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“Shift planning is employee satisfaction planning.” Prof. Wieland Sommer came to this conclusion in the fall of 2013 on an afternoon in the staff break room at the Klinikum Großhadern in Munich. Wieland Sommer worked there as a radiologist, and he took on the responsibility for shift planning in his department. His everyday working life changed considerably from one day to the next. He spent 25 hours a month managing shift requests, applications, vacations, sick days, qualifications and last but not least, his team’s complaints.He felt how his motivation suffered from the inefficiency of his work and observed how dissatisfied his colleagues were with the shift planning chaos.

“Shift planning is employee satisfaction planning.”

The inventor

WIELAND SOMMER
Prof. Wieland Sommer developed the idea for Planerio when he was responsible for shift planning at Klinikum Großhadernand and he later founded the company as a spin-off of the LMU Munich. Today, he is the CEO and founder of Smart Reporting GmbH, a leading digital health company. Wieland Sommer is a professor of radiology and has a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.

“Shift planning is employee satisfaction planning.” Prof. Wieland Sommer came to this conclusion in the fall of 2013 on an afternoon in the staff break room at the Klinikum Großhadern in Munich. Wieland Sommer worked there as a radiologist, and he took on the responsibility for shift planning in his department. His everyday working life changed considerably from one day to the next. He spent 25 hours a month managing shift requests, applications, vacations, sick days, qualifications and last but not least, his team’s complaints.He felt how his motivation suffered from the inefficiency of his work and observed how dissatisfied his colleagues were with the shift planning chaos.

Wieland decided to look for suitable shift planning software, but soon discovered that no software on the market could come close to solving the complexity of his tasks.The conventional shift scheduling programs he had previously reviewed were overwhelmed by the overlapping shift models consisting of early, late and night shifts, a variety of legal frameworks, different workplaces, doctors and employees with different qualifications and experience, as well as the varying staff requirements.

At that time, he had also talked to one of his doctoral students, who was passionate not only about medicine but also software development. The pair hit it off right away and were actually able to automate the complex shift planning task to a large extent in just 6 months with the help of an intelligent algorithm. This solved nearly all the problems, and the rest is history. When doctors in other departments and practices saw that the tool could save up to 80% of time and nerves, they started using it just as successfully to plan their shifts. Planerio was officially founded in 2016, and today its software is used in over 500 medical practices, clinics and care facilities across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Planerio is continually being developed by a team of more than 40 people with the help of artificial intelligence.Thanks to the numerous additional functions & features, such as time recording or payroll accounting, the shift planning software has become the operating system for human resources management in the healthcare industry.

An experienced team of managers and partners, consisting of industry and IT experts, makes sure that the company understands and satisfies the acute needs of its customers while not neglecting digital research and development for the healthcare sector. For example, Planerio is also involved in several research consortia, which are supported by the digitization strategy of the German Federal Government.The beneficiaries are thousands of satisfied employees of care facilities, medical practices and hospitals, who can view the up-to-date shift plans and working time accounts online at any time, enter shift requests, schedule and apply for vacations and training and even swap shifts with zero fuss.

Developed by doctors
for doctors

Wieland decided to look for suitable shift planning software, but soon discovered that no software on the market could come close to solving the complexity of his tasks. The conventional shift scheduling programs he had previously reviewed were overwhelmed by the overlapping shift models consisting of early, late and night shifts, a variety of legal frameworks, different workplaces, doctors and employees with different qualifications and experience, as well as the varying staff requirements.

At that time, he had also talked to one of his doctoral students, who was passionate not only about medicine but also software development. The pair hit it off right away and were actually able to automate the complex shift planning task to a large extent in just 6 months with the help of an intelligent algorithm. This solved nearly all the problems, and the rest is history. When doctors in other departments and practices saw that the tool could save up to 80% of time and nerves, they started using it just as successfully to plan their shifts. Planerio was officially founded in 2016, and today its software is used in over 500 medical practices, clinics and care facilities across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Planerio is continually being developed by a team of more than 40 people with the help of artificial intelligence. Thanks to the numerous additional functions & features, such as time recording or payroll accounting, the shift planning software has become the operating system for human resources management in the healthcare industry.

Before:

25 hrs
per month

spent planning shifts

 

Today:

80%

more time
for patients

The inventor

WIELAND SOMMER
Prof. Wieland Sommer developed the idea for Planerio when he was responsible for shift planning at Klinikum Großhadernand and he later founded the company as a spin-off of the LMU Munich. Today, he is the CEO and founder of Smart Reporting GmbH, a leading digital health company. Wieland Sommer is a professor of radiology and has a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.

An experienced team of managers and partners, consisting of industry and IT experts, makes sure that the company understands and satisfies the acute needs of its customers while not neglecting digital research and development for the healthcare sector. For example, Planerio is also involved in several research consortia, which are supported by the digitization strategy of the German Federal Government. The beneficiaries are thousands of satisfied employees of care facilities, medical practices and hospitals, who can view the up-to-date shift plans and working time accounts online at any time, enter shift requests, schedule and apply for vacations and training and even swap shifts with zero fuss.

Our management team

MARKUS HINZ
CEO
Markus Hinz is the managing director and CEO of Planerio. He has more than 20 years of experience building successful businesses and business areas within the internet economy. Among other things, he spent eight years as managing director of the Scout24 Group and over 12 years as business director and member of Google’s Central European Management Team in Europe.

STEFAN KLUßMANN
CFO
Dr. Stefan Klußmann is the co-founder, managing director and chief financial officer of Planerio. With a doctorate in neurobiology, he worked for six years as a consultant and project manager at McKinsey, where he mainly advised companies in the healthcare sector. In addition to founding Planerio, he was also co-founder of Smart Reporting GmbH, another successful digital company in the healthcare sector.

CAGATAY KARAKAYA
COO
Cagatay Karakaya is the chief operating officer of Planerio GmbH. The business school graduate is an expert in the development of business structures, organizational development and process optimization. Before joining Planerio, he helped to scale an international start-up to over 80 employees in a short period of time.

ROBERT GRÜTER
CSO
Robert Grüter is the co-founder and chief sales officer of Planerio. He has 30 years of experience in the successful development and internationalization of MedTech and IT companies. He i.a. co-founded BrainLAB AG, where he was responsible for expanding the business in 60 countries. In addition, he managed the expansion of ezono AG and AutoOnline, which he established in 20 countries within two years.

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