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Why you need an automated physician scheduler

Posted on 7/23/2014 by Elizabeth in category: scheduling software articles
Creating the physician schedule is a time-consuming and laborious task. Automated physician scheduling, using shift scheduling software, keeps you in the driver’s seat while giving the entire process improved speed, flexibility, and effectiveness. These are just a few of the reasons why you need automated scheduling whether your practice involved emergency medicine scheduling, operating room, or some other departmental needs.

Allows You to Specify Scheduling Rules and Parameters

If you’re working with physicians who also have private practices, scheduling rounds and on-call shifts around their practices while ensuring adequate coverage for your facility can be excruciatingly challenging when planning it all by hand – or even when using software that doesn’t have the flexibility to input your own rules for scheduling. With the right software, this can be done in a matter of minutes rather than requiring painstaking hours, if not days, to work it all about by hand.

Automated software solutions also make it easy for staff members to request days off, accommodate shift preferences, and deal with shift conflicts, union requirements, and licensing requirements of the healthcare facility.

Removes Human Error from the Equation

It’s easy to forget a request for time off, schedule someone for too many hours in a week resulting in overtime, or plan an intern or resident for too many hours in a week.

Mistakes happen. It’s not anyone’s fault. There are just too many little details to keep up with. The larger the practice, the more details there are to manage. Automated software eliminates human error from the process.

Provides Easy Internet Access to Schedules Anytime

Physicians appreciate the easy access to their schedules anytime of the day or night via the Internet. With a physician scheduler, they can even sync their schedules to their calendars. It provides them with consistency in their schedules and helps them maintain a better work-life balance in the process. It also saves them from the need to visit the hospital anytime they need to check their schedules.

An additional feature physician enjoy is that they can now submit requests for time off, designate shit preferences, or share their practice schedules online when it’s convenient for them to do so. It streamlines the process for everyone.

Manages Last-Minute Schedule Changes Beautifully

It’s the nature of the beast when working in the medical field that last-minute changes are often needed for the physician schedule. With traditional scheduling techniques, these changes can require hours of carefully reworking the schedule to accommodate the changes according to staff member availability.

The automated physician scheduling software provides a list of who’s available to fill in the position and doesn’t have conflicts so you’re not wasting time with people who cannot fill the hole in your schedule for that specific time and date.

Medical practices are busy and having the right balance of physicians to cover each shift is vital to the success of the practice. With shift scheduling software to handle your emergency medicine scheduling needs, you can rest assured that you have the right professionals covering your practice at all times.

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