ByteBloc Software was founded over two decades ago by an emergency physician to help other emergency physicians with their scheduling needs. Since that time, ByteBloc has adapted EPSKED and later, WebSked, to hundreds of very different emergency physician schedules. With an emergency room physician as their creator and overseer, these programs are specifically tailored to meet the complex needs of emergency department provider scheduling. EPSKED has been purchased by users in all 50 states in the United States and several foreign countries. Some notable milestones:
- 1989 - Official release of EPSKED version 1.0.
- 1993 - EPSKED version 2.0 was the top-rated physician scheduling software in a review done by ACEP's Section of Computers in Emergency Medicine.
- 1995 - EPSKED 3.0 with expanded functionality is released.
- 2001 - The first fully Windows compatible version of EPSKED is released, adding fax and email capability as well as extensive printing options.
- 2003 - EPSKED version 4.1 is released. This advanced program allowed export of schedules to nearly all handheld Personal Information Managers, emailing of schedules as Adobe Acrobat compatible files (in addition to HTML and TIFF files), and the ability to print larger schedules as separately printed site schedules or as a global schedule printed on multiple pages.
- 2007 - Two programs are released: EPSKED version 5 and WebSked, our web-based scheduling application. EPSKED has the ability to create and export payroll reports, track split shifts, and interface with WebSked. WebSked handles all provider interactions with the schedule, including entry of requests on-line. These requests are used by EPSKED to create the "as-scheduled" schedule which is then published to WebSked. Providers can see who is available for shifts, swap shifts, confirm or edit hours, and maintain an accurate schedule all in WebSked. WebSked simplifies the schedule creation, schedule maintenance, and payroll tasks.
- 2010 - Payroll Module for both EPSKED and WebSked is released. This module allows accurate tracking of worked hours, with multiple pay structures customized by provider. These include editable shift, weekend, and holiday shift pay differentials, changes in pay rates within shifts depending on time of day/night, and more.
EPSKED and WebSked are also adaptable to the scheduling needs of groups outside of emergency medicine.