wave scheduling

wave scheduling

A method for assigning appointments for patients that brings several patients in to see their health care professionals at the same time (e.g., at the beginning of each hour instead of every 15 or 20 min during the hour).
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Support for wave scheduling, double booking, and customized daily calendars improves scheduling flexibility.
For many offices, a better system is wave scheduling. Instead of one patient per 15 minutes, you would schedule two or three per half-hour, or three on the hour, two at 20 minutes past, and one at 40 minutes past, so that patients arrive in waves, rather than continuously.
Wave scheduling, long an essential ingredient of hubbing in the US, is made easier where there is a dominant carrier and a single passenger terminal.