Radiology departments have unique characteristics that make scheduling staff a challenge. However, by keeping the following factors in mind, you will be able to build schedules that meet the needs of your department - and even keep your sanity in the process.
Radiology departments are big.
There are a lot of people to schedule in a typical radiology department. That means a lot of variation in work patterns, a lot of requests for days off, and a lot of shift swaps. Radiologists may also work across several facilities, making their scheduling needs even more complex.
Make your life easier by choosing technology that is up to the challenge. With such a large number of providers, your system needs to be able to keep track of every clinical rule, applying it down to the most granular level. Such a large department also means the frequent addition of new providers and locations. So, select a solution that lets you add or change the details of your schedule quickly.
Radiologists don't have a lot of time.
Radiologists are busy. So are radiology techs. That means it is critical to provide a solution that makes using the schedules easy. First and foremost, aim for getting rid of printed radiology schedules. The folks in radiology do not want to have to walk to the break room in order to view the schedule or check whether they got approved for a vacation day.
Speed is critical. Making requests should require no more than a simple click, and both individual and team schedules should be accessible from any mobile device.
Radiologists use imaging rooms.
This sounds obvious, but scheduling providers to rooms is different from creating a list of providers on call. You need to look for a scheduling solution that lets you assign providers to available rooms. You will also want the ability to filter providers based on specialty area. If scheduling residents, you will want to filter on rotations and prerequisites, too.
Radiologists work with all specialties.
Radiologists interact with all departments, so it is logical to consider whether the system used for scheduling radiology should also be used for all the hospital scheduling.
As hospitals look to reduce costs and consolidate efforts, enterprise-level scheduling makes sense. It creates uniformity throughout all departments, which makes administration easier, and positions the hospital for efficient growth.
In addition, by implementing one scheduling system across all departments, implementation costs are kept to a minimum. Economies of scale are also brought into play due to a higher number of users.
Maintain your sanity.
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