SimpliFi President James Quick Answers Questions About ClariFi

ClariFi is a brand new health system VMS built to bring all flexible labor together and reduce costs. We sat down with SimpliFi President James Quick, who answered questions about the platform and how it’s designed to help hospitals reduce contingent labor costs.


What is ClariFi?

ClariFi is the result of the combined effort of over 25 clinicians, healthcare workforce experts, and technologists combining their talents to build a single platform to manage all facets of contingent labor. ClariFi is a transformative workforce management system that brings all contingent labor sources together including float pool, per diem, travel, and international in a single, intuitive platform – enabling health systems to make more informed staffing decisions for an overall reduction of labor costs. 


Does ClariFi fill a gap in the industry?

Yes it does, because in the past healthcare executives and leaders have struggled with bringing data together from disconnected systems to manage their contingent workforce. This left many executives and leaders feeling like the decision-making for their largest expense category was piecemeal and reactive. With ClariFi, they can make informed decisions and implement a cohesive flexible labor strategy. 


Why did you name this ClariFi?

The system offers a high level of visibility into a health system’s workforce and clarity to hospital executives and leaders who need to make decisions about labor in real time.  When you can view everything in one place, you can make informed decisions to optimize your flexible labor mix. 


What makes ClariFi unique?

ClariFi is unique to the market, primarily, because it aggregates and provides a single platform for managing all contingent labor in a modern and powerful application with an easy-to-understand dashboard. Health systems can change their workflow and utilize less expensive labor sources first, instead of always resorting to agency nurses. Also, we incorporate a health system’s budget so no one is in the dark when it comes to the financial ramifications of a labor decision.


What are the various contingent labor sources, and why are health systems accessing them?

Health systems have a constantly varying patient demand and need to flex their labor pool up and down to provide the best patient care. Contingent labor is the blanket term for any type of worker a health system uses that is not an FTE. The workers include part-time, or float pool workers, per diem, international, and travel. In addition to fluctuating patient census, health systems have fluctuations in their FTE staff for reasons including, but not limited to, turnover, FMLA and retirement.


Who should use ClariFi?

ClariFi is for anyone in a hospital or health system looking to more effectively manage, and optimize, their flexible labor force. The platform has also been designed so that it’s very accessible for busy hiring managers to have the information they need and be able to quickly put the right talent in place. We have features like interview scheduling and live video interviewing within the system, as well as the ability to create or approve a requisition via a mobile phone. Not only that, but float pool workers have their own portal where they can fill in their schedules to signal their availability to nurse managers or sign up for shifts that are pushed to them.


What has the industry relied on in the past?

There hasn’t been a single comprehensive solution in the past – creating a ton of headaches for hiring managers while needlessly inflating the labor budget for hospitals. To answer the question: Historically, it has been through separate, cobbled-together systems that didn’t “speak” to each other.


Can I view ClariFi stats and updates on my mobile phone?

Yes you can – ClariFi is fully mobile friendly and works equally well on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.


How does ClariFi reduce labor costs?

ClariFi provides real-time breakdowns of labor utilization and performance vs. budget. Having clarity around this allows hiring managers and staff to make adjustments quickly, before needlessly overspending or being faced with potential understaffing. ClariFi also enables hospital leaders to optimize their flexible labor mix and create savings by filling shifts with less expensive sources of labor. 


How did ClariFi come to be? (What is the history?)

VMS systems have existed for some time and their overall functionality has changed very little. Most VMS systems were owned or developed by travel nurse staffing firms and their functionality was very limited. In speaking with our clients, everyone wanted a more holistic picture of their flexible labor so they could make proactive decisions to optimize and create savings. We knew there had to be a better way that included a central hub, better reporting and automation, and so we put the smartest people from both inside and outside healthcare in a room and began the process of dreaming up what is now ClariFi.


With real-time access to information, what sort of previously unseen issues does ClariFi allow users to see and then act upon?

Our clients are very excited about the 360 degree evaluation data we have in the system. Our system generates surveys and amasses the results so hospital leaders can see quantitative and qualitative feedback from their flexible workforce on every unit and every hospital. Our clients are always looking for ways to improve and ClariFi provides this for contingent talent.  


Is there a steep learning curve?

With the guidance of our clinical team, we’ve worked hard to deliver a user experience that any busy hiring manager can quickly get, and use. ClariFi is built on today’s code so it functions and feels like the applications we are used to using in our lives outside of work. No matter how intuitive a technology is, people will always need help so we provide hands-on training and support from our in-house experts to ensure all questions are answered and resolved immediately. 


Any future plans or uptakes for ClariFi?

We’re working closely with our customers to learn how they use and would like to use ClariFi, and working with our technology partner to understand what technology options are available to refine and improve ClariFi. Look for increased use of Machine Learning and AI in ClariFi in the future, as well as seamless automation of additional redundant tasks, more options for collaboration and communication, and much more.


What Could ClariFi Do for Your Health System?

To learn more about ClariFi and schedule a demo, click here. Let us show you how this system can transform how you handle staffing, helping you reduce costs and allocate your resources in the best possible way.