Health Care Providers Seek Better Scheduling Systems To Accommodate Greater Patient Demand
Modern Healthcare reports on efforts to use sophisticated algorithms to make appointment scheduling more efficient. LeanTaas, a 6-year-old company based in Santa Clara, Calif., compares the challenge to the computer game Tetris.
Better Scheduling Through Math
The number of people seeking healthcare services is expected to swell as the population ages, more people develop chronic conditions and more people gain insurance coverage. The number of doctor visits could increase as much as 80% over the next 10 to 15 years. But at the same time, growth in the nursing and physician workforce is unlikely to keep pace. That means healthcare providers will need to work more efficiently with the resources they already have. (Kutscher, 4/16)