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Why e-Scheduling May be Healthcare's Most Valuable App

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2013

With 70,000 personnel VA currently scheduling more than 85 million appointments a year, the potential cost savings are huge. I don't know how many appointments the rest of healthcare schedules annually, but I can't help thinking it's a number that dwarfs 85 million.

In this column, I've only scratched the surface of the possible efficiencies of scheduling technologies. It's a topic I intend to return to. As the Internet of Things emerges, we will see more and more ways for technology to insert itself appropriately into the ultimate workflow – that between providers and patients. The possibilities appear endless.

* Full disclosure: I am so enamored of scheduling's potential, I currently serve on the Board of Directors of CalConnect, the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium, a non-profit organization that champions the CalDAV standard, and which serves as the nexus for the IT industry to move this work forward. I invite you to check them out.


Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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Frank Poggio (11/19/2013 at 4:05 PM)
Good points, but here's a 'best kept secret' A firm in St, Louis called Unibased Systems (http://unibased.com ) has been linking different scheduling systems together for over 10 years. The system is running in some 30 large health settings...including a VA facility in Indiana. No need to dream of one it's already out there!