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Features of the best medical scheduling software

Posted on 8/19/2015 by Elizabeth in category: scheduling software articles
As the scheduling manager of a hospital or emergency room, you know how important, yet how difficult your job can be. You need to ensure that all departments that you are in charge of creating schedules for are fully staffed at all times.

However, taking vacations, sick days, emergencies, and any other needs that the staff may need, it can be extremely difficult to make sure that all needs are met while still ensuring that the various departments are properly staffed.

Fortunately, there is a way to make your job easier – with medical scheduling software. This software can simplify the process of physician scheduling by allowing you and the entire staff to easily see and have access to shift scheduling.

There are various features associated with emergency medicine scheduling software that help you to more easily manage multi-office, multi-physicians, and multi-day needs.

What are the features of the best software programs?

Here’s a look at some of the key features that the software program should have in order to properly meet your departments, physician’s, and patients’ needs.

Features for the Schedule Administrator

The following features will make your job as the schedule administrator a lot easier:

  • Full control over schedules through a variety of options.
  • The ability to post schedules online.
  • Extensive email and printing options.
  • Access to payroll reports with multiple pay structures.

Features for the Provider:  

The following features will benefit the provider:

  • Access to personalize schedules via the Web 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The ability to export schedules to any mobile device.
  • The ability to make shift requests, time off and vacation requests online.
  • The ability to confirm availability and shifts and make requests.
  • Online swap-meet and the splitting of shifts.
  • Basic Features Software Should Include

The following features are basic, but are musts in order to get the most benefits out of the scheduling software:

  • Easily create schedules by entering your providers.
  • The ability to create one month, multi-week, or 1-13 week schedules.
  • Define the shifts; for example, day shifts, night shifts, swing shifts, and on-call shifts.
  • Ability to alter shifts on a days which are slow to match a busy day.
  • Make use of shifts abbreviations for easy viewing.
  • Automated shift relationships, which will avoid consecutive shifts.
  • It can track the relationships between same or consecutive day shifts.
  • It can categorize shifts as ‘prefer’, ‘desire’, ‘dislike’, or ‘conflicts’.
  • Record desired shifts, sequence of shifts, shift types, and so forth.
  • Enable provider to cycle scheduling.
  • Very highly adaptable with a large amount of schedules.
  • Summary statistics that are highly customizable.
  • Customizable print layouts, fonts, and pages.
  • Print schedules that have appearance of a calendar.
  • Access to support from payroll for categories and rate variations.

These are just some of the features of the best survey software, and the minimum features that you want to look for when choosing your emergency medicine or shift scheduling software.

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