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Myths about emergency room physician scheduling software

Posted on 6/10/2015 by Elizabeth in category: scheduling software articles
It is no secret that an emergency room is a very busy place. Physicians often work 12+ hour shifts and schedules need to be changed at a moment’s notice to accommodate patient demand and the needs of physicians.

Creating and keeping track of emergency room physician schedules can be extremely difficult. For that reason, shift scheduling software was created to eliminate the disparities and the demands that are associated with ER physician schedules.

However, there have been some myths about emergency room physician scheduling software. To the contrary, scheduling software for emergency room physicians has proven to be quite beneficial, dispelling these myths.

Here’s a look at some of the myths that surrounded this software and the truths that make those myths null and void.

Myth: Scheduling software makes a scheduling manager’s job more difficult.

Truth: The job of a scheduling manager isn’t an easy one. No one would dispute that. It’s extremely difficult to keep track of vacation time, sick days, how long shifts have been, the needs of each department, and so on. But thanks to scheduling software, it is much easier for the scheduling manager to keep tabs on vital information that impacts schedules, thus actually simplifying his or her job, rather than rendering it more difficult.

Myth: It’s difficult to keep track of shift scheduling.

Truth: The fact is keeping track of shift schedules is much easier when using scheduling software, which makes schedules completely accessible. Original schedules and all chances can be instantly loaded onto each and every physician’s calendar, where it can be viewed online for quick and easy access. This eliminates the need to try to constantly contact emergency room doctors to keep them current with changes in the schedule.

Myth: Using software to create emergency medicine scheduling negatively impacts the care that patients receive.

Truth: Actually, this software improves the care that patients receive. Since this software provides physicians with instant and easy access to their schedules, they are able to be in the right place at the right time. Additionally, since it allows the scheduling manager to keep track of each doctor’s schedule, physician’s schedules are less demanding (less back-to-back shifts, etc,) thus creating less burnout – and when doctors are less burnt out, they can provide better care for their patients.

Myth: Emergency medicine scheduling software is an added expense that isn’t needed.

Truth: This software actually cuts costs. It enables scheduling managers to keep tabs on how many hours each physician has worked, which reduces overtime, and thus cuts back on spending. While yes, the software itself does require an investment, it cost is far less than the expense of paying overtime.

Myth: Scheduling software does nothing to improve the quality of life for physicians.

Truth: Since this software makes it easier to schedule doctors and attend to their requests, sick time, overtime, etc, scheduling software actually greatly improves their quality of life – both in and out of work.

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