Technology that started in the supercomputing lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory
now schedules over 3 million physician shift hours each month
to reduce burnout and improve access.

See How Scheduling Can Advance Your Health Operations
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A Scheduling System That Adapts to Meet Your Needs


The average Lightning Bolt healthcare client maintains 400+ custom built rules in our system. Our AI tests millions of possible variations to automatically deliver the best possible schedule option for your care team.


Flexible, transparent and real-time tools give your schedule the ability to easily adapt to changes. Provide your organization with mobile apps, instant on-call management, and automated approvals for time-off and shift swap requests.


Advanced analytics help you evaluate schedule performance and test new optimizations. Export data or use our tools. Tally shifts, customize reports, explore ties to handoff continuity and physician burnout trends.

Rule by priority

More Complexity = Better Optimized Schedules

It may seem counterintuitive: the toughest scheduling requirements deliver the best optimized shift schedules. Rules that generate headaches for manual scheduling such as “Dr. Smith should only work with Dr. Chen on Tuesdays, if the cath lab is also open” are a snap for our AI system to navigate. With Lightning Bolt, complexity is encouraged. Set up hundreds of scheduling rules and our AI will consider them all to automatically generate the best possible shift combinations:

  • Recurring department meetings
  • Physician shift preferences
  • Fair on-call time management
  • Holiday and vacation distributions
  • Residency schedule restrictions
  • Recovery time after overnight shifts

Scheduling to Solve Healthcare Issues

What can smarter physician shift schedules do for your organization? Yes, there’s the time savings of not having to build schedules manually, but that’s just the start. Optimized schedules reduce physician burnout by making shifts more fair, balanced and flexible. They increase patient access with predictive analytics to anticipate demand. They improve patient outcomes by making on-call schedules instantly available.

Meet our advisory board researching, discussing and advancing the science of better healthcare scheduling.

Advisory Board
Improve hospital productivity by balancing the needs of clinicians, patients and business objectives.

Studying Shift Scheduling Across Medical Specialties

Emergency medicine departments optimize the most complex sets of staffing rules and monthly requests of any specialty in the US medical sector according to our research on real physician shift schedules.

  • Emergency medicine departments use the fewest set scheduling rules, but their average number of monthly schedule change requests is the highest of any specialty.
  • Hospitalist departments are close behind emergency medicine in terms of overall schedule complexity.
  • Pulmonology and surgery departments use the highest number of set scheduling rules of any speciality examined, with far fewer monthly change requests.
Scheduling Complexity by Specialty

“Everyone has now synced their personal calendars to our schedule so we are finally organized on staffing, have updated assignment tallies and now have no discussion about who is working which assignments how often. My wife synced to our schedule so she is no longer surprised when I’m on call. Lightning Bolt has been a real marriage saver.”

– W. Sherman Turnage, MD

Coastal Anesthesiology Consultants St. Augustine, FL