The problem of physician burnout is receiving a lot of attention recently, and with good reason. The growing number of patients that physicians are expected to care for in a day, combined with the greater roles they are expected to take on, is taking a toll. Healthcare organizations are also grappling with ways to enhance nurse satisfaction amid understaffing, high hospital census and a stressful work environment. These related challenges are sending healthcare leaders searching for new ways to manage clinical workforce operations.
Lightning Bolt Solutions has focused on automating the process of scheduling physician shifts since 2002, which the majority of hospitals still perform manually today. Customers schedule more than three million physician shift hours every month using our sophisticated artificial intelligence platform, automatically generating schedules that meet complex operational rules to balance institutional and individual needs. As a result, they support physician work-life balance, improve patient access to care and generate cost savings for their organizations.
We’re taking those benefits even further by connecting our on-call scheduling platform with Voalte Platform for care team communication and collaboration. Our partnership with Voalte is based on the concept of providing “one source of truth” to busy providers and clinicians. Just as Lightning Bolt is dedicated to providing one comprehensive, always up-to-date physician schedule, Voalte is dedicated to providing one unified, dynamic directory that reflects who is available, busy, or offline.
By integrating Lightning Bolt with Voalte Platform, care teams will always know exactly who is on call and be able to reach them quickly via voice call, page or secure text messaging. Moving away from whiteboards, Post-it Notes and spreadsheets to an automated, digital approach for physician scheduling was the first major step in preventing burnout. Care team members can access and view on-call providers, then simply tap to launch their personal profile and send them a text message.
Lightning Bolt and Voalte were both named No. 1 Category Leaders by independent research firm KLAS for 2017. Together, we hope the flexibility and scalability of optimal physician scheduling software plus secure messaging will effectively facilitate care team communication and reduce burnout for everyone in the dynamic healthcare environment.
Suvas Vajracharya, Ph.D., is the founder and CEO of Lightning Bolt Solutions, the leader in optimized physician shift scheduling technology. The company manages over 3 million physician hours each month for hospitals around the world, helping to create shift schedules that promote work-life balance, productivity, and patient access. To learn more about how Lightning Bolt technology can bring optimal balance to physician scheduling, inquire here.