According to an AMA Insurance report, almost half of all physicians work more than 50 hours a week. And most likely, it’s someone else’s job to schedule all that time. Many practices use a manual scheduling system for this. Unfortunately, that approach can lead to healthcare providers spending valuable time haggling over call shifts, time-off approvals, and other frustrations.
Smart practices end such bottlenecks by using automated physician scheduling software. This lets providers focus on what’s important: patients. That’s one reason scheduling software makes physicians happy. If you haven’t adopted this technology, consider these three other ways it can positively affect your providers and practice overall.
To understand the state of physician scheduling, Bio-Optronics surveyed physicians from more than 150 organizations. The results showed that physician-owned practices most needed to improve their scheduling operations. These practices often rely on manual and in-house scheduling solutions due to budget constraints. But sticking with these inefficient methods can actually cost a practice money.
The report found that practices that use manual scheduling processes have difficulty organizing and executing schedules in a time-effective manner. Misallocating staff time can lead to issues like overstaffing and employee burnout. By investing in good physician scheduling software, you can avoid such expensive errors. This will benefit physicians who own practices, as well as providers who work there.
Scheduling mistakes come in many forms. If you book providers in two places at once, it’s time-consuming—for physicians and their patients. If you schedule a physician to be at an appointment or on call when he or she is actually out of the office, that’s embarrassing (or worse) for a medical practice.
Avoiding such miscues with manual scheduling systems is difficult. Days off change, shifts swap, and one person must struggle to track it all on paper or in an Excel file. Automated scheduling software can seamlessly facilitate and record these processes. It also allows you to generate full schedules based on your organization’s staffing requirements with just one click.
And the best part for providers? They don’t have to worry about receiving calls on vacation asking where they are.
While all physicians work many hours, that time does not always feel equal. Long on-call shifts are especially stressful. As a result, it’s no surprise that the assignment of these can lead to complaints and unhappiness—especially from providers who believe they’re working more call shifts than their colleagues.
Physician scheduling software ensure schedules are fair over the long term. It allows you not only to look at past shifts worked but also to project future shifts. That way, you can see if things will balance out or if change is needed. You can then easily share this data with providers, offering them the peace of mind that everyone is doing his or her part.
Want to make your providers happy? Learn more about how Momentum Scheduling Software can meet their needs and yours.