TMA’s 7th Annual People in Healthcare Summit convenes in San Diego on February 8, 2017, and Dan White and I have an exciting opportunity to present on predictive analytics. There is a dynamic agenda spread over three days that will focus on how the changing healthcare climate is making us rethink the way we acquire, develop, and manage labor to meet the demands of a consumer-based market.
In recent years, the demand for high-quality, affordable care has increased to a level where provider organizations are scrambling to keep up. This trend will continue in the following years, and has highlighted an urgent need for effective workforce management and planning solutions in the complex healthcare industry.
One significant solution is the optimization of clinical staff through predictive analytics to forecast patient demand and appropriately align scheduling and staffing to this future demand. Dan and I will discuss the results from the survey, “Predictive Analytics in Healthcare 2016: Optimizing Nurse Staffing in an Era of Workforce Shortages,” which examines the state of nurse scheduling and staffing problems, and the general awareness of predictive analytics in healthcare.
Technology-enabled systems and predictive analytics has taken the guesswork out of workforce management and encouraged provider organizations to adopt a strategic enterprise approach. Standardizing practices and using “big data” driven by predictive analytics to accurately forecast patient demand and staffing needs gives organizations a competitive edge to be ahead of the ball. Providers that are not using these cutting-edge practices and automated systems are at an increasing disadvantage.
Technology-enabled solutions that provide effective staffing and scheduling practices have a wide-reaching impact on patient care, as well as being financially efficient. At a time when leaders are under tremendous pressure to transform their organizations to meet the growing demand for high-quality, cost-effective care, workforce management solutions are able to ease some of this strain.
In the rapidly changing healthcare industry, shortages of healthcare professionals are becoming more pronounced. This exacerbates nurse scheduling and staffing problems that can affect patient care and staff morale. The workforce management solutions that Avantas and AMN Healthcare offer to our clients have helped them leverage their workforce to keep up with growing healthcare demands.
We are excited to share our knowledge of predictive analytics at the conference and how it can be effectively applied to healthcare workforce management, and we look forward to learning some important takeaways from leaders in the industry and see where opportunities exist to make a difference with our solutions.