Hurdles in Healthcare Staffing

Healthcare staffing, both on the patient side and the technology side, is becoming an ongoing problem for companies. With aging staff retiring, and burnt-out staff increasing turnover rates, it can be hard to keep good processes going, and introduce new ones. Additionally, staffing processes can be difficult because of the highly regulated aspect of healthcare and the data security associated with it. Here are some other hurdles you may be facing, and what you can do to ease the growing pains. 

The Hurdle: Staffing processes can be difficult because of data and security measures 

Staffing processes in healthcare are regulated by the government, which means that each state has its own set of rules around who gets to work where, when, and how long they can stay there. These regulations vary widely from state to state; some states allow temporary nurses to travel freely between hospitals while others limit them to one hospital per week or month. Additionally, staffing agencies must comply with federal laws such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration). This means that staffing agencies must take extra precautions when handling sensitive information about employees’ health histories or criminal records–and even more so when those employees work in hospitals or with healthcare data! 

The complexity of these regulations means that it can be difficult for organizations within the same industry sector but located across different regions/states/countries or medium-sized companies versus large multinational corporations alike; this problem is exacerbated by differences between companies’ internal policies regarding how long each employee should spend working at any given facility before rotating onto another site elsewhere within their network. 

The Solution:  

Working with a technology company, like Veracity, that specializes in healthcare solutions can ease a lot of the issues with hiring new staff. Implementing new technologies can ultimately ease workloads for operations, but creating something with an unseasoned company can lead to more issues. 

 

The Hurdle: Antiquated technology processes lead to worker burnout. 

We all know that technology is a tool that lets us do our job better. However, in an industry like healthcare we often see companies that are working day in and day out to take care of patients, 

that they forget to update and take care of their business or technology processes. This leads to antiquated workflows that take twice as long and jeopardize data security. 

The Solution: 

 Keeping your technology up to date can actually decrease employee burnout. Implementing a system that decreases redundant documents and allows for easier searching can not only increase productivity of your employees, but they’ll spend less time frustrated that they can’t find what they need when they need it. By keeping repositories well integrated you can ensure a constant flow of correct information, which means better care for patients, and happier employees in all aspects to provide that care. 

 

The Hurdle: You Need a New Solution Fast 

You have decided to implement a new process, technology, or even your own product. Congratulations! Now comes the hurdle of having to staff to implement this new creation. This can mean finding, onboarding, and developing skills in fresh staff members before you ever even get the project underway. Additionally, with the current state of the job market, finding adequate talent, both in quantity and quality can be rough. 

The Solution:  

Use seasoned, short-term talent. By working with temporary employees, you can alleviate some of the pain points of hiring a new team. This can also allow your company to get high quality talent at a fraction of the price of hiring them full time. Not to mention, many short-term hires boast more well-rounded skills and offer unique views on problems. Healthcare Technology experts can help locate this talent, and deal with the data security and training needed for onboarding, all on a tight deadline. This allows you to get up and running faster. 

 

Conclusion 

The healthcare staffing industry is a complex one, and it’s important to have the right technology in place to help you manage your staffing process. Quality staff can make or break your technology projects, so it is essential to make sure you have the people you need when you need them. Not every company needs the same solution, nor are they at the same stage of problem resolution. Check out our gameboard to see where you are, and how we at Veracity can help! 

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