San Diego-based staffing company AMN Healthcare released survey results Thursday suggesting many hospitals and other health care organizations are unaware of technology that could reduce nurse scheduling and staffing problems.

The report by AMN subsidiary Avantas found one in four nurse managers use paper-based scheduling systems, while a somewhat smaller share use no such tools at all.

These individuals and their organizations would benefit by adopting accurate forecasting technology – “predictive analytics,” AMN calls it. It said the result would be fewer staffing and scheduling problems, as well as less of the associated negative impact on staff morale and patient care.

“With shortages of nurses and other health care professionals becoming an increasingly chronic problem, optimizing your workforce is imperative,” AMN President and CEO Susan Salka said in a news release.

AMN’s report, “Predictive Analytics in Healthcare2016: Optimizing Nurse Staffing in an Era of Workforce Shortages,” is being released at AMN’s 2016 Healthcare Workforce Summit, which opened Oct. 13 and concludes Oct. 14 at San Diego’s Marriott Marquis & Marina hotel.

AMN provides staffing assistance to health care facilities, including executive recruitment and vendor management.