RES-Q® Healthcare Systems to Demo Dynamic Staffing Control for Hospitals at HIMSS

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With Dynamic Staffing Control, the RES-Q® Labor Resource Management Staffing and Scheduling System helps hospitals anticipate and solve staffing problems.

RES-Q Healthcare Systems announces that it will demonstrate Dynamic Staffing Control, a new optional feature of the RES-Q Labor Resource Management Staffing and Scheduling system, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition.

WHO: RES-Q Healthcare Systems, Inc. Since 1979, RES-Q (http://www.res-q.com) has pursued one mission: advancing resource management and scheduling software for hospitals. Hospital executives can count on RES-Q's applications to deliver measurable results: faster scheduling, reduced use of costly overtime and outside agency staff, and more consistency in the application of scheduling and staffing rules. And the company's senior management team, with an average of 15 years at RES-Q and decades of front-line experience in hospital administration, helps hospitals set their schedules for today and set course for success tomorrow.

WHAT: Dynamic Staffing Control (DSC). This innovation features an HL/7 interface to hospitals' ADT systems. With the interface, the software processes patient admissions, discharges and transfers in real time, and the RES-Q Labor Resource Management staffing and scheduling system continually evaluates the number of patients on each unit. Taking into account patient acuity and other staffing effectiveness indicators, the software determines up-to-the-minute patient workloads for each unit. The software then runs the revised unit workloads through staffing simulation routines and calculates updated recommended staffing requirements and levels. The new recommend levels are compared against current staffing levels. Staffing variances that fall outside of preset thresholds are automatically communicated to designated unit managers and staffing office administrators using internal RES-Q messaging, by e-mail, or via the phone using interactive voice response and text-to-speech technology. In addition, based on the current patient population and historical admission and discharge patterns, the software forecasts necessary staffing levels for the upcoming 24-hour period. Staffing variances for future shifts are communicated to the responsible managers, and RES-Q thus gives them the information and tools to plan and adjust required staffing well in advance of upcoming shifts.

WHEN: February 25 to March 1, 2007.

WHERE: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La. RES-Q will be located at booth #3165.

WHY: When hospitals schedule shifts, appropriate staffing is set. Then, predictably, the unexpected happens. A unit receives unforeseen admissions or transfers and is then short-staffed. Staff-to-patient ratios are out of compliance with staffing policies, JCAHO standards and state mandated staffing ratios. Nurses on the unit make do the best they can -- typically until the next shift starts (and then only if additional staff can be called in). Instead of being reactive to staffing problems, users of RES-Q Labor Resource Management with Dynamic Staffing Control can stay on top of staffing ratios and proactively manage staffing based on predicted requirements.

HIMSS EDITORIAL APPOINTMENTS: Editorial appointments with RES-Q Healthcare Systems are available. Kindly contact David Aquilina for assistance in scheduling an appointment.

RES-Q Online Press Kit: http://www.res-q.com/index_news.htm.

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