From AI platforms that match nurses with open assignments to an internal traveling nurse initiative, here are six Becker’s reports on investments in technologies and programs that health systems are making to support their nurses and address nursing shortages.
1. On January 31, Peoria, Illinois-based OSF HealthCare piloted a customizable best practices app for nurses. The app gives nurses easy access to the latest information on emerging COVID-19 variants, vaccine approvals, and evolving CDC guidelines. OSF plans to fully roll out the app to all hospitals and clinics in the health system.
2. CHI Health, based in Omaha, Neb., launched an internal travel program on April 12 for qualified clinicians from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and North Dakota. The CHI Health Midwest Internal Travel Program allows nurses, technicians, pharmacists and other workers to be fully employed on a full-time basis by CHI Health, receiving full-time salary, traveler rate, stipend, vacation hours, insurance and a 401(k) in exchange for their work at CHI Health’s 28 hospitals, the health system said.
3. Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente invested on April 11 in a $155 million funding round for nurse staffing platform IntelyCare. The AI platform is designed to schedule and match nurses with open assignments.
4. Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn., is jointly developing a mobile platform with health IT company KLOC Health to match nurses with staffing assignments based on availability, location, skills and interest. Nurses will be able to create their own profiles on the platform and provide feedback on their performance, job satisfaction and peer reviews.
5. On April 15, Sanford Health is expected to roll out its in-house developed artificial intelligence tool, LAMP, to 68 departments, the health system announced on February 24. LAMP allows nurses to spend less time on spreadsheets, ensures there are enough nurses for each shift, and tells Sanford leaders how many nurses to hire for each unit. The Sioux Falls, SD-based system has been piloting the tool since April 2021.
6. Lifespan, based in Providence, RI, is highlighting personal employee stories as part of its workforce recruitment effort. As part of this initiative, 27 Lifespan employees will share their experiences on television, radio, websites and social media, including the reasons why they chose their career and their employer. Employees work in nursing, social work, pharmacy, laboratories, imaging, patient services, environmental services, behavioral health and therapy.