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Ambs Call Center Wins Customer Service Awards for 12 Years Running


Ambs Call Center is an award-winning call center that has been in business since 1932. It is a mission-driven company that has stuck to its values through decades of fluctuating market conditions, only to emerge as a frontrunner in high-tech business communication.

For the twelfth year in a row, Ambs Call Center has won customer service awards for excellence from CAM-X and ATSI, two trade organizations that recognize outstanding operations in the industry.

Ambs Call Center CEO Aaron Boatin is proud of his company’s consistently high performance. He explains, “The core of what we do is help our clients communicate better with their customers. Customers are fed up with the frustration that offshore call centers create with language barriers. Our team solves this with friendly voices on every call which makes our clients’ customers happy. That’s what makes this independent recognition so gratifying.”

Now in its fourth generation of family ownership and operation, the leaders at Ambs Call Center have created a business model that supplies a distinct experience for people, elevating the importance of the customer experience, call success, and the lost art of courteousness. These priorities are baked into operations, staff training, and performance evaluations.

Ambs Call Center offers a full suite of telephonic answering services for businesses in all industries, including healthcare, IT, property management, and more. Services include virtual receptionists, secure text messaging, call centers, and automated attendants.

TriageLogic Publishes E-book on How to Create a Successful RPM Program

While healthcare providers acknowledge the value of remote patient monitoring (RPM), many have found it difficult to set up a successful program. TriageLogic recently published an RPM e-book that outlines the common reasons why providers may experience setbacks with implementation, along with the steps they can take to overcome them.

These solutions have been shown to reduce medical expenses, offer income to providers in the form of reimbursements, and greatly improve patient health outcomes.

What Is RPM?

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is part of a new era of remote medical services and technology. Most remote patient care takes place over the phone or a two-way video. RPM goes one step further by helping doctors regularly collect and evaluate patient data using electronic medical devices. 

These RPM tools track patients’ vitals like blood pressure, glucose, and pulse ox, and relay this data back to their providers for review. At minimum, a successful RPM program depends on having the right amount of reliable RPM devices, as well as enough staff to monitor recorded data, identify when devices are being used improperly, and notify patients when symptoms indicate possible medical concerns.

The Case for Implementing RPM Technology

The main reason for developing remote patient monitoring was to improve a provider’s ability to catch changing vitals in chronically ill patients.

Some changes may be sudden or happen between normal patient follow-up appointments. Others may simply be undetectable until it’s too late to respond. RPM serves as an early warning symptom that enables providers to intervene even before patients experience troubling symptoms. 

Considering how much money is required cumulatively to treat patients with chronic disease, and the fact that six in ten Americans suffer from at least one type, it should come as no surprise that a successful RPM program can offer substantial benefits to patients and the healthcare system.

For providers, this means insurance companies are now open to reimburse them for remote patient care. 

Challenges for a Successful RPM Program

While this technology offers greater visibility over the changing health of chronically ill patients, RPM isn’t without its own challenges. These can range from RPM vendor selection to properly billing for RPM. One of the biggest issues is the ability to manage and respond to the regular influx of health data.

That’s why TriageLogic expanded their nurse telephone and telehealth triage services to include data review for remote patient monitoring. When healthcare providers want to outsource this service, TriageLogic will put them in touch with an established RPM partner.

That partner will supply the number of needed devices for the provider to administer, while TriageLogic will review health data from those devices through their call center of registered nurses.

Their RNs go through a strict hiring process to verify their knowledge and capabilities when it comes to patient symptom evaluation, allowing them to identify when RPM readings are enough of a concern to warrant notifying the provider and the patient. Nurses also use device-specific and disease-specific protocols to evaluate patients. 

The Future of RPM

As more healthcare providers adopt this technology, their patients will experience greater health outcomes. Charu Raheja, CEO of TriageLogic, understands firsthand what a powerful effect this can have: “When my father passed away from a massive heart attack in 2009 because he did not call a healthcare provider to evaluate his symptoms, our mission became that much more important to me. I could see … how providing remote health care … to address [patients’] symptoms could save lives.”

Implement Your RPM Solution

Providers who are interested in creating a successful RPM program can download TriageLogic’s e-book. Those who wish to partner with TriageLogic’s outsourced RPM data review can contact them directly at 800-723-4290 or through their contact form.

Founded in 2007, TriageLogic is a URAC accredited, physician-lead provider of high-quality telehealth services, remote patient monitoring, nurse triage, triage education, and software for telephone medicine. Their comprehensive solutions include integrated mobile access and two-way video capability. The TriageLogic group serves over 9,000 physicians and covers over 25 million lives nationwide.

MobiusVP Expands into Healthcare Market with Launch of Patients-Count

Offers customized platform to capture, measure, and improve patient and employee experience

Mobius Vendor Partners (MobiusVP) expands into the healthcare market with the launch of its latest product, Patients-Count®. Patients-Count is an online enterprise feedback management system tailored to the healthcare industry to capture, measure, and report patient and employee experience at each step of the care journey.

“Patient experience and employee satisfaction have never been more important as we’ve faced unprecedented healthcare challenges. We’re launching Patients-Count to help healthcare providers measure and manage every important key performance indicator at every touch point of a patient’s journey to help them meet their strategic goals,” said Bob Kobek, president of MobiusVP, a business process design, management, and performance improvement company.

Patients-Count is an extension of MobiusVP’s signature customer feedback solution, CustomerCount®, which launched in 2007 in the hospitality, timeshare, and contact center industries and has expanded into numerous vertical markets and industries.

“While the hospitality and healthcare industries are distinct, there are many similarities when it comes to measuring the guest and patient journey,”Kobek said. “Our 24-year, experienced consulting firm is very skilled in learning business processes, and we have over fifteen years of experience understanding customer and employee feedback in the hospitality industry. We’re well-positioned to enter the healthcare market and help healthcare organizations meaningfully measure and manage their patient and employee experience.”

Patients-Count offers a customized survey platform that enables healthcare providers to measure not only episodes of care, but every step of the patient journey, including between-care episodes. It also features the strategic ability to capture and report the experience of all stakeholders, including family members and critical members of the care team to understand and improve the wholistic patient experience.

“Many healthcare organizations rely on traditional survey methods to capture patient feedback and are missing key opportunities to use that data to improve outcomes,” Kobek said. “Our customized platform and consulting experience will help arm organizations with reliable data, robust reporting and actionable results to improve patient and employee experience and meet their strategic goals.”

To launch into the healthcare industry, Patients-Count went through months of a rigorous application process to earn its HIPAA certification. Patients-Count also complies with global, federal, state, and industry data privacy regulations, including W3C, TCPA, GDPR, and CCPA.

Patients-Count supports over forty languages with seventy report templates that help remove barriers to accessibility and understanding. It also features the ability to deploy surveys via email, SMS, QR code, WhatsApp, website, telephone, and mail (via scanning technology).

Watch a video of Patients-Count. Visit www.MobiusVP.com for more information about Mobius Vendor Partners, Patients-Count, and CustomerCount. Follow Mobius Vendor Partners and its products on LinkedIn.

Amtelco Simplifies Software Installation & Maintenance for Remote Operators

1Call Web Agent v5.5 solution rated Avaya Compliant

1Call, a division of Amtelco and a leader in developing software solutions and applications designed for the healthcare communications and call center marketplace, announced its 1Call Web Agent v5.5 solution is compliant with key Avaya OneCloud™ solutions, helping customers easily connect remote operators and minimize maintenance.

1Call Web Agent is a web browser-based telephone agent interface that offers simplified installation and maintenance, especially helpful for remote operators.

1Call Web Agent is compatible with most modern web browsers and enables agents to process multi-channel calls via desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The application is now compliance-tested by Avaya for compatibility with Avaya Aura® Session Manager 8.1 and Avaya Aura Communication Manager 8.1 via SIP Trunk.

“1Call Web Agent provides intelligent attendant console services, integrated call and screen recording, personnel directories populated from an organization’s HR data sources, patient directories populated from Health Level 7 (HL7), admit discharge transfer (ADT) updates, operator scripting, on-call scheduling, and advanced automated messaging and dispatching with our MergeComm integration engine,” said Tom Curtin, CEO of Amtelco and 1Call.

“Technology partners like Amtelco are helping Avaya customers increase their efficiency, productivity, and strengthen their competitiveness,” said Karen Hardy, Global Vice president, Product Management, Avaya. Amtelco is a Technology Partner in the Avaya DevConnect program, part of the Avaya Experience Builders™ network.

This unique global collaborative is exceptionally positioned to deliver the next-gen customer and employee experiences businesses need through the Avaya OneCloud AI-Powered Experience platform. Partners in the DevConnect program develop, market, and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology and extend the value of a company’s investment in its network.

As a Technology Partner, Amtelco can submit products to Avaya for compliance testing, where a team of DevConnect engineers develops a comprehensive test plan for each application to verify its Avaya compatibility.

This enables customers to confidently add best-in-class capabilities to their network without having to replace their existing infrastructure, helping speed deployment of new applications and reduce both network complexity and implementation costs.

Amtelco’s 1Call Division is the leader in developing software solutions designed for the specific needs of the healthcare call center marketplace. 1Call features a complete line of modular solutions designed to streamline enterprise-wide communications, save an organization’s limited resources, and promote efficiency, helping bring wellness to their members and their bottom line.

Peter DeHaan Releases Healthcare Call Center Book

Peter Lyle DeHaan, founder and publisher of AnswerStat, announced the publication of his latest book, Healthcare Call Center Essentials. It’s scheduled for release on June 6, 2022.

“In a very real sense, this book has been two decades in the making,” said DeHaan, “It started when I launched AnswerStat magazine in 2003. I’ve taken what I’ve learned about medical contact centers since then and combined it with a lifetime of call center experience to produce this book.”

In addition to writing and publishing magazines and books about the call center industry, DeHaan’s lifetime of experience includes managing a multi-location call center, employment with a call center vendor, and consultant for healthcare call centers, medical answering services, and telephone answering providers.

The result is the book Healthcare Call Center Essentials.

Healthcare Call Center Essentials is designed for those who want to manage a more effective medical contact center. From daily operations to long-term success, this essential guide will help readers create a thriving contact center that meets the urgent needs of both patients and the medical community.

In it, you can discover how to better manage your team and support achievable strategies to meet goals and support patients and healthcare centers. By implementing the strategies and tips in Healthcare Call Center Essentials, you can improve your daily systems and perfect your contact center operation.

Healthcare Call Center Essentials is available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover.

Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is the publisher and editor-in-chief of AnswerStat. He’s a passionate wordsmith whose goal is to change the world one word at a time. Read more of his articles or his book, Healthcare Call Center Essentials.

Quality Contact Solutions named Top 10 Healthcare BPO for 2022

Quality Contact Solutions (QCS) shared that they have been recognized among the Top 10 Healthcare BPO Companies 2022 by Healthcare Business Review.

“We are excited to share that Quality Contact Solutions has been named a Top 10 Healthcare BPO for 2022 by Healthcare Business Review, a trusted source by healthcare leaders for information on managing healthcare business and operations,” said Julie Kramme, vice president of sales for QCS.

“With lower costs and increased efficiencies, business process outsourcing (BPO) is the perfect solution for healthcare organizations,” added Kramme. The QCS team can support the various needs of their clients in the nuanced healthcare industry.

Quality Contact Solutions is an industry leader in call center and telemarketing services solutions, including B2B and B2C programs. QCS offers many telemarketing services, including outsourced sales, upselling, cross-selling, surveys, lead generation, sales lead qualification, appointment setting, inside sales, and inbound customer service. 

Wisconsin State Journal Names Amtelco Top Workplace in 2022

1Call, a division of Amtelco, announced that Amtelco has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by The Wisconsin State Journal Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC.

The anonymous survey uniquely measures fifteen culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Companies need to authentically represent their brand to job-seekers,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “The employee experience needs to be on the mission-critical list. Leaders who embrace a people-first culture will benefit greatly. By giving employees a voice and showcasing your authentic culture through employer branding, organizations can attract those job seekers who complement their culture. Culture drives performance.”

Amtelco, a family-owned business located in McFarland, Wisconsin, has been a trusted name in call center systems, software applications, and secure texting technologies for over forty-five years. Beginning in 1997, the 1Call healthcare division of Amtelco was formed to provide the same innovative contact center technology to healthcare facilities.

Founder Bill Curtin, II, and Amtelco have received more than thirty U.S. Patents for telephony software, data handling methodologies, and telephone switching devices. Millions of calls are processed every day by Amtelco systems around the world.

Mr. Curtin’s ingenuity and generous spirit are reflected throughout the company. Amtelco has earned industry praise with its award-winning products and proudly supports local and international charities.

Both employees and customers are treated with respect. Kathy Mealer, Manager Information Systems at West Tennessee Healthcare, and a customer of Amtelco’s 1Call healthcare division states, “1Call has been fantastic. I think they have been more of a business partner than any vendor I’ve dealt with in my thirty plus years of working in IT.”

Advances in technology is helping the contact center industry to grow and continue to be the hub of information. Amtelco CEO Tom Curtin is proud of the entire Amtelco employee team. He stated, “Thanks to our dedicated employees, 2021 ended as the best year we have ever had in our forty-five plus years. Last year we added many new positions to our growing staff and are currently hiring for more positions this year to support our expanding customer base.”

1Call Announces Certification with Cisco CUCM Release 14

1Call, a division of Amtelco and a leader in developing software solutions and applications designed for the healthcare communications and call center marketplace, announced their call center software and 1Call Web Agent web browser-based telephone agent interface are certified for use with Cisco’s Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) Version 14.

1Call’s all-inclusive healthcare call center software suite features multi-channel integration with enhanced call processing to help prioritize critical calls and can use built-in speech recognition, text to speech, and voice services to improve call routing and management.

1Call Web Agent is a web browser-based telephone agent interface that offers simplified installation and maintenance, which is especially helpful for remote operators. 1Call Web Agent is compatible with most modern web browsers and enables agents to process multi-channel calls via desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

“1Call Web Agent connects to Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) via session initiation protocol (SIP) trunks via the Amtelco/1Call soft switch,” said Tom Curtin, CEO of 1Call. “1Call Web Agent provides intelligent attendant console services, integrated call and screen recording, personnel directories populated from an organization’s HR data sources, patient directories populated from Health Level 7 (HL7), admit discharge transfer (ADT) updates, operator scripting, on-call scheduling, and advanced automated messaging and dispatching with our MergeComm integration engine.”

Amtelco/1Call is a Preferred Solution Partner with Cisco. The partnership enables 1Call to deliver solutions that interoperate with Cisco’s technology. As a Preferred Solution Partner, 1Call can submit products to Cisco for compliance testing and a team of Cisco engineers develop a comprehensive test plan for each application to verify its compatibility with Cisco. This enables mutual customers to confidently add best-in-class capabilities to their network without having to replace their existing infrastructure.

The 1Call Division of Amtelco is a leader in developing software solutions and applications created for the specific needs of the healthcare call center marketplace. 1Call features a complete line of modular solutions specifically designed to streamline enterprise-wide communications, save an organization’s limited resources, improve efficiency, and help bring wellness to their patients.

Recent additions include the MergeComm automated notification integration engine, which incorporates an HL7 integration, along with miSecureMessages secure smartphone paging and two-way messaging.

1Call to Exhibit at 2022 HIMSS Conference

1Call, a division of Amtelco that specializes in offering enterprise-wide communication solutions for healthcare organizations, will be an exhibitor again at the 2022 HIMSS conference, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL on March 14-18, 2022.

1Call can be found at booth 3541 where visitors will be shown demonstrations of their products including the HIPAA-compliant miSecureMessages secure messaging app and care team collaboration miTeamWeb app.

This year, 1Call is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary and invites attendees to join them in their booth on Wednesday, March 16 from 4:00–5:30 pm for food and drinks during a 1Call Happy Hour in honor of their twenty-five years.

HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is a global advisor, thought leader, and member-based society committed to reforming the global health ecosystem through the power of information and technology. Their annual conference brings together health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world. HIMSS membership includes more than 110,000 individuals, 480 provider organizations, 470 non-profit partners, and 650 health services organizations.

Follow 1Call during HIMSS22 using the hashtags #How1CallHelps and #Why1CallHelps. For more information on 1Call Seminars, contact 1Call at 800-225-6035 or info@1call.com.

The 1Call Division of Amtelco is a leader in developing software solutions and applications designed for the specific needs of the healthcare call center marketplace. 1Call features a complete line of modular solutions specifically designed to streamline enterprise-wide communications, save an organization’s limited resources, and make them tremendously efficient, helping them bring wellness to their members and their bottom line.

1Call Celebrates 25 Years of Healthcare Communications

1Call, a division of Amtelco, announced they are celebrating their 25-year anniversary and continued growth of the software solutions and applications they create for the healthcare contact center marketplace.

Amtelco, 1Call’s parent company, has been a leading provider of communication applications since 1976. Amtelco was supplying innovative communication solutions for more than twenty years to all types of industries, including healthcare, when leaders recognized an opportunity to focus on the unique communication needs in healthcare facilities. The 1Call Division was created in 1997 to help streamline communications.

1Call’s complete line of modular solutions are specifically designed for hospitals and clinics to help unify enterprise-wide communications, save an organization’s limited resources, and improve efficiencies, all with the goal of bringing wellness patients.

“Reliable healthcare communication is crucial,” said Tom Curtin, CEO of 1Call. “We are honored that our hospital customers have trusted us for twenty-five years with their call center software needs. We have a responsibility to help our customers support the communities they serve, especially during the pandemic.

“Scripted workflows have been incredibly useful right now because information surrounding COVID-19 is always changing. Our intelligent messaging scripts are easy to edit to guide agents through each call with up-to-date information. Web-based communication options continue to be a popular option for remote operators. Our web agent enables customers with running their call centers in a virtual server environment or in the cloud.”

Over the past twenty-five years, 1Call has been successful at leveraging technology to meet and exceed the needs of their customers and outperform other industry business platforms to position itself in the most competitive way possible.