A shortage in skilled healthcare workers and increased patient demand have made accurately forecasting headcount needs critical for workforce planners in the healthcare industry. Due to this shifting supply and demand, hospitals require strategic workforce plans to meet this demand while remaining cost-effective.
Aging populations, an increased prevalence of chronic diseases, technological advances, and new treatment types have shifted patient demand and workforce supply.
Creating a cost-effective, strategic workforce plan requires planners to be able to forecast and adjust to trends and changes on both the demand (patient) and supply (skilled worker) side.
The following demo video showcases how operations can combine their historical patient demand data with statistical forecasting methodologies to calculate future patient demand. By leveraging Anaplan, a cloud-based planning platform, planners can review their baseline forecast and adjust for seasonal and long-term trends to determine patient demand.
Once the baseline patient demand is set, it is converted into a capacity plan for nursing headcount. This forecasted headcount can be adjusted through nurse-to-patient ratios, non-productive time, and attrition rates to finetune the workforce needs further.
After the headcount plan has been determined, it can be seamlessly passed along to HR to create requisitions for headcount.
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