It is clear that hospitals need to move beyond minimum staffing ratios and make the best use of staff possible to meet the quality and productivity goals under healthcare reform. One trend in staffing today is the use of acuity classification which allows a more precise distribution of resources as staffing ratios can be customized to the acuity of patients, and denser coverage delivered to patients with the greatest need. 

Leveraging Workforce Management to Meet the Challenges and Demands of Acute Care Staffing

IDC analyst Judy Hanover recommends that hospitals incorporate acuity data into staffing and scheduling processes and systems. Other technology trends for staffing and scheduling discussed are mobile communications, whole-house views and centralized staffing. Download this Q&A to get insights on these solutions.