Lightning Bolt Solutions is the leading provider of medical staff scheduling technology. Founded in 2002, the company has developed deep domain expertise in the areas of physician workflow, hospital operations, machine learning and professional balance. Lightning Bolt is the trusted solution for US and international hospitals working to align the interests of their physicians and facilities to deliver excellent care.
Lightning Bolt’s cloud-based physician scheduling software is used across a variety of specialties including radiology, anesthesiology, cardiology, hospital medicine, emergency medicine, and multi-disciplinary clinics.
Working as a staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Labs to schedule massively parallel supercomputers in 1998, Lightning Bolt founder Suvas Vajracharya, Ph.D. was approached by a high school friend, a doctor, for help with a big frustration. The doctor noticed that the seemingly simple task of creating call schedules for his group was deceptively complex, time consuming, and often proved an inaccurate science where equitable distribution of staffing resources, or the honoring of individual physician requests would often conflict or simply could not be met.
Suvas saw that his own technology experience with scheduling supercomputers could provide the foundation for creating an elegant, easy to use solution to solve the inherent complexities in staff scheduling. Both supercomputing and medical scheduling share fundamental requirements including the need to distribute tasks equally and efficiently in the presence of complex, and often changing sets of rules with varying priorities. Within a few months, Suvas developed a prototype scheduling system to tackle his friend’s challenging problem.
Soon, it became clear to Suvas that the flexibility of the early system he developed could be adapted to the needs of any medical group. This led to more development work and the initial version of the system, JustInTime Scheduler, was born. Through referrals and its timely availability as a web-based product when medical groups were starting to actively search the internet to find solutions to their specialized needs, the Lightning Bolt system quickly became widely used across a variety of disciplines.
As the scheduling problems grew in size and complexity due to the shortage of skilled staff and the growing demands on the healthcare system, Lightning Bolt focused on innovation to meet the needs of medical groups that wanted to generate the best possible staff schedule. This effort was initially led by Nirmal Govind, Ph.D. and now Pelin Damci Kurt, Ph.D., experts in high-tech real-time manufacturing scheduling who have spent years researching the topic and implementing solutions at leading high-tech firms. Noticing that while the two problems were seemingly different, some of the same principles used in scheduling multi-million dollar machines in a factory can be applied to solve the medical staff scheduling problem as well. They then proceeded to re-design from scratch the core Lightning Bolt scheduling engine, resulting in the new Lightning Bolt auto-scheduling system that produces high-quality schedules that weren’t possible before.
Today, Lightning Bolt continues to invest heavily in research and software development to solve complex problems in the area of medical staff scheduling with the latest technology. In addition to our technology, we pride ourselves on the excellent customer service provided by our staff to medical groups around the world.