Lightning Bolt is a cloud-based scheduling solution intended for hospitals and health care practices of any size to schedule physicians’ shifts.
Schedules are automatically generated, based on user-defined rules, through a process called “combinatorial optimization.” Guided manual scheduling is also possible, by pre-scheduling or “pinning” a physician to a specific slot, or through adjustments to an existing schedule.
Physicians can trade shifts from within Lightning Bolt. Depending on the user permissions, shift changes can be approved automatically or may require admin approval. Users can also send secure messages in Lightning Bolt that are HIPAA-compliant.
Lightning Bolt also manages time-off requests. Administrators can view conflicts, assign priority levels to physicians and approve or deny requests from the platform.
The calendar view is customizable to organizations' needs, and physicians can subscribe to their schedules from their mobile device. Lightning Bolt also offers a native iOS app for the iPhone.
Lightning Bolt is priced per provider on the schedule per month, and pricing scales with the size and complexity of the organization.
John from Kindred Health
Employees number: 11-50 employees
Best scheduling we've ever had.
Initially we started with Excel and tried another scheduling software and finally ended up with Lightning Bolt - glad we did, it has created the best schedule for us. The consultants at Lighting Bolt are great - training was straight forward and the software is easy to use. I'm assuming it is something with the algorithm but the software handles itself and fills any gaps in the schedule.
Initial pricing seemed a bit out of our range - it's been worth it. Training takes a few weeks which I would like to be faster to start using asap.
Matt from Kaiser
We use this for a large physician group of 60, staffing 3 locations. The program initially seemed to do the job fairly well, but still required a lot of manual scheduling input on the part of the scheduler. Now, the system seems to be overwhelmed (I assume the servers can't keep up with the volume), and every time you input a single day request, there is up to a 45 second wait before the request goes through. In the interim, you can't make any other requests. It easily takes 30 minutes for a provider to enter their requests for a one month schedule.
Multiple request options and customizable
Excessive lag time