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Here’s Why You Need a Scheduling Program That Creates Complete Schedules

Posted by Shift Admin on April 17, 2018 at 6:15 AM

If you’re looking for a better way to handle your organization’s schedule, you’ve probably considered purchasing scheduling software. It’s certainly worth your consideration, because it can save you countless hours compared to manual scheduling, create a more equitable schedule, and much more.

The bottom line, however, is that you need scheduling software that finishes the job.

Some scheduling software platforms don’t create a completed schedule. Not all of the shifts get filled and it falls upon the group administrator (likely you) or someone else in charge of scheduling to take care of the extra 10%, or more.

While that’s not as arduous as doing an entire schedule by hand – which you’ve probably done up to now – it still takes a long time as you plug in those final, complicated shifts while still trying to match each provider’s needs. There’s a lot of trial and error, and the potential for mistakes, scheduling conflicts, and frustration increases.

With software like Shift Admin, however, you’ll create a complete schedule that covers every shift – even months in advance.

There’s no overstating how important an efficient scheduling process is to your hospital or healthcare facility. Without a solid scheduling system, you run the risk of:

  • High patient wait times, which impact patient satisfaction
  • Decreased patient access
  • Decreased practice efficiency and physician productivity
  • Physician dissatisfaction with patient flow and work/life balance

Indeed, most providers today prefer to work for an organization that enables them to have a better work/life balance. If your scheduling system doesn’t provide that, you run the risk of losing your most talented providers to another organization.

Perhaps the most important step in building an effective physician schedule is to understand the exact needs of your physician group. Once you have a firm grasp of these requirements, you can then generate multiple schedules that take into account all of the variables.

If you’re doing your schedules by hand, the time spent on creating different schedules based on every provider’s needs and requests is substantial.

The good news is that the best scheduling software takes the most complex parts of the process out of your hands while still generating a complete schedule that doesn’t require manual tweaking at the end.

Scheduling software allows you to a create complex, yet optimized, version of the schedule in a matter of minutes. This software can easily hande schedule requests, staff rules, and the inevitable, last-minute changes needed because of everyday life events. Moreover, scheduling software makes it possible for providers to make their own shift swaps without the scheduler becoming a middleman to the process. It also allows providers and administrators to access the schedule any place, anytime.

Shift Admin is a 100% web-based schedule creation and management platform designed by a practicing emergency physician. Its smart, customizable rules and patterns are made to accommodate your individual facility and user needs. Even better, Shift Admin produces a complete schedule every time – not one that still requires manual labor in the end.

Prioritize your ideal scheduling software needs and compare vendors – get started now with our scheduling software comparison guide.

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Topics: Physician Scheduling