US-based healthcare staffing company Aya Healthcare has acquired Polaris AI, a machine learning platform designed to predict future patient volume and staffing levels.

The platform was developed by SwitchPoint Ventures, a custom-creator of AI-driven business solutions, in partnership with anesthesiology provider PhyMed Healthcare.

It uses proprietary machine learning algorithms to forecast patient volume and staffing levels, enabling greater efficiency and cost savings for healthcare organisations.

Aya Healthcare president and CEO Alan Braynin said: “This acquisition further bolsters our AI capabilities and expands our ability to help healthcare organisations achieve cost savings through optimised core labour staffing.”

Using machine learning algorithms, Polaris AI aims to inform clinicians of staffing needs while offering tools for systems to better distribute internal resources and plan alternative schedules. 

The platform is intended to reduce physician and nurse costs for organisations while improving patient care and satisfaction by predicting case volumes.

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Polaris AI chief operating officer Mark Dose said: “Polaris’ sophisticated predictions have been proven to help staffing managers accurately deploy talent, especially for care areas with high variability such as operating rooms and emergency departments.

“And with Aya’s resources and reach, we’re excited to further operationalise these predictions at scale for health systems across the US.”

SwitchPoint Ventures CEO Ray Guzman said: “Like us, Aya has been transformative in the healthcare industry, and we have a shared mission to deliver cutting-edge technology to help healthcare organisations with their operations.

“We are excited for the next evolution of Polaris AI, as Aya continues to invest in this technology and set the new standard for workforce solutions.”

Based in San Diego, California, Aya Healthcare operates a technology-driven staffing platform that connects healthcare systems across the US with a wide base of clinicians.

The company’s solutions and those of its subsidiary, Qualivis, are endorsed by 27 state hospital associations.