The University of Vermont Medical Center’s goals were to build their schedule faster and to reduce the time they spent processing requests. Accuracy, however, was just as important a priority as speed. The schedules had to integrate the numerous requirements of their facility and clinical specialties, as well as adapt to the regulations of their nursing union.
OpenTempo met with the University of Vermont Medical Center and created a definitive list of all the staff and clinical scheduling needs of their facility. To ensure that each schedule they built was meeting these criteria, a series of scheduling work patterns and automations were implemented. These would run in the background, verifying the accuracy and fairness of every schedule built. In addition, nursing union policies were coded into the system to guarantee contract compliance in all schedules.
OpenTempo also implemented an online request calendar that automatically checked vacation credits and specialty roles, seamlessly steering people to choose days that were likely to be approved. This allowed clinicians to get an immediate “yes” or “no” on their requests without the administrator having to do any research.
The result was fast turnaround time on all requests, which proved invaluable to both clinicians and administrators. Clinicians liked being able to see at-a-glance what requests were likely to be approved, and the administrator appreciated how much less time was spent reviewing and approving requests.
OpenTempo provided University of Vermont Medical Center’s Operating Room with the fast and precise scheduling system they wanted – and the results were striking.
The Operating Room was able to reduce the time it took to build a schedule from 80 hours per month to only 8 hours. That freed up significant administrative time to focus on the more important clinical work of their department.
As a result, being staffed inappropriately for the day is no longer a concern, and staff confidence in their scheduling and request system is at an all-time high.