RES-Q® Healthcare Systems Will Present its Patient Acuity and Dynamic Staffing Control Modules at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition

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Hospitals Solve Critical Staffing Problems with the Advanced, Specialized Feature Sets of the RES-Q® Labor Resource Management Staffing and Scheduling System

RES-Q® Healthcare Systems, Inc. will demonstrate special modules of its staffing and scheduling system at HIMSS.

WHO: RES-Q® Healthcare Systems, Inc. Since 1979, RES-Q (http://www.res-q.com) has pursued one mission: advancing healthcare resource management software. Hospital executives count on RES-Q software to deliver measurable results: faster and more efficient scheduling, consistency in the application of scheduling rules, reduced use of overtime and agency staffing, optimized staffing for higher productivity, balanced workloads, and improved employee satisfaction and retention.

WHAT: Two special modules for RES-Q® Labor Resource Management (RES-Q's system for enterprise staffing and scheduling): Patient Acuity and Dynamic Staffing Control (DSC).

Patient Acuity Module: The RES-Q® Patient Acuity Module automates and integrates hospital-specific patient acuity classification into the workload and needs-based staffing functions of RES-Q® Labor Resource Management. The module's interactive acuity tool enables nurses to document nursing interventions and other patient attributes from lists that individual hospitals establish for each department and unit. As attributes are selected, the module calculates the acuity level for each patient by shift based on the intensity of patients' needs and the amount of nursing time required to care for them. RES-Q® Labor Resource Management utilizes the resulting patient classifications to automatically calculate the optimal number and skill mix of nurses that should be scheduled in order to provide appropriate patient care, balance workloads, and evenly assign available nursing staff to each patient.

Dynamic Staffing Control (DSC) Module: Through a seamless integration of patient ADT activity, workload and current staffing levels, DSC continually evaluates the number of patients on each unit. Taking into account patient acuity and other staffing effectiveness indicators, RES-Q® Labor Resource Management determines up-to-the-minute patient workloads for each unit. Staffing variances that fall outside of pre-set thresholds are automatically communicated (using internal RES-Q messaging, by e-mail, or via phone with interactive voice response and text-to-speech technology) to designated unit managers and staffing office personnel - enabling them to quickly react to potential staffing conditions that could negatively impact quality patient care.

WHEN: April 5-8, 2009.

WHERE: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. RES-Q will be located at booth #6205.

WHY: Units are often over-staffed with nurses who have the skills and credentials to work on other units struggling along with too few. Or units may begin shifts with the right staffing but get unforeseen admissions or transfers and become short-staffed. Staff-to-patient ratios are inefficient or out of compliance with JCAHO standards and state mandated staffing ratios. Instead of reacting to these problems, users of RES-Q® Labor Resource Management utilize the Patient Acuity and Dynamic Staffing Control Modules to stay on top of staffing ratios, proactively manage staffing based on predicted patient care requirements, and make real-time adjustments to optimize staffing.

EDITORIAL APPOINTMENTS: Editorial appointments for the media at HIMSS are available. Kindly contact David Aquilina for assistance in scheduling an appointment.

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