As part of a U.S. News and World Report panel discussion, Dr. Ora Pescovitz, University of Michigan's Health System CEO, emphasized that inefficiencies in academic medical centers make it hard for them to keep up with competing healthcare providers.
There are a number of factors impacting healthcare inefficiency in academic medical centers, but one that is often overlooked is medical resident scheduling systems. With a large number of AMCs building medical resident schedules manually, improvement in this area is vital - yet most are unaware of the precise ways effective medical resident scheduling can reduce inefficiency.
Medical resident scheduling impacts staffing levels.
When your medical resident scheduling is kept separate from the daily and call schedules for your attendings, nurses, and technologists, you are unable to use your staff effectively. Decisions made in one end of the schedule necessarily impact the other, but if these systems are separate, you will not have the ability to coordinate between them.
An integrated medical resident scheduling system can allow you to see at a glance when coverage is being provided by a resident, allowing you the option of sending nurses or other providers home. This gives you an effective way to manage double-staffing and overtime costs.
Integrated OR and medical resident scheduling systems speed up room and case staffing.
Money is a large aspect of improving healthcare efficiency - but so is time. When your OR scheduling system and your medical resident scheduling system are not integrated, extra time is needed to coordinate between the two schedules. Not only does this require duplication of effort, but errors in scheduling are more likely to occur.
When you can view your OR floor plan and resident staffing all in the same place, ease of scheduling is vastly improved - and staff can be assigned more efficiently.
Medical resident scheduling software provides essential data analysis tools.
Of course, changes in efficiency require measurement - there needs to be a clear comparison of the data. Manual medical resident scheduling systems do not allow the full range of reporting necessary to show effective use of staff or reductions in overtime.
Automated medical resident scheduling, on the other hand, is able to provide you with a wide range of data and reports, allowing you to see the full staffing picture.
Part of the solution.
Scheduling medical residents has a major impact on healthcare efficiency, affecting both time and money. As AMCs move to reduce inefficiencies, systems for scheduling medical residents can play a vital part in achieving their organizational goals.