18 Statistics That Will Make Healthcare Ditch Pagers

18 Statistics That Will Make Healthcare Ditch Pagers

What do VHS players and Tamagotchis have in common with the pager? It’s simple, they’re old pieces of technology that were popular in the ‘90s. It’s no longer the “Saved by the Bell” years and doctors need to get with the times by ditching their hammer pants, fanny packs … and pagers! By saying goodbye to the pager, doctors can adopt a more secure, clinical communications solution that’s equipped to handle all 21st century hospital demands.

Here are 18 stats that showcase pager inefficiencies and the rising use of smartphone-based apps in healthcare.  

Flawed, Insecure Pagers and Anxious Doctors

Just like a medieval castle and its troop of defenders, healthcare facilities also need to be constantly aware of incoming threats from malicious parties. Constant patrolling is needed as healthcare is the second most targeted industry of cybersecurity attacks—yikes. Worse yet, PHI data accounted for 54 percent of claims that exposed important medical records.

Also, Healthcare IT News reports that SamSam hacking groups believe that healthcare organizations are easier to attack and breach. That’s because healthcare facilities continue to rely on unprotected pagers and they don’t take all the necessary steps to protect medical records. As a result, 24 percent of all SamSam attacks in 2018 were targeted at the healthcare industry.

The fact of the matter is that pagers are synonymous with two words: obsolete and uncool. According to a recent Emory University study:

  • Pagers have an aging infrastructure
  • 97 percent of users missed more pages on pagers than on mobile devices
  • Paging systems lack coverage outside of hospital grounds
  • Pagers lack encryption and remote wipe capabilities

Given these findings, it’s no wonder that doctors fear that their facilities will be targeted next. Based on an AMA study, more than half or 55 percent of physicians surveyed are “extremely concerned” about future breaches. Additionally, the study states that 74 percent of doctors are worried that a future attack will compromise patient records.

The truth is that pagers aren’t secure and they don’t safeguard PHI, which results in:

This raises the question: why would any healthcare organization, doctor or medical pro want to live with this constant anxiety over security and wasteful costs?

Significant Investments are Being Made

Fortunately, doctors are starting to ease their anxiety by adopting and using the right technology! According to a recent report, 90 percent of hospitals surveyed have made or are making investments in smartphone-based communications. Also, the report states that 73 percent of hospitals surveyed have developed mobile strategies to meet departmental communication requirements. This is a huge step forward from 2017, where only 26.6 percent of surveyed hospitals were using secure messaging apps.

At this point, you’re probably wondering why there’s such a rapid adoption of smartphone communications. Well, alongside pager inefficiencies, the answer lies in the hefty and inefficient costs associated with antiquated paging systems.

Using a paging system costs $179,000 per year to adopt, use and maintain. This is a lot of money wasted on a communication tool that’s susceptible and vulnerable to breaches. In addition, communication inefficiencies from the use of pagers reach $557,000 per year – per hospital. In contrast, a secure clinical communications app is much more affordable and worth the adoption. Besides, who likes an expensive headache?  

When looking at care teams, it’s reported that 70 percent of them enjoy using their smartphones for pages, proving that organizations are taking the right steps by propagating the use of pager replacement options. Good call, hospitals!

Enter the 21st Century with OnPage

OnPage helps doctors trade-in their ‘90s fanny packs for today’s designer bags … or, pagers for a robust, clinical communications solution. With OnPage’s pager replacement platform, healthcare facilities can benefit from:

  • Secure and encrypted HIPAA messaging
  • A sign-on process
  • Remote wipe capabilities if a phone is acquired by malicious parties
  • High and low-priority pages
  • Extended coverage and range for pages—regardless of location
  • Escalation policies
  • Contextual attachments to all alerts and messages

OnPage is an industry-trusted pager solution, ensuring that patient information and important medical pages are always protected. At its core, OnPage is a clinical communications platform that reduces medical errors and fosters collaboration.

Want to adopt a more secure clinical communications option? Contact us now or reach our sales department directly at [email protected].

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