New system cuts hiring time.
But now, the College of Medicine thinks it has a way to dramatically reduce the time involved. Partnering with Alliance Consulting, the school developed a new tracking system that ultimately transforms this paper-intense, manual process into a secured, paperless, electronic workflow. The system was built around a beta version of Microsoft's Windows Workflow Foundation, which combines a workflow engine, programming model, and developers' tools and is slated for public release this year.
"Since the system was implemented, we have experienced a considerable reduction in the time required to complete the examination of key medical personnel, giving us a significant competitive advantage within the marketplace," says Richard Homan, dean of the College of Medicine.
The system has been operational since last September and improvement has already been noted. "Before the implementation of the system, the hiring process took six months or greater as an average," says Rachel Sparrow, Media and Public Relations manager. "With the new system, the target time frame is 60 days, depending on how quickly we get the necessary information from the candidate. We are still evaluating an average timeframe."
The College of Medicine will be sharing its experience in using this system with the broader Drexel community to see whether other academic units might benefit, Sparrow says.