14 May API Signs Tech Deal for Healthcare HR Management
HARTFORD, Wis. – Hospitals are complex organizations and new IT technologies are making it easier to automate HR processes. These organization generate large volumes of data and support is needed to help manage and adjust staffing, based on business requirements. Automating Peripherals Inc. (API) announced today that MeritCare Health System of Fargo, N.D., has signed a contract to purchase API’s Payrollmation time and attendance and ActiveStaffer staff scheduling system. MeritCare will use this technology to standardize pay rules and scheduling practices for its 6,000 employees over two hospitals and 36 clinics.
Wisconsin based API, founded in 1982, is a software company that provides time and attendance, staffing/scheduling, payroll, human resource, productivity management, education tracking and access control software solutions for healthcare organizations. Founded in 1982, API has more than 400 installations in the United States, with customers ranging in size from 500 to 30,000 employees.
Payrollmation automates and simplifies the time and attendance data collection and calculation process, streamlines time card management, improves employee morale and helps the organization to control labor costs. ActiveStaffer simplifies the time-consuming, labor-intensive manual processes involved in scheduling employees, maximizing resources, controlling labor costs and retaining qualified staff.
“API’s product flexibility and end-access technology were more advanced and fit our needs better than any other vendor. That, combined with API’s higher KLAS scores and customer references, made them our first choice,” said Craig W. Hewitt, chief information officer and executive partner, information systems for MeritCare Health System. “We are very pleased with the partnership we have forged with API and we look forward to improvements related to our overall labor management productivity.”
API’s solutions can rapidly adapt to an organization’s unique staffing environment. Nurse managers and schedulers can quickly determine the right employee for each position and shift. Staffing rules and policies, including complex holiday and weekend rules, are applied automatically. The application allows mangers and administrators to get real-time access to labor information, in order to make better-informed staffing decisions and control labor costs proactively. The system makes it easier for staff to request time off and and check schedules online. This has an impact on morale as employees can now know that the organization’s automated scheduling system ensures enterprise-wide policy consistencies as well as fairness in scheduling across departments and facilities. This increased morale helps in terms of overall employee retention.
API is a 2002 Best In KLAS Performance award recipient in the specialty niche category, for its’ Payrollmation and ActiveStaffer products. API has a strategic alliance with Microsoft Corporation and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider. The company’s Web site address is www.api-wi.com.