In light of the current Ebola issues, and previous brushes with SARS, H1N1, Anthrax, and MRSA concerns, shouldn’t your Group consider having a designated Infectious Disease physician on-call? What would it take to assemble an ID schedule if you had to?
Do you know who the individual Infectious Disease specialist is vs a general Internal Medicine number to “dial and pray”?
How long would it take you to find out who the appropriate individual doctor is?
Will you need to share the Infectious Disease on-call duty with another Internal Medicine Group? If so, what percentage of the coverage is yours? How do you know you are scheduled fairly and appropriately?
How easy is it to create an On-Call Infectious Disease schedule if you don’t have one now? Is it easy to communicate the results accurately to all the parties who need convenient access to the information? Did you know:
What would shared on-call calendars look like? Take a look at the examples below.
Example 1: Two Partner-Groups are using a 40/60 percent shared pattern below. Clinic ABC and Clinic XYZ each see when they should be scheduling someone to cover their part of the shared infectious disease call schedule. These patterns are used internally by Partner Clinics. Of course, such a pattern could be used for scheduling any shared on-call specialty, for example, shared Trauma Surgery coverage.
Example 2: The two Partner-Groups have filled their slots in the “pattern” above, resulting in the on-line “published” schedule below. As each scheduler from each Group completes their own individual calendar, using their individual access, the shared Infectious Disease On-Call calendar fills and the results can be seen online by authorized persons such as the Hospital Emergency Department, Clinics ABC, and XYZ personnel and their scheduled providers. Of course, the calendars also contain a footer showing appropriate legion information.
With merged on-line views, there are no unauthorized updates or access to an individual schedule. No more dial and pray. And a lot less drama, drama, drama.
Ebola today, what next tomorrow? Using a Shared on-call schedule for shared coverage saves precious communication time. Being proactive is key.