While hospitals continue to face a nationwide nursing shortage, a Texas-based startup created an on-demand solution to transforming healthcare staffing. The Praos Health app gives Texas nurses and healthcare facilities the power to meet staffing needs with the swipe of their fingertip.
The patent pending Praos web and mobile platform work similar to an ‘Uber-like’ service by matching nurses directly to per diem shifts available at nearby facilities. Nurses can select shifts based on location, pay rate and shift time. The app then sends shift reminders, shift instructions, timestamping, driving directions and facility ratings.
Nurses use Praos completely free of charge, skipping deductions, fees and staffing agencies. Without locking into a contract, nurses also avoid weekend and holiday requirements. Praos is ideal for nurses juggling caring for family around their work schedule or those trying to bring in extra money.
Healthcare facilities also benefit from this service while tackling the nursing shortage, which has been a battle for decades now. As people live longer and retire earlier, hospitals struggle to keep up with the increasing demands of nurses.
Estimates show the demand for RNs in Texas will rise 86 percent by 2020 and the RN demand will exceed supply each year until 2030 in most of Texas, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Hospitals can use Praos to fill shifts based on demand without any excessive upfront costs. Connecting understaffed facilities with available and qualified nurses helps healthcare professionals better serve their communities.
“Enabling our nurses to work when they want and where they want, but also helping the healthcare facilities to reduce their costs” is what Praos is all about, Bochaton said in an interview with Spectrum News Austin.
The service is quickly expanding throughout Texas to Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio.