Avoid these physician scheduling mistakes with MDsyncNET
Manually managing physician on-call schedules is both complex and tedious, yet there are serious, real-world consequences for getting it wrong. MDsyncNET’s scheduling software increases efficiency while dramatically lowering the risk of these physician scheduling mistakes.
Lack of Contingency Plans
Physicians take vacations and call in sick. Their overall availability may change, they may leave the hospital, or they may move out of the area. In the world of manual scheduling, it’s important to have a manager who can accommodate changing circumstances and last minute revisions, develop a contingency plan, and quickly tap into extra resources. In contrast, a scheduling software solution delivers online schedules that are updated in real time. There are no more frantic calls or juggling physician availability. Instead, the process of updating schedules is streamlined and those affected receive notifications about the changes made.
Hard copies of schedules, like the one below, can cause confusion about shift times, especially if the facility has a large clinical team. Not only are these schedules difficult to read, but they are next to impossible to keep current. However, with a scheduling software solution like MDsyncNET, schedules are accurate, updated in real time, and – importantly – easy to read.
Losing Time Off Requests
It’s understandable that sometimes time off requests get lost in the shuffle. There is simply too much information and too little time. Yet, frustration can bubble up when a physician is scheduled to work on a requested day off. Manual requests, in the form of paper, email, or text message, can be hard to track. An online scheduling solution gives the scheduler a centralized location to monitor requests so they don’t buried, and provides peace of mind to physicians wanting well-deserved time off.
Lack of Access to Schedules
Some facilities still post their physician schedules on bulletin boards. This method inefficient, wastes resources, and is accurate for about as long as it takes to push the pins into the board. Most importantly, physicians don’t have ready access to the schedule. The result? Hospital flow is interrupted and patients are negatively impacted. In contrast, MDsyncNET provides a scheduling solution that includes an online portal where physicians can view schedules 24/7/365.
Scheduling Back-to-Back Shifts
A physician’s schedule should support their health and well-being. Patients can be at risk if physicians are working on too little sleep. Efficient physician scheduling software makes it easy to prevent consecutive shifts.
Making scheduling errors when maintaining manual schedules isn’t a sign of incompetence; it a sign of being human. Everyone makes mistakes, yet the right technology can exponentially increase accuracy and deliver updated schedules to anyone with an internet connection. Book a demo of MDsyncNET’s physician scheduling software to see how MDsyncNET can help simplify and streamline your scheduling process.