We can essentially fill an empty shift for $0.25c. This is a mind blowing proposition to a Nursing Manager or Executive.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) July 14, 2010
Lingo Systems has today announced it is giving away $1 million of software licenses hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.
The giveaway is to celebrate the launch of its new product, Automated Casual Rostering System, which uses two-way SMS/TXT technology to roster or schedule staff to fill shift vacancies.
"Labour costs are typically the single largest category of costs to a hospital or nursing home," says Kurt Lingohr, Managing Director of Lingo Systems, a boutique IT healthcare company based on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia.
Lingohr says, "The objective of this system is to roster staff more effectively and reduce agency usage."
"When a nurse calls in sick or is unable to work, that triggers a large amount of administrative work behind the scenes to cover for that shift, called a vacancy. The process of filling a vacancy is usually jumping on the phone ringing-around to see who is available on short notice to pick up an extra shift. It's very time consuming for staff who are already overburdened."
Where an organisation is unable to fill a vacancy with its own full time or part time staff they are forced to either close beds or request temporary staff through an agency, where the fees involved can be 80% of the base rate in Australia.
"Hospitals and nursing homes are on a mission to cut agency use and the Automated Casual Rostering Systems is the key to making this happen," says Lingohr.
The system works by using SMS/TXT technology to do the ringing around. Using a web browser, each nurse or midwife can setup a profile of where and when they are available to work extra shifts. When a new vacancy is registered with the system, TXT messages are sent to staff with an offer to work the shift. The first person to reply 'Yes' is awarded the shift.
"Assuming a vacancy is filled on the first TXT message we can essentially fill a vacancy for $0.25c. This is a mind blowing proposition to a nursing manager or executive" says Lingohr.
"Although we are only a young company, the healthcare sector has been very good to us and we would like to return the favour and help those organisations which care for our sick and elderly."
"Advanced rostering and scheduling tools like this can cost upwards of $10,000 and are typically the domain of large hospitals with big budgets. By giving away free licenses we hope to give back to the community and make these advanced tools accessible to hospitals and nursing homes which could otherwise not afford them" says Lingohr.
Organizations can register for the free licensing programme by visiting http://www.lingosystems.com.au and following the links. The $1 million offer is based on 100 enterprise licenses at a list price of $10,000 each. Numbers are limited and the offer is open to organisations of any size in any part of the world. Terms and conditions can be found on the web site.