Team on the Run updates check-ins at the workplace with cutting edge Near Field Communication (NFC) Tag

A couple of months ago we were happy to announce the addition of new NFC Tag technology to the Team on the Run service.

Today our post is about popular use cases for this technology in different industries, but first:

What is Team on the Run Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology?

Long and technical story short, Team on the Run uses the built-in NFC technology of your Android smartphone to send an automated message from your device to a central company database when in close contact with an NFC tag (or reader). Team on the Run allows you to create custom messages that fit each use case. The message that is sent could be text or it could change the status of a task in your company’s centralized management system. Team on the Run’s NFC Tag feature harnesses the technology you already have but are not using, and allows you to automate daily processes, streamlining your business activity and saving you resources at a very reasonable price. NFC Tag is a real steal that is included in our most basic package. You can read more about it HERE, otherwise scroll down for some examples of this technology.

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Use Case Example 1: Hotel Management

  1. Inexpensive and tiny sticker NFC tags are placed on the door of every hotel room.
  2. Maids are provided with Android devices with Team on the Run app pre-loaded on them
  3. Alert message is customized and linked to hotel Central Management System via open API to change room status from occupied to vacant
  4. Maids are trained to swipe device over each room on their way out once it has been cleaned

Proven Benefits: 60 min/day time savings per maid, no need to report the room status change to reception as room status change will take place automatically in the system

Use Case Example 2: Night security staff recurring check in

  1. Inexpensive and tiny sticker NFC tags are placed on the door of every room in a building floor
  2. Security Guards are provided with Android devices with Team on the Run app pre-loaded on them
  3. Alert message is customized and linked to business Central Management System via open API to send an alert if security agent has not checked into a room in X minutes with the exact time and location of the last check in
  4. Security staff are trained to swipe device over each room door as they make their rounds

Proven Benefits: Assurance of proper supervision of your business, quick reaction time in case of break in or other abnormalities.

Use Case Example 3: Fleet Management

  1. Inexpensive and tiny sticker NFC tags are placed in each vehicle of the company fleet
  2. Drivers are provided with Android devices with Team on the Run app pre-loaded on them
  3. Alert message is customized and linked to business Central Management System via open API to connect a specific driver to a specific vehicle
  4. Drivers are trained to check out a vehicle by swiping their device over the badge at the beginning of their shift

Proven Benefits: check in real time if your vehicles are in use or not, see who is using them and where they are located

Read full press release about Team on the Run Fleet Management Services HERE

It doesn’t matter if you work in the fields we list in the examples above or in others. There are many different ways to use NFC Technology to your advantage! Try out the service for free by subscribing HERE, and leave us your use case examples in the comments section. We love to hear your feedback!

Best Wishes,

The Team on the Run Team

www.teamontherun.com

Team on the Run: A HIPAA Compliant Mobile Communication Tool for Healthcare Professionals

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This January, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a landmark victory that sets the precedent for patients seeking to hold health professionals accountable for violating HIPAA policy on the sharing of personal health information (PHI.)

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The good news is that these situations are easily avoidable through the proper protection of PHI.

Team on the Run, being a HIPAA compliant communication tool, can help you control your communications to increase efficiency and ensure compliance.

Team on the Run Helps Hospitals Work Faster

The Challenge: A regional hospital needs a way to help its small staff see more patients and process prescriptions efficiently, while adhering to HIPAA guidelines on PHI security.

The Solution: The Team on the Run solution, installed on existing devices allows instant communication; removing the need to play “phone tag”, deal with voice mail, or wait for bulky emails.

The Result: Staff free up enough time to see up to 50% more patients. The time saved in communications reduces patient wait times, sends procedure results back to doctors faster, and allows staff to see more patients per shift.

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Team on the Run Protects Local Pharmacy from Lawsuit

The Challenge: A customer thinks the pharmacy may have accidentally leaked PHI to their partner. The pharmacy may be confident that their staff is well-trained in honoring the HIPAA “Privacy Rule”, but how do they prove their data security to a court?

The Solution: Unlike SMS texts or other messaging services – Team on the Run messaging tracks records sent and received, and is designed with the latest protection protocols. The solution includes an extra level of authentica- tion to help ensure that sensitive information is only sent to verified recipients. External control features can prevent former employees from taking private PHI with their devices should they leave.

The Result: The Team on the Run solution, along with the secure records of staff members using the solution, can help protect you from liability through supporting chain of custody for the receipt of private information.

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Team on the Run Helps Doctors Work Remotely

The Challenge: Doctors and nurses sometimes make house calls, work from remote locations, or sometimes respond to an emergency when not officially on duty. They may need a way to communicate in real time, without compromising personal information.

The Solution: The Team on the Run solution allows for separate, distinct groups. Doctors need to share information, including files or images, with staff for a specific patient. They need a way to discuss information about that patient, without sharing this private information with other staff not involved with that patient’s care.

The Result: Medical staff can share needed information in real time, without breaching privacy. Other communications platforms give users “one big room” where they create a HIPAA privacy violation risk by dealing with messages from all users, regardless of relevance.

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Learn more at www.teamontherun.com and if you enjoyed this post, browse our other blog posts to read about Team on the Run’s many other powerful business-oriented communication features and follow us on social media!

If you would like to know more about provisioning your team with Team on the Run, check out http://www.teamontherun.com and sign-up in just a couple of minutes via the “Subscribe” section, or contact our team directly at andrea@teamontherun.com.

Best,

The Team on the Run Team

Mobile work tools for commuters and travelers – Does your business communication app work offline?

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Daily Mail estimates in this article that the average time we spend commuting in our lives is 18 months. This means that over a year of our lives is spent waiting to get from point A to point B to actually do something productive. If you work in a big city such as DC, LA or NYC, or you are what is referred to as a mega-commuter, maybe even more time is spent idle in transit. Talk about a waste of time.

Cities continue to grow and even though working remotely – or from home – is becoming more and more popular, those who travel back and forth to the office are still seeing their commute times slowly increase over time.

Technology to the Rescue: Mobile Business Communication and Work Tools

Whether you work from home or commute to your place of work, technology is quickly evolving to meet the needs of the current work environment. Business mobile communication solutions such as Team on the Run, conveniently allow work to get done outside of the office.

There are a number of popular messaging tools surfacing all over the app stores but few combine ease of use and speed with security and organization – so critical in the business environment – like Team on the Run does. This next generation tool, that runs on both smartphones and web browsers and syncs in real-time across devices, was developed to solve the issues of the modern day worker.

If your commute involves long hours on public transportation, the Team on the Run service gives you the appropriate tools to gain back that year and a half of your life by allowing you to get a head start on your work. Team on the Run is great to stay connected with your team back at the office or dispersed in the field. The tool pushes contact info for all company members into a dedicated mobile corporate directory in your smartphone and allows you to group users for different chat sessions by department or by project. Broadcast messages in a group or initiate a multi-participant push-to-talk conference call. Access your cloud storage to retrieve files and exchange them securely and instantly through the app. All of your exchanges will automatically sync to your web browser so that you can pick up on your desktop at work or at home at your convenience. All of this with an easy to use solution with end-to-end encryption and in a secure closed circuit environment.

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No internet connection – no problem. Does your Mobile Messaging App work Offline? 

All this sounds great but you may be thinking that all off this is no good because you lose connection on the subway or on a plane. Think again – Team on the Run was built with this and other issues in mind. Our mission is to make your and your business more productive by making it easy for you to work anytime, anywhere.

To solve the data connection issue, Team on the Run uses two different techniques:

– Fall-back SMS: when activated, this feature continuously monitors to check that all parties on sending and receiving end have a data connection. If this is not the case, the message is converted and sent as an SMS. This improves the success of message reception and lets you go on with your day and worry about other stuff.

– Offline mode: no need to have a connection to open the app and view your existing conversations. Most airlines are adding affordable in-flight wifi connections but even if it is impossible to get any kind of connection – data or WiFi – Team on the Run will still be able to open, let you see existing conversations and queue up new messages to be sent once a connection is established.

There is a lot Team on the Run can do for you. Give it a try for free by subscribing to the service and registering your team HERE.

Or feel free to get in touch and our team will answer your questions personally. E-mail us at support@teamontherun.com

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Best wishes,

The Team on the Run Team

The all in one business communication tool

Team on the Run is committed to being the mobile communication solution for business – an all in one corporate communication toolbox. Securely providing everything needed to work on the go, Team on the Run turns a single device into your personal phone, business phone, international phone, mobile corporate phone book, secure message and file transfer device and even a walkie-talkie.

Our team is working hard to bring you the most advanced mobile communication technology in a user friendly way that will help you slay in the business environment. We are proud to have the best real time sync across devices and the best audio quality over the internet on the market as well as end to end security for all exchanges through the TOTR platform. Our road map is fully loaded with exciting new features and we are rolling them out at warp speed.

Go mobile the smart way. Sign up for Team on the Run today at https://teamontherun.com/en-US/subscribe/ . Our team of experts is available to guide your team through the on-boarding process if you need. Just contact us at support@teamontherun.com.

We are just getting started – follow TOTR on social media for frequent cutting edge feature releases.