Now that our team is back and recovered from Las Vegas, we wanted to recap some of the great experiences we had at HIMSS16! This is the second time The WFC Group has attended HIMSS (last year was in our hometown of Chicago – you can see what we did here). What were we up to this year and what did we take away from this conference?
With a little less than three weeks until HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, we’re thinking about the topics in healthcare workforce management that will be on attendees’ radars as they peruse the expo floor (see what we’ll be up to here). What do our healthcare experts here at The WFC Group think will be the hot topics during HIMSS16 and in 2016 in general?
With HIMSS fast approaching April 12-16 in our hometown of Chicago, the focus of this post seems fitting. What is the future of the connected healthcare system? Of course, the patient outcome will always be the number one priority of any healthcare organization. There are a number of ways to improve that patient outcome though, including utilizing healthcare technology to facilitate the sharing of information within a healthcare system. Surprisingly, most hospitals are lagging in adopting technology to connect their workplace, which once implemented will ultimately save the healthcare organization time and money.
What is a Workforce Scheduler?
A Workforce Scheduler is an automated labor scheduling solution that can create schedules with an extremely accurate staffing mix automatically. It factors in such things as anticipated demand as well as company scheduling policies. When set up properly, it is a tool that can save you an incredible amount of time and money, while also being much more accurate and concise than paper schedules or other methods ever could. Here are some of the benefits we’ve seen from the companies we work with:
What will be the ultimate consequences of Obamacare?
Will health care costs rise?
Will we reach a point where there is more demand for health care than supply?
That’s the amount of time health care managers need to keep track of. The Hospital is always open, and with it, the staff must be scheduled. Managing the workforce in this situation manually is both difficult and incredibly time consuming.
The manager needs to juggle all of these balls simultaneously to create an effective schedule: