HealthStream Acquires ShiftWizard, Expanding Its Nurse & Staff Scheduling Solutions for Healthcare Providers
Named Category Leader in “2020 Best in KLAS Software & Services” report, ShiftWizard’s innovative SaaS-based scheduling application has earned a 97% retention rate among its customers
HealthStream (Nasdaq: HSTM) today announced that it has acquired ShiftWizard, Inc., a Raleigh, North Carolina-based company focused on providing a SaaS-based solution that integrates key workforce management capabilities, including scheduling, productivity, and forecasting. HealthStream adds to an emerging area of its workforce solutions that supports healthcare professionals and their management in effective staff scheduling—where administrative work is reduced, cost-savings are gained, and productivity data is made readily accessible to managers.
“Since ShiftWizard’s launch in 2007 as the first 100% web-based, healthcare-focused scheduling solution in the market, our mission has remained on revolutionizing the way healthcare organizations manage and communicate with their workforce,” said Christian Pardue, RN, Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, ShiftWizard. “Our success in doing that is reflected in a 97 percent retention rate among our customers that includes a staff buy-in and adoption rate of over 85 percent, the highest in the industry according to KLAS.”
As a leading nurse and staff scheduling solution, ShiftWizard helps healthcare organizations maximize staff availability, minimize cost, and ensure that caregivers are properly matched to patient needs. Based on these core capabilities, KLAS named ShiftWizard its Category Leader among scheduling applications in its acclaimed “2020 Best in KLAS Software and Services” report. Contributing to this selection was ShiftWizard’s emphasis on its highly rated user experience for nurses and staff.
Deb Woods, Chief Executive Officer, ShiftWizard, commented, “The ShiftWizard solution helps healthcare organizations ensure that the appropriate level of staffing with the right skillsets to address patient needs is achieved, while saving time in developing schedules and reducing costs to the healthcare provider. Our customers will benefit from expanded opportunities as part of HealthStream while continuing to
Dueling surveys from Kaseya showed that IT department leaders share their underlings’ worries about security and productivity.
IT infrastructure and security management company Kaseya have released a two-part report featuring insights gleaned from surveys of both IT leaders and IT practitioners. The two reports—”Technical Priorities for IT Practitioners” and “Strategic Priorities for IT Leaders”–show that members of both sides of IT departments share broad concerns on a variety of issues including data protection and security.
The researchers behind the study spoke with 878 respondents in July 2020, more than 500 of whom were IT practitioners and 335 were IT leaders. According to the survey responses, IT leaders are more concerned with ensuring that operations are always up and running amid coronavirus-related budget shortages, while the managers and technicians working daily with technology are more focused on maintaining productivity using limited resources.
“Our 2020 IT Operations survey makes it clear that IT leaders and practitioners are trying to do as much as they can today with far fewer resources than usual,” said Mike Puglia, chief strategy officer at Kaseya.
“Understanding the new challenges that IT leaders and practitioners will face in 2021, we are committed to continuing to evolve and improve the solutions we make available to manage and solve those challenges.”
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Data protection and security were something both sides of the IT coin could agree on, with both leaders and employees highlighting the startling increase in cyberattacks since the onset of the pandemic and the need for more focus on protecting organizational data.
According to the survey, “Improving IT security” was the top priority in 2020 for more than half of IT practitioners and 60% of IT leaders. “Cybersecurity and data protection”
Each year, thousands of elite and amateur runners compete in the London Marathon. Last year, 42,000 people completed the 26.2-mile course that spans across the British capital, with thousands of people lining the streets to lend their support.
The marathon is an opportunity to achieve personal goals and raise millions of dollars for charitable causes.
But running a mass participation event in the era of Coronavirus is impossible and marathons across the globe have been canceled or postponed, much to the disappointment of those who had spent months training and fundraising for their big day in the limelight.
London hopes things will return to normal for the 2021 event but in the meantime, the 40th staging of the event will take place in a secure bubble in St James Park. Just 100 elite athletes will compete in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair races, while 500 members of staff will be on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly.
It’s not business as usual, but London will be the only major marathon taking place anywhere in the world this year.
Naturally, the bubble will be subject to strict social distancing and safety measures to safeguard everyone within. But just to make sure, everyone will be fitted with wearable technology that hopes to minimize the risk of infection.
Organizers have partnered with Tharsus to implement the ‘Bump’ system which alerts users if they are getting close to anyone else in the secure area. Wearable devices use Radio Frequency (RF) technologies to determine proximity to one another and notify the wearer if their distance is not sufficient.
What’s more, the system can identify individual users, meaning it will be possible to inform anyone who has come into close contact with someone who is later diagnosed with Covid-19.
Shibu Philip admits he knows what it’s like to “maybe waste a bit of time at work”.
Shibu is the founder of Transcend – a small London-based firm that buys beauty products wholesale and re-sells them online.
For the last year and a half he has used Hubstaff software to track his workers’ hours, keystrokes, mouse movements and websites visited.
With seven employees based in India, he says the software ensures “there is some level of accountability” and helps plug the time difference.
“I know myself. [You can] take an extra 10-minute break here or there. It’s good to have an automatic way of monitoring what [my employees] are up to,” says Shibu.
“By looking at screenshots and how much time everyone is taking on certain tasks, I know if they’re following procedures.
“And, if they’re doing better than I expected, I also study the photos and ask them to share that knowledge with the rest of the team so we can all improve,” he says.
Employees are fully aware that the software is in use and can delete time spent visiting websites that might have been logged by accident during their break, for example, Shibu adds.
With more of us than ever working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a spike in demand from employers for surveillance software.
US-based Hubstaff says its number of UK customers is up four times year-on-year since February.
Another company called Sneek offers technology that takes photos of workers through their laptop and uploads them for colleagues to