A new digital platform, designed by medical specialists for the medical and health industry, is set to revolutionise the nature of work in hospitals and medical practices across Australia.
Newcastle-based tech start-up Mobito is behind CoverMe Medical, a web and app-based service which allows medical professionals to ﬁnd not only a colleague to cover their shift but the opportunity to seek out shifts at more suitable times or in an area of interest.
The platform also allows for medical professionals to communicate with each other on important details relating to their work. The technology isn’t limited to just individual medical professionals, it also allows practice and hospital managers, who often manage large teams, to ensure all shifts are covered in their departments. A feature of the service for managers is that it allows for multiple calendar views, which assists with workforce planning and is set to save them plenty of time.
CoverMe Medical is the only one of its kind on the Australian market that caters to the more than 600,000 people in the medical and allied health industry across 14 different professions. The service is suitable for all types of practitioners including casual, part-time and full-time staff, those seeking ﬂexibility, others who are wanting more shifts and even graduates who are looking to gain experience and build connections.
What is the story behind CoverMe?
CoverMe Medical is the brainchild of medical specialist Dr Billy Drew and lawyer/engineer Tony Singh. While Dr Drew has an in-depth knowledge of the problems facing clinicians and medical professionals, Mr Singh has a keen sense of how technology can best be used by organisations and individuals to enhance productivity. Mr Singh said the platform meets the needs of Australia’s changing workforce. “Contingent or temporary skills shortages occur on a regular basis but systems to communicate and handle connections are currently very poor,” Mr Singh said.
Dr Drew said that in his work in the medical ﬁeld, he knows ﬁrst-hand the challenges of ﬁnding necessary cover or seeking out new opportunities.
“CoverMe Medical allows those working in the medical profession to ﬁt their work commitments in with their lifestyle or seek out more work if they wish,” Dr Drew said.
In his work for a number of international technology companies, Mr Singh has recognised Australia’s growing use of mobile technology for both personal and professional needs. He said the Mobito team has developed a comprehensive platform for better professional connection so as to allow more effective working outcomes.
“Smartphone usage in Australia is around 77%. The power of mobile technology allows you to be connected to many important aspects of your life. Social interactions using Facebook and LinkedIn occur on a daily basis. Managing more deeply your access to work opportunities and your professional group in your area is the driving force behind CoverMe Medical. Our research indicates that medical professionals are comfortable managing their work commitments via their smartphones too. The platform is the next evolution of accessing valuable work and gaining important cover when required,” Mr Singh said.
CoverMe Medical offers a range of beneﬁts to medical professionals and also practice and hospital managers including: – The opportunity to ﬁnd new work in a way that suits the individual’s lifestyle; – The ability to save time for the individual and manager in seeking out staff to cover shifts; – The chance for the individual to respond to requests in areas they’re seeking experience; – and allows both managers and individuals to manage their network contact list.
The service is set to launch in Australia this month. Those who pre-register at www.covermemedical.com will be the ﬁrst to learn when the platform goes live and they will also receive bonus points in an exciting competition that will be announced at the time of the CoverMe Medical launch, that could see them win an overseas holiday. The platform’s web portal will be useful to managers who need to manage staff whereas individuals will gain beneﬁt from the handy phone app, which will be launched on both Apple and Android devices.