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OnPage is Chosen by Boston Children’s Hospital to Provide Secure Paging for Smartphones

Doctors can now stay in touch at all times with secure, HIPPA-compliant priority messaging without carrying a traditional pager device

WALTHAM, Mass. -January 22, 2013 —Onset Technology, creator of OnPage™  Priority Messaging, announced today that Boston Children’s Hospital, ranked number one pediatric hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report, has chosen OnPage Priority Messaging to replace its traditional pagers. The dedicated paging devices carried by physicians everywhere will no longer be necessary as their functionality is integrated into their smartphones. “Using OnPage, this progressive, forward thinking hospital is now bringing the same level of innovation to address its communication needs as it did to medical care for over a century” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology.

Traditional pagers are used for alpha-numeric 240 character-max one way communication. Pages sent to traditional pagers require the physician to call back to retrieve the actual message and acknowledge receipt. The OnPage service officiates the process to save precious time; it sends the actual message in its entirety to the intended smartphone and continuously alerts the physician until the message is acknowledged, and automatically keeps the sender informed as to the status of the message, from receipt to actually being read.

Boston Children’s hospital will enjoy many benefits using the OnPage service, including the ability to communicate immediately and securely with its doctors through both cell service and WI-FI, send continuous paging alerts until message receipt, receive actual read acknowledgement automatically when a doctors read their messages, create and manage groups and escalation groups through the OnPage Console, keep a log of the entire communication chain for traceability, and all with HIPAA-compliant encryption for security. Furthermore, since OnPage runs on the most popular smartphones, there is no longer the need for the doctors to carry an additional pager device.

“We are delighted to have the world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital entrust their priority communications to OnPage,” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology, creator of OnPage. “They tested our product against a major competitor over a large array of metrics and found OnPage to be superior. Forward-thinking hospitals and clinics are looking for HIPAA-compliant, secure, reliable, and traceable communication. We are proud to be their solution of choice.”

OnPage converts any iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android device into a secure, fault-tolerant communication system. Unlike traditional pagers, it guarantees that no messages will ever be missed. With OnPage, a message sent is a message received. You can count on it! And just in case, you also get the audit trail to prove it. For more information about OnPage, visit the OnPage website at http://www.OnPage.com;

ABOUT ONSET TECHNOLOGY

Onset Technology is a leading provider of mobile messaging solutions to organizations with secure priority communications requirements. The company’s latest solution OnPage™ turns iOS, BlackBerry or Android smartphones into secure digital pagers with additional capabilities such as massage status notification to the sender and secures messaging to individual, groups or escalation group. OnPage is device agnostic and carrier agnostic, supported by an enterprise-grade secure messaging and paging platform. Onset Technology’s OnPage is now used by over 1,000 organizations, including those in healthcare, emergency services, information technology, financial institutions, the legal profession, and government agencies. For more information about OnPage, visit http://onpage.com/ . For other products by Onset Technology visit http://onsettechnology.com/

 

February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

GE Healthcare Unveils Imaging Diagnostics…Unplugged

GE Healthcare announced that their Centricity Radiology Mobile Access app has received FDA 510(k) clearance, enabling radiologists to use their iPads and iPhones to remotely diagnose patient CT and MR images.

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access is a native app that allows radiologists to access patient PACS (picture archiving and communication system) images and reports on mobile Apple iOS platforms. The app allows radiologists to provide review and diagnose images while away from their hospital workstation within moments of the scans being taken, reducing test result wait times.

This news comes at an interesting time for the mobile health movement, as the FDA works to prepare guidelines for other mHealth apps looking to gain validation. GE’s announcement is reflective of a larger trend in the healthcare industry, as more physicians are adopting mHealth apps and more app developers are eager for FDA validation – a recent study from ABI Research predicted that the mobile health app market is on track to hit $400 million by 2016 (up from $120 million in 2010).

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access Receives FDA Clearance for Advanced, Diagnostic CT and MR Image Review

CHICAGO — November 30, 2011 GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) demonstrated new capabilities for its Centricity* Radiology Mobile Access platform today at RSNA 2011, enabling radiologists to use their iPad® and iPhone® devices to remotely diagnose select patient images from Centricity PACS.

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 is the industry’s only mobile product with clearance for primary diagnosis that accesses images and reports from Centricity PACS. This new mode of access removes a sizable productivity barrier for an increasingly mobile field.

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 demonstrates GE Healthcare’s leadership position in the field of mobile health and portability, while safeguarding patient privacy by not downloading any personal data to the client device. It also provides access to past exams with the speed and precision Centricity PACS users have come to count on.

“This application and its diagnostic clearance provide further validation of our continued investment in our Centricity PACS platform,” said Don Woodlock, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “As a native application for the Apple iOS and Android operating systems, Centricity Radiology Mobile Access requires very little training and, we believe, provides a more productive user experience versus an emulated Windows application that was designed to be driven by a mouse. Today, Centricity PACS stores one in five exams in the US. These advanced wireless capabilities will only expand its utility.”

The diagnostic clearance for Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 is limited to computed tomography and magnetic resonance exams on an iPad or iPhone when not in proximity to a PACS workstation.

GE Healthcare at RSNA 2011
Each year in Chicago, the conference of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) provides a forum for showcasing the latest innovations in medical imaging. If you are attending the conference, please visit GE Healthcare at McCormick Place South Hall, Booth 3335. Throughout the week of the event, GE Healthcare will distribute news and information using these digital platforms:

· Digital press kit: http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com/press-kits/ge-healthcare-at-rsna-2011/

· Twitter: Follow @GEHealthcare and our hashtag #GERSNA

· YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/gehealthcare

· Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/people/gehealthcare/

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries.  For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

December 1, 2011 I Written By

EXTENSION, INC. Launches New Interactive Communications Solution

Device Messaging connects clinicians quickly, quietly and securely

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – May 25, 2011 — (BUSINESS WIRE) — EXTENSION, INC. announced that it has expanded its suite of solution offerings to include Device Messaging as a standalone solution.  “We have identified a need for marrying the corporate phone systems in healthcare that nurses typically use, with the smartphone platforms utilized by physicians for more efficient communication,” said Todd Plesko, CEO of EXTENSION.  “Most of us use text messaging in our daily lives – EXTENSION enables clinicians to securely emulate this functionality on their hospital’s communications network.”

EXTENSION Device Messaging includes the following features and benefits:

  • Non-SMS text-based messaging
  • Individual or Group Messaging/Texting
  • Pre-defined or Custom Messaging/Texting
  • Interactive Messaging – instant, two-way communication
  • Message/Text Forwarding
  • Intuitive, easily manageable interface
  • HIPAA-compliancy – authentication, encryption and logging

Device Messaging addresses a number of common complaints among providers of health services, primarily: the ability to quickly locate another clinician treating the same patient, the ability to contact another clinician via text without worrying that protected health information (PHI) is being shared in violation of federal law, and the ability to connect with another health care provider without disturbing the healing environment of patients. EXTENSION Device Messaging uses native apps on the iPhone and Android platforms to allow for secure, logged and auditable messaging between clinicians.

Device Messaging is integral to the forward-looking medical facility that is seeking to replace outdated pagers with feature-rich devices. EXTENSION is also capable of delivering messages to ANY device including iPhone, Vocera badges, Android, and Cisco and Ascom handsets, which allows healthcare professionals to continue using the device that they are already comfortable with. EXTENSION, INC. is planning to release support for even more IP phone system devices and smartphones over the coming months.

According to Plesko, “What we take for granted in our personal lives – the ability to send a quick, text-based message to let someone know we are running late to an engagement; to let our significant other know we will pick up dinner; to let our children know what time we will pick them up from practice – should also be available to us in our professional lives. Healthcare professionals in particular have a pressing need to connect with each other quickly, but they must be able to do so without compromising sensitive patient information. EXTENSION enables them to do just that.”

Visit http://opentheredbox.com/messaging.php to learn more about Device Messaging and other EXTENSION enhanced communications solutions.

About EXTENSION, INC.
EXTENSION, INC. is based in Fort Wayne, IN and is the developer of the EXTENSION® Solution Suite (ESS). The EXTENSION Solution Suite of software expands Cisco Unified Communications, Vocera badges, Ascom handsets, Apple iPhones, or Android-based smart phones into clinical workflow tools automating notifications using text messages, phone calls, and emails, as well as turning the devices into user interfaces for clinical, administrative, and revenue cycle data. The result of combining the aforementioned endpoints and EXTENSION includes increased physician, management, and patient satisfaction, reduced cost and errors, immediate ROI, and increased revenues. EXTENSION tightly integrates any HL7-based or web services-based medical application or device with corporate telephony systems, smartphones and other common healthcare communication devices using standards-based protocols. EXTENSION earned the ‘Cisco Collaboration Partner of the Year for the US/Canada’ award at the 2010 Cisco Partner Summit. Visit the Apple AppStore to download a free demo of EXTENSION Mobile for HealthAlert  for Nurses and HealthAlert for Physicians.

May 28, 2011 I Written By

Ekahau Extends RTLS Beyond the Building Using Wi-Fi Enabled iPhones and Android Phones

Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) announced that Ekahau RTLS customers can now use their iPhone or Android smart phones to extend location tracking capabilities to areas outside their defined wireless local area network (WLAN).

For example, Ekahau is currently piloting use of iPhones and Android smart phones with ambulance drivers, to give hospitals a way to track medical equipment, patients and staff who leave the hospital site. Other planned uses include transportation logistics for high-value assets and verifying inventory of on-board cargo.

Ekahau Transforms Smart Phones Into RTLS “Hot Spots” to Locate Assets and Individuals Outside the WLAN’s Reach

RESTON, Virginia, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that Ekahau RTLS customers can now use their iPhone or Android smart phones to extend location tracking capabilities to areas outside their defined wireless local area network (WLAN). By using the smart phones as an additional wireless access point, this new functionality gives Ekahau RTLS users a way to track assets during transport or between Wi-Fi enabled facilities.

“Many of our customers with multi-site or mobile operations have been asking for an inexpensive way to set up a ‘hotspot’ to extend RTLS presence outside of their WLAN coverage area for managing inventory and accounting for personnel,” said Tuomo Rutanen, Ekahau’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development. “With our latest innovation, a Wi-Fi-enabled iPhone or Android smart phone now can serve as an extension of a Wi-Fi network’s RTLS capability, giving users real-time location and status of critical staff and assets anywhere in the world.”

To transform the iPhone or Android handsets into a portable Wi-Fi access point, Ekahau RTLS users turn on the tethering feature of their smart phone. With this feature activated, any Ekahau Wi-Fi tags in the vicinity of the phone are able to communicate their presence back to the Ekahau RTLS Controller location-tracking engine, which can be installed on a server anywhere in the world as a cloud-based RTLS.

Adding ‘Sight’ to Wi-Fi Blind Spots

By using the iPhone or Android handsets as ad hoc Wi-Fi hotspots, Ekahau RTLS customers can track assets even in blind spots in their logistics or supply chain – such as in temporary staging areas or mobile environments such as transport trucks, vans or ambulances.

For example, Ekahau is currently piloting use of iPhones and Android smart phones with ambulance drivers, to give hospitals a way to track medical equipment, patients and staff who leave the hospital site. Other planned uses include transportation logistics for high-value assets and verifying inventory of on-board cargo.

Demonstrations at RFID Journal LIVE!

Ekahau will be demonstrating its iPhone and Android capabilities in Booth 116 atRFID Journal LIVE! 2011 ( http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/index.php), April 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

About Ekahau Inc.

Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS solutions. Ekahau’s customers, including several Fortune 500 companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau’s solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial companies, government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S.-based corporation, with headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.

April 20, 2011 I Written By

IQMax Releases Healthcare Dictation App IQSpeak for Android OS

IQSpeak® for Android OS is a healthcare dictation app that will save time and enhance efficiency of care for improved physician workflow.

Healthcare Dictation App Saves Time & Enhances Efficiency of Care for Improved Physician Workflow

Charlotte, NC (February 17, 2011) — IQMax, Inc., a leading mobile healthcare technology company, today announced the release of its healthcare dictation app for Android OS, IQSpeak®. An intuitive, yet sophisticated, dictation solution, IQSpeak integrates a physician’s patient schedule with the ability to dictate patient notes using any device supporting Android OS.

IQSpeak enables physicians to dictate anywhere, anytime, eliminating the need to locate a “landline” telephone or dictation station to dictate patient notes. With just a click on the “dictate” icon, a physician can dictate on his mobile device while on the move, a dictation that is then sent with patient demographics attached.

Physicians may use IQSpeak on a stand-alone basis, or as part of IQMax’s complete suite of healthcare applications. These applications enable physicians to view patient health information such as lab results, allergies and medications lists; manage their inpatient and outpatient schedules; and capture charges using their device.

IQSpeak supports HIPAA compliance by keeping patient data secure through the use of advanced encryption technology. The solution integrates with most dictation systems, electronic health record systems, and health information systems in the marketplace using IQMax’s robust interface engine. IQMax has developed interfaces into more than 60 different systems within healthcare.

“The Android OS is a robust enterprise platform that allows users to manage their personal, social and professional lives, making communications for people on the move more productive and enjoyable,” said Paul Adkison, CEO and founder of IQMax. “IQMax technology like IQSpeak enables physicians to expand the use of their Android devices to perform a wide range of healthcare tasks that are now seamlessly integrated for improved productivity.”

Visit us at HIMSS for a demo at the 3M booth (#3547) or the Verizon booth (#931), or stop by to hear Paul Adkison, CEO and founder of IQMax, speak at the Microsoft theater (Booth #3101) on Monday, February 20th at 11:30 a.m.

About IQMax IQMax, a privately held corporation, develops mobile healthcare software solutions that significantly increase the functionality and capabilities of mobile technology, enabling healthcare providers to be more efficient in their daily workflow and enabling them to make more informed patient care decisions. The company’s platform supports leading healthcare institutions across the United States, allowing physicians to dictate patient encounters, view patient schedules, access clinical data, capture billable charges, and much more. IQMax’s platform has interfaced with more than 60 different systems in healthcare and has supported millions of patient encounters from physicians in a wide variety of healthcare specialties and sub-specialties, practicing at every type of entity from large hospital systems to small independent clinics. Learn more at www.iqmax.com.

February 18, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.