New scheduling software in
Health has partnered with the Saskatchewan Association of Health
Organizations (SAHO) to implement an electronic staff scheduling system
over the next two years. The solution is to be supplied by Kronos,
according to a spokesperson from Saskatchewan Health.
The $3 million initiative is funded from the $66 million committed to
the province by Ottawa at the 2004 First Ministers’
The new staff scheduling system is expected to reduce administration and
paperwork, increase time for patient care, and better manage overtime
Time currently spent by managers to schedule employees can be redirected
to staff leadership, supporting colleagues in the workplace and ensuring
“The software will make more efficient use of the employees currently in
the system,” Health Minister Len Taylor (pictured)
said. “The staff scheduling software is another measure
Saskatchewan Health is pursuing to help manage staff challenges in
regional health authorities.”
“Working with the regions and Saskatchewan Health, SAHO will lead the
implementation of this comprehensive staff scheduling system that will
assist the healthcare system in managing and continuing to improve its
utilization of health human resources,” SAHO President and CEO Susan
Currently, a variety of staff scheduling tools are being used across
Saskatchewan, from manual entry systems to computer software tools.
More than 65 percent of health sector employees (24,600 staff) are on
shift work. Many work in more than one healthcare facility. Salaries and
benefits make up more than 70 percent of healthcare budgets.
The staff scheduler will allow managers access to timely and accurate
information to assist them in optimizing the use of human resources.