care Solutions to Address the Coronavirus Outbreak, by Ravi K. Raheja, MD
To better respond to coronavirus concerns, consider emergency solutions that healthcare providers can implement quickly…. read more >>

Ten years ago: Preparing for the Pandemic: A Retrospective Review of a Call Center’s Vital Role, Geri Hammes and Lora Foreman-Krall
A decade ago, we focused on H1N1. Discover how those lessons from yesterday can help us today…. read more >>

Industry News

Marketplace Directory: AnswerStat Directory of leading Healthcare Contact Center vendors:

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision -makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.

February/March 2020 Issue of AnswerStat

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Contact Center Preventive Health Promotion, by Traci Haynes
Contact Centers can promote preventive health to help individuals reach their health and wellness goals and keep healthcare costs down…. read more >>

Vital Signs: What Kind of Healthcare Coverage Do You Provide to Your Staff? by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
A key aspect of enabling call center staff to best meet the healthcare needs of callers is to start by making sure you best meet the healthcare needs of your staff.… read more >>

Vendor Spotlight on LVM
Discover what LVM can do now and will be able to do later this year…. read more >>

How to Build an Actionable and Strategic Patient Experience Plan, by Gary Druckenmiller
Today’s consumers expect seamless, personalized interactions from all businesses—including their healthcare provider…. read more >>

E-Cigarettes and Vaping, by David Thompson, MD
Telephone triage nurses should be ready to answer questions from concerned callers about e-cigarettes and vaping…. read more >>

Ten years ago: Integrating Answering Service with Nurse Triage, by Charu G. Raheja
A partnership between a triage center and an answering service can help improve patient care and satisfaction, enhance nurse satisfaction, and decrease costs…. read more >>

Industry News

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.

December/January 2019 Issue of AnswerStat

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Annual Buyers Guide 
Check out these healthcare call center vendors, featuring:

  • 1Call, a Division of Amtelco
  • Access Nurse
  • Call Center Sales Pro
  • LVM Systems Inc
  • Pulsar360
  • TriageLogic
  • AAACN – American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
  • Ambs Call Center
  • Ameridial, Inc
  • Call 4 Health
  • Citra Health Solutions
  • Startel Corporation

Vital Signs: Be Sure to Thank Your Staff, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
If your efforts to thank your staff fail to communicate your appreciation, it’s time for a different approach. Here’s a simple idea that you can try.… read more >>

Vendor Spotlight on Call Center Sales Pro
Discover what Call Center Sales Pro can do for you and your call center…. read more >>

Use Secure Texting to Send Emails from Your Call Center, by Mark Dwyer
Texts and emails play an important role in sending patients both secure and non-secure communications…. read more >>

Secure Texting: Closing the Gap to Create Effective HIPAA Compliant Communication, by Ravi Raheja
While there are many secure messaging platforms, most of them require the user to install and set up an app on their phone. Here’s how to close the gap…. read more >>

Combating Alarm Fatigue, presented by 1Call, a Division of Amtelco
Any time spent responding to false alarms is time that could have been spent focusing on patient care. Here are two strategies to reduce alarm fatigue…. read more >>

Ten years ago: An Old Dog Can Teach You New Tricks, by Tina Minnick
Healthcare organizations making discharge follow-up calls achieve a 20 to 30 percent reduction in non-reimbursable readmissions…. read more >>

Industry News

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.

October/November 2019 Issue of AnswerStat

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Using Device Data and Nurse Triage to Improve VA Healthcare, by Ravi Raheja
Call center solutions that incorporate effective communication using telephone triage nurses, with valuable wearable device data, will greatly improve the level of VA healthcare services… read more >>

Vital Signs: Today’s Employees Want to Make a Difference, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
Today’s employees want a job that does more than provide income. They want work that lets them make a difference. Give them these opportunities, and they’ll give you their dedication… read more >>

Vendor Spotlight on AccessNurse (formerly TeamHealth Medical Call Center)
As TeamHealth Medical Call Center evolved, they outgrew their brand identity and core message. Check out the backstory of their new brand and logo…. read more >>

The Call Center’s Role in Behavior Counseling, by Nicole Limpert
Combining communication and health technologies, makes individuals, families, and communities more connected to mental health care. This network of support builds a stronger and more mentally healthy society…. read more >>

Ten years ago: Access Management: Appointment Scheduling and Beyond, by Sue Altman
Let appointment scheduling raise the profile of your call center and put you in a stronger, more stable position within your organization…. read more >>

Industry News

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.

The August/September 2019 Issue of AnswerStat

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Mitigating Medical Call Center Risk, by Traci Haynes
Hospitals throughout the country are aggressively tackling performance improvement within their own organizations, and evidence shows their efforts are working, helping to reduce risk…. read more >>

Vital Signs: Retain Staff by Establishing Their Growth Potential, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
When talented staff sees the employee growth potential for their career within your organization, they are more likely to stick around so they can realize the possibilities.… read more >>

Cyber Security and HIPAA in a Medical Contact Center, by Bobby Bennett
With SMS, text messages could remain on a device. If it’s recycled, lost, or accessible to unauthorized persons, HIPAA violations may occur. You must provide safeguards to reduce your exposure to these risks…. read more >>

Disaster Coverage: The Critical Role Hospital Call Centers Play During and After a Catastrophe, by Nicole Limpert
Organized communication and the efficient use of community resources during a crisis helps save lives and speed recovery efforts…. read more >>

Should We Worry about Physician Burnout? by Shannon Bays-Crockett
By using accredited health call centers for after-hours telephone triage, healthcare providers can enjoy their professional as well as their private lives…. read more >>

State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University
Check out this case study of SUNY Upstate Medical University’s call center, Epic Systems, and 1Call…. read more >>

Ten years ago: The Advantages of Automated Appointment Reminders
Healthcare organizations use automated reminder systems to streamline operations, lower costs, enhance patient relations, and gain a competitive edge.… read more >>

Industry News

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.

The June/July 2019 Issue of AnswerStat

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June 2019

Using an Outsourced Telephone Triage Service for Suicide Prevention, by Ravi K. Raheja, MD
Suicide calls can be difficult, but with proper training, protocols, and disposition, telephone triage nurses save lives, one call at a time.… read more >>

Vital Signs: Offer Learning Opportunities to Better Retain Staff, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
Providing staff with learning opportunities will extend retention, increase job satisfaction, and improve performance.… read more >>

Vendor Spotlight on 1Call, a Division of Amtelco
1Call and Amtelco will continue to develop new innovative solutions, just as they have for the past forty years.… read more >>

Five Tips for Hospitals When Purchasing a Secure Messaging App, by Tom Curtin
A stand-alone secure messaging app, or messaging app company, can’t address all the communication pain points within a hospital. However… read more >>

Use Telehealth to Extend Healthcare and Save Money, by Nicole Limpert
Telehealth can connect patients with expertise in real-time and enable computer-assisted medical procedures in remote locations by specialists thousands of miles away… read more >>

Ten years ago: Cut Costs and Improve Care with Nurse Call Integration by Chris Heim
Discover the many benefits that fully integrated communications solutions can provide to medical facilities… read more >>

Industry News

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.

The April/May 2019 Issue of AnswerStat

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April 2019 AnswerStat

Homelessness in America: How Can Your Contact Center Help?, by Traci Haynes
Homeless individuals are at a relatively high risk for a range of acute and chronic physical and mental illnesses. Contact centers can help healthcare organizations address this need.… read more >>

Vital Signs: Provide Meaningful Agent Benefits to Improve Agent Retention, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
When it comes to retaining call center staff, don’t skimp on benefits. This will increase their loyalty and decrease the likelihood of them leaving for another company that does provide these benefits.… read more >>

Vendor Spotlight on TriageLogic
Providing quality medical call center that patients can access 24/7 is a great first step in transitioning to value-based care. Providers and hospitals can then gather information from callers to further improve their service while containing costs… read more >>

Guest Column: Where Was the Call Center in Our Time of Need? by Mark Dwyer
Why had the hospital not taken the initiative to begin using the call center to support transitional care?… read more >>

Healthcare Call Centers Help Bring Care to the Medically Underserved, by Nicole Limpert
Medical call centers play a critical role in helping to serve the medically underserved, by addressing two of the biggest barriers to healthcare: language and transportation.… read more >>

How Call Centers Can Add Value to Wellness Programs, by Janet Livingston
Wellness programs empower employees to improve their health and help companies hold down costs. To maximize the results of a wellness program, tap a full-service call center to add value.… read more >>

Oklahoma Medical Center Provides Innovative Triage Line to Manage Hospital Overcrowding, by Charu Raheja
Providing local communities with a nurse triage program reduces unnecessary ER visits, saves on healthcare costs, and helps patients get appropriate care when a serious symptom arises.… read more >>

Tips to Selecting a Vendor—Don’t Compromise on Security, by Ravi K. Raheja, MD
Compare vendors before selecting one that will protect your patient data properly. It’s a lot harder to change vendors once you implement a program, so don’t be afraid to dig deeper to find the best system in place for your needs.… read more >>

Ten years ago: Managing Outbreaks: The Technological Approach, by Dr. Jean Challiner
When it comes to dealing with a health pandemic, healthcare call centers can play a key role in reducing its spread.… read more >>

Industry News

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.

The February/March 2019 Issue of AnswerStat

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February issue

Balancing Patient Care with Data Security and Privacy Starts with the Contact Center, by Tim Critchley
Data breaches in the healthcare sector are at an all-time high—occurring at a rate of more than one per day in the United States. Apply security best practices to… read more >>

Vital Signs: Take a Fresh Look at Agent Compensation, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
Don’t brush aside the importance of providing appropriate call center agent pay… read more >>

Vendor Spotlight on LVM Systems
LVM is now one of the industry’s largest providers of hospital-based healthcare call center solutions. Learn why… read more >>

Ten years ago: Medical Call Centers: Building Versus Outsourcing, by Ken Bleakley
Healthcare organizations have three basic choices regarding the provision of call center services. These choices are… read more >>

Industry News

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.

The December 2018/January 2019 Issue of AnswerStat

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Feature Content:

Secure Text Messaging and Email Security for Healthcare, by Aaron Boatin
Dealing with HIPAA and HITECH is challenging, but doing nothing risks your organization’s wellbeing and your patients’ protected health information (PHI).… read more >>

Vital Signs: Ideas to Better Retain Call Center Staff, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD
Today’s workers seek five core things when they evaluate a position and their long-term commitment to it and the organization.… read more >>

Vendor Spotlight on Call Center Sales Pro
Learn about some of the key services CCSP provides to the healthcare call center industry.… read more >>

Guest Column: A Proven Solution to the Top 3 Challenges Facing the Medical Practices of Today and Tomorrow, by Matt Miller
Learn how a medical call center partnership provides solutions to the top three challenges facing medical practices, while remaining focused on the future state of healthcare.… read more >>

Should Your Answering Service Be a Generalist or a Specialist? from MedConnectUSA
When it comes to handling the communication needs of healthcare providers, do you want to be a general answering service or a medical answering service specialist?… read more >>

Ten years ago: Call Centers Should Work with Marketing and Physician Relations, by Brenda Beukelman and Christine Rhodes
Bring the talent and resources of the call center staff, marketing, and physician relations together to create a significant market differentiating service.… read more >>

Industry News

Ameridial healthcare solutions
Call 4 Health
Startel
AccessNurse, A TeamHealth Company
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Pulsar360

About AnswerStat
AnswerStat is the information hub for healthcare contact center news and resources, published specifically for hospital and medical contact centers and distributed free to qualified readers, decision makers, and influencers at hospitals and healthcare contact centers worldwide.

Contact us for more information.