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How emergency physician scheduling software is changing emergency medicine

Posted on 1/25/2017 by Elizabeth in category: scheduling software articles
Emergency physician scheduling has always been an arduous task that takes a great deal of time and effort to get completely right. With so many variables being involved such as vacations, shift preferences and more, striking the right balance, especially when you’re creating a schedule by hand, is a job that no one relishes.

Emergency Departments have a vast array of challenges to face, including understaffing and overcrowding, not to mention quality patient care, so it’s crucial to have enough of the right staff scheduled at any one time. The arrivals of patients can be very variable, with volumes fluctuating hour by hour, and even seasonal changes potentially affecting arrivals, for example, winter flu patients.

There are so many aspects that need to be considered when creating a workable schedule and the varying needs of emergency medicine are complex. Thankfully, there is now an alternative to slaving over a paper schedule with many options in terms of emergency doctor scheduling software coming out onto the market.

Emergency physician scheduling software has become a crucial part of many departments as it helps to save time, costs and resources. Software takes so much of the hard work out of scheduling by ensuring the right complement of staff are in place at all times of the day and night.

It offers various work schedule views that accommodate a wide range of processes, shift configurations and scheduling styles. It also warns of potential physician scheduling conflicts, calculates overtime, pay for extra duty, and enables departments to distribute schedules electronically and with ease. This is a real plus point as physicians can access their schedules from any computer and at any time.

Additionally, emergency medicine scheduling software makes it simple to factor in the needs of patients, doctors, and to ensure compliance with all hospital regulations for staffing and the number of staff that must be present.

The right program can be operated with ease and any changes that need to be made can be done so rapidly and then quickly uploaded. This also makes it easier for doctors to communicate with schedule managers, letting them know when they’re sick or need time off.

The benefits of shift scheduling software can be clearly seen by staff and managers and does much to prevent physician burnout as it’s easy to determine a fair and accurate picture of who is working what shifts and when, giving doctors an improved work/life balance.

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