ASSIGN for Physicians is a beautifully simple concept with complex math behind it.
Here’s an example.
Let’s say a hospital assigns 300 patients each day to its 20 rounding physicians. Thus, each hospital has 15 patients per day.
But what if the hospital medicine team wanted to balance the workload by applying different variables — such as continuity of care, geography, and patient weighting? Applying just those protocols alone means the team or person responsible for assignments must try to juggle 600 factors to arrive at an equitable, more care-centric load. Even with a spreadsheet, that scenario quickly becomes a nightmare.
As a result, most people just give up and give each physician the exact same number of patients, regardless of complexity. While simple to execute, this approach lays the groundwork for suboptimal care as rounding physicians scramble to accommodate challenging cases and not get behind with their other patients.
ASSIGN for Physicians helps avoid this scenario.
Using protocols chosen by you and your team in advance, the software “smoothes” out the distribution of the complex cases so the workload is distributed fairly. It also improves care by being able to factor in other important variables, such as continuity of care, and it saves administrative time because the entire assignment process takes minutes. Once completed, the list is then distributed electronically or by paper to everybody on the care team, including nurses and case managers.
ASSIGN for Physicians alone won’t solve physician burnout or suboptimal care.
But it can significantly improve rounding operations, which in turns helps a hospital deliver high-quality care and control costs.
It’s time to put away the patient assignments created on spreadsheets and notepad paper. ASSIGN for Physicians can do it faster and easier and with far safer results.