OpenTempo CEO Rich Miller put the focus on staff scheduling in radiology practices, with an article in the October 2014 issue of Radiology Today. Calling out three of the most common – and most outdated – scheduling habits, Miller made clear the “20th Century Habits You Don’t Want in the 21st Century.”
At the top of the list was collecting insufficient staffing data. Without it, it is not possible to track overtime and staff utilization, making it very difficult for practices to control their costs.
Miller also addressed paper scheduling, which is all too common – and far more costly than practices realize. He explored the hidden costs associated with paper scheduling, including financial and time costs. Worse, paper scheduling poses a risk to patient care, due to a reliance on manual error checking.
Lastly, Miller touched on another common source of confusion in staff scheduling: having uncoordinated schedules in multiple locations. The time waste resulting from this bad habit, along with the confusion it can create, is an unnecessary distraction from patient care.
The October issue of Radiology Today hit the presses in time for the 2014 AHRA Fall Conference and the 2014 RSNA Annual Meeting, giving radiology professionals the chance to review their own scheduling “bad habits” in advance of these events. OpenTempo will be exhibiting at both shows and invites radiologists to stop by their booth and see a demo of the difference OpenTempo can make in their practice.
For radiology practices who wish to discuss their scheduling concerns outside of these events, a demo can be requested here. The demo gives practices a chance to fully describe the situation and challenges they are experiencing and see OpenTempo in action. OpenTempo consultants are highly experienced in staff scheduling and workforce optimization concerns of radiology practices and can provide insight into easier, less costly solutions.