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Spotlight on the TeamHealth Medical Call Center


TeamHealth Medical Call Center


In today’s world, the rapidly evolving healthcare industry has placed its focus on providing access to high quality, patient-centric care, with an unprecedented emphasis on cost containment and continuum of care. Companies, communities, and medical professionals are challenged with the overwhelming task of balancing quality care with new cost initiatives.

The Need for Call Center Solutions Has Never Been Greater

The TeamHealth Medical Call Center (THMCC) is the premier provider of safe, professional, 24-hour medical call center solutions. THMCC provides its client partners with a wide range of cost-effective healthcare services, including:The TeamHealth Medical Call Center enters into true partnerships with clients to provide the individual service offering, with measurable results, and to develop a long-term relationship. Click To Tweet

RN Telephone Triage

  • Services are branded to each practice with the ability to gather pertinent data and customize a documentation system that allows practices to drive specific directives for both pediatric and adult populations.
  • Another key feature is the ability to integrate patient information into EMRs to meet Patient Centered Medical Home and ACO requirements.
  • THMCC registered nurses use Schmitt/Thompson Clinical Content Triage Guidelines for both pediatric and adult populations.
  • Services also include post-triage appointment scheduling and a wide range of post-discharge transitional care initiatives

Pediatric Triage

Providing high quality pediatric nurse triage requires a special skill set beyond standard care provisions. TeamPeds addresses this need by directing pediatric patients to an RN staff specially trained in pediatric telephone triage. The TeamPeds program includes:

  • Specialized RN pediatric training and competency testing
  • Ongoing required monthly pediatric in-service requirements for RNs
  • Ability to email care advice
  • Error-free provider on call system
  • TeamPeds RN supervisor
  • Pediatric medical director
  • Pediatric QI program

Nurse Advice Lines

Nurse advice lines and community lines can direct your patient population to the most appropriate level of care, while promoting your service’s nurse advice lines can be used to offer branded healthcare and program information that promotes a healthy community and creates an awareness of an organization’s centers of excellence or specialty programs. Reporting and data collection features also provides you with valuable information about the healthcare needs of your population.

Additional benefits of a THMCC community or nurse advice line include:

  • Readmission prevention or appropriate care utilization
  • Patient acquisition
  • Revenue reconciliation reporting
  • Branded EXITcare or customized health information emailed to callers
  • Web-based branded online self-triage program
  • Appointment scheduling and physician referrals

A dedicated ED nurse advice line or triage service helps hospitals respond to calls from patients with inquiries concerning their need for emergency care. THMCC ED nurse advice and triage line services:

  • Provide access for callers questioning their need for an ED visit
  • Promote appropriate ED utilization
  • Prevents unnecessary readmissions
  • Provides opportunity to refer other services within system
  • Eliminates the risk of ED handling clinical questions
  • Allows clinical ED staff to stay focused on in-house patient care
  • Refer all real-time call records on callers to the ED

Transitional Care

In many cases, the provision of care is not complete when the patient visit or hospital stay ends. THMCC partners with healthcare providers to develop relationships with patients that support care plan compliance long after they return home.

Transitional care management means preparing patients for their first visit and then accompanying them through post-visit follow-up and post-hospital care. THMCC’s post-discharge call-back services are fully customizable to the needs of specific patient populations, and include:

  • Outbound daily call campaigns for both clinical and non-clinical populations
  • Specialized scripting utilized for high-risk patients
  • Inpatient and ED patient population
  • EMR access available
  • All calls performed 24-48 hours post-discharge
  • Optional callback line for patients experiencing symptoms

The value of these transitional care efforts can be measured in ROI in the following areas:

  • Readmission prevention
  • Improvement in HCAHPS scores
  • Daily escalations/interventions
  • Monthly reporting including: Core indicator analysis for medications, discharge instructions, and follow-up appointments; positive/negative trending items; recognition; and patient satisfaction

Avoidable readmissions are a major financial problem for the nation’s healthcare system. For patients, hospitalizations alone are stressful, even more so when they result in subsequent readmissions. THMCC’s outbound call campaign services are specifically designed for high-risk patients, and include:

  • Initial post-discharge call within 24-48 hours, with an additional four calls at weekly intervals
  • Assessment of patient’s understanding and compliance to medication, discharge instructions, follow-up appointments, and current symptoms
  • Optional callback line for patients experiencing symptoms

Physician Answering Services

With ever-increasing workloads and patient care responsibilities, physician burnout is a real concern for hospitals, healthcare organizations, and private practices. The stress of a work/life imbalance can lower physician job satisfaction and hinder physician recruitment.

Delegating the workload to a specialized team of medical professionals can significantly reduce physician burnout. We must realize that to take care of our patients, we must also take care of our providers. Partnering with the TeamHealth Medical Call Center and our team of telephone triage RNs can provide the proper work/life balance for your physicians, which in turn, will mean the best possible care for your patients.

THMCC offers physician and practice answering services to provide seamless access for clinical and non-clinical calls. Patient coordinators deliver a high level of customer service and are supervised by an RN. Features include:

  • After hours, daytime support or 24/7 options
  • Emergency backup for unscheduled closures
  • High volume overflow
  • Translation services
  • Branded services
  • Customized scripting
  • Customized directives and protocols
  • Error-free paging system
  • Secure electronic messaging through TeamDoc Mobile, a web-based application
  • All calls are recorded
  • Robust reporting

Creating Successful, Long-Term Client Relationships Is Our Goal

The TeamHealth Medical Call Center enters into true partnerships with clients to provide the individual service offering, with measurable results, and to develop a long-term relationship. Our technology allows us to meet the needs of the changing healthcare industry while we continue to make the patient experience our primary focus.

Founded by a team of physicians more than twenty-two years ago, the THMCC has the unique advantage of having a provider perspective in each aspect of the services we provide. We understand the special bond between physician and patient. Like our clients, we value each caller as an individual who deserves a clinically correct and caring response from our staff to ensure a positive experience, which adds value to their relationship with our clients.

TeamHealth Medical Call CenterWith more than twenty-two years of experience and eleven million triage calls, there is no doubt the TeamHealth Medical Call Center’s medical call center solutions can serve a vital role in your patient care coordination efforts. Call 844-277-6312 or visit us at www.TeamHealthCallCenter.com to learn more.

Vendor Spotlight on Pulsar360


Pulsar360: strategic partners with the TAS industry


Pulsar360, Inc. is a Colorado-based company, with origins dating back to 2001. It’s one of the oldest VoIP service companies in the United States and Canada and an early proponent of cloud technology for the communications industry. Today, as an established unified-communication-as-a-service (UCaaS) provider, Pulsar360 delivers a comprehensive set of offerings including:

  • a cloud-based enterprise class IP PBX,
  • premise-based IP PBX,
  • session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking,
  • business continuity disaster recovery solutions,
  • T.38 faxing that meets HIPAA, GLBA, and other industry compliance regulations, and
  • carrier services.

Unparalleled Experience and Expertise

Pulsar360’s top-notch leadership team has years of experience serving the telecommunication needs of business customers, as well as building and managing enterprises of significant scale in the telecommunications industry. They understand that long-term customer relationships are earned, and customers will not be acquired and retained based on price and technology alone.

They require their team and their authorized partners to spend the appropriate time upfront to validate the integrity of the customers’ network. This is followed by a consultative sales process to develop customized solutions for their clients, as opposed to selling a packaged solution.

Once awarded the business, an in-depth implementation process is used to guarantee that design and features meet the customer’s requirements and expectations. The resulting smooth transition to the new services, responsive communication, and resolution of issues are paramount in establishing these long-term relationships.

As an employee-owned company, everyone has a personal stake in customer satisfaction and the company’s success. One testament to their customer satisfaction is that an outside industry consultancy (Franklin Court Partners) reported that Pulsar360 has the lowest attrition rate in the industry. They’re continually focused on providing an excellent customer experience, as well as expanding and enhancing their suite of service offerings.

99.99 Percent Reliability

Pulsar360 is one of a handful of providers with facilities and networks in both the United States and Canada. They have been perfecting their platform and network for over seventeen years. Their operating platforms are some of the most advanced in North America.

They currently operate four data centers (three in the US and one in Canada), each with redundant infrastructure for all their service offerings. In addition, they have a presence in five additional geographically dispersed data centers.

Pulsar360 provides services to over 160 call centers and telephone answering service customers. Understanding the special requirements of this industry, they have made a significant investment in their network infrastructure and solutions.Long-term customer relationships are earned, and customers will not be acquired and retained based on price and technology alone. Click To Tweet

National Network Redundancy

Each Pulsar360 datacenter has connectivity to several national networks. If there is a problem with quality or service issues with one network, calls route to another. With tier II access, Pulsar360 can re-route customer traffic away from regional carrier issues.

Trunk Redundancy

They provision each SIP trunk to two of their geographically dispersed data centers. If there is a data center issue, carrier issue at the data center, or other problem, the other data center takes over for all trunks and DIDs associated with those trunks.

Trunk Bursting

Pulsar360 provides 20 percent burstable trunking to call center and answering service clients at no additional charge. This can be adjusted even higher on the fly for seasonal needs.

Toll-Free Number Redundancy

All toll-free numbers are provisioned with two national carriers. In the event of a major failure at one carrier, all the customer’s toll-free numbers are directed to the secondary carrier.

Customer Administration Portal

This feature provides instant activation of DIDs and toll-free numbers, administrative management for all services and features, and multiple reports.

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solutions

Pulsar360 provides several automatic failover alternatives, from simple automatic failover to secondary and tertiary internet connections, to automatic failover to a hot stand-by cloud business continuity and disaster recovery system.

If the customer’s premise or cloud system goes down, calls automatically failover and are delivered directly to operator desktops via softphones. Calling party ID and customer name or account number are delivered to the operator. It also includes a cloud-based IVR with multiple call queues, skills-based routing, and more when in failover mode. These options are flexible and customizable based on the customer’s unique requirements.

Quality of Service

With Pulsar’s SD-WAN offering they can provide quality of service (QoS) over the internet to their data centers. This—coupled with their 24/7 internet quality of service monitoring and issue alerting that includes scheduled VoIP quality tests with archived test results—insures they deliver the reliability to meet and exceed their customer’s expectations.

Carrier Partnerships

Pulsar360 has wholesale arrangements with numerous global carriers and competitive local exchange carriers. In addition to offering competitive rates and to alleviate finger pointing, the network services can be in Pulsar360’s name. They will receive issue notification by their circuit monitoring and will interact directly with carriers. They also interact directly with the customer’s system provider on issues. This provides one point of responsibility for their customers.

Pulsar360: strategic partners with the TAS industryOver the years Pulsar360 has received numerous awards and recognitions. They have recently been recognized as the 30 Fabulous Companies of the Year 2018, number twenty of the 150 Fastest Growing companies in the telecom sector, Product of the Year 2018, as one of the top 10 Unified Communications Solutions providers in the U.S. In addition, they received the Product of the Year Award for 2017 and the Hosted VoIP Award of Excellence in 2016.

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.