US-based Meridian Health has selected Avantas’ labour management technology and services, in a bid to improve labour management processes across its six hospitals.

Under the three-year agreement, Meridian Health will implement Avantas’ healthcare enterprise labour management (HELM) methodology, which will help to develop an efficient and automated approach to manage its workforce.

The HELM approach is said to combine the science of workforce planning, demand forecasting, operational best practises and a complete set of scheduling and staffing tools.

"The technology will provide Meridian with timely and actionable information to identify negative workforce management trends and make adjustments."

Meridian Health senior vice-president Maureen Sintich said: "Prior to selecting Avantas, we looked at a number of labour management solutions, but only Avantas provided a comprehensive, end-to-end methodology that begins with an upfront workforce analysis to help us forecast demand and ensure we have the right types and numbers of resources to serve our community."

Under the deal, Meridian Health will also deploy Avantas’ consulting services and labour management technology Smart Square and patented open-shift management tools.

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Smart Square is claimed to be the only healthcare scheduling and productivity software, which aggregates demand forecasting with scheduling functionality, enterprise transparency and business intelligence tools in one application.

The technology will provide Meridian with timely and actionable information to identify negative workforce management trends and make adjustments before productivity is affected.

Avantas president Chris Fox said: "We are proud that such a highly-regarded organisation has embraced our healthcare enterprise labour management methodology and solutions, as it demonstrates Avantas’ ability to help organisations of all sizes meet patient demand, drive quality improvements and achieve their financial goals."

With 1,800 beds and nearly 13,000 team members, Meridian Health includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin and Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel.