5 things you could do with the 3 hours you’ll save with Dockyo

5 things you could do with the 3 hours you’ll save with Dockyo

An online shift scheduling software combine with a mobile provider app for shift notification are a match made in heaven. Enterprise healthcare systems that use Dockyo shift scheduling software reports savings 3 hours on average every time there is a shift related activity(change in shift or creating new shifts to be filled).

But now, with this extra time, what should you do with available hours.

Spend more time with your family

Despite rapidly developing new technologies and advancements in medicine, physicians spent a lot of time with patientcare regulatory charting. Additionally, physicians are hard-working, dedicated, determined, and motivated. However, everyone has a mental breaking point and needs time available for family and loved ones.

With hours saved from scheduling hassles, physicians can spend quality time together and an increased sense of connection amongst family members.

Spend more time with patient for quality care

Incredible progress in diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases has reduced deaths and extended the life expectancy to age never before seen in history. Yet, many factors introduced by our third-party payer system and the corporatization and businessification of medicine adversely affect the doctor-patient relationship. Patient care has become increasingly impersonal, hurried, and commercialized.

The physicians’ qualities to patients and society are many, but most importantly, physicians need to be present and engaged with our patients as individuals. The doctor-patient relationship remains the core of our professional responsibility.

Spend time on team huddles

The daily huddle can help improve optimal patient outcomes. Taking the time to communicate about patients within the group enhances awareness of the unit’s general state and decreases chaos caused by poor communication. Problems that may have been overlooked can be discussed quickly and may be resolved in a short time, allowing the number of safety alerts to decrease.

Spend time on a CME

Maintaining lifelong learning and skills is vital for safe clinical practice. Continuing medical education (CME) is an established method that can facilitate lifelong learning. It focuses on maintaining or developing knowledge, skills, and relationships to ensure competent practice.

CME allows a physician to learn and explore viable ways to change the patient care they deliver and effectively conduct a career in the medical industry’s ever-changing landscape.

Spend time on a hobby

Passions outside of work deliver a crucial reminder, We are humans first and physicians second. Hobbies could serve as a stress-free way to tune-up mental stress with all the activities in a hospital.

A few examples of hobbies that can boost the physician’s quality of life are meditation, writing, playing an instrument, reading.

Advocate Technology for Unsung heroes of global healthcare

Advocate Technology for Unsung heroes of global healthcare

Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, gave nursing a reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture with the title “The Lady with the Lamp,” making rounds of wounded soldiers at night.

Although Florence Nightingale will be fascinated by our modern technology across the healthcare system, she would be sorely dissatisfied with the current state of nursing. The tools/technology or burn out due to overtime or rudimentary schedule or clinical communication system. More importantly, the present generation’s hesitancy to be a nurse is alarming to the healthcare eco-system.

Nurses deliver 90% of healthcare services care; they are mostly unseen in the decision-making process for improved tools and technology. Making matters worse, nurses are overworked and provided inadequate, outdated tools for their daily job functions.

Nurse leaders should advocate for the latest and greatest scheduling and communication technology and enable nurses to take care of patients rather than efficiently manage non-essential work.

Here are three essential things to examine as you do so:

Effective Team Communication within hospitals

Reliance on outdated communication methods such as pagers, fax machines contributes to nursing burnout. While a clinical communications platform can’t solve all of the challenges nurses face, it can help streamline approved processes to allocate more time with patients and less time trying to reach physicians and other care team members.

Advocating for smartphones enabled with a mature clinical communication application can ease the frustration created by inefficient healthcare processes. The familiarity of secure text messaging, voice, and video chat will help drive adoption and mobilize your nursing staff. A practical clinical communication allows nurses to dedicate more time to patient care.

Remote communication reaching isolated communities

The COVID-19 pandemic boosted telemedicine into the healthcare eco-system. It’s a useful tool to reduce unnecessary hospital visits, reduce risks of cross-infections, and still provide clinical care. Leveraging the same technology is telehealth nursing care, and can be deployed in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Using telemedicine technology, nursers can triage set-ups. Moreover, nurses can monitor a patient’s oxygen levels, heart rate, respiration, blood glucose, and more. In non-emergency situations, nurses can get their patients’ blood pressure readings or glucose readings, for instance. They can also instruct patients as to how to dress a wound or treat a minor burn.

Centralized Command Center

One of the newest healthcare ideas, centralized command centers, promises improved patient experiences, and better ways for RNs and doctors to manage clinical capacity. The command center software applications such as dashboards can provide the physician schedule information across multiple specialties.

Command Center information would reduce the time spent finding a physician on the floor rather than combining them through multiple software.

Manage Healthcare Staff Leave Through Scheduling Software

Manage Healthcare Staff Leave Through Scheduling Software

Building a complicated schedule by a shift administrator for clinical capacity requires knowledge of staff’s time off and leave. As a shift administrator, you are responsible for building your specialty schedule and ensuring shifts are equally distributed.

Without online scheduling software, you have to compile the leave data from the payroll system, email, post-it notes, calling the physician, and even remember a conversation. Managing time off for a shift administrator or scheduler is complicated, time-consuming, and incorrect shift can lead to revenue loss and patient care issues.

For some group planning, a quarterly schedule can take an average of 2 – 5 days, depending on several specialties and the department’s size.

This multitude of factors is difficult to manage using manual tools such as spreadsheets, phone trees, and email.

Dockyo, designed for healthcare professional scheduling, solves the planning issue,

  • Allow the staff to enter the time off details by a physician on a native iOS or Android mobile app. The team can plan ahead of time, can even input your leave in advance or change them as needed.
  • The scheduler has updated information during the planning to avoid conflicts.
  • As a scheduler releases schedules in real-time, physicians get notified via text alert, and any conflict’s on leave can be resolved in real-time.
  • Schedulers can now source shift earlier and ensure that the scheduler manages clinical capacity through online leave management.
  • Finally, shift administrators can generate a customized report to integrate with the payroll management system to ensure accurate payroll disbursement.

Providers are now turning to technology and strategic scheduling to address their unique staffing needs. Adopting a SaaS cloud-based scheduling system benefits everyone in the team, brings transparency to the planning, and significantly reduces the time spent by shift administrators to manage capacity.

First Step For Provider Scheduling

First Step For Provider Scheduling

Healthcare organizations should manage the clinical capacity with patient demand to avoid delays in patient care. To ensure efficient coordination and manage the capacity of all providers and staff in a multi-specialty organization requires an efficient scheduling and communication platform.

The first step to initiate provider scheduling includes:

1. Centralize healthcare shift scheduling platform to schedule providers across the enterprise

Dockyo scheduling takes into account multiple constraints including shift time, preferred providers in a team, labor laws for the shift worked to create schedule across the enterprise, multi-specialty, multi-team settings.

2. Visibility into where providers are working and who are working, including how to contact them quickly.

An intuitive dashboard with transparency across the organization of providers who are working today and how to connect when required. The scheduler view can be integrated with EHR to provide visibility across the organization.

3. Empower providers

For upfront planning of leave and schedule changes. The provider uses Dockyo’s mobile app to submit requests, which are automatically integrated into schedule creation. They can also swap shifts with other team members. A provider can submit requests for shifts which allows the scheduler/planner to meet provider preference to maintain a happy employee engagement.

4. Enable tracking and analysis of how providers are trending towards a target.

Dockyo brings together scheduling & labor data from across the organization to inform effective staffing strategy and provides actionable insight to achieve a continuous cycle of improvement, resulting in reduced costs and increased patient access.

By continuous improvement on your scheduling need, the overall health of your enterprise will continue to be better including patient flow with proper care, increased revenue, and provider job satisfaction.