Using predictive analytics from SAS, the leader in business analytics, Avantas helps hospitals accurately forecast staffing needs so that they can spend more time on patients and less time staffing their units.
Avantas provides staffing forecasts to 22 hospitals nationwide as part of its Smart Square® staffing solution. Its service helps hospitals reduce dependence on contract nurses and limit last-minute schedule changes. Not only can clients save money and improve morale, they can target bonus dollars to the hardest shifts to fill.
Prior to SAS Forecast Server, it took three to four weeks to generate forecasts. “We’d pull data from SPSS, paste it into Excel – over and over again. It was manual and time-consuming. We could only update a forecast when something changed,’’ explains Julie Kiefer, Manager of Analytics at Avantas. “We wanted to automate our forecasts to provide our clients with a proactive solution.” The company also wanted to expand, but couldn’t without either hiring additional staff or making forecasting more efficient.
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