Doing what works best for you is an appropriate practice for most applications, including physician scheduling. And while it’s important to find a process that’s effective for you and your department’s unique needs, yours — no matter how long you’ve been doing it — may be hurting more than it’s helping.
For that reason, it’s time to take a second look at the way you handle provider schedules, and why it may be time to find a new scheduling software solution.
Outdated Scheduling Methods
Outdated scheduling methods can include scheduling by hand, with spreadsheets, or on a calendar, just to name a few. While manual schedule creation may appear to be the lowest-cost option, it’s important to consider whether or not it’s the most cost-effective option. This process is inefficient, expensive, and can lead to a myriad of issues, including...
- Physician Burnout
- Lowered Staff Morale
- Costly Mistakes
- Poor Communication
- Patient Safety and Satisfaction
Outdated Scheduling Software
Perhaps you’ve already opted out of outdated methods in favor of a digital scheduling software solution. Be that as it may, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions about the software that you’re using to determine whether or not it’s just as outdated as the methods you’ve abandoned.
How long does it take for your software to create a fully-optimized schedule?
Days? Weeks? Medicine is a fast-paced industry that demands fast-paced solutions that are free of inefficiencies and human error.
Is your scheduling software endlessly configurable and customizable?
When it comes to provider scheduling solutions, one size does not fit all. In an industry that involves many layers of complexity, it’s vital to employ a scheduling software that is powerful enough to meet your department’s exact needs and flexible enough to accommodate its exact requirements.
Can your scheduling software handle multiple sites at once?
If your role involves creating schedules for multiple users across multiple sites, then doing so seamlessly and efficiently is an absolute necessity for avoiding a potentially costly mistake.
Is your scheduling software web-based?
With outdated methods, the physician scheduler is the last line of defense when it comes to schedule changes, trades, and the means by which they are approved and published. However, today’s users want to be able to access and manage their own schedules at any time, from anywhere.
Does your scheduling software come with reporting and payroll capabilities?
An important part of your role as a physician scheduler is efficiently managing and distributing essential data. If you’re paying for scheduling software, it should be able to generate a wide variety of custom reports and make them easily accessible from anywhere. Additionally, scheduling software is only as good as its ability to seamlessly integrate with third-party payroll platforms.
Want to learn more? Read here: Pros and Cons of Scheduling Software
When was the last time that you considered the effectiveness of your provider scheduling and department management processes? Sure, it works for you, but how effectively and efficiently does your process help you maximize your ability to navigate the complexities associated with the various administrative tasks in front of you?
This is where Shift Admin comes in. For over a decade, Shift Admin has been using our world-class algorithm to simplify the scheduling and department management processes for over 40,000 scheduled users. Click here to request your own demo of our simple, yet powerful, user interface. And if you are interested in learning more about the dangers involved with using an outdated scheduling system, click below.