Google Maps can calculate a route from San Francisco to New York City in 1.01 seconds, considering live traffic, construction, and weather conditions, using AI to optimize the entire drive. For physician shift scheduling, Lightning Bolt uses the same AI combinatorial optimization to consider every possible outcome across our clients’ 400+ average scheduling rules. And just like Google can update the cross-country route in real-time as variables change and stops for gas or food are added along the way, our technology instantly adjusts the schedule to accommodate shift changes and time-off requests.
This level of optimization is only possible because Lightning Bolt utilizes the most advanced AI instead of what others market as “layer” scheduling. With a layered approach, the full potential of AI isn’t realized because the trip is calculated only one state at a time, not thinking ahead to optimal routes, traffic patterns, or weather conditions and failing to consider future roadblocks that could have been avoided with an alternate route. Embracing the true complexity of physician scheduling with technology that enhances administrators’ workflow is where the real ROI is generated for healthcare organizations — where we find shift schedules that expand patient access, combat physician burnout, reduce costs, and improve outcomes.