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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.

Vendor Spotlight: 1Call, A Division of Amtelco



Working together to provide the very best communication product solutions, backed by the best support available

Since 1976, Amtelco has provided innovative communication solutions to call centers around the world. In 1997, the 1Call Division was formed to offer enterprise-wide communication solutions designed specifically for healthcare organizations. 1Call is dedicated to serving the unique call center and communication needs of healthcare organizations, helping improve communication between patients, physicians, and staff by connecting people and information. Amtelco has been awarded twenty-eight patents, covering a wide range of communications processes.

Hospitals and healthcare organizations around the world turn to 1Call to solve their medical call center, answering service, on-call scheduling, call handling, secure messaging, voice processing, conference calling, and automated middleware notification needs. An independent survey, conducted by TMA+Peritus in February 2015, found that 100 percent of the respondents said they would highly recommend Amtelco and 1Call to another healthcare organization.

Five-Star Service and Support

Amtelco and 1Call are well known for continually developing comprehensive call center and communication solutions, all backed by five-star after-the-sale service and support. Customer advocates and account managers are available to help customers and answer questions before, during, and after the sale.

1Call has a reputation for complete, professional system support, offering training, installation, and technical staff on call on a 24-hour basis. When customers need assistance for their call centers, 1Call’s customer support staff provides fast and reliable service.Customer advocates and account managers are available to help customers and answer questions before, during, and after the sale. Click To Tweet

1Call’s customer support staff includes implementation specialists, installers, project managers, and technical support staff. The customer support staff has an average tenure of over fifteen years, which is unheard of in technology and IT businesses. All support staff members reside in the United States. While most staff members work in the Midwest home office, there are several regional offices around the United States.

Help When Needed

When 1Call customers need help, it’s just a phone call away. They can also email the support team or even access the exclusive online TechHelper tool, with documentation, manuals, videos, and training tools. TechHelper is available 24-hours a day, with unlimited access. Emergency assistance for 1Call systems is also available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Support agreements include software upgrades, which help ensure that 1Call customers always have access to the newest features.

The TMA+Peritus customer satisfaction survey also found that 97 percent of the respondents said the Amtelco and 1Call service and support was excellent. 1Call looks forward to partnering with more healthcare organizations to provide this same level of service.

Solutions That Work

1Call features a complete line of modular solutions specifically designed to streamline enterprise-wide communications, eliminate errors, and reduce training time for new operators. The specialized 1Call solutions save an organization’s limited resources, making each organization more efficient and bringing wellness to their members and their bottom line.

Each 1Call solution comes with the benefit of Amtelco’s years of experience in the field of call handling and messaging. Thousands of 1Call and Amtelco systems are in operation around the world, 24 hours each day.

Easily Customizable

1Call understands that every healthcare organization has unique needs, and they sometimes receive unusual requests from physicians and departments. That’s why 1Call offers powerful solutions that are easy to customize by the customer. Customers have access to a wide variety of administrative functions, including the ability to customize scripts for any department, with individual scripts for every physician, if needed.

When additional help is required, 1Call also has a scripting team to assist customers with any specific requests.

Why Choose 1Call?

Hospitals continually recommend 1Call solutions to other healthcare organizations, so more healthcare organizations continue to switch to 1Call solutions. And it’s no wonder. With all the customizable hospital call center solutions available, the high levels of customer satisfaction, and quality support services, 1Call is in a class by themselves.

What do customers have to say about switching to 1Call? Here’s one example: “It was a great decision switching to Infinity. The 1Call technology is innovative. It’s easy to learn, and it really seems to mold around what the particular needs of our hospital are. Everything runs so much more smoothly now. I think it’s also worth noting, the customer service—great. We couldn’t be happier.”

Strong Partner Relationships

1Call forms solid partnerships with their customers. Each organization is encouraged to work closely with the 1Call team of consultants and engineers through each phase of system planning, configuration, and implementation. This helps ensure that the 1Call systems are at their optimum performance levels to meet all the communication needs of their organizations.

1Call also works closely with key technology partners to provide organizations with the solutions that best fit their communication and technology requirements. 1Call’s partners integrate at a high level with the call center, on-call scheduling, HIPAA secure messaging, alarm management, and emergency notification solutions to produce a comprehensive solution that satisfies the needs of each organization.

The 1Call Technology Partnerships include:

  • American Messaging
  • Apple iOS Developer Program
  • Avaya DevConnect Community
  • Black Box
  • Cisco Solution Partner Program
  • Cisco Developers Network
  • Copia OEM Partner
  • GENBAND Partner Program
  • Google Play Developer
  • Health Level 7 International (HL7)
  • HISCALL
  • Interactive Intelligence Global Alliance
  • Microsoft Developers Network
  • Mitel Solutions Alliance
  • NEC UNIVERGE Solutions Partner Program
  • SAP OEM Partnership Program
  • ShoreTel Innovation Network Alliance Partner
  • Spectralink Application Integration and Management Solvers Program
  • Unify (formerly Siemens) Technology Partners—Advanced Level Status
  • Vocera Solution Partner Program
  • Windows Development Center Member

One Company, One Solution

The development and customer support teams work together closely in the Innovation Way hallway at the Amtelco and 1Call home office. When a question arises, it’s a quick walk down the hall to find the solution. One company, one solution, proudly located in the USA.

Recent Innovations

As customers have come to expect, Amtelco and 1Call continue to create innovative solutions. In addition to frequent enhancements to Intelligent Series, Soft Agent, and miSecureMessages, the newest innovations are MergeComm and Genesis.

The MergeComm Integration Engine

Designed to automate communications throughout an organization, MergeComm speeds response times to help organizations provide better patient care. MergeComm takes an incoming message and uses a script to determine who needs to receive that information. MergeComm accepts messages from a wide variety of sources, including alarms, alerts, HL7 messages, nurse call, severe weather alerts, TCP, WCTP, and web services. Notifications can be sent to an individual, an entire group, or the current on-call personnel. Delivery options include email, miSecureMessages, IP phones, pagers, phones, smart devices, SMS, and Vocera badges.

The Genesis Software Switching Solution

Genesis provides the Intelligent Series applications with advanced software-based telephony. Genesis provides an all-inclusive call center solution with ACD, call management, reporting, and call center applications based on the Intelligent Series. A few of the many benefits of Genesis include reducing the need for hardware, virtualization of the switching platform, integrating with SIP-enabled PBXs, connecting remote agents, and automated overhead paging.

More to Come

1Call, a division of AmtelcoAs technology continues to evolve and as customers have new communication challenges, 1Call and Amtelco will continue to develop new innovative solutions, as they have for over forty years.

Android Update for miSecureMessages Secure Messaging App

1Call, a division of Amtelco1Call announced that the miSecureMessages Android app version 4.1.1.49 was released to the Google Play store on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Adding contacts to messages and the entire conversation flow process have been improved for efficiency. User interface updates were made to the login, create account, inbox, message thread, account management, and user setup screens.

1Call president Tom Curtin stated, “MiSecureMessages continues to gain momentum in healthcare organizations because it’s HIPAA-compliant, but it’s also used by other businesses that want to communicate securely and protect their client’s personal data or need to have reliable and fast communications.”

MiSecureMessages is a secure messaging app that encrypts user information to ensure data remains confidential. Secure text messaging protocols include these benefits:

  • End-to-end message encryption
  • Messages aren’t stored on devices so messages are safe if a device is lost or stolen
  • Quickly and reliably sends large amounts of information through Wi-Fi and data networks
  • Easy to use, customizable, and available for Android and Apple
  • Detailed and dynamic message reports with full message history and contact details

For more information visit www.misecuremessages.com or email info@misecuremessages.com.

1Call Integrates with QGenda to Enhance On-Call Scheduling

1Call announced that healthcare customers who manage on-call and physician scheduling with the 1Call and QGenda scheduling platforms, can now deliver calls and messages to the right people, at the right time thanks to an integration initiative between 1Call and QGenda. 1Call’s comprehensive healthcare on-call scheduling and communications suite works seamlessly with QGenda’s physician scheduling software to provide a fully integrated scheduling platform.

The integration ensures that schedule assignments in both platforms are synchronized at all times. The result is a powerful tool that plays a critical role in helping nurses and doctors save lives each day.

“The 1Call on-call scheduling platform is utilized by healthcare organizations for critical communications and secure HIPAA-compliant messaging,” said Tom Curtin, president of Amtelco and the 1Call Healthcare Division. “This integration makes it possible to update on-call schedule shift assignments on a real-time basis in our Intelligent Series software with information originating in the QGenda application.”

1Call, a division of Amtelco1Call systems send roughly 14.5 million messages a day or 5.25 billion messages a year. QGenda provides automated physician scheduling for more than 170,000 providers, covering 20 million monthly shift hours.

Registration Open for 1Call’s 2018 Leadership and Training Seminar

1Call opened registration for their 12th Annual 1Call Leadership and Training Seminar. The conference will be September 18-20, 2018, at the Park Hotel, located on Madison, Wisconsin’s Capitol Square.

Topics will focus on MergeComm, miSecureMessages, and Genesis. It will also cover best practices for implementing IS and how 1Call provides a reliable, cost-effective enterprise solution.

This event provides attendees with a unique opportunity to learn how to use 1Call solutions to streamline communications throughout healthcare organizations. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to network with other healthcare communication professionals. Attendees can also talk directly with Amtelco implementation specialists, software developers, project managers, and field engineers.

According to Mike Friedel, senior vice president of sales, “We are anticipating another record-breaking conference and are looking forward to a fantastic seminar. Each year, we welcome many new attendees, as well as many returning attendees. The open atmosphere of sharing between attendees and Amtelco personnel makes it an extremely positive experience for everyone. Please join us this year.”

1Call, a division of AmtelcoFor more information contact 1Call at 800-225-6035, seminars@1call.com, or https://1call2018.eventbrite.com.

1Call Announces Hashtag #How1CallHelps for HIMSS18 Theme

1Call, a division of AmtelcoThe 1Call Division of Amtelco announced the use of a special hashtag, #How1CallHelps, to fit the HIMSS18 theme, “Where the World Connects for Health” to act as an anchor for eight core messages it will feature at the show.

Attendees can use the #How1CallHelps hashtag to learn about 1Call’s role in helping healthcare organizations with code calls, directories, disaster preparedness, notifications, on-call scheduling, operator consoles, scripted workflows, and secure texting.

1Call will have two booths at HIMSS18: a primary booth at #4039 and another featuring the miSecureMessages secure texting app at #7308.

“1Call is looking forward to another successful conference,” said Mike Friedel, 1Call senior vice president of sales. “We have continued to develop secure and useful communications solutions for professional healthcare organizations. Year after year these organizations visit the 1Call booths to help their organization become more efficient, profitable, customer-centric, and more successful overall.”

Hospitals and clinics consistently report that using 1Call’s enterprise-wide communication solutions leads to improved patient satisfaction, reduced operator training times, fewer communication errors, and increased productivity.

For more information, contact 1Call at 800-225-6035, info@1call.com, or www.1call.com.

MiSecureMessages Features Available with Server v6.6

1Call, a division of AmtelcoAmtelco’s 1Call Division announced miSecureMessages Server version 6.6, with enhancements for both users and administrators.

MiSecureMessages User Features

  • Registration Via Email: App users can register their app using a link sent in an email by their administrator.
  • Fingerprint Scanning: Users can quickly log into the app using their fingerprint.
  • Reset Password and Passcode Links: The app includes “Forgot Password” and “Forgot Passcode” links, which sends users an email so they can reset their passwords and passcodes.
  • Personal Circles: Users can create their own personal circle contacts, allowing them to communicate with their select group of colleagues more quickly.
  • Improved Performance: Users will notice speed and performance improvements.

MiSecureMessages Administrative Features

  • Importing Contacts: Administrators utilizing onsite configurations can import user names, display names, email addresses, and phone numbers to quickly create contacts
  • Password and Passcode Expiration: Administrators can set expiration timeframes for passwords and passcodes, requiring users to update these to enhance security.
  • Additional Settings: Several system settings are configurable on a per-group basis, including allowing device-to-device messaging, registration type, default notification attempts and intervals, and Web OnCall and status settings. This allows more flexibility in creating groups with different settings.

Amtelco vice president of research and development, Kevin Beale, stated, “With our ongoing commitment to secure healthcare communications, our miSecureMessages development team continues to add significant enhancements that make the app easier to use, while also further enhancing the built-in security of miSecureMessages.”

For more information: 800-225-6035, www.misecuremessages.com, or info@misecuremessages.com.

2017 1Call Leadership and Training Seminar Wrap-Up

1Call, a division of AmtelcoThe 1Call Division of Amtelco completed another successful 1Call Leadership and Training Seminar. 1Call customers, along with prospects and Amtelco staff, gathered in Madison, Wisconsin, September 12–14, 2017, to experience sessions to help healthcare organizations enhance their enterprise-wide communications.

After the informative “Generations Collide” keynote presentation by Chad Kopitzke of NeXtGen Advantage, attendees learned about Genesis, MergeComm, and miTeamWeb, along with new features for miSecureMessages and the Intelligent Series. In addition, customers presented sessions on MergeComm, web chat, miSecureMessages, and Intelligent Series.

Attendees shared positive comments about the seminar, including, “Excellent”; “I look forward to what you come up with for next year”; “the Amtelco team has a knack for facilitating an approachable networking environment”; “Friends and family: Never change this! Too few companies understand this”; “I learned something at all the sessions”; “Intrigued by the endless possibilities of MergeComm”; and “Each session was a learning experience.”

Next year’s 1Call Leadership and Training Seminar will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 18–20, 2018, in a new location at The Park Hotel, on Madison’s Capitol Square.

For more information on 1Call Seminars, contact 1Call at 800-225-6035 or seminars@1call.com.

Hospital Call Centers



The Vital Ingredient in Clinical Communication

By Kevin Mahoney

 A robust and effective communication system is essential in any hospital, as it forms the backbone of the provision of exceptional patient care. The adaptation and growth of evidence-based medicine have led to growth in multidisciplinary approaches in patient care and increase in research among healthcare professionals.

Multidisciplinary approaches and evidence-based practice, therefore, have necessitated constant and efficient communication among health professionals, especially at the hospital level. The sensitivity of patient care and the fast growth of technology, both clinical and non-clinical, further necessitate a need for balance and maximizing of the right forms of technology for effective clinical communication.

The hospital call center serves as a vital platform in the cog of hospital communications. Often it serves as the patient’s first contact with the hospital. In general, the call center is tasked with providing patients and staff with information pertaining to emergencies, appointments, health monitoring, and the provision of specialist information. It is also a source of patient data and interdepartmental communication. This hospital call center platform, therefore, is multifaceted in its communication functionality. The facets of communications that are related to the hospital call center are patient-to-hospital communications, internal communications, and hospital-to-patient communications.

Patient to Hospital Communications: Call centers at healthcare facilities allow the communication of the patient with the hospital and provide treatment access and patient support. The hospital call center has evolved to be a key primary contact area in the healthcare system.

Treatment access begins with proper scheduling services that taps clinical assessment and triage. This is done to allow the patient to access the right specialized care specific to the individual. For instance, it considers previous admissions, patients’ insurance information, and urgent and emergent situations and classifies patient procedures as either inpatient or outpatient. Hospital call centers play a significant role in any hospital’s clinical communications. Click To Tweet

Patient support goes far beyond initial contact and the initial care received at the hospital. The medical call center has evolved to incorporate preventive and rehabilitative features into the platform. Moreover, call centers now use disease management programs to increase awareness of certain preventable diseases. Furthermore, they help the patient schedule appointments and remind them of screening programs.

The medical call center also helps patients access hotlines suited to their ailments, such as giving patients information about suicide prevention resources. Consequently, these platforms have improved communication features by integrating holistic curative, preventive, and rehabilitative features. This patient communication is an essential part of providing health services by a hospital.

Internal Communications: Additionally, the hospital call center supports clinical communication within the hospital staff. This is evident in environments where there is a centralized web directory. In such instances, the call center acts as the medium for vital information within the hospital. This essential information includes work schedules, contact information, and information about the employees on call. It is a critical component of providing well-coordinated care within the hospital system.

Furthermore, such call centers are tailored to communicate emergency codes and deliver critical messages to clinicians. These critical messages are essential, as they allow patient access to clinicians and contact among clinicians themselves.

A hospital call system, therefore, must be well-coordinated, time sensitive, reliable, and suited to the hospital devices available to the healthcare professionals. Hospital call centers and systems are further being improved upon to allow the tracking and escalation of messages provided to clinicians. This is essential in urgent and emergent service delivery in hospital environments.

Medicine is adopting a multidisciplinary approach to allow more holistic care and treatment to the patient. This requires constant and effective communication among medical professionals. Therefore, the hospital call center is essential, as it acts as a referral point among specialists and a resource for specialists to get access to a client base from the hospital.

Hospital to Patient Communications: Last, call centers allow the communication of the hospital and the patient who is the primary customer of the healthcare facility. The hospital marketing department benefits from the communications between the patient and the call center. The hospital call center is a point of increased patient satisfaction and improved marketing information. Patient satisfaction must be the most important goal and a practice ingrained within the organizational culture.

The hospital, therefore, should aim at optimizing the call experience for the patient. This can be done by cutting down the call waiting time, coordinating points of services, and improving patient registration and billing.

The internet has made it easy to widely disseminate information. A patient can communicate his experiences to a potential customer base. Patient experience, therefore, in the internet age, is an essential form of hospital advertisement. Improving patient experience builds upon the hospital brand and helps set it aside from the competition.

Optimizing patient experience goes beyond a single interaction to anticipate the needs of a patient and tailor services to meet those needs. The increasing need for data within the information age, therefore, cannot be understated. Data from call centers helps the marketing department find effective ways of communicating with the patient.

Each hospital call center must have a means of feedback. This helps identify and document potential issues the client had with the system. There is currently an adaptation of use of proprietary tools such as live metric dashboards and quality assurance and tracking tools. Therefore, most hospitals are collecting data to learn the needs of the patient and tailor their customer care services accordingly. For instance, most call centers now use customized call scripts; this ensures the provider maximizes care support and efficiency.

Optimizing the customer experience has led to call centers evolving as new and exciting forms of hospital income generation. The consequences of effective customer service are based on optimizing the patient experience, which leads to an increase in hospital revenue.

Final Thoughts: Clinical communication is a hugely faceted subject with far reaching consequences that go beyond hospital walls. Hospital call centers play a significant role in any hospital’s clinical communications. This role is expected to continue growing in the coming years as modern technology makes it easier and faster to communicate.

By optimizing communications, a hospital call center can improve patient health outcomes, fill an essential healthcare gap, and serve to improve overall patient care. It is, therefore, imperative that hospitals find effective ways of maximizing call centers, not just as a channel of communication, but also as a huge income-generating department.

1Call, a division of AmtelcoKevin Mahoney is a hospital and healthcare-related account advocate and sales engineer at Amtelco, a manufacturer and supplier of call center solutions. Contact him at kmahoney@amtelco.com.

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