Mayo Clinic Turns to Tech Innovation to Optimize Nurse Staffing

Mayo Clinic Turns to Tech Innovation to Optimize Nurse Staffing. Three left hands of diverse races hold mobile phones running telehealth apps with nurses speaking to the users.

Optimizing nursing resources and reducing stress while improving well-being have become critical priorities for health care leaders. To help in these areas, Mayo Clinic is partnering with tech startup KLOC Health on a mobile app designed to find nurses on demand.

Through a know-how agreement between the parties, KLOC is creating an on-demand tool to help match nurses for immediate, short- and long-term assignments based on such data as availability, location, certifications, skill sets and interests.

Participating nurses will create their profiles on the platform and offer real-time feedback on their performance, job satisfaction and peer reviews. Now in the final stages of development, the program will launch as a pilot at Mayo Clinic by late summer.

Mayo leaders plan to analyze the data to forecast potentially challenging staffing scenarios so they can more accurately deploy nurses where they are needed most. The health system, which has a financial interest in KLOC’s technology, will use any revenue it receives to support its nonprofit mission of patient care, education and research.

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