RES-Q Healthcare Systems is Set to Release its New Dynamic Staffing Control Module

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With Dynamic Staffing Control, the RES-Q® Labor Resource Management System Enables Hospitals to Monitor and Manage Staffing Levels in Real Time

RES-Q® Healthcare Systems announced that it will release Dynamic Staffing Control (DSC) on April 6, 2007. DSC is a new, optional module for RES-Q® Labor Resource Management, the company's staffing and scheduling software for hospitals. RES-Q Labor Resource Management is a modular, PC-based, Internet-enabled software system. The enterprise system delivers results that hospitals count on to maximize productivity: faster scheduling, greater consistency in the application of scheduling rules and reduced use of costly overtime and outside agency staff. With DSC, RES-Q Labor Resource Management helps hospitals anticipate and solve staffing problems in real time.

"Today, hospitals schedule their shifts, and appropriate staffing is set. Then, predictably, the unexpected happens. A unit gets unforeseen admissions or transfers, patient acuity levels rise, and just like that they are short-staffed," said Michael Meisel, president, RES-Q Healthcare Systems. "These events force staffing ratios out of compliance with internal policies, JCAHO standards and with government-mandated staffing ratios in states such as California. Nurses on the unit scramble and make do the best they can and hope that additional staff can be called in by the time the next shift starts. DSC is a solution to the problem."

DSC 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 system then runs the revised unit workloads through staffing simulation routines and calculates updated recommended staffing requirements and levels. The new recommended 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 via internal RES-Q messaging or by e-mail, text message, pager or voice-mail using 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.

RES-Q Healthcare Systems will demonstrate RES-Q Labor Resource Management and Dynamic Staffing Control (DSC) at the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Annual Meeting & Exposition, April 13-16, 2007, Wardman Park Marriott Hotel, Washington, D.C. RES-Q will be located at booth #1113.

About RES-Q® Healthcare Systems

Since 1979, RES-Q® Healthcare Systems (Calabasas, Calif.) has pursued one mission: advancing resource management and scheduling software for hospitals. RES-Q® Labor Resource Management produces clinically sound, skill-matched, financially optimized, and productive staffing in schedules that account for staff preferences. RES-Q® Perioperative Resource Management reviews and verifies surgeon needs and preferences, personnel and equipment requirements, supply lists and inventory, and operating room availability and then establishes surgery schedules that minimize conflicts and maximize productivity. RES-Q's management team, with an average of 15 years with the company and decades of front-line experience in hospital administration, helps hospitals set their schedules for today and set course for success tomorrow. For more information, call (800) 572-1911 or visit http://www.res-q.com.

Note: Editorial appointments with RES-Q at AONE are available to members of the media upon request. RES-Q Online Press Kit: http://www.res-q.com/index_news.htm.

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