SOURCE: Avantas

Avantas

November 05, 2013 09:00 ET

Fletcher Allen Health Care Partners With Avantas for Healthcare Enterprise Labor Management Solutions

Leading Health System Selects Avantas' Services and Technology to Improve Labor Management Practices, Optimize Operating Budgets

OMAHA, NE--(Marketwired - Nov 5, 2013) -  Avantas, a leading provider of strategic labor management technology, services and strategies for the healthcare industry, today announced that Fletcher Allen Health Care (Fletcher Allen), a leading healthcare system serving approximately 1 million patients in Vermont and northern New York, has selected its enhanced labor optimization services and scheduling tools to improve labor performance. The health system plans to first roll-out Avantas' services and technology across its inpatient nursing departments, with plans to expand beyond in the future to benefit Fletcher Allen's 7,150 employees.

Through this partnership, Fletcher Allen will adopt Avantas' proven HELM™ methodology (healthcare enterprise labor management) which will allow the health system to develop an efficient, sustainable, and automated approach to managing their workforce that will result in clinical, financial, and operational improvements. Avantas' HELM model combines the science of workforce planning, demand forecasting and operational best practices with a complete set of scheduling, staffing, and productivity tools. Avantas' HELM approach represents a disruptive innovation for the healthcare industry, challenging organizations to rethink what is possible with regard to labor management in all departments. Avantas has leveraged unique client experiences across provider organizations of all sizes to detail effective methodologies that help organizations rise above departmental silos and implement a consistent and effective way to integrate labor across the enterprise.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Avantas to improve our staffing and scheduling processes and tools," said Sandra Felis, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Fletcher Allen Health Care. "Nursing and appropriate nurse staffing are critical to the delivery of quality patient care and our current reliance on manual systems makes it cumbersome to be as precise and timely with posting and filling staffing needs as we would like to be. This partnership will assist us in achieving scheduling efficiencies which will be beneficial for both our staff and our managers and ultimately our patients."

In addition to leveraging Avantas' labor management strategies, Fletcher Allen will also implement Avantas' Smart Square® technology, including its patented open shift management tools. Smart Square is the only healthcare scheduling and productivity software that combines demand forecasting with robust scheduling functionality, enterprise transparency, and business intelligence tools all in one application. The flexible platform will interface with Fletcher Allen's existing IT systems including their HRIS, EMR, Time & Attendance and Payroll systems, providing users timely access to actionable data they can use to drive significant improvements to meet their organizational goals. 

"With labor accounting for more than half of every provider organization's operating budget, we've seen a spike in demand for the comprehensive approach we've developed to manage labor more efficiently," said Chris Fox, CEO, Avantas. "For a large organization like Fletcher Allen, it is challenging to coordinate staff across cost centers. We're excited to share our labor management methodology and technology with Fletcher Allen to help them ensure their staff is in the right place at the right time to deliver the highest quality of care while ensuring maximum efficiencies."

To kick off the partnership, Avantas will conduct a two-pronged planning engagement to provide rich insights into the optimal structure and utilization of Fletcher Allen's core and contingency staffing resources in addition to a detailed analysis to identify opportunities related to operational workflows. Fletcher Allen will then go live on Smart Square in the spring.

About Fletcher Allen

Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont's academic medical center. Fletcher Allen, along with Central Vermont Medical Center, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen's mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia.

About Avantas

Developers of the HELM™ methodology (healthcare enterprise labor management), Avantas is devoted to serving the healthcare industry. Its proprietary approach to managing labor consists of workforce planning services and a patented scheduling and productivity solution, Smart Square. This comprehensive approach provides its clients with tailored best practice labor management strategies designed to drive substantial and sustaining cost and quality improvements across the enterprise through automation. For more information, please visit the Avantas website at www.Avantas.com.