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Key advantages to using hospital scheduling software

Posted on 3/21/2019 by Elizabeth in category: scheduling software articles

Many medical practices and hospitals still manually create their physician schedules. Some use paper and others use Excel spreadsheets. However, regardless, physician scheduling manually can be time-consuming and can cost your hospital a great deal of money in staffing costs.

Automated hospital scheduling software balances your facility and clinical needs perfectly. And, without this balance, your costs will be high with:

- Overtime costs for having to pay physicians for extra hours worked.
- Physician pay for work administrative staff should be handling.
- Short-staffing costs for inefficiencies that impact financial performance negatively.

So, what are the benefits of this software?

Benefits of Using Emergency Medicine Scheduling Software

1. Reduced Administrative Costs

Because of the complications of scheduling clinical caseloads and availability, a lot of facilities believe their physicians need to build the schedules. And, this means they're not only paying the physician's higher hourly cost instead of the hourly rate for administrative staff, but they're also taking the doctors away from quality patient care.

With shift scheduling software, you can program it with work patterns and rules clinically relevant to your hospital. You can specify rules right down to the last detail you want your hospital to follow. With the software keeping track of all these rules, your physicians can get back to doing what they're trained to do — take care of the patients.

2. Pre-coded Rules

Physician scheduling software automatically creates and schedules based upon pre-coded constraints and rules. Instead of creating schedules vulnerable to human error, an automated scheduling system saves valuable resources and time with its speed and precision.

It can help hospitals tackle numerous personnel and administrative tasks, including:

- Shift swapping and self-scheduling
- Physician schedule notification and management
- Staff hours, paid time off and overtime tracking
- Administrative access and approval
- Standard time-clocking
- Powerful compliance maintenance

While traditional techniques leave HR tasks, administrative duties and scheduling tasks to the risk of errors, hospital scheduling software works to implement tasks into a single precise system, resulting in hospitals with a more streamlined system that's less prone to error and follows the best practices.

3. Assign Employee Shifts in Multiple Locations

You can define all the locations and departments you need, authorizing your doctors to work at specific locations with emergency medicine scheduling software. Sort and filter reports and work schedules based on locations.

4. Assign Duties, Tasks and Breaks Within Each Shift

Visually assign duties, tasks and breaks of various lengths from a minute to a few hours with an easy drag-and-drop.

5. Saves Money

Manually building schedules is a costly task — one many facilities just can't afford. By introducing shift scheduling software customized for your hospital scheduling, you'll start seeing a huge decline in short-staffing, locum costs, overtime costs and administrative costs for creating the schedules.

These are just five of the key advantages you can gain by using hospital scheduling software. You’ll likely realize these and more. 

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