Hospital Selects BidShift Flexible Workforce Management Technology to Provide Effective Staffing

— November 01, 2006

Shands at the University of Florida has chosen San Diego-based BidShift, the leading provider of web-based flexible workforce management technology for healthcare providers, to provide an automated approach for filling open shifts, empowering employees, and achieving effective staffing.

BidShift provides a framework for optimizing the existing workforce through a collaborative employee-driven approach to meet staffing needs. The web-based program transforms what traditionally has been a time and labor-intensive manual process and reduces reliance on expensive contract labor by offering the organization ' s own staff the opportunity to fill vacant shifts. Nurses, patient care technicians, unit secretaries, unit clerks, and respiratory therapists can use the technology to log on from anywhere there is Internet access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to identify available shifts and make online requests for shifts that match their experience and lifestyle interests.

“After researching our choices for a flexible workforce management solution, BidShift was the best program that could immediately help us meet our staffing effectiveness goals, ” stated Rose Rivers, PhD, RN, vice president of nursing services for Shands at the University of Florida. “ Providing our employees with complete visibility and accessibility into open shifts throughout the organization without requiring an upgrade to our core scheduling system was a key factor in our evaluation of how to effectively staff to provide the best patient care possible. BidShift met that objective, and has the expertise and professionalism we are seeking to skillfully deploy the program in the best possible way for our organization.”

Shands at the University of Florida will be using BidShift as a means to fill shift vacancies with competent staff by providing scheduling flexibility and choice, and enhance staff satisfaction and retention while providing a competitive advantage for recruitment of qualified staff. In addition to helping Shands achieve their goal of competent and compassionate patient care, this cost-effective method for filling open shifts will create process efficiencies for managers.

"This was a competitive sales process, and being selected by a prestigious healthcare provider like Shands is a significant win for BidShift that reflects our momentum in the southeast market, ” stated Wes Staggs, vice president of sales at BidShift, Inc. “ We look forward to partnering with Shands at UF to help them succeed in their effective staffing initiatives. ”

Shands at the University of Florida joins a distinguished group of more than 100 leading hospitals and health systems including Sutter Health, Sharp Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, and the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati currently using BidShift to create an effective workforce environment.

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