Lightning Bolt is a cloud-based scheduling solution designed for hospitals and healthcare practices of all sizes that helps them 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 offers services on a monthly subscription basis that includes support via phone and email.

Reports
Reports

Reports

Report grid

Report grid

Assignments

Assignments

Calendar

Calendar

Request browser

Request browser

Supported Operating System(s):

Web browser (OS agnostic)



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Matt from Kaiser Permanente

Ease-of-use

Customer support

Functionality

December 2017

Significant improvements made in response to my earlier review

Pros

Schedule automatically populates my calendar on my iPhone. After my initial review, the company seemed to make improvements in the speed of their servers, so it does not take as long to input shift requests.

Cons

Even with a wide computer monitor, it is not possible to view all of the days of the month on one screen without scrolling from side to side. The iPhone app is usable, but requires looking through too many potential shifts just to determine who is working on any given day.

Review Source: Capterra

John from Kindred Health

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

September 2017

Full Solution..

Best scheduling we've ever had.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Review Source: Capterra

Matt from Kaiser

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

January 2017

Initially worked well, now practically unusable

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.

Pros

Multiple request options and customizable

Cons

Excessive lag time

Review Source: Capterra

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