USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging and communications services, today launched the first wide area network coaster pager, ReadyCall, which operates on its 900 MHz FLEX network. Initially targeted for healthcare providers, ReadyCall enables hospital administrators to reduce congestion in their waiting areas while allowing patients to move unrestricted throughout the facility, its grounds and the surrounding area. The ReadyCall device is fully compliant with HIPAA regulations that ensure patient privacy.
The coaster pagers are handed to patients at the time of check-in and signal them via a beep, vibration or flash when it is their turn to be seen. The devices are designed for use in numerous healthcare environments, including physicians’ offices, hospitals (e.g. admitting, emergency room, surgery, radiology), clinics, out-patient facilities and pharmacies. The pagers also provide a side-benefit for caregivers by shifting waiting room traffic to more patient-friendly areas such as cafeterias, gift shops or nearby retail sites.
“Patient management has been a major challenge for hospitals and doctors’ offices for many years,” said Mike Mordan, vice president of healthcare solutions for USA Mobility, “resulting in over-crowding and discomfort in often small waiting rooms. We believe our ReadyCall pagers will help alleviate this problem by discreetly notifying patients who may choose to roam beyond the waiting area. Our application also manages patient flow quietly and efficiently without adding to the sometimes noisy atmosphere of a healthcare facility.”
Mordan added: “Importantly, ReadyCall pagers operate on USA Mobility’s wide area 900 MHz FLEX paging network, which broadcasts nationwide at substantially greater signal strength than systems used by common restaurant coaster units. As a result, patients using ReadyCall pagers will have the freedom to roam much further beyond the immediate waiting room area and still be assured of receiving their appointment alert. In addition, ReadyCall eliminates the need for service providers to fund and install facility-based paging terminals and transmitters.”
USA Mobility’s new paging solution has the added benefit of enhancing the productivity of healthcare service staffs, which can now devote more time to patient care and less to patient management. In addition, the center label portion of the device may be used to provide certain user instructions, public service messages or even targeted advertising.
Mordan said USA Mobility, which has an exclusive agreement with the device manufacturer, Unication, would initially target ReadyCall to healthcare providers but eventually plans to customize similar applications for other vertical segments. Additional information about ReadyCall, including the Company’s turnkey installation program, is available at http://www.usamobility.com/products/messaging/readycall/ or by calling 800-403-0078.
About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility’s focus is on the business-to-business marketplace and supplying wireless connectivity solutions to over 70 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies. The Company operates nationwide networks for both one-way paging and advanced two-way messaging services. In addition, USA Mobility offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel, including BlackBerry devices and GPS location applications. The Company’s product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M (machine-to-machine) telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit www.usamobility.com.
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