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Is It Time to Start a Medical Answering Service?

How to Start a Telephone Answering Service, by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD

Get the latest info in the book How to Start a Telephone Answering Service.

Industry veteran Peter Lyle DeHaan released his insider’s guide to starting an answering service earlier this year. How to Start a Telephone Answering Service concisely shares the essential information needed to start an answering service. Based on decades of industry experience and years of consulting for hospital communication centers, healthcare call centers, and medical answering services, Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, released this book as a service to the industry.

“I open the book trying to talk people out of starting an answering service. If they decide to proceed, I want them to do it right and not damage the industry by making naïve mistakes,” said DeHaan. It’s an essential resource for anyone thinking about starting a medical answering service.

“When I consulted for the industry, people kept asking for information on how to start an answering service. I repeated the same advice so often, that I eventually to putting it online.” Since day one that website received steady traffic. Now, for the first time, that updated information is available in a book. Available in paperback and e-book. Learn more at www.StartAnAnsweringService.com.

1Call’s miSecureMessages Secure Messaging App Releases Version 4.2.0

The 1Call division of Amtelco released version 4.2.0 of the miSecureMessages secure messaging app. Version 4.2.0 features enhanced functionality with Apple Watch. Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 users with watchOS 5 or later can read and reply to secure messages from their Apple Watch. A menu added to Apple Watch displays which accounts contain new messages.

Colleen Curtin, miSecureMessages product manager, stated, “We are very excited to release this highly anticipated app update and would like to thank our customers who enthusiastically volunteered their time to test the update to ensure it would meet the needs of all of our customers. This new version will greatly improve clinical communications.”

Customers of miSecureMessages may either manually or automatically update the app from their iPhone’s app store. New documentation is available on Amtelco’s TechHelper website for additional support.

The miSecureMessages Apple app provides secure messaging and paging services for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Users can view, respond to, and initiate messages to other miSecureMessages users within an organization.

1Call, a division of AmtelcoFor more information about miSecureMessages, call 800-356-9148, email info@misecuremessages.com, or visit www.misecuremessages.com.

1Call Introduces Intelligent Series Version 5.3

The 1Call Division of Amtelco announced the release of Version 5.3 of their Intelligent Series (IS) software. It includes several updates and additions including:

  • the transfer of voicemail from Infinity to IS for use with the Genesis system,
  • ACD answer call setting to reassign parked calls to another ACD skill,
  • auto-answer announcement greetings,
  • the addition of conference join call recording to conference join and patch call states so that both conferences and patches can be recorded, and
  • an IS supervisor dashboard allowing users to configure multiple dashboard layouts that can be filled with a choice of widgets.

Amtelco’s vice president of research and development, Kevin Beale stated, “We are thrilled to be able to release this impressive software update. Countless hours have been spent researching, developing, and refining each feature, ensuring they will meet the needs of our customers and helping them improve communications with their patients and physicians.”

1Call, a division of AmtelcoFor more information about 1Call’s Genesis Intelligent Series for hospitals, clinics, and healthcare enterprises, 800-225-6035, info@1call.com, or www.1call.com.

1Call’s Genesis Intelligent Series Receives Unify Certification

The 1Call Division of Amtelco received interoperability certification for the Genesis Intelligent Series call center console solution with the version 8.x Unify OpenScape 4000 PBX (private branch exchange) by the Unify Technology Partner Program, based in Munich, Germany, on December 3, 2018. Amtelco is a Unify Technology Partner, with Advanced Level status.

Testing of the Interoperability between 1Call’s Genesis Intelligent Series solution and Unify’s open SIP interface for the OpenScape 4000 PBX was conducted remotely in October by 1Call’s PBX Integration Lab staff in McFarland, Wisconsin, and the Unify Communications Development Lab in Beersel, Belgium.

1Call received interoperability certification from Unify in 2016 for the Infinity Intelligent Series call center console solution with the version 7.x Unify OpenScape 4000 PBX. According to Amtelco president Tom Curtin, “Amtelco is extremely excited to have this certification to bring to our wonderful partner-customers that are looking forward to getting the best of Unify and Genesis in one tight integration.”

1Call, a division of AmtelcoFor more information about 1Call’s Genesis Intelligent Series for hospitals, clinics, and healthcare enterprises, 800-225-6035, info@1call.com, or www.1call.com.

Call 4 Health Announces 5th Annual User Conference

Call 4 Health announced details for its 5th Annual User Conference, January 16-17, 2019 at the Delray Beach Marriott. The intensive, two-day event will focus on customer service satisfaction, in which participants will acquire the essential tools, resources, and solutions necessary to manage and elevate their business’s healthcare footprint. Conference features include informative industry lectures, networking opportunities, and interactive discussion pods to bring businesses to the next level and beyond.

“The Annual User Conference is our way of equipping industry clients and partners with the influential tools they need to thrive in the healthcare industry,” said Joseph Pores, CEO of Call 4 Health. “This year’s schedule of training sessions, networking opportunities, and entertainment is sure to make the 2019 conference unparalleled.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Kevin Ames, Director of Speaking and Training at the O.C. Tanner Institute, a global center focused on strategic employee culture and engagement. Ames is one of the highest ranked presenters at the Evanta Leadership Summit and has delivered addresses for Fortune 500 companies all over the world, including Dow Chemical, Frito Lay, and Bose. His presentation is entitled, “Influence Greatness,” and will focus on empowering employees and leadership to create a successful and productive company culture.

Call 4 HealthSponsors include 1 Call, Compass IT Compliance, Commonwealth Purchasing Group, Crown Castle, and BlueStream. For more information visit call4health.com.

1Call Reminds Healthcare IT Professionals to Save-the-Date for the HIMSS19 Conference

1Call, the division of Amtelco that specializes in offering enterprise-wide communication solutions for healthcare organizations, will exhibit again at the 2019 HIMSS conference, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on February 11–15, 2019.

1Call will be at booths 4549 and 1971. This year’s theme is “It’s All About the Why” to highlight 1Call’s commitment to deliver fast, secure, and accurate communications to help provide the best patient experience.

Demonstrations of their HIPAA-compliant miSecureMessages secure messaging app will be done at both booths to show how easy it is to send secure text, photo, audio, and video content.

Follow 1Call during HIMSS19 using the hashtags #How1CallHelps and #Why1CallHelps.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together over 45,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, excellent speakers, cutting-edge health IT products, and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.

1Call, a division of AmtelcoFor more information on 1Call at HIMSS19, contact 1Call at 800-225-6035 or info@1call.com.

Technology Solutions for the Home Healthcare Industry

In addition to being a strategic partner with over 160 medical-centric call centers. Pulsar360, Inc. has partnered with MEDsys, provider of web-based home care and private duty care management solutions.

A key component is their electronic visit verification solution, “which is where we come in,” states Michael Dozier, president and CEO of Pulsar360. “Our customized interactive voice response application and highly reliable network integrated with their software provides mobile visit verification, integrated scheduling, payroll, and billing into one platform that is available every hour of every day.”

This customizable solution provides real-time data exchange to manage the check-in and check-out visit confirmation through IVR and GPS technology and the scheduling component. This also provides a security component for the agency and their staff.

Upon arrival at the patient’s home, the caregiver calls a toll-free number to clock-in and enters their MEDsys secure ID number, which automatically clocks them in. When their shift is over they call their toll-free number and enter their MEDsys secure pin. That clocks them out. The caregiver can also add the plan of care into the phone, which Pulsar360 updates in real time.

“As the home health industry continues to embrace technology, MEDsys will lead the way through workflow automation,” said Ritch Adams, CEO of MEDsys. “President Obama signed into law The Cures Act which will mandate electronic visit verification for every State Medicaid program by 2019. MEDsys is a leader in providing EVV to state, MCO Medicaid, and private pay programs. We continue to receive positive feedback for our workflow automation that saves state Medicaid programs millions of dollars while improving patient care.”

Pulsar360: strategic partners with the TAS industryMEDsys’s VinCENT software solutions integrated with Pulsar360’s technology solution support Medicare, Medicaid, skilled and non-skilled private duty, pediatrics and adult nursing. VinCENT electronic visit verification is a leading time and attendance product. It supports state and MCO Medicaid programs as well as with home care agencies.

1Call’s 2018 Leadership and Training Seminar Report

1Call Seminar Draws Healthcare IT and Communication Professionals from Across the United States

The 1Call Division of Amtelco completed their most successful 1Call Leadership and Training Seminar to date. On September 18-20, 2018, healthcare customers, prospects, and Amtelco staff, gathered at the Park Hotel in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, to help clinics and hospital organizations enhance their enterprise-wide communications.

Customer attendees, representing hospitals from all over the United States, enjoyed presentations given by healthcare call centers who use 1Call’s products such as Genesis, MergeComm, and miSecureMessages. These customer-led presentations proved beneficial to the healthcare communication and IT professionals in attendance.

Attendees learned how to improve efficiencies, eliminate errors, and enhance the patient experience from peer presentations. They also could speak directly to 1Call’s software development and implementation specialists to discuss how to solve some of their interoperability and communication challenges.

“I am new to this conference and found it extremely helpful,” said one enthused attendee. “The networking is also great! I’m so impressed by Amtelco and how helpful the staff has been. Getting to know the Amtelco family, culture, and values have made me even more confident that we made the right system selection and vendor choice. Thank you for a wonderful experience.”

1Call, a division of AmtelcoNext year’s 1Call Leadership and Training Seminar will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 10-12, 2019 at the Park Hotel. For more information contact 1Call at 800-225-6035 or seminars@1call.com.

1Call Announces Brad Swift as a Contract Services Sales Manager

1Call, a leader in developing software solutions and applications designed for the specific needs of the healthcare call center marketplace, is pleased to announce that the company is entering into a contract with Brad Swift to support healthcare organizations and their growing need to quickly have access to the newest 1Call software features.

Brad will help healthcare organizations get up-to-date with current technologies, assist with projects such as acquisitions and department mergers, and help with growth and future development.

“Brad had a successful eighteen-year sales career with us in the past, serving our customers in Canada,” said Tom Curtin, president of 1Call. “Our customers will be able to outsource to 1Call to help get work done that they can’t find resources for and add even more call center processes to their 1Call call center system.”

For example, “When hospitals are unsure about the liability that comes with hiring temporary employees for their communications projects, I will be able to help,” Swift said. “I’m backed by 1Call’s resources, expertise, and personnel who are trained in accordance with HIPAA and HITRUST directives.”

1Call, a division of AmtelcoFor more information contact Brad Swift at 800-729-0752 or bswift@1call.com.

Startel & Professional Teledata Complete HIPAA Assessment

Startel and Professional Teledata successfully completed their Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) assessment. This marks Startel’s fourth and Professional Teledata’s first assessment for HIPAA compliance and reinforces the companies’ commitment to protecting consumer data and privacy. SecurityMetrics performed the third-party compliance assessment.

Following an evaluation of Startel and Professional Teledata’s offices, data centers, and software solutions, SecurityMetrics determined that the companies implemented policies and procedures to fulfill its obligations under HIPAA and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). Both companies received scores of 100 percent for compliance posture of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards as well as organizational requirements.

“We are thrilled with this year’s compliance achievements,” said Startel, Professional Teledata, and Alston Tascom president and CEO, Brian Stewart. “HIPAA security and compliance are top priorities for us. We look forward to continuing to deliver contact center solutions and services that help our customers grow their business and safeguard electronic protected health information.”

“Startel and Professional Teledata successfully implemented policies, procedures, and safeguards designed to comply with HIPAA,” said Brand Barney, senior HIPAA security analyst at SecurityMetrics. “Throughout the audit, we took into account the size, capabilities, cost, and probability of risk when evaluating the security measures implemented by Startel and Professional Teledata.”

The full HIPAA report is available to customers upon request. The companies will also sign Business Associate (BA) agreements with clients who require HIPAA compliance. Next year’s audit will include an assessment of Alston Tascom’s operating environment, data center, and solutions.

For more information, call 949-863-8776 or visit www.startel.com.