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.
Matt from Kaiser Permanente
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.
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.
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