Users: Information and Signup
is a web-based scheduling program
for emergency medicine personnel. Our experience with scheduling software
has led us to believe that software is much better and much faster than
humans at certain scheduling tasks. These include compiling stastistics
about the schedule such as shift totals, checking for errors in the
schedule, setting up the schedule template, highlighting relevant information,
and reminding users about shifts. Where scheduling software has often
been disappointing is in its ability to actually create the schedule.
In this area, humans still outperform the computer. Therefore, we have
taken out the failed functionality and kept in all the useful tools
to create a program that will hopefully save you hours every month.
performs the following tasks:
fills the dates in the schedule when you enter the starting date
for the month
Checks for errors, such as scheduling someone for two shifts that
are too close together, or on the same day.
Highlights names to facilitate appropriate scheduling for each
Highlights names to facilitate each individual's reading of the
schedule, thus avoiding "blown shifts".
Calculates and displays totals for each individual for each of
the different shifts, totals for the number of weekend shifts worked,
and the total number of shifts each individual works in the month.
Automatically emails reminders regarding upcoming shifts!
Allows password-protected viewing and editing of the schedule
from any web-connected computer in the world.
does NCEMI get out of this?
receives no funding or reimbursement whatsoever for this project. NCEMI
was created to fulfill its mission to be the premier center for informatics
in the field of emergency medicine. This is a small part of fulfilling
that goal. In addition, the institutions at which the NCEMI principals
are affiliated (Northwestern
University Medical School Division of Emergency Medicine and MedStar
Health Corporation/Washington Hospital Center Department of Emergency
Medicine) like to see their faculty providing useful service to
the medical community. Also, as academic emergency medicine informaticists,
we would like to expand the knowledge base in our field. Therefore,
the only thing we ask of you is participation in a study of this site's
effectiveness. In order to sign up for ActiveSchedule you must
complete a study data sheet, and from time to time we may ask you to
answer additional follow-up questions. This is purely an academic research
endeavor. No identifying information will ever be published -- merely
survey results and usage statistics. Your signup on this site
implies consent for us to use, publish and present this information.
The final reason we made this site is so that we could use it ourselves,
long will you keep my stuff?
will keep your schedules for at least six months, unless we notify you
otherwise. If you want a copy of the schedule archived for longer than
6 months, then be certain to save a copy of it locally on your own machine!
if there is a hard drive crash at NCEMI, or some other bug and I lose
all my data?
is not responsible for anything! Therefore, you would be out of luck
in this instance unless you saved all your data. Therefore, we strongly
suggest that you keep a copy of all your data on your own machine!!!
This is most easily done from the editor page, where you can click
the "File" on the menu of the browser, then "Save"
whenever you have done work on the page. If the work gets lost, just
open up the page on your own machine and resubmit the form to recover!
If the server goes down permanently, or NCEMI goes defunct, or any other
problem occurs, you will have to recover your data from your saved files,
and then use some other method for doing your schedule.
are the liabilities of NCEMI in this endeavor?
none whatsoever. Your signup and use of the site indicates your understanding
that use of this site is strictly at your own risk.
You also indicate that you are the agent for all others at your institution
using this site and that they also agree with these terms if they choose
to use this site.
department's daily set of shifts
shift per line