Healthcare Tech in 2016: Risks of Staffing without Automation

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Lorren Pettit

Vice President, HIMSS

As Vice President, Lorren has oversight of three key efforts for HIMSS; thought leadership research, HIMSS' reach to the Long Term / Post-Acute Care health IT community, and Connected Health technologies (e.g. telehealth). Lorren has been a health care researcher and strategist for more than twenty-five years, with experience in health care operations and corporate planning. He has held strategic planning and marketing roles in various acute and non-acute health care settings, as well as within the hospital group purchasing and hospital services industries.

Sharon Weinstein


Sharon Weinstein is President/Founder of SharonMWeinstein and Chief Wellness Office of SMWGroupLLC. She specializes in workforce-related issues impacting a balanced lifestyle, total wellness, healthcare delivery, globalization, leadership, patient/staff safety, humor in the workplace, and stress management. Sharon has over thirty years of progressive clinical, education, administrative and health policy experience in healthcare management and clinical practice.

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Look for triple digit growth for hospital technologies in 2016. According to a recent HIMSS analytics report, five healthcare necessities are on the rise: clinical data warehousing and mining; nurse staffing and scheduling; electronic data interchange; in-house transcription; and medical necessity checking content. Among these, nurse staffing and scheduling comes with a set of risks and challenges for hospitals that haven’t yet made the jump from manual to automatic scheduling. In 2016, software that allows healthcare providers to get physicians working at their license level, as well as bring in nurses for support will be vital for both large hospitals and smaller providers.
In the ever connected and complicated world of healthcare, it pays to be on top of technologies. Top of licensure, physician and nursing fatigue, as well as scheduling transparency are usually cause enough to automate or upgrade. Hospitals shaping their buying budgets must consider the following:

  • the challenges and risks inherent to manual nurse scheduling and staffing
  • the data behind the growth of automated staffing systems
  • how scheduling/staffing can help hospitals move from volume driven care to outcome driven care
  • how automated scheduling can reduce nursing fatigue and balance the workforce