ABILITY Network, a Minneapolis-based IT company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative apps and data analytics has acquired ShiftHound, a provider of cloud-based SaaS healthcare workforce management solutions. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
ShiftHound is based in San Diego and will become an ABILITY Center of Excellence. ABILITY provides apps and analytics that are integral in helping with revenue cycle management, clinical management and performance improvement via a powerful, integrated distribution platform.
Finding the right balance of staff to meet patient needs is a complex problem with significant effects on costs, patient outcomes, quality of care, reimbursements, and patient and employee satisfaction. Providers need to not only understand the acuity of their patient populations, but bridge that understanding into how they staff. Optimizing this balance in staffing is critical to care quality, compliance with licensing and credential requirements, and a provider’s bottom line.
Similar to ABILITY, ShiftHound provides solutions to providers of all sizes and all sites across the continuum of care, including acute, post-acute and ambulatory. ShiftHound’s offerings include:
– Healthcare Workforce Schedule Optimization, which allows customers to optimize shift-based provider schedules, reducing overtime cost and ensuring highest quality of care
– Time & Attendance, which tracks and analyzes individual provider work hours and overtime, increasing operational efficiency
– Credential Management, which defines and tracks required certifications, licenses and mandatory training and education to ensure compliance in providing standard levels of care
“The strength and reach of ABILITY’s customer-facing organization means that we can now reach even more providers to help solve challenges associated with workforce optimization and enhancing patient care,” said Ian Chaplin, co-founder and president of ShiftHound. “With deeply rooted expertise in healthcare and technology, both organizations share a commitment to helping simplify complexity. We are excited to join the ABILITY team.”