Scheduling software for the medical sector.

Client: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
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Developing a scheduling application for a large medical institution is a rare opportunity and a great challenge for our software developers. It’s exciting to evolve a client’s systems with best practice technology and software that adds real value to their medical staff.

— Kye Russell, Developer, The Cut

Using Python to cure existing rostering systems.

Once again, our focus on Python software development and our dedication to the design of intelligent user interfaces, led a great opportunity to our door. It was a great surprise and a privilege to be contacted by an iconic medical institution in Perth and the opportunity they presented to us was both interesting and challenging. It's not everyday we are asked to develop software applications for the medical sector.

'Sire Charlies' legacy rostering system was running off spread sheets and was outdated and compromised in terms of usability and security. It was time to meet this challenge and elevate the rostering system to the same level as the hospital's medical technologies.

The Department of Anaesthesia works throughout the hospital across different departments, patient procedures, operating theatres and locations. The Cut were commissioned to develop new medical rostering software to simplify the management of staff and information, facilitate scalability and generally improve communication in the department.

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Software development for the medical sector.

With the hospital's Department of Anaesthesia working across different departments throughout the facility and being active in various patient procedures, operating theatres and locations, the challenge of running the scheduling of people, locations and resources quickly becomes exponentially complex.

The fact that the scheduling was done for so long on spread sheets is testament to the people who were running the legacy system, and their deep understanding of the hospital, the staff and the requirements of scheduling medical staff.

As with many large scale operations, the time has come to move from older systems to more robust technology and software that is developed to meet specific requirements and operational objectives. At The Cut, we often see the downside of all the data that organisations invariably collect and store these days - The data is there, but it is cumbersome, inaccessible and of little practical use.

Accessibility, ease of use and visibility formed an important part of the hospital's requirements from their new medical scheduling software. Opening up access to data, and streamlining processes and tasks means that more people can share responsibility. This spreads the risk and removes the burden of knowledge from a small number of people.

As you can see from the dashboard screens shown here, and our design of the interfaces overall, the staff scheduling application for Sir Charlies delivers simple and logical information displays, and that in itself facilitates easier use, and also more efficient management of the scheduling tasks.

While the management of change from legacy systems to new technologies can take time, the benefits delivered typically involve increased efficiencies and greater access to more useful information by the user groups.

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