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Reducing patient ER scheduling times with scheduling software

Posted on 1/20/2016 by Elizabeth in category: scheduling software articles
More people are turning to emergency departments to get the care they need, which leads to overcrowded waiting rooms and extended wait times. This can also lead to poor patient satisfaction. Through some simple changes in scheduling challenges, patient care can be enhanced and scheduling can run more smoothly.

Scheduling Challenges

The main factors in good healthcare scheduling are analytics, data, software, systems, management, and culture. When you combine data with analytics for forecasting the future and tracking historical trends, you can answer questions like:

  • On a particular day, how long will a certain procedure take for any given patient or doctor?
  • On a given time of day, day of week or day of year, how many patients can you expect to need ER services?
  • What is the probability that a certain patient will not show up to a scheduled appointment that was set weeks ago?

In these examples, it shows that maximizing the accuracy of how healthcare is provided to match specific demonstrated needs is detrimental to the success of any healthcare operation. What are some things healthcare providers can do to alleviate scheduling challenges?

Doctors Go to Patients

Emergency departments are now having doctors go directly to the patients instead of having the patients routed to the doctors. And this is being done without changing up the order that patients are being seen. Doctors, technicians and nurses all work together now to provide exceptional patient care and come up with diagnoses. When you don't have to answer the same questions again and again, you quicken up the entire process. Hospitals are able to do this by changing how patients are sorted and speeding up treatment.

ER Scheduling Software

Using physician scheduling software is another improvement that emergency departments are making. Shift scheduling software promotes better health systems by gathering up and analyzing data and presenting it in a scheduler on a graphical display that is user-friendly. The first common problem that a scheduling system tackles is keeping both clinicians and patients on track. Schedule administrators often spend most of their day creating schedules and then turning around and calling patients to remind them of their appointments.

Emergency medicine scheduling systems help to make it simpler to improve utilization, fill in the voids and automate reminders which all suffers when patients don't make it to their appointments. Each surgeon in the operating room takes their own set time to complete a procedure and factors like the patient's medical condition play huge roles in this. Physician scheduling software provides the data that helps to analyze certain trends and identify the surgeons who continuously change their schedule or mis-estimate their surgery times.

ER waiting times are drastically improved and tension levels are reduced by implementing emergency medicine scheduling software. Scheduling becomes a much easier process for everyone. From doctors who need quick schedule access or have to make changes in their schedule due to unexpected circumstances to the administrators who have to create the schedules in the first place, things run more efficiently with this software.

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