SOURCE: Interbit Data

Interbit Data

March 10, 2010 10:06 ET

Interbit Data Helps Healthcare Organizations Address the Nurse Shortage and Alleviate Its Impact on Patient Care

The MAPS Health Suite, Offered in Partnership With Allocate Software, Streamlines the Staffing Process to Improve the Effectiveness of Clinical Staff to Better Meet Patient Demand

NATICK, MA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2010) -  Interbit Data, a leader in software and services for improving healthcare efficiency, offers a solution that addresses the shortage of registered nurses, a growing problem in healthcare organizations which affects patient care and safety. The MAPS Health Suite, a workforce scheduling and optimization software application, makes the best use of available staff by placing the right number and type of skills required on a unit at the right time. 

Offered in partnership with Allocate Software, a recognized leader in scheduling, MAPS Health Suite automates the time-consuming task of staff scheduling and resource allocation, saving hours of time that can be devoted to delivering quality patient care. By offering highly efficient workforce management capabilities with advanced scheduling functionality, MAPS Health Suite helps healthcare organizations to lower labor costs, improve nurse retention and increase patient satisfaction.

"With nurses as a scarce but critical resource, optimizing staff scheduling has become a necessary operational requirement to ensure high quality patient care and satisfactory patient outcomes," said Arthur Young, president of Interbit Data. "By replacing inefficient, manual workforce scheduling processes with a powerful automated tool, healthcare organizations can make more efficient and effective use of their nursing staff and their workforce in general."

According to Julie Halliday, director of nursing at North Middlesex University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, "Not only is the MAPS Health Suite solution proven in other hospitals in our organization, but our nursing staff is positive about working with it. MAPS improves staff satisfaction and allows more time caring for patients. For the organization as a whole, it ensures more efficient use of our nursing resources." 

"With MAPS Health Suite, our staff can gain by having fair shift allocations and we can ensure the staff with the relevant skills and competencies are deployed," said Pat Hackett, director of adults and community division, South Birmingham Community Health. "We use our qualified resources wisely while improving patient satisfaction."

The shortage of registered nurses is felt globally and is expected to worsen over the next decade as nurses retire, healthcare demands rise with the aging baby boomer population and the number of yearly nursing school graduates is unable to keep pace with the demand for new nurses. The U.S. nurse shortage is expected to reach 260,000 by 2025. In Canada, a nationwide shortage of 78,000 nurses is expected by the Canadian Nurses Association within the next three years, and the country is expected to reach a critical nurse shortage level by 2016. The nurse shortage is a situation that is being experienced globally. 

While government, education and healthcare industry initiatives are in place to address the nurse shortage and reverse the trend of nurses leaving the field and declining enrollment in nursing schools, MAPS Health Suite can provide an interim solution to this already critical situation and help healthcare organizations with returning the quality of patient care and outcomes to optimal levels.

About MAPS Health Suite
The MAPS Health Suite is a unique approach to clinical scheduling, designed to improve the effectiveness of nursing and other clinical staff to better meet patient demand. MAPS Health suite streamlines the entire staffing process -- from modeling the demand, through to scheduling and payroll -- making it more effective.

About Allocate Software
Allocate Software plc is the leading workforce optimization software applications provider for global organizations with large, multi-skilled workforces. With over 19 years of experience, the company ensures customers can match operational demands with workforce supply. Founded in 1991, Allocate Software plc is a British public company listed on the UK AIM Stock market. For more information about Allocate Software, visit their Website at www.allocatesoftware.com

About Interbit Data
Founded in 1997 and named to the 2009 Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest growing companies, Interbit Data helps healthcare organizations deliver better, more consistent patient care with secure, reliable and cost-effective software solutions that improve operational efficiency. The company's information distribution products deliver information securely over the Internet in multiple formats, such as fax, print, email, encrypted file or HL7 message format, and integrate it easily into physicians' practice EMRs. Interbit Data's business continuance products give healthcare providers continuous access to patient data in the event of a network or system outage. Interbit Data products are used by more than 600 MEDITECH® customers worldwide. For more information about Interbit Data and its NetSolutions products, visit the company Website at www.interbitdata.com.

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