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Physician Stress - Schedule and On-Call Management

Posted Dec 20 2008 6:47pm

On of the most stressful elements of medical practice is related to schedule and on-call management. Many physicians (specialist and GP) have multiple commitments and schedules including group call lists, ER schedules, obstetrics, surgical assists and other on-call services. Being available and contactable is mission critical and creates a high level of stress for physicians, particularly as many of these schedules are managed manually using paper. If a call is traded (which happens very frequently), the paper document has to be updated and shared with all in the call group including the emergency departments at local hospitals, paging services etc. This results in a high risk of error and the net result is sometimes not being able to identify or contact a doctor on call.

A Canadian physician has developed a solution to this challenge and his company's software is used across Canada.

Listen to the December 2008 podcast with Dr. Rob Horvath, founder of Rosterware.

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